War at Windrock
A 2-day mountain stage race April 12th – 13th on Windrock Mountain in Oliver Springs, TN. There are three registration options. You can register for the 4.5mi Trail Run and “10K” Uphill Climb (day one), the 34K Trail Run (day two), or all three stages (recommended).
|Race||until December 31st, 2013||until March 17th, 2014||until April 10th, 2014|
|All 3 Stages||$95||$100||$110|
|4.5mi Trail Run
“10K” Uphill Climb
|34K Trail Run||$55||$60||$70|
When: April 12th-13th, 2014
Where: Windrock Park, Oliver Springs, TN
What: Three trail races in two days!
A two-day mountain stage race – War at Windrock is an epic adventure of trail running that
recreational athletes, elite runners, and everyone in between will not want to miss.
Nestled in the Coal Creek OHV Area, just north of Oak Ridge, TN, runners will
conquer a wild journey through single track trails of steep climbs, rugged terrain,
and breathtaking mountain views (if you still have any breath left). Best of all, the
race is routed directly through the wind farm- strictly off limits to the general public
under normal circumstances- as Dirty Bird Events has gained exclusive access to this
The race weekend will offer athletes the opportunity to enjoy Windrock Mountain
in three ways: Move Fast, Get High, and Go Long. It’s an ultra distance in three
stages, certain to push trail runners of all levels to the limit. Whether competing for
the “Trailfecta” (recommended) or battling in just one or two races, we invite all
participants to fight hard, have fun, and enjoy the War at Windrock.
Move Fast: 4.5 Mile Trail Run @ 9:00am on Saturday, April 12th. This rolling course
will allow competitors to showcase their inner speed demon while offering some technical single track running.
Get High: “10K” Uphill Climb @ 2:30pm on Saturday, April 12th. The 72,000 acre park
is known for its off-road recreational vehicle usage, but we are leaving the vehicles
behind and tackling the elevation on foot. This is the toughest and longest “10k” you will ever run!
Go Long: 34K Trail Run @ 8:00am on Sunday, April 13th. Experience the raw power
and magnificent beauty first hand, as 18 wind turbines await the participants as they
summit Buffalo Mountain.
War at Windrock is a one of a kind experience for athletes, sponsors, and volunteers
alike. Live music, food, bonfire, and corn hole will be included in the festivities, so
hang out between battles and stay the weekend. Camping is available onsite,
and you will be a stone’s throw away from all of the action.
A Carbo Dinner will be provided for all athletes and volunteers. If you would like to join us for the Carbo Dinner, just show your race number. The dinner will be served at 5:30pm on April 12th after the “10K” Uphill Climb.
Primitive camping is available onsite for both Friday and Saturday nights. There is no additional cost to camp. RV Sites and cabins are also available through the park for additional fees.
Battle #1 – Move Fast
Race weekend kicks off with a 4.5 mile romp on some of the newest trails in Windrock Park. This freshly cut course consists of nearly all single track trails. Located in the nature area adjacent to the campground, this may be your best chance to show off some fast feet. While not flat by any means (this is East TN after all), the course is relatively moderate. The 4.5 mile run starts from a gravel staging area just inside the campground, and immediately heads to the trails. Don’t get too concerned when the trail starts climbing, as the beginning is one of only two segments that is uphill. A steady, but short, climb takes athletes up to enjoy some great views of Downtown Oliver Springs. There will be one aid station located near the halfway mark. Next, the course winds around the woods of Walden Ridge and continues to drop in elevation until heading back towards the start. A somewhat steep and rocky climb then awaits, which is arguably the most challenging part of the course. With less than a mile to go, it is all downhill to the finish line (located at the start).
Battle #2 – Get High
Don’t expect to break any personal best times on this monster “10k” Uphill Climb. Promising to leave a lasting memory, this course scales roughly 3,000 feet in just over 7 miles to the rock formation in which the park is named. This will be the toughest and longest 10k you will ever run! The hill climb starts at the main trailhead, which is located 2 miles from the campground. The course provides runners the chance to settle in by taking on a steady and scenic ascent up Trail #1 and Trail #2. These trails wind around the base of Windrock Mountain before making the transition to more challenging terrain. An aid station will be available approximately 2 miles into the race. Trail #16 and Trail #17 start to hint at what this course is all about, as they really start to climb. At the top of Trail #17 there are a series of small connector trails that will dump runners out onto Trail #24; aka your best friend. Trail #24 is the mildest segment of the race and is a great chance to get your legs back. A second aid station will be located near the 6 mile mark on Trail #24. Certain to be the most wicked part of this race, the downhill mountain bike course is known as one of the longest and toughest on this side of the country. It is here that the course shoots straight up the mountain and really starts to show its teeth, as you make your way up, up, and up. Don’t worry if you have to walk or hike portions of this race, for you will not be alone. The trail then crosses over several gravel roads and jeep trails which serve as great places to catch your breath and wonder why you ever signed up for this in the first place. After the final gravel road crossing, the rustic single track then leads to a 12 foot drop that will have to be navigated. There will be a rope to aid runners in this near vertical portion of the climb. Please use caution at this location. Once atop, the course makes its final push up the remainder of the mountain bike course. After making the summit, there is a brief downhill stretch to the finish. Smile proudly. You just conquered Windrock Mountain! Runners will be transported back down the mountain to the main trailhead where the race began.
Battle #3 – Go Long
The highlight of the weekend, the 34k Trail Run takes runners through the wind farm atop Buffalo Mountain. The race begins at the main trailhead, and then covers the entire length of Trail #22. A rolling start gives way to several stream crossings before ascending steadily up the mountain to a brief gravel road segment. The first aid station will be located approximately 4 miles into the race. A short (but intense) climb up boulders on Trail #45 serves as a connector to G37. Participants will run this flat section of gravel road before making the turn onto Trail #19 for a loop around the “Dark Side” of the mountain. Trail #19 then meets up with a segment of gravel road for the return trip, which includes the second aid station near the 8 mile mark. An outside loop on Trail #20 may allow a peek at the windmills on the backside of this segment. The course then takes a quick venture on Trail #4 which ends at the third aid station near mile 12. After crossing the main gravel road, the course takes a very rustic and direct approach up to the windmills via the “Lost Trail”- the most challenging part of the 34k race. This trail can’t be found on the park map, but the steep and rocky ascent eventually levels out to a nice and easy path that will again meet up with the main gravel road. G2 then takes runners on a gradual climb up through the gates of the wind farm for a 5 mile out and back route very few have experienced. (While this is a great photo opportunity, please stick to the main road and respect the wind turbines). The final aid station will serve competitors going in both directions at the entrance to the wind farm. Runners may be feeling the fatigue from all of the climbing, but the climbing is over. The course is entirely downhill from this point forward. On the return trip, G2 will merge with an unmarked trail for a scenic run on the ridge of an old mining area. On a clear day, the Smoky Mountains are visible off in the distance to the South. The unmarked gravel road then winds down the mountain before intersecting the downhill mountain bike course. After dropping in, the downhill bike course will take participants all the way to the finish line. Runners will descend rapidly over the next few miles of single track trails. The course makes many switchbacks and quick drops as it makes its way back to the main trailhead where the race began. A final turn onto Trail #1 will allow runners the chance for a speedy finish.
Traveling I-75 North from Chattanooga
Take exit 376A (Hwy 162N) to Oak Ridge. Hwy 162 will merge with Hwy 62 in Solway. Follow Hwy 62 west through Oak Ridge (Hwy 62 is also named Illinois Ave. in Oak Ridge) to the intersection of Hwy 95 (also named Oak Ridge Turnpike). Follow Hwy 62 into Oliver Springs 4.3 miles to a traffic light with a Food City Grocery Store on the right. Continue on Hwy 62 1.2 miles to Windrock Road, just past the Oliver Springs overpass. Turn right on Windrock Road and travel .8 mile to Windrock Park Lane on the right.
Traveling I-40 East from Nashville
Take Harriman/Rockwood Exit and turn right on Highway 27/61. Follow Hwy. 61 to the 1st traffic light in Oliver Springs. Go 200 yards, turn left onto Windrock Road and travel .8 mile to Windrock Park Lane on the right.
Traveling I-40 West from Asheville
Take I-40 west to exit 376A (Highway 162N) to Oak Ridge. Hwy 162 will merge with Hwy 62 in Solway. Follow Hwy 62 west through Oak Ridge (Hwy 62 is also named Illinois Ave. in Oak Ridge) to the intersection of Hwy 95 (also named Oak Ridge Turnpike). Follow Hwy 62 into Oliver Springs 4.3 miles to a traffic light with a Food City Grocery Store on the right. Continue on Hwy 62 1.2 miles to Windrock Road, just past the Oliver Springs overpass. Turn right on Windrock Road and travel .8 mile to Windrock Park Lane on the right. Traveling I-75 south from Lexington: Take I-75 south (I-640 West) to I-40 West. Take exit 376A (Highway 162N) to Oak Ridge. Hwy 162 will merge with Hwy 62 in Solway. Follow Hwy 62 west through Oak Ridge (Hwy 62 is also named Illinois Ave. in Oak Ridge) to the intersection of Hwy 95 (also named Oak Ridge Turnpike). Follow Hwy 62 into Oliver Springs 4.3 miles to a traffic light with a Food City Grocery Store on the right. Continue on Hwy 62 1.2 miles to Windrock Road, just past the Oliver Springs overpass. Turn right on Windrock Road and travel .8 mile to Windrock Park Lane on the right.