Backyard Burn @ Laurel Hill

December 3, 2023
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Laurel Hill Course Description

Located just south of the Capital Beltway in Lorton, this beautiful race course includes a mixture of forested and open meadow singletrack meandering through 1600 acres of the former prison grounds. The race starts and ends under the old guard towers at the Workhouse Arts Center, which is the site of the former Lorton Reformatory.  The course is one of our least technical and most of it is on singletrack that is a mix of dirt and crushed stone.  The only short pavement sections are at the beginning and end of the race.  There are no extended climbs, but lots of short ups and downs.

Race Date: Sunday December 3, 2023
Course Length:
5.4 miles (1 lap) OR 10 miles (2 laps)
Elevation Gain: 350 feet OR 700 feet
Aid Stations: Water and Gatorade every 1 to 2 miles

Race day information sent to racers


Registration Fees

5 Mile
$42.50 – New year by 1/1/223
$47.50 – Early by 9/3/23
$52.50 – Regular by 11/3/23
$55 – Late by 12/2/23
$60 – Race day (if not sold out)

10 Mile
$47.50 – New year by 1/1/223
$52.50 – Early by 9/3/23
$57.50 – Regular by 11/3/23
$60 – Late by 12/2/23
$65 – Race day (if not sold out)

Registration Fee Includes

Fun and challenging course design, professional race operations, wonderful volunteer support, awesome aid stations, medical support, plentiful post-race food (breakfast burritos and other tasty treats – yum!), electric atmosphere, great music, awards and give-a-ways, and a race t-shirt you’ll love.

Race Day Schedule

7:30 – Check-in opens
8:50 – Pre-race brief
9:00 – Race starts
9:30 – Post-race food available
10:45 – FREE Kids Race*
11:00 – Awards (top 5 in each category) and sponsor give-a-ways

* Kids race is for ages 2-11. We split into age groups and run a short out and back ‘race’. Kids who participate can pick from the Treasure Box.

Backyard Burn at Laurel Hill

9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079

Race Location

Workhouse Arts Center (staging area)
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA 22079

Race Rules

  • Portable music players or any device requiring in-ear headphones are not permitted.
  • Outside assistance is only permitted within 50 meters of an aid station.
  • Race numbers must be worn on the front and must be visible at all times.
  • There are no cut-off times.
  • Pets and pacers are not allowed on the course.
  • Baby strollers are not permitted on the course.
  • Respect other racers, volunteers, race staff, and the environment. No littering.
  • Poor sportsmanship may result in disqualification.
  • Racers must notify race officials if they drop out of the race.
  • Stay on designated trails.

Age Groups

Male and Female - 19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

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