|Frequently Asked Questions
(not fully updated for 2017)
|What's the deal with the race's name?
The Greasy-Gooney 10K is named after two streams past which the 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 2017 race will be the nineteenth running. The event was founded by Patrick Farris, then a history teacher at Warren County High School and now the executive director of the Warren Heritage Society. 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 Terry and many others. (If you'd like to serve the race in any capacity, either this year or in future years, send Karsten an e-mail!)
What's new with the race this year?
We expect most aspects of the race to remain the same as in previous years. Same beautiful, course, same low-key atmosphere, same cheap trophies, same silly random prizes! We'll update this once the 2017 race info is available in August or September.
Turnouts vary from year to year, and race day weather always plays a role. Recent Greasy-Gooneys have seen around 80 to 100 people, although the 2016 race saw 133 finishers, smashing our previous record. We'll likely plan for somewhere around 80 to 150 runners.
Will there be bathroom access?
Yes! The Browntown Community Center will be open so that runners can use the restrooms in there. Many thanks to the Community Center Association for their hospitality! We also expect to have a couple porta-pots available as well, since the larger turnouts of recent years have put a little too much stress on the Community Center's plumbing in the hour before race time. Needless to say, please respect the local residents and refrain from whizzing on anybody's property.
What's the weather usually like at this race?
Temperatures have usually been in the 40°s or 50°s at the start, although things were a bit warm for the 2000 and 2009 races (65° and 70° respectively) and a bit cold in 2012 & 2013 (most notably 33° in 2013, when the race director's car wouldn't turn over ten minutes before the start!). The average high temperature for 28 October in this area is 61°, while the average low is 41°. With sunrise coming an hour and a half before the 9 AM start, temperatures will probably only have risen a few degrees from the early morning low by the time the race gets going. Here's how the weather's been at the start of all of the past editions of Greasy-Gooney:
You can check the current forecast for Browntown on the National Weather Service's Web site.
Do we get a race number?
Nope! Because this is a not a large race (relatively speaking), we use the "finish card" method of keeping track of finishers. At the finish, you will be handed a numbered card in the order in which you finish. You'll be asked to fill out this card with your name, age, gender, etc., and turn it in right away. Then we use the cards to figure out the results. Very simple!
Why didn't you have the start and finish in the same place and make this a 7 mile race?
Well, ten kilometers is a fairly standard race distance, for one thing. For another, starting in Browntown would require more running along the relatively busier Bentonville Road, whereas the 10K course is only on that road for a quarter of a mile. Besides, it's too late to change things now. This race started out as a 10K, and it's gonna continue as a 10K, by gummy!
Yes and no. The first 2½ miles are relatively mild, and the last 3.1 miles are virtually all downhill, so only the last half mile before the halfway point is particularly hard. That section will feel long and steep to just about everybody, although if you make the mistake of taking the first 2½ miles too fast, the steep section will feel especially difficult. But if you're just running the race recreationally, it won't feel as
Will there be water stops?
We will have a minimum of one water stop, but we may offer two depending on conditions and volunteer availability. (If you know someone who would like to serve as a water stop volunteer, have them e-mail co-race director Karsten Brown!)
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!
Do I get a finisher's medal?
As this is an old-school race with an extremely low budget... Nope. We will, however, give you a hearty pat on the back at the finish line if you'd like!
Do you offer prize money?
Nope! Again, low budget race here.
If I win an award, what exactly will I be getting?
The top three overall will likelyreceive large-ish trophies, while the top three in each age group will likely get 6" trophies (basically just a figurine on a marble base).
What happened to the "Most Dressed Like Lord Fairfax" and "Most Awkward Race Outfit" awards?
Sadly, they are no more. Race founder Patrick Farris threw those onto the original race flyer in 1999 just for fun, but few people competed for the "Awkward" award over the years, and (not surprisingly) we never had any participants who dressed like Lord Fairfax. (Lord Fairfax once owned
Can I wear headphones during the race?
Nope, sorry. Apart from the obvious liability and insurance issues, it's a matter of safety. The course is completely open to vehicular traffic, and the road is narrow at times with blind curves and blind hills. You're going to need to devote as much attention as possible to not getting run over by automobiles. So leave the headphones, iPods, and MP3 players at home or in the car, please. We're serious about
Well, can I play my music out loud then?
Nope. Aside from the fact that the music will still reduce your ability to hear approaching vehicles, it is wildly presumptuous to assume that other participants want to hear your tunes while they try to enjoy our race. Honestly, if you can't get through 6.2 miles of running without music, you should probably look for a different race.
Okay, how about running the race with a dog? Or running while pushing a baby jogger?
Again, nope. Same reasons as the headphones thing: safety and liability. The road over those first four miles is just too narrow for a dog to be underfoot or a baby jogger to be in the way.
Can I run with my smartphone if I'm not playing music?
Yeah, that's fine, although it may result in a little extra scrutiny from our volunteers. But as long as you have no headphones and aren't playing any audio, no worries! We know a lot of people use their phones for GPS tracking nowadays.
Why are entries non-refundable and non-transferable?
Don't worry, we're not trying to swindle you! This is a low-budget race funded entirely by the entry fees, and the race is not intended to make any sort of significant profit. While we've managed to come out in the black over the past few years, losing money on the race is a very real
What's the deal with all the running club entry fee discounts?
As the race director is a member of many running clubs in the Washington & Baltimore metropolitan area, he thought it'd be nice to offer a dollar off to members of the clubs to which he belongs. (A list of these eligible clubs appears on the registration page.) Members of the Shenandoah Valley Runners get two dollars off because the SVR sponsors our event.
Do you offer any other discounts, coupon codes, etc.?
Nope! Our fees are what they are. This is not one of these newfangled novelty races that try to gin up interest with extra discounts.
Who gets the race proceeds?
Assuming we end up with any money after the race, it will be donated to the Browntown Community Center Association. The race has never really been intended as a fundraiser,
Where will the results be posted?
Right here on the Greasy-Gooney 10K Web pages!
Can I volunteer at the race?
Absolutely! The four words any race director loves to hear are "How can I help?" So if you want to serve as a volunteer in some capacity, send an e-mail to Karsten Brown and we'll find something for you to do.
Doesn't Daylight Saving Time end sometime in late October?
Not anymore! Starting in 2007, the end of DST was pushed back to the first Sunday in November. And even before '07, the clock change always came after the traditional Greasy-Gooney race date (usually on the following morning). So there's no need to worry about your resetting your clocks on the night before our race!
When will the 2018 race be held?
As the Greasy-Gooney 10K is always held on the fourth Saturday in October, the presumed date of the 2018 race would be Saturday 27 October. This, of course, is not set in stone until we get all the proper permissions and such... but the odds are quite good that that's when the twentieth running will take place! We'll be aiming to have the race info & flyer available by August or September 2018.
Projected race dates beyond 2018: Saturday 26 October 2019, Saturday 24 October 2020, and Saturday 23 October 2021.
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're hoping to find the time to do a more mobile-friendly redesign at some point in the future.
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.|