|Frequently Asked Questions|
Why no live race in 2020?
Like so many other races planned for 2020, the traditional in-person Greasy-Gooney 10K race has been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ours is a small all-volunteer race, and it would just be too difficult for us to attempt to stage some form of socially-distanced event given our limited space and resources. We'd have liked to have held the race, but even a lower-risk race didn't seem like a necessary risk to us, especially when we wouldn't be able to guarantee that all our participants are taking the pandemic seriously. We wouldn't feel right asking our volunteers and runners to accept that risk. Also, Browntown is a tiny rural village, and it didn't seem respectful of the community to have a bunch of runners from a wide area converging on the town for an athletic event in the current climate. So the decision was pretty clear to us.
Why bother with a "virtual race" then?
Why not? RunSignup, which we began using for online registration in 2019, has made it very easy to set up virtual race registration & results, so we figured, hey, why not! It's a nice easy way to keep the Greasy-Gooney spirit alive and to get you out there to do a 10K in the fall foliage where you live (or just to get you out there if you live someplace without a real change of seasons!). We made it free so that there's no disincentive to sign up... I mean, we don't have to do any real race organizing or buy trophies this year, so why should we charge any money, right?
The "virtual race" is really free? Really?
Yes! Unless you choose to make a donation to our beneficiaries (see below), our online registration site won't charge you a penny!
Why am I being asked during registration if I want to donate money to two organizations?
The Greasy-Gooney 10K has never been intended as a fundraiser. It is also not a for-profit event, though, so we always donate each year's proceeds to the Browntown Community Center Association. In 2018, the race director also began soliciting additional donations for the Humane Society of Warren County. Last year, thanks to the generosity of our participants, we were able to give $370 each to these two organizations! With no live 10K race this year, we'll obviously have no proceeds to donate... but we thought it'd be nice to try and raise a few bucks for them anyway via our virtual event. Anything is better than $0, right? But you're under no obligation to donate anything in order to participate in the virtual race, so feel no guilt if you don't chip in. It's fine! And if anyone would be more comfortable donating directly instead of going through us as a middleman, by all means, use the links above to visit the BCCA and/or HSWC web sites in order to do so.
Is there a premium or any merchandise available this year?
We considered offering some for sale, but after factoring in shipping costs, it just seemed like too costly of an idea, especially when we have no idea how much interest there might've been.
You say there's no in-person race, but you'll be in Browntown on the original race morning anyway in case people show up, right?
Nope. This is not a "wink-wink, nudge-nudge" situation; there is no live race in 2020, period. We will not be there, porta-pots will not be there, a race clock will not be there, and the community center will not be open. And we really don't want anyone trying to stage any sort of informal or bandit race in Browntown either. So please do not show up in groups in Browntown, run the loop together, or make it look like there is any sort of event taking place, because there is definitely not. If you choose to run in Browntown, you are doing so entirely on your own. (For those choosing to do so, please see our Course & Directions pages for some important information.)
Okay, so where do I run or walk my "virtual race" then?
Wherever you want! Where you work, where you live, on a treadmill, on a track, it doesn't matter as long as you get in 6.2137 miles. Obviously we encourage you to do so in a safe manner, including following any applicable pedestrian safety ordinances and COVID-19 community & state mandates.
Does my 10K have to be exact?
If you don't have the means to measure the distance you run or walk, ballparking it is fine. This is all on the honor system anyway! As we've noted, ten kilometers is about 6.2137 miles, so at least try to get close to that figure. (Incidentally, on a standard 400 meter outdoor track, ten kilometers is exactly 25 laps in the inside lane.)
Do I have to do it fast? Do I have to record & report my time?
No! Jogging or walking the virtual 10K is perfectly fine. And although we'd like you to report your finish time when you submit your result, you will have the option of simply reporting that you finished without posting a time.
How many participants are you expecting in the virtual race?
No idea! But the more, the merrier!
What's the deal with the race's name?
The Greasy-Gooney 10K is named after two streams past which the regular 10K course runs. The first half of the course parallels Greasy Run, while the second half runs alongside Gooney Run (also sometimes referred to as "Gooney Creek"). It seemed only natural to use these two great stream names in the name of our 10K! Both streams come down from Hogback Mountain, with Greasy Run flowing into Gooney Run about a mile north of Browntown. Gooney Run, supposedly named after Lord Fairfax's favorite hound, eventually drains into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at Karo, about 4½ miles southwest of Front Royal.
The Greasy-Gooney 10K was first held on Saturday 23 October 1999, so the 2020 race would've been the twenty-second running. The event was founded by Patrick Farris, then a history teacher at Warren County High School who went on to serve as the executive director of the Warren Heritage Society for many years. While driving the back roads of Warren County and coming up with running routes, he found that the Gooney Manor Loop was an especially beautiful road and decided he wanted to share it with the local running community. And thus was the Greasy-Gooney 10K born! Patrick continued as race director through the 2004 race, at which point he handed over the reins to Karsten Brown and Terry Leckie. Karsten is now the lone RD, albeit with invaluable ongoing help from many. (If you'd like to serve the race in any capacity, either this year or in future years, send Karsten an e-mail!)
What are the course records?
The women's course record was lowered by over a minute and a half by Candace DeLong in 2015; Candace ran an impressive 40:04. Seumas O'Reilly holds the men's record with his blazing 34:19 finish in 2013. The event's Masters records were both set at the 2007 event, where Rebecca Nathan ran a 42:03 and the ageless Mark Whalley ran a 36:57. Lots more event record info can be found via our past results page!
When will the 2021 race be held?
As the Greasy-Gooney 10K has always been held on the fourth Saturday in October, the presumed date of the 2021 race would be Saturday 23 October. This, of course, is not set in stone until we get all the proper permissions and such, but that's the race date we'll be targeting, assuming it's safe to hold races again by then! Race info should be available about a month prior.
Projected race dates beyond 2021: Saturday 22 October 2022, Saturday 28 October 2023, and Saturday 26 October 2024.
Why does the title graphic on these Web pages keep changing?
Why does this Web site look terrible on mobile devices & tablets?
Sorry, the design of this site dates back to 2006, before iPhones and iPads existed. We had hoped to do a complete mobile-friendly web site redesign for 2019, but the world got in the way and we ran out of time. Hopefully we can find the time to get it done in 2021!
What if I have a question which isn't answered on this page?
Just contact race director Karsten Brown by e-mail or by telephone at (540) 635-1773.
|The Greasy-Gooney 10K Web pages are maintained by Karsten Brown.|