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Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15, 2017 -- Circleville, WV / Spruce Knob
WV Trilogy - Run for the Hills (iPO Event Id#: 16518)

Coverage: [2010] [2011] [2012] [2013]

Welcome to the eighth running of The Trilogy, a three day stage race through the Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area . . . a run across West Virginias highest hill . . . a run of days with friends.

These very special runs traverse the WV Highlands and her unique landscapes. Runners who choose to experience this event will be rewarded with spectacular views of waterfalls, beautiful fall foliage, and breathtaking vistas that will be forever etched upon their hearts. Race headquarters will be The Mountain Institutes 400 acre outdoor education facility in the shadow of Spruce Knob. Take a look at the links below to get a sense of the event which is presented by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners in conjunction with The Mountain Institute.

2017 Registration

  • [ Register Online ] with or print [ Entry Form ] (pdf)

    3 Day Stage Run ......... $175.00 by 8/25/17, $200 after
    50K only ................ $65.00 by 8/25/17, $90 after
    50 Mile only ............ $85.00 by 8/25/17, $110 after
    Half Marathon only ...... $45.00, $50 after 8/25/17

    Registration for the Trilogy, the individual 50k or the individual 50 mile races close September 15, 2017. Registration for the Half-marathon will remain open on Run Sign Up until 10/9/17. Sorry no pets at The Mountain Institute. Refunds will be granted minus $10 through 9/19/14. Refunds will be granted minus $10 until August 25, 2017. No entry fees will be refunded after this date; please do not ask.

What You Get

    Trilogy 50K/50M/HM Entrants (Those who do all 3.)
    Will receive a Patagonia Cap 3 Zip Neck and a Short Sleeved cotton T and all meals.

    50K Only Entrants
    will receive a Patagonia Cap 1 long sleeve shirt and Thursday evening prerace meal.

    50 Mile Only Entrants
    Will receive a Patagonia Cap long sleeve crew shirt and pre race meal Fri night.

    Half Marathon & 5K Only Entrants
    Will receive a short sleeve cotton T-shirt.(Includes pre-race meal on Saturday evening and Sunday lunch)

    Additional meals for runners or guests may be purchased for $10 each Sat dinner and $15 for Sun lunch.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pickup for the Trilogy and individual 50k/50m/HM will begin at 4:30pm Thursday October 12 at the main yurt.

Packet for the individual 50m/HM races may also be picked up on the evening before the race and for the HM beginning at 7:00am race day.

There will be a brief prerace meeting at 7:00pm following dinner Thursday as well as following evenings.


The Mountain Institute
(Spruce Knob Mountain Center)
18 Woodlands Way
Circleville, WV 26804 ... [ Google Map ] and [ Directions ]

(web) (phone) 304.576.2632


While the Trilogy is designed as a three day stage race, those wishing to run only one or two of the races may submit entries for individual races. limited to 100 participants. Entrants must be at least 18. Sorry, but there are no pets allowed at The Mountain Institute.

Trail Runs: 50K on Day 1, 50 Mile on Day 2, Half Marathon & 5K on Day 3

Start Times

50K/Friday 7:00am . 50 Miler/Saturday 6:00am . 1/2 Marathon/Sunday 9:00am

Time Limit

To complete the 50k is 10.5 hours. The time limit to complete the 50 mile is 14 hours. Cutoffs are at AS#4 (Horton mile 33.6) at 3:30 pm (9hrs 30min) and AS#6 (Allegheny Mtn Tr. mile 46.2) at 7:10pm (13hrs 10min).


Here are some general statements about the 94 miles or 151 kilometers to be traversed. The course is 93% trail, 6.75% dirt road, 0.25% paved. There are no extended rocky, technical trails. The only part that might qualify as "rocky" would be a mile or so of Huckleberry Trail on top of Spruce Mountain on Day Two. However this section is so beautiful you won't mind a few rocks. There are some stream crossing on Day One and Two, none on day Three. The profiles below exaggerate the the steepness, but they do indicate where you will be climbing. Total elevation gain/loss for each race is given with the respective profile. Get full course information at


    Awards for the Trilogy entrants will be 1st, 2nd & 3rd place men & women open, 1st place men & women 50 and over.

    Awards for the Run For The Hills will be 17 & under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

    There will be daily recognition awards for the 50k and 50 mile first place man & woman.

Crew Access to the Course(s)

Crew access will be limited to the aid stations outlined in the Course Description section. For the safety and consideration of all participants, other aid stations or roads that runners will be on are closed to crew and vehicles.


Get course information, entrants list, google maps, weather, sponsors, and more at the official race site at:

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We NEED Volunteers!

As with any race we are asking for friends and family of the racers, and anyone else interested in a fun weekend in the mountains to volunteer their services to help our race weekend run more smoothly. It is always nice to see a friendly face giving out the drinks after 10 miles of a hilly half marathon! All volunteers will have free food for their efforts. Anyone interested, please contact us at or 304.567.2632.


The objective of the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners (WVMTR) is to encourage running and the healthy, positive qualities running encompasses. They achieve this by holding a trail run series, races, non-competitive club runs, social events, assisting other organizations with running events, and in general just running around having fun. They are a non-profit, affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America.

Start Date: 2017-10-13
Start Time: 7:00am
End Date: 2017-10-15
Event Name: WV Trilogy - Run for the Hills
Location(s): Circleville, WV 26804
Spruce Knob
Event Type(s): Run
  Off Road
Event Distance(s): 13.1mi 31mi 50mi
Contact(s): Dan Lehmann
   Phone: 304-924-5835
Offsite URL: