Backyard Burn @ Fountainhead

April 25, 2021 + Virtual
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Fountainhead Course Description

This year’s race will offer both in-person and virtual options. Fountainhead Regional Park is situated along the banks of the Occoquan Reservoir in Western Fairfax County. This awesome race course is beautiful and consists of hiking trails and a few old dirt roads.  We’ve been racing at Fountainhead for almost 15 years now…and it continues to be a racer favorite. Fountainhead is one of our toughest (meaning awesome) courses with no shortage of rocks and roots.  There are many steep climbs and descents, but none are long.  The only pavement on the course is the first half mile up the park road.

Check-in Times
Pre-Race Information Email

Race Date:  Sunday April 25, 2021 + Virtual
Course Length: 4.7 miles OR 10.1 miles
Virtual Race: the virtual race can be run any time and any place between April 23rd to 25th, 2021.  Simply run your race and enter your time via RunSignUp.  You’ll receive the race pre-race email, a race t-shirt, and be included in the post-race virtual awards ceremony where we’ll celebrate both the in-person and virtual race!

Summary of COVID Precautions

The safety and health of all racers and volunteers are of upmost importance.  While all risk cannot be eliminated, the in-person race will have the following mitigations in place.  A summary of our precautions are below, and you can read our full COVID plan here.

  • Event will comply with all local, state, and federal restrictions including participation limits.
  • Check-in and start times will be staggered from roughly 7:15am until 9:15am. 5 mile runners will check-in first and then 10-milers.
  • Check-in groups and times will be assigned by pace.
  • Groups of 20ish people will start every 5 minutes. Smaller groups will start if there is not a queue.
  • Check-in is touchless and event will be chip timed.
  • It is expected that each runner is ready to run when they check-in.  Please warm up and use the bathroom before you check-in. Portajohns will be available in the start queue while the runner is getting ready to start. We do not want people checking in and going back to your car.
  • Race giveaways (T-shirt) and post-race food and water are grab and go only and pre-packaged. We will have breakfast burritos, but the selection of food will be smaller than normal.
  • Parking, check-in, start, and finish areas of the event will have ample room for social distancing.
  • Signage will be used to remind people to wear their face coverings and stay socially distanced at all times.
  • Face coverings are required at all times when in check-in, starting, and finish areas.
  • Runners must carry a face covering during event (when running) and use when passing if ample distance is not available on the trail. If a racer doesn’t have a face covering, then one will be provided to them during check-in.
  • Aid stations are staffed for safety and with bottled water only. Athletes are requested to carry their own hydration.
  • Awards ceremony will be virtual.
  • Runners are not allowed to stay after the race except to cool down.
  • Spectators are not allowed.
  • Ample restrooms (portajohns and park bathrooms) are available to minimize queues. All restrooms will be sanitized once every 2 hours by EX2 staff.
  • Hand sanitizer stations available at check-in, start, and finish.
  • All racers will be required to self-validate that they do not have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to anyone suspected to have COVID for the 14 days leading up to event.

Registration Fees

5 Mile
$60 – Race day (if not sold out) 

10 Mile
$65 – Race day (if not sold out)

$35 ($45 for series)

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

Staggered check-in and start times between 7:30am and 10:00am.  The 5 mile check-in times are first then the 10 milers. Specific instructions will be provided in the pre-race information sent 5-7 days before the race.

Backyard Burn at Laurel Hill

9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079


Fountainhead Regional Park
10875 Hampton Rd.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

From Interstate 66:

  • Take I-66 to Route 286 (Fairfax County Parkway – formerly Rt 7100). * Exit at 55A SOUTH toward Springfield.
  • Travel south on Rt. 286 for approx. 6 miles.
  • Exit onto Rt. 123 SOUTH (Ox Rd.) for approx. 3 miles.
  • Right onto Henderson Rd.
  • Left on Hampton Rd.
  • Right into park.
  • Continue to the upper parking lot on the right.
  • Follow the signs to parking and check-in.

From Interstate 95:

  • Exit I95 and take Rt. 123 NORTH for approx. 4.5 miles.
  • Left on Hampton Rd. for approx. 3 miles.
  • Left into park.
  • Continue to the upper parking lot on the right.
  • Follow the signs to 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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