Runners will have early start for 100-mile race

Most Shenandoah County residents will be sound asleep when 61 runners from across the country begin the 37th Annual Old Dominion 100-Mile, One-Day Run.

Starting at 4 a.m. on Saturday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, the endurance race will lead its participants through an assortment of historic areas before looping back to the fairgrounds.

The route runs through the town of Woodstock, over Burnshire Bridge and up the Woodstock Tower Road into Fort Valley. The 75-mile point is at Elizabeth Furnace Pavilion. This is the final aid station and marks the only point with a cut-off time; runners must reach it no later midnight. The final leg of the race brings participants back through Woodstock.

In order to qualify for the race, runners must have completed a 50-mile race within its prescribed time limits between last year and this year’s Old Dominion Run, or have previously completed the Old Dominion Run in less than 24 hours.

The record finish time was set in 1992 at 15 hours, 10 minutes. Last year’s winner, Olivier LeBlond from Arlington, finished the race in just over 17 hours. LeBlond will be competing again this year, as will the women’s first-place finisher, Megan Stegemiller from Annandale.

Most runners complete the race between 10 p.m. on Saturday night and 4 a.m. on Sunday morning. Those who finish within 24 hours earn the Old Dominion sterling silver buckle. In 2014, approximately 50 percent of participants accomplished this. The course is held open for 28 hours total. Completing the race within that time frame earns runners the Old Dominion bronze belt buckle.

The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

To learn more about the Old Dominion Run, visit

Contact staff writer Hilary Legge at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or

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