Nothing feels better than a long run, especially if that run takes you past the hot-dog stand where you once saved the mayor from choking. Add to your accomplishments with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $69 for admission to the Spring Thaw trail run or mountain bike series for one ($135 value)
- $129 for admission to the Shenandoah Sprint Adventure race on April 26 for two ($340 value)
- $189 for admission to the Shenandoah Sprint Adventure race on April 26 for three ($510 value)
The Spring Thaw trail series challenges runners and mountain bikers to three unique off-road courses. On Saturday, March 8, competitors converge upon The Grant at Willowsford, an inspired-living community in Ashburn, Virginia with a specially built trail system brimming with exciting terrain and scenery, including open fields, pine forests, and oak groves. Two weeks later on Sunday, March 23, runners and bikers meet again at Fountainhead Regional Park—an urban oasis recognized as one of the area's best mountain-biking spots—and celebrate their finishes with a hot-dog feast. The third and final race takes place on Saturday, April 5 at The Greens at Willowsford. Participants face moderately technical trails amid the spot's sumptuous scenery, then party afterward with satisfying food and local beer. For all races, runners may choose between 5K and 10K events; bicyclists' events run from 3 to 21 miles, depending on course and class.
Ideal for beginners to adventure racing, the Shenandoah Sprint Adventure Race pits teams of friends and family members against a 10–20-mile course awash with rocky trails to run and bike over and flowing rivers to canoe through. teams must use route-planning skills and strategy to reach numerous checkpoints throughout the course. Maps, canoes, paddles, life vests, race shirts, and a post-race meal are all provided; click here to view a list of recommended gear to bring.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: Adventure Races, MTB Races, and Trail Runs
Pro Tip: Looking for adventure? REV3 Adventure can help you out.
Good for Kids: Yes
A portion of mountain biking, a dose of trail running, a pinch of trekking, and several gallons of watersports. This is Rev3 Adventure's race director's recipe for creating their adventure runs—and the training regimens to prepare for them—throughout the year. The races can be intense, as participants might switch between mountain biking and canoeing on any given day, but athletes can choose an adventure that fits their stamina levels, participating in events that last a few hours or a few days. For example, the annual Shenandoah Epic Adventure Race incorporates paddling, biking, trekking, and navigating, and competitors can opt to reach all the mandatory checkpoints in 13 hours or hit the additional optional checkpoints in 26 hours, the average number of hours a cat sleeps every day.
Still, the race director says that the organizers and volunteers try to keep their events family-friendly. "We wanted to help families become active in the outdoors," says the race director, "and at the same time, create fun and exciting challenges that will push competitors to their personal limits in a fun and safe environment."