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Ultra Race of Champions to Return to Skylark in 2019

2 May, 2019


The 9th annual Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) will return to Skylark in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia on May 11, 2019. The mission of the Ultra Race of Champions is to attract the best runners in the sport of ultra-distance running, while remaining open to competitors of all abilities: UROC offers a cash purse of $21,000. Skylark, owned by Anne and Craig Colberg, is a farm and now winery located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia: it offers unparalleled views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and great access to some of the best trails on the east coast.

After two very successful years at this venue, where the race has grown, UROC will return to beautiful Skylark for another year of stellar competition and unparalleled views. With the 2018 field as one of the largest and deepest in the history of the race, 2019 is sure not to disappoint: the mixed-terrain point-to-point course received rave reviews from both elite and age group runners for its beauty and uniqueness.

“We are very excited to have found such a unique and stellar venue for UROC”, says James Russell Gill III, race director of the Ultra Race of Champions. “Skylark represents the best that ultrarunning has to offer with 360 degrees views of the Blue Ridge at the finish line. By standing on the finish line, runners and spectators can see the layout of the entire course. Because of the overwhelming positive feedback from all the participants from the past two years, we have made the decision to return to Skylark and allow the race and venue to grow together. In addition, this true mountain course is well suited to attract a very deep field of elite international runners. We cannot think of a better venue for the 2019 event.”

Anne and Craig Colberg, the owners of Skylark, are also looking forward to welcoming the runners back in 2019. “With Skylark becoming a vineyard during the summer of 2018,” says Craig Colberg, “the runners will be welcomed by a different landscape in 2019. We know that running and wine are a perfect pairing and we look forward to sharing our wines with the participants after the first harvest. The climate and soil at Skylark are very unique and similar to the piedmont of the Alps, allowing us to grow grapes normally not found in the area. This differentiates Skylark from the current winery landscape: we know our wines will be very well received and cannot wait to debut them.”

Given the success of the event which has been hosted for the past two years at Skylark, the 9th annual Ultra Race of Champions on May 11, 2019 promises to be even better and larger.  Registration will open at 8:00am EST on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at www.ultraroc.com

The Ultra Race of Champions is produced by Bad to the Bone Sports.  More information can be found at www.ultraroc.com.  On social media, UROC can be found on Facebook and Twitter (@UROCUltraRace).  For more information and for press inquiries, please contact Dr. Francesca Conte at (434) 218-0402 or francesca@badtothebone.biz

About Bad to the Bone SportsBy directing premier road and trail events all over the United States, Bad to the Bone Sports strives to motivate runners of all backgrounds to challenge themselves. For over 13 years, Bad to the Bone Sports events have reflected owners James Russell Gill III and Dr. Francesca Conte decades-long knowledge and passion for running. www.badtothebone.biz

About the Ultra Race of Champions: UROC is open to all runners.  The mission of UROC is to create the Super Bowl for the sport of ultra-distance running.  Elite runners are invited based on the recommendation of the UROC Elite Advisory Council and their performances at key events in the sport all over the World: at UROC, elite runners and weekend warriors race side by side.  The UROC Elite Advisory Council includes some of the best ultrarunners from around the World: Ian Sharman, Dave Mackey, Michael Wardian, Kaci Lickteig, Devon Yanko, and Anna Frost.  UROC also relies on the support of several Ambassadors, who are vital to the success of the championship.  UROC Ambassadors Catra Corbett and Ken Michal are the backbone of ultra-distance running and some of the most active and influential runners in the sport.  Best of the Best, One Course, One Day.  For more information, visit http://www.ultraroc.com/ or find it on social media on Facebook at “Ultra Race of Champions” or on Twitter #UROCUltraRace, #BeAChampion.

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