|Browntown Course Information|
Certification & measurement
The Greasy-Gooney 10K course was certified for USA Track & Field by Neal Riemenschneider on 11 August 1999. The cerification number is VA99025RT. (Due to USATF rules instituted after our course was measured, technically our course's certification has "expired", but our route is unchanged from our first running in 1999. But we may recertify it at some point in the future, now that the course has been fully paved.)
The course is 100% paved, and the narrower section from the quarter mile mark to about mile 3.9 was repaved in 2020.
Start & finish locations
The starting line (38.81647, -78.24603) is about 0.8 miles west of Browntown on Bentonville Road (Route 613). It's 0.18 miles west of Red Hille Way, just past the end of a sharp leftward curve in the road, adjacent to the driveways of 4872 and 4859 Bentonville Road. The exact start is in line with a large, mostly dead tree trunk on the left side of the road, and it is marked on the left side with a small white line and the letter "S". You can click/tap on the photos below for larger views.
The finish line (38.81079, -78.23373) is on the Gooney Manor Loop (Route 631) about 150 feet south of the intersection with Bentonville Road (Route 613) and Browntown Road (Route 649) at the center of Browntown. The exact line is about eight feet south of (before) the south end of the Browntown Baptist Church parking lot, and it's about 15 feet before a speed limit sign which faces the opposite direction on the left (west) side of the road. The finish line is marked with small white lines on both sides of the road. We recommend you scope out these marks before you run the course, as they can be difficult to spot while you're running! Click/tap the photos below to enlarge:
It is nearly impossible to get lost on the Greasy-Gooney 10K course itself, as there is only one major turn. This turn, a left, comes a quarter mile into the course as Bentonville Road curves sharply to the right; here you turn left onto the Gooney Manor Loop (Route 631). (Note: As of early October 2020, the road name sign at this intersection is missing.) From there, you just continue straight all the way back to Browntown! (There is a second semi-turn at mile 5.8; you'll encounter a stop sign where Fetchett Road [Route 632] comes in from the right. Just bear left here to continue on the Gooney Manor Loop [Rt. 631].)
In addition to the start & finish lines, there are usually subtle spraypainted mile marks along the sides of the road, along with the 5K mark up at the top of the big hill. Some of these marks were paved over in mid-2020, but we've already got them repainted & freshened up!
Some words of caution
The route follows lightly-travelled rural roads, and although the few drivers you encounter are probably used to seeing pedestrians, they may not necessarily be looking out for you. Parts of the Gooney Manor Loop are also very narrow with a few blind curves & hills. We strongly encourage you to run on the left facing traffic and to avoid wearing headphones or using personal listening devices! (Personal listening devices are not allowed at all at our live race.) Also, the route is lined with many old trees, so rainy or windy weather brings an increased risk of falling branches and trees. And of course you may encounter wildlife, including black bears; these bears are usually skittish and harmless, but keep an eye out anyway!
As mentioned above and as illustrated below, the course is basically 3.1 miles up and 3.1 miles down. But don't
If you're a Strava user, you'll find four Greasy-Gooney segments on Strava! There's one for the entire course, one for the first (uphill) 5K, one for the last (downhill) 5K, and one for the steepest climb in the 3rd mile.
And if you want to run the 10K in the opposite direction, there are also segments for the Reverse Greasy-Gooney and the reverse climb and reverse descent!
As we just mentioned above, if you want to run the 10K course from the finish line back to the starting line instead of doing it in the regular direction, feel free. No reason you can't!
Note to GPS users:
If you wear a GPS watch or smartphone during the race, it may tell you that our measured course is long (or short). If it does, your GPS device is incorrect. Particularly when worn on the wrist, when used at faster paces, and when used under tree cover, GPS devices have a tendency to record inaccurate data points, and more often than not they end up measuring long. Companies like Garmin do not sufficiently explain the limitations of GPS devices to consumers, and many GPS users place too much faith in the numbers their watches and smartphones give them, as if the devices work by magic. As a result, race directors have been hearing a lot of unjustified complaints about allegedly long courses over the past few years.
Any measurement by a GPS watch or smartphone should be considered nothing more than a ballpark estimate with a large margin of error, unless you can verify the recorded data points through some other means. Please be assured that despite whatever your GPS device winds up saying on our 10K course, the route has been measured to USA Track & Field's standards and is as close to 6 miles 1128 feet 4.787 inches as we can get it! And our mile marks have been carefully measured as well.
Simulated 3D overhead views
Below are a couple computer-generated three-dimensional overhead views of the course, created many many years ago with a flight simulation computer game. We've highlighted the 10K course in yellow on the two images:
(These images were created in the days before Google Earth made 3D mapping easy. We may eventually update these images with some Google Earth stuff.)
|The Greasy-Gooney 10K Web pages are maintained by Karsten Brown.|