Ultra Race of Champions to Start and Finish at Skylark

10 May, 2019

The Ultra Race of Champions, to be held May 11, 2019, is thrilled to announce that, beginning in 2019, all events (100K, 50K, 25K) will now start and finish at beautiful Skylark. The event has historically started at Camp Blue Ridge and finished on Skylark’s summit.

“Our starting location for the past three years, Camp Blue Ridge, has suffered from the harsh winter weather,” says James Russell Gill III, the race director. “Therefore, in order to allow Camp Blue Ridge time to recover, we are moving the start to the very summit of Skylark. In addition, having the start at Skylark allows us full connectivity to broadcast live the start of all three events. To make things even more exciting, Skylark Farms is completing their latest project, a new world-class vineyard. This will be one of the most iconic starting locations for a trail race in the world.”

Skylark Farms is becoming 12 Ridges Vineyard, a new vision at one of the most iconic locations along the entire Blue Ridge Parkway. 12 Ridges Vineyard will be opening to the public in the summer of 2019 with a tasting room, five thousand square feet of outdoor patio space, and glorious 360-degree views. The 270 acres of land fronting along the Parkway has unprecedented views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah Valley. “We are delighted to be opening the property so all may enjoy what only a few have seen before,” says Craig Colberg, owner of 12 Ridges. “12 Ridges features ‘cool climate’ wines. Our unique terroir of soil and an altitude above 3,300′ lend themselves to extraordinary possibilities including European style Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling; a Pinot Noir ideally suited for 12 Ridges and magnificent sparkling wines.  More information about 12 Ridges Vineyard can be found at

The 2019 event is also possible thanks to the support of the race sponsors, including Naked Hydration Packs.

The Ultra Race of Champions is produced by Bad to the Bone Sports and registration is now open.  More information can be found at On social media, UROC can be found on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. For more information and for sponsorship or press inquiries, please contact Dr. Francesca Conte at (434) 218-0402 or

About Bad to the Bone Sports™: By directing premiere 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.

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 find it on social media on Facebook at “Ultra Race of Champions”, Instagram at “ultra_race_of_champions” or on Twitter at “UROCUltraRace”. #UROC, #UltraRaceofChampions.


Subscribe to SDM