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Saturday 28 October 2017 9 AM Browntown, VA

Thanks for running! 2016 results & splits are up! Photos coming!
A record crowd of 133 runners turned up on a windy morning in Browntown for the 18th annual Greasy-Gooney 10K! Chuck Love (37:10) outpaced 2015 winner Charles Bowles (37:29) for the overall men's win, while Vermont's Sarah Schlein (42:30) held off Mindy Reese (42:53) for the women's title. Among other notable performances, Jeremy Sanders (38:37, 5th o'all) set a new event record for the men's 40-44 age group, Mary Ellen Hutchins (50:28) set a new record for the women's 60-64 age group, and Ginny Hughes (53:29) bested her own record in the 65-69 age group. Paul Grosz notched his seventeenth Greasy-Gooney finish, while Colleen Snyder extended her finish streak to fifteen straight years.

OFFICIAL RESULTS are up, sorted both by overall finish place and age group place. Also posted are everybody's 5K split times! We're pretty sure everything's correct, but if you spot any mistakes, send us an e-mail.

RACE PHOTOS are in the process of being posted, both on the RD's personal site (in the original high-resolution format) and on our Facebook page (in lower-resolution format). Denise Hyde's shots from the start and the 6 mile mark are already up, and a lot more photos taken by the race director are coming soon. These photos are free for personal use. If you have questions about or problems with the photos, or if you have any G-G photos of your own that you'd like to share, let us know.

Many many many thanks to our race day volunteer crew, including (in alphabetical order) Kyra Brown, Jack Burd, Karen Geiser, Ed Grainger, Denise Hyde, Phil Laub, Lynne Lawrence, Liani Setyawan, Captain Alexander Snyder, Colleen Snyder, and Donna Werley. If I forgot to mention/credit anyone, please let me know!

Thanks as well to Tom Lacombe & O.J. Rudacille Gen. Mdse., Vern Heavner and the Shenandoah Valley Runners, Dr. Normoyle & Browntown Baptist Church, the Comstock family, Martin's Food Market of Front Royal, and the Browntown Community Center Association. All proceeds from the race benefit the community center!

If you have any questions or comments about this year's Greasy-Gooney 10K, or if anything eventful happened during the race that you'd like to pass along, or if you have any photos from the race that you'd like to share, feel free to send us a message. Next year's race is tentatively scheduled for Saturday 28 October 2017 (always the fourth Saturday in October), so hopefully we'll see y'all back in Browntown next fall!

Easily the most scenic road race in the Shenandoah Valley, the Greasy-Gooney 10K is slated to take place on Saturday 28 October 2017 in the tiny Warren County village of Browntown. You'll be treated to beautiful views of the rural countryside and the nearby Blue Ridge, all at the height of the valley's fall foliage season. Sure, the course is somewhat challenging, but it's worth the effort. This race may be small, but it's one you're not likely to forget. Runners & joggers of all speeds are welcome to participate!

The race info here on our web site has not yet been updated for the 2017 race. Complete details about the 19th annual race will be published around August or September 2017!

Registration for the 2017 Greasy-Gooney 10K will open around August or September 2017!

We're always in need of volunteers. If you'd like to help out at the 2017 race, contact Karsten Brown by e-mail or at (540) 635-1773.

Although there's no real reason to do so, feel free to follow/RSVP/like us on these social media sites:

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O.J. Rudacille's General Merchandise
Thanks to Tom Lacombe, owner of O.J. Rudacille's Store in Browntown, for his assistance! After the race, feel free to stop by the store and buy a soda or some chips!
Browntown Community Center Association
Browntown Community Center Association
  Browntown Baptist Church
Browntown Baptist Church
Martin's Food Markets
Martin's Food Market, Front Royal, VA (donated gift cards in 2016)

Festival of Leaves 5K

Sadly, our Festival of Leaves 5K race was discontinued in 2016 after sixteen successful runnings. Please be aware that a new 5K using our old race name, staged by a for-profit race management company, is not related to our old low-key, high-quality, inexpensive race in any way, shape, or form.
Parking, registration, and the finish line are all in Browntown, Virginia, near the intersection of Route 649 (Browntown Road) and Route 613 (Bentonville Road). Browntown is about eight miles south of Front Royal. See the directions page for more details!

Schedule of events (Sat. 28 October)
7:45 AM - Race day registration & check-in begins
8:45 AM - Registration ends
9:00 AM - 10K start
10:30 AM - Approximate start of awards ceremony

IMPORTANT NOTE: While parking, registration, and the finish line are all right near each other in Browntown, the starting line is 0.8 miles west of Browntown on Route 613 (Bentonville Road). We don't have any sort of shuttle service, so you'll have to walk or jog there. Thus, please arrive in Browntown early enough to register or check in before 8:45 AM, so that you'll have plenty of time to get to the start before 9:00!

A gorgeous but occasionally tough ten kilometer (6.2 mile) "U"-shaped route starting on Route 613 and following the Gooney Manor Loop up the Greasy Run valley and back down the Gooney Run valley to Browntown. The first half is basically uphill, with 480 feet of elevation gain, while the second half is almost entirely downhill. The course is USATF certified (#VA99025RT). See the course info page for a more detailed description, elevation profile, and maps. And if you want to view some of the scenery beforehand, browse our selection of course photos!

We'll likely have trophies for the top three males and females overall, plus smaller trophies for the top three ladies and gentlemen in the following age groups: 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & over. We'll also have some mostly inexpensive prizes to hand out randomly during the awards ceremony (including Halloween candy and a bunch of other relatively worthless stuff). (The 2016 race also gave out three gift cards generously donated by Martin's Food Markets of Front Royal.)

Entry fees
To be determined! Registration will open in August or September 2017. As always, members of the Shenandoah Valley Runners and members of other eligible running clubs will be eligible for small entry fee discounts.

(Eligible clubs: Annapolis Striders, Baltimore Road Runners Club, Chesapeake Bay Running Club, Frederick Steeplechasers Running Club, Fredericksburg Area Running Club, Howard County Striders, Loudoun Road Runners Club, Montgomery County Road Runners Club, Potomac Valley Track Club, Prince George's Running Club, Reston Runners, Shenandoah Valley Track Club, South Riding Running Club, Tidal Basin Run, Virginia Happy Trails Running Club, Westminster Road Runners Club, 50 Plus Club)

See the registration page for more info about signing up for the race! Preregistration is always appreciated.

If there are any proceeds from the race, they will be donated to the Browntown Community Center Association.

The fine print
This is a small-ish, relatively low-key event without many volunteers or resources. Please be aware that the course will be open to vehicular traffic, so participants will need to pay extra attention during the race. For safety and insurance reasons, participants may not run the race with personal listening devices (i.e. headphones), baby joggers, or dogs; violators will be disqualified (more info). On-site medical assistance will not be available. Entry fees are non-refundable, and entries are non-transferable (more info).

For more information
If you have any questions, or if you'd like to serve as a volunteer on race day, just contact race director Karsten Brown by e-mail or at (540) 635-1773. For answers to some frequently asked questions, check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Greasy-Gooney 10K Web pages are maintained by Karsten Brown.