Late Summer Meltdown 4-Miler

MeltdownRaceLogoThe Late Summer Meltdown starts at Pen Park and follows parts of the Rivanna Trail on single-track and double-track trails.The out-and-back course has some rolling hills and flat grassy sections, and is not very technical. Total elevation gain is 416 ft. The race is open to all interested racers, runners, and walkers. The Late Summer Meltdown is the fourth and last race of the Charlottesville Summer Trail Running Series. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and points will be awarded to Charlottesville Trail Running Series runners, cumulative time scoring, based on their place at the finish.

Race fee covers post-race bbq and banquet (subject to change if Virginia Department of Health Guidelines change for outdoor gatherings). At the banquet, we will present overall Series awards to cumulative top finishers in all 4 races. Participants that pre-registered for the Series and completed all 4 races will receive a super-cool tech finisher shirt. Those that pre-registered and completed 3 races will receive a cotton t-shirt. 

When: Tuesday, August 10th, 2021, at 7 pm.

Where: Start and Finish: At Picnic Shelter #2 in Pen Park (1400 Pen Park Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901)

Note: The course and venue are subject to change due to construction in the area, especially near the turnaround.

Entry Fee:  $15 adults, $10 kids 12 and under, $10 for CATs members

Registration: Click here to sign up on line! Race day registration and check-in opens at 5:30 pm. If you signed up for the Summer Trail Running Series, you are automatically registered for this race.


Course map & Elevation profile


Pen Park is located at the northeast corner in the city of Charlottesville, off East Rio Road at Pen Park Road. There are several parking lots for the different sections of the park. From the Downtown Mall: From the northeast end of the Mall, take Park Street north onto East Rio Road and turn right onto Pen Park Road and follow it through the gate. From Route 250 and Route 29: Take Route 250 east to the exit ramp to Park Street, turn left and follow Park Street onto East Rio Road and turn right onto Pen Park Road and follow it through the gate. Once you are inside the park: To reach the picnic shelter #2 and the race start, turn left before the tennis courts and proceed to the parking area. There will be three picnic shelters on your left, the middle one is reserved for the race. Parking: Ample parking next to the picnic shelters. Please do not park on the grass off the side of the road, there are “No Parking” signs.



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