I love everything about this marathon, number one being that I’m not doing it, wouldn’t do it, and am happy that others are.
The description of the race is one of the best I’ve seen. Some of y’all should do it.
I have ridden my bike up Jarmans at least 5 times. Over the course of a couple years. These folks are going to run up and down Jarmans 5 times. In a couple hours.
The Jarmans Invitational Marathon will take place on Saturday, August 4th at 12:01pm in Crozet, Virginia. Pretty much everything about this race sucks.
Course: The course sucks. The race starts at the intersection of Jarmans Gap Rd and Greenwood Rd in Crozet, Virginia. From there, runners will run up Jarmans – 2.9 miles and 1,522 ft of elevation gain, then turn around and come right back down 2.9 miles and 1,522 ft. Runners will repeat this lap five times for a total of 7,610ft elevation gain and loss over 29.0 miles. Jarmans is a steep gravel road, with some areas shaded and some areas in full sun. There are minimal scenic views. The summit of Jarmans is simply a muddy parking spot and an ‘End State Maintenance’ sign. You will run by a junkyard and several pit bulls. There are a lot of littered Bud Light cans lining the course. The train crosses Jarmans and may or may not be running during the race. The course is gonna suck.
Weather: The weather is going to suck. The race starts at 12:01pm, maximizing heat and sun exposure. There may be afternoon thunderstorms. If there is not, the road will likely be dry and dusty.