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Saturday 28 October 2017 9 AM Browntown, VA

Thanks for running! 2017 results & splits are up! More pics coming!
Our participant numbers hit triple digits for the second straight year, as 129 runners & walkers enjoyed excellent weather and gorgeous scenery at the 19th annual Greasy-Gooney 10K! Chuck Love of Madison repeated as men's winner with a 36:53 finish, while newcomer Rachel Savering of Rixeyville took the women's victory in 44:59.

FINAL RESULTS are now 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 on our Facebook Page. Denise Hyde's shots from the start and mile 5.8 are already up, with more photos from the race director coming soon. These photos are free for personal use. (Commercial/professional use is not permitted without permission.) High-resolution versions of all these photos will eventually show up on the RD's personal web space. 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.

(A note about race "banditing" & premium grifting: This year we had at least two people run the 10K and avail themselves of our race resources without having registered or paid the entry fee. While we appreciate that these two people did not cross our finish line, running the race as an unpaid "bandit" is still unacceptable, as you are taking advantage of the hard work of our race director and volunteers without actually supporting the event. Additionally, three people attempted to [or did] grift race premiums off of our volunteers without payment; this too is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in future years. The Greasy-Gooney 10K is entirely funded by the race director out of his own pocket, and every last cent left after our expenses are paid is donated to the Browntown Community Center Association. By failing to pay for a race premium [or a race entry], you are stealing from the race director, stealing from the BCCA, and stealing from your fellow runners.)

Many many many thanks to everyone who volunteered, including (in alphabetical order) Linda Arnold, Kyra Brown, Karen Geiser, Kathy Hanson, Denise Hyde, Joshua Ilnicki, Michele Kushner, Phil Laub, Lynne Lawrence, Kyungwha Mancera, James Rohr, Alexander Snyder, Colleen Snyder, Duane Williamson, Donna Werley, and Kit Yan. If I forgot to mention/credit anyone, please let me know!

Thanks as well to Tom Lacombe & O.J. Rudacille Gen. Mdse., Vern & Lisa Heavner and the Shenandoah Valley Runners, Dr. Normoyle & Browntown Baptist Church, the Comstock and Parsons families, and the Browntown Community Center Association. All proceeds from the race (undoubtedly a few hundred bucks) go to 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 27 October 2018, so hopefully we'll see y'all back in Browntown next fall for the 20th annual Greasy-Gooney 10K!

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!

If you're planning on participating on Saturday, please take a couple minutes to peruse our Race Day Runner Guide so that you'll know what to expect on race day!

Online registration closed on Thursday night, but race morning sign-ups are welcome. Race day registration is from 7:45 to 8:45 AM at the Browntown Community Center. The entry fee is $25 with an embroidered beanie or $17 without a beanie, and running club discounts are available. See the registration page for more info & printable entry forms!

We have 101 early registrants, but we'll surely see a few more race day sign-ups. If you've signed up already, you can check our list of registered runners to confirm your entry!

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. All volunteers (who commit early enough, anyway) will receive a free Greasy-Gooney embroidered beanie!

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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  Shenandoah Valley Runners
Shenandoah Valley Runners

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

Festival of Leaves 5K

Sadly, our Festival of Leaves 5K race was discontinued in 2016 after sixteen successful runnings. There is a new event, staged by a for-profit race management company, that is using our old race name and implying it's a continuation of our old Festival of Leaves 5K; please be aware that the new event 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 was 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 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).

Entry fees
With a navy blue beanie (a.k.a. knit hat) embroidered with the race logo: $20 in advance; $25 on race day

Without a beanie: $12 in advance; $17 on race day

$2 discount for members of the Shenandoah Valley Runners

$1 discount for members of other eligible running clubs

(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.

(Additional embroidered beanies may be purchased for $10 each while supplies last.)

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). Unregistered runners are not permitted.

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.