Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trail Runs in Gorges State Park & Dupont 10k & 50k Update

Gorges Road and Trail runs (4.5 mile and 2.5 mile options)
May 19, 2012 – 9:00 am start.
100 runners and walkers will have the chance to take part in the first-ever organized running events in Gorges State Park.

The 4.5 mile and 2.5 mile runs will be a perfect mix of new roads and new trails currently under construction.  These runs will be an “introduction” of what’s to come in Gorges future.  Western North Carolina is proud to have Gorges as a significant part of our home and backyard.

On-line registration at – keyword search Gorges Road and Trail Run or visit the link -
This year is a low-key, inaugural event with very low runner fees. The 2012 focus is on showcasing Gorges.

FootRX of Asheville is a major supporter and is helping with race logistics. We plan to grow this event in 2013 with sponsors, supporters and of course more “frills.”

Runners will be allowed entrance to the park at 8:00 am.  Parking will be available at the new White Pines picnic area where registration and the start/finish for the runs will take place.  

Please consider registering on-line soon to save your place.  There may be a few slots available race day, but we can’t promise it.

The runs are the kick-off to a larger festival, Gorges Gratitude Day.
The day will include lots of family fun and something for everyone. Special presentations on a variety of topics including falconry, black bears, geology, and local folk lore. There also will be live music, hayrides and opportunities to meet community organizations instrumental in the parks development.

There is no entry fee for the actual festival, just a small fee for the runs.  Community organizations providing food and drink will accept donations for their contributions to support their missions.

The festival can be reached by taking US 64 to Sapphire and heading South on NC 281. Upon entering the park follow the signs and parking attendant instructions to available event parking. The festival starts at 10:00 am and ends at 5:00 PM.

For further information about the festival contact Gorges State Park at 828-966-9099.
Registration is now open for October DuPont Trail Running Races
Contact: Lydia Odell, race director

Registration is now open for the Hickory Mountain 10K, DuPont State Recreational Forest 50K and the NEW two-person 50K relay.
The 10K will take place Saturday, Oct 6 at 9 am and the individual 50K / two-person relay takes place Sunday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 am.  All races will start and finish at Guion Farm access off of Sky Valley Rd. in DuPont.
Early bird entry fees for the 10K are $25, individual 50K $60 and relay $90. Proceeds go to DegreeMap, a 501(c)3 helping high school students apply to college and find scholarships to attend.
For more information on the races, visit

Click here for the 50K and relay

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