Backyard Burn @ Pohick Bay

October 3, 2021
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Pohick Bay Course Description

Situated on Gunston Cove and adjacent to Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge and Gunston Hall, home of Founding Father George Mason, Pohick Bay is steeped in beauty and history. The trails are excellent, the water views are amazing, and bald eagle sightings are common. The moderately technical course includes tight single-track, wide open double-track, challenging climbs, and flowy descents. Don’t miss this awesome Backyard Burn course!

Course Length: 5.7 miles OR 10 miles


Race day information

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COVID Precautions

We strongly encourage all racers and spectators to get vaccinated. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated to volunteer at any EX2 event. All members of the EX2 staff are already fully vaccinated.
All participants (irrespective of vaccination status) are asked to bring a mask with you to the race and wear it in common areas when social distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are not required when racing. We will have staggered starts of 50 to 100 people grouped by pace and encourage racers to space out at the start line. Our races are chip timed, so your time does not start until you cross the starting line.
There is nothing more important than our health. Let’s all continue to take good care of each other; be kind and respect each other; and enjoy the trails together as an EX2 community.

Registration Fees

5 Mile
$45 – Early (3 months+ out)
$47.50 – Regular (1-3 months out)
$50.00 – Late (1 month to race day)

10 Mile
$50 – Early (3 months+ out)
$52.50 – Regular (1-3 months out)
$55.00 – Late (1 month to race day)

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 to 9:06 – Staggered starts by pace
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 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


Pohick Bay Regional Park
6501 Pohick Bay Dr.
Lorton, VA 22079

From Interstate 95 North:

  • Take exit 161 to Lorton, Rt. 1 N.
  • Go about 1.8 miles to first stop light and turn right on to Gunston Rd.
  • Go about 3.2 miles on Gunston Rd to park entrance on left.
  • Follow the signs to race parking and check-in.

From Interstate 95 South:

  • From I95 S, exit 163 to Lorton.
  • Left onto Lorton Rd at the end of exit ramp.
  • Go under second overpass and turn right onto Lorton Market St. (You will see Shoppers Food Warehouse)
  • Go about 1.1 mile to traffic light at RT. 1.
  • Go straight through light (road name changes to Gunston Rd) and go about 3.2 miles to park entrance on left.
  • Follow the signs to race parking and check-in.

Race Rules

  • Portable music players or any device requiring in-ear head phones 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, 70-79

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