Leopold's Trail Run

Leopold's Trail Run Established in 2014, Broad Run Off Road has a simple mission/vision: produce professional, safe and fun events that encourage everyone to explore, compete and enjoy their outdoor experience while raising money and awareness for important causes.
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We are a non-profit, raising money and awareness for other non-profits through trail races, adventure races and more.

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09/25/2020
Broad Run Off Road

How to log your activites for the 2020 Create Your Own Trail Challenge.

If you haven't already, sign up now: https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

With 2 days before we begin our 50-Day Create Your Own Trail Challenge, we thought it would be a good time to do a little walkthrough of how to log your activities into the event results and track your progress against your 50-day distance goal.

Thank you again for everyone who has signed up, and don't forget for any who haven't, registration is open until October 17th!

Once again 100% of the proceeds from this are going to Cub Scout Pack 42, Haymarket Elementary School @Haymarket PTO, and Piedmont Dogs (aka Vint Hill Dog Park).

Be safe, have fun, explore trails and post photos on our page right here :)

https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

09/16/2020
Broad Run Off Road

Just a week out from the Create Your Own Virtual Challenge. Check out another great trail idea/preview and register now: https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

We're just 1 week out from the Create Your Own Trail Virtual Challenge. Register Now and help us raise funs for 3 great local non profit orgs. https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

Need trail ideas? We've got you covered. How about James S. Long Park right here in Haymarket. Most people know Long Park for the soccer, lacrosse and baseball fields for their kids, but did you know there's 4 miles of trails with a few creek crossings rolling hills and more behind all the sports fields? Check it out as we take you through it.

Just 2 weeks out from the start of our 50-day virtual race challenge, get this sweet race shirt mailed right to you! Reg...
09/08/2020

Just 2 weeks out from the start of our 50-day virtual race challenge, get this sweet race shirt mailed right to you! Register now:
https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

Temperatures are starting to drop from the summer heat, we've even got some leaves starting to fall, and we're now just 2 weeks out from the start of our Create Your Own Trail - 50-Day Virtual Challenge.

We're excited to get out there with you this fall, exploring the many great trails, paths and more in your area. While this isn't your standard in-person event it still comes with a race shirt, stickers, and we'll even be awarding prizes for fun categories too! For this event, we'll be mailing this all out to you, no need to pick anything up.

Register Now: https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

08/27/2020
Broad Run Off Road

Check out this preview of the Whitney State Forest trails, and don't forget to register now for the Virtual Race Challenge

As we get closer to the start of our Create Your Own Trail virtual challenge, I thought I'd preview some trails around our area to give you some ideas to try out and explore.

First up is Whitney State Forest in Warrenton, Va. which is going to be our newest race in the Twilight Trail Series when we can get back to in-person events. There are 4-5 miles of trails in this quiet/secluded tract managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry. I went out on my bike to show you our new 5K course, plenty elevation changes, 4-5 stream crossings, beautiful trees, definitely one of my favorite trails for a run.

Register now for the virtual race challenge: https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

08/19/2020

Via: Broad Run Off Road

We're Now 5 weeks out from our 50-Day Virtual Race Challenge, so lets highlight our 3rd beneficiary of the event. For any alumni of our Leopold's Trail races, you might know we pride ourselves on that race being dog-friendly, so when we decided to expand this year to do a race in Warrenton, we jumped at the chance to partner with and raise money for the Vint Hill Dog Park.

Piedmont Dogs, a.k.a. the Vint Hill Dog Park, is a non-profit org dedicated to providing a fun and safe off-leash dog recreation area to Virginia’s Piedmont region. The dog park itself is a fenced in dog park on a partially wooded 1.25 acres, open to the public, and operating year round from dawn to dusk. Learn more about them here: http://www.vinthilldogpark.org/

Any register now for the 50-Day Race Challenge!
https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

Broad Run Off Road
08/11/2020

Broad Run Off Road

6 weeks out from our Create Your Own Trail Challenge. Just a reminder that 100% of all proceeds are going to be donated to three great non-profit organizations, and we want to give a shout out to our second beneficiary the Haymarket Elementary School (PTO).

Haymarket PTO is dedicated to providing quality opportunities to enhance and maximize the education of every student while aiding them in achieving their highest potential. Even while schools have had to go virtual and the many normal in person activities aren't possible; the HMES PTO is doing hard work to find/provide access to virtual activities/tools and more for students as they navigate the school year!

Register Now for the virtual race challenge and help us raise money for this great organization!

https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

Just 50 days away from the Create Your Own Trail Challenge, Register Now:
08/04/2020

Just 50 days away from the Create Your Own Trail Challenge, Register Now:

Just 50 Days away from the start of our Create Your Own Trail Challenge. 100% of all proceeds are going to be donated to three great non-profit organizations, and we want to give each a shout out, so lets start with BMES Pack 42.

The Boy Scouts of America BMES (Buckland Mills Elementary School) Pack 42 is located in Gainesville, Virginia. The objective of the troops/packs is to develop character, citizenship and personal fitness in each of their Scouts/Cubs. This is done through a fun & exciting outdoor programs, educational meetings, and through the advancement program. Pack 42 will not only be manning aid stations when we get back to racing in person in 2021, but they also do clean up days for local parks/trails in our area so we have a LOT to thank them for.

Register Now for the challenge and help us raise money for this great organization!

https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge

Gentle reminder to go over and follow our new pagere here:  Broad Run Off RoadOk the update we've tried to hold out as l...
07/27/2020
Broad Run Off Road - Create Your Own Trail - Virtual Race Challenge

Gentle reminder to go over and follow our new pagere here: Broad Run Off Road

Ok the update we've tried to hold out as long as we could on. Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are postponing our fall Twilight Trail Series to 2021. Any racers already registered should have gotten an email from us with info/options, if you didn't get it let me know.

BUT DON'T PUT YOUR TRAIL SHOES AWAY JUST YET!!!

We're not going to sit around and do nothing in 2020. Registration is now open for our first ever: Create Your Own Trail - Virtual Race Challenge with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Haymarket PTO , Boy Scouts BMES Pack 42 & Piedmont Dogs

Event details, how to and more found here: https://www.broadrunoffroad.org/create-your-own-trail-challenge
We'll be posting and sharing all kinds of details, videos, trail previews and ideas as we get closer. Get out there folks and help us raise money for a bunch of great local organizations!

Create Your Own Trail - Virtual Race Challenge

03/13/2020

There are much more important things going on right now, so we're not gonna do the original email/social media promotional splash we originally planned; instead just gonna say for those interested, Registration is officially open for the Twilight Trail Series. You can sign up here: broadrunoffroad.org

Most importantly, stay safe, stay healthy and stay sane everyone and we'll see you on the trails come fall time.

Leopold's Trail Run's cover photo
02/27/2020

Leopold's Trail Run's cover photo

02/27/2020
Broad Run Off Road

Short version: please follow us at our new FB Page for all future news, info details and updates on our races: https://www.facebook.com/BroadRunOffRoad/

Long version: Our apologies in advance, this is the dumbest thing we've had to do, but Facebook will not allow us to change the name of this FB page to our new legal name: Broad Run Off Road.

We think it would be very confusing to continue posting about a series of races happening in many locations outside of Leopold's Preserve from a page titled "Leopold's Trail Run"; and we don't want to confuse folks, not to mention its just not our legal name anymore, so we're taking this step now to just create a new proper FB page for Broad Run Off Road.

So please if you don't mind, if you like this page, please like our new page as that will be where we will post all future news, updates and events: https://www.facebook.com/BroadRunOffRoad/

We will keep this old page alive though so all the pictures from our past races stay alive and accessible. Thank you and see you on the trails soon :)

Give people a reason to have fun, be active, outdoors and off pavement.

Our Vision: Produce professional, safe and fun events that encourage everyone to explore, compete and enjoy their outdoor experience while raising money and awareness for

Keeping with the 2020 rollout, you can now check out our brand new website: www.broadrunoffroad.orgWe're still keeping r...
02/26/2020
Broad Run Off Road

Keeping with the 2020 rollout, you can now check out our brand new website: www.broadrunoffroad.org

We're still keeping race #2 and 3 secret until announcements next week ;)

But on the website you can find:
- Leopold's race #1 course maps, directions, times, details
- results for all our past races
- pictures from the past races
- sign up for our new email list
- sponsor info should you or someone you know be interesting in being a part of BROR events!
- Our story, BRORs background

Obviously info for races 2 and 3 will show up once we announce :)

Trail races - fun, active, outdoors and off the pavement with 100% proceeds donated and 100% volunteer supported!

Leopold's Trail Run
02/20/2020

Leopold's Trail Run

02/20/2020

Ok, enough teasers, its time to start announcing some things for 2020; and we're starting with the biggest news first.

We're expanding!

After 6 years of putting on our annual Leopold's Trail Run, we've decided we wanted to do more. Its been hard to pick just 1 non-profit beneficiary each year, and there's a lot of great trails in our area, so why not do more races and raise more money for great orgs around our community?

Don't worry, the Leopold's Trail race isn't going anywhere, but since we're now expanding beyond the borders of Leopold's Nature Preserve, its time for a name change...

Staying true to our roots we decided to take the stream that parallels Leopold's Preserve, the North Fork Broad Run, and combine that with our preference to stay off the hard asphalt to become: Broad Run, Off Road

So technically a new name, but the same mission that's driven us since day one: fun, active, outdoors and off the pavement with 100% proceeds donated and 100% volunteer supported!

Stay tuned to this space (and our new coming very soon website www.broadrunoffroad.org), in the coming days/weeks as we will very shortly start announcing details for a brand new 2020 Trail Series :)

Yep, these definitely look like the sorts of things you guys would enjoy :)   #2020Recon   2020 Announcement / Info Comi...
02/10/2020

Yep, these definitely look like the sorts of things you guys would enjoy :) #2020Recon 2020 Announcement / Info Coming Soon

Doing some more 2020 race recon this weekend... definitely got some more good ideas... details coming soon :)
01/20/2020

Doing some more 2020 race recon this weekend... definitely got some more good ideas... details coming soon :)

Winter might normally be quiet time for us, but we've got some new ideas for 2020... need to do some recon. #comingsoon ...
01/10/2020

Winter might normally be quiet time for us, but we've got some new ideas for 2020... need to do some recon. #comingsoon #wherearewe

Come on out to the trailhead early for mini golf, music, bubbles, bell striker, foosball, face painting and much more!
10/26/2019

Come on out to the trailhead early for mini golf, music, bubbles, bell striker, foosball, face painting and much more!

Fall foliage is here! You'd be hard pressed to find a better looking start/finish line for this weekend. Good news is th...
10/23/2019

Fall foliage is here! You'd be hard pressed to find a better looking start/finish line for this weekend.

Good news is the recent rain only softened the trails up a bit, no mud or standing water on any of it, going to be perfect conditions for a run :)

If you still haven't signed up, you can still register online or even on raceday.

See you Saturday! https://www.adventureenablers.com/leopolds

Come visit us at Haymarket Day, register today, spin the wheel and get up to 40% off race registration
10/19/2019

Come visit us at Haymarket Day, register today, spin the wheel and get up to 40% off race registration

Sure its an 11-Days out forecast so it may shift some but we'll take it as it looks like its going to be nice and dry fo...
10/15/2019

Sure its an 11-Days out forecast so it may shift some but we'll take it as it looks like its going to be nice and dry for the trail races in 2 weeks, 62 degrees overcast with very little chance of rain, just the way we like it.

If you haven't registered yet, sign up now so you don't have to wait in line on race day. https://www.adventureenablers.com/leopolds

Did a recon run on the trails today; and it is gorgeous out there, leaves starting to change color and fall, wildlife do...
10/11/2019

Did a recon run on the trails today; and it is gorgeous out there, leaves starting to change color and fall, wildlife doing their thing, we're only 2 weeks away, don't miss out, Register Now: https://www.adventureenablers.com/leopolds

Of course we want you to register and run in one of our trail races. But if you happen to be taking it off this year but...
10/10/2019
Leopold's Trail Run

Of course we want you to register and run in one of our trail races. But if you happen to be taking it off this year but still want to come out and help we're in search of volunteers, could always use people to help with registration/check-in, water stations, etc. Volunteers can get a race shirt too :)

If kids needing service hours we'll always sign off on those, this event is in support of local non-profit (FOHA).

If you or anyone you know can, sign up to volunteer here: https://www.adventuresignup.com/Race/Volunteer/VA/Haymarket/LeopoldsTrailRun

Leopold's Trail Run is on Saturday October 26, 2019. It includes the following events: 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Fun Run.

Friendly reminder to register by the end of this week to guarantee a race shirt in your size. This year we've decided to...
10/02/2019

Friendly reminder to register by the end of this week to guarantee a race shirt in your size. This year we've decided to give you something to better show off the dirt you collect out on the trails :)

Register Now: https://www.adventureenablers.com/leopolds

09/25/2019

Prices increase 9/28 for this fabulous twilight trail run (10K, 5K, or 1-mile)! And it's not JUST a trail run...also included is ALL THIS FUN:

🔹 School of Rock Haymarket house band
🔹 Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) dog adoptions
🔹 Activities & kids race warm up with My Gym
🔹 Bubble-ologist
🔹 Balloon Artist
🔹 Face painting
🔹 Glitter tattoo artist
🔹 Kona Ice snow cones
🔹 Foosball table
🔹 Cornhole
🔹 Multiple holes of mini golf
🔹 Photo booth
🔹 School of Rock "try an instrument" booth
🔹 Massages by Momentum Physical Therapy
🔹 Booths from all the other great race sponsors: Inova Health System, Lange Realty, VCA Healthy PAWS Medical Center, The Goddard School, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT), MyGym and more

Sign up at www.adventureenablers.com/leopolds

Summer is ending, means we're getting closer to our 6th Annual Fall Leopold's Trail 10K/5K, 1-mile fun run and mini-fami...
09/18/2019

Summer is ending, means we're getting closer to our 6th Annual Fall Leopold's Trail 10K/5K, 1-mile fun run and mini-family fest on October 26th.

Wanted to send a reminder to everyone to register before the end of the month to guarantee a race shirt in your size. Race proceeds go to FOHA (Friends of Homeless Animals).

Register Now here for the races: https://www.adventureenablers.com/leopolds

Also time to list off ALL the many cool things we're going to have at the trailhead this year:

🔹 School of Rock Haymarket house band
🔹 Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) dog adoptions
🔹 Activities & kids race warm up with My Gym Manassas
🔹 Bubble-ologist
🔹 Balloon Artist
🔹 Face painting
🔹 Glitter tattoo artist
🔹 Kona Ice snow cones
🔹 Foosball table (yeah, I said that)
🔹 Cornhole
🔹 multiple holes of mini golf!!!
🔹 Photo Booth
🔹 School of Rock "try an instrument" booth
🔹 Massages by Momentum Physical Therapy
🔹 Booths from all our other great race sponsors: Inova Health System, Lange Realty, VCA Healthy PAWS Medical Center, The Goddard School, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT), MyGym and more

And of course we can always use race volunteers, you can sign up for that on the race website as well :)

#ThrowbackThursday to our first event in 2014. Leopold's Nature Preserve had just opened the full trails to the public, ...
09/05/2019

#ThrowbackThursday to our first event in 2014. Leopold's Nature Preserve had just opened the full trails to the public, and a few of us in the neighborhood thought: "wouldn't it be cool to get a group together for a 5K run on the trails."

We mapped out a course, got permission from the trails and the VOP neighborhood where the trailhead is, and just posted on neighborhood FB pages about it, and asked folks if they could to bring a donation for Haymarket Food Bank, just to see how many people were interested... turned out over 100 runners showed up.

That year no fancy electronic timing bibs, race shirts, finisher medals, fall festival or even refreshments as it was just a group run. We had a stack of free race bibs, and just a clock on a tripod at the start/finish line (runners had to look and remember their time as they finished).

Also different back then, we did the race in the morning in November... chilly.

Fast forward to 2019 and over 1000 racers have been on the trails now, and we're looking to cross the $15,000 mark donated to local non-profits.

Now we've got a family fest full of activities, sponsors and vendors, a photo booth, live music, snow cones, race shirts/medals.. oh, and no more need to wake up at the crack of dawn or bundle up for the trails :)

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Broad Run Off Road was founded in 2014, but not immediately as a multi-race organization, instead it truly began as just a simple group run / get together...

In 2013 a developer in Haymarket Virginia struck a deal with the county to rezone several hundred acres of land within the community, originally zoned for commercial/industrial use, to instead be split into some residential use and for the remainder to become a nature conservancy know as Leopold's Preserve, complete with plans to make several miles of trails within for public access hiking and biking.

As the trails began to take shape in 2014, Allen Wagner, a resident of the area, decided to put together a group run to try out the trails and introduce folks in the community to the new running outlet available. Allen mapped out a 5K course and a simple sign up sheet was created online to track how many people to expect for this first ever "Leopold's Trail 5K."

Word spread so much that with just less than a month's notice from idea to event, on a chilly November morning over 100 runners showed up for this group run on the new trails. There was nothing fancy about it, just some donated race bibs for folks to wear, and just a running clock on a battery at the trailhead so folks could see a time as they returned. Being so close to Thanksgiving, runners were simply asked to bring a non-perishable food item as a donation to the Haymarket Food Pantry, and at least 2 large boxes were filled/donated.

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