We like to encourage our runners to get out and enjoy the area where we hold our races, so we designate certain challenging and iconic activities in the park to be a part of our official club hikes and trifecta!
We have three hikes designated for the Shenandoah Half Marathon: Old Rag Mountain, Overall Run Falls, and Little Devil Stairs.
What do I get? Any runners that take the challenge and complete one of the designated hikes within 72 hours of running the race will officially join the club, get their pictures published on our website, plus receive a commemorative medallion! All you have to do is take a picture of yourself at the designated location which includes:
These hikes are meant to be difficult and they can sometimes be dangerous. If you choose to attempt any of these hikes, you need to take them seriously. Please bring lots of water (more than you think you need), and bear spray.
The Old Rag Club is a salute the hardcore among us. The Old Rag Mountain hike in the Shenandoah National Park is one of the most popular hikes in the mid-Atlantic region. This 9.1 mile (roundtrip) hike offers many viewpoints and vistas on the way. At the top, hikers will be rewarded with panoramic views of Shenandoah! Be warned! It also includes one of the most challenging rock scrambles in the park. Being one of the most popular hikes in the region, you should expect the trail to be a bit crowded.
Where do I take my picture? Take your picture at the summit of Old Rag Mountain.
Overall Run Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in Virginia, and the hike to the waterfall overlook is challenging but gorgeous! The Overall Run hike is 8.5 miles roundtrip, and when its not offering views of the falls, it offers many picturesque views of the streams and meadows in the area. You may also see a black bear if you’re lucky*!
Where do I take my picture? Take your picture at the Overall Run Falls Overlook.
*Be bear aware and follow bear safety rules laid out by the park!
The Little Devil Stairs trail is a scenic 6 mile loop with scenic views, streams and waterfalls. The hike also includes picturesque old growth and a stop at Bolen Cemetery. Be prepared for the first two miles to have a steep incline!
Where do I take my picture? Take your picture anywhere near the halfway point of this loop.
Our race trifectas are comprised of 3 different activities. The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous than our club hikes. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Shenandoah Half Marathon Trifecta are:
You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. Those who complete the Trifecta will get their pictures published on our website, plus receive a commemorative pin!
This iconic road through Shenandoah National Park goes for 105 miles. As you drive, you’ll be greeted with scenic foliage and a decent chance of wildlife sightings! You can take your picture at anyone of the 75 overlooks on Skyline Drive.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a public footpath that follows more than 2,100 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridgelines between Maine and Georgia. About 100 of these miles are in Shenandoah National Park! You can take your photo anywhere on the trail, just make sure there is marker in the photo indicating that you’re on the Appalachian Trail.
DARK HOLLOW FALLS
This short hike is just a mile roundtrip, but offers scenic forest views and ends at the base of Dark Hollow Falls– the perfect place to take your trifecta photo! Access the trailhead at the north end of the Dark Hollow Falls parking area off Skyline Drive.