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Bearwallow Beast 5k – May 6, 2012 – Gerton, NC

Okay runners, let’s face it. We don’t live and run in Western North Carolina because we like flat running. We like a challenge, especially when the race name includes words like “challenge” or “bear” or “beast.” Or, when the adjectives commonly used to describe the race include words like “grueling” or “unrelenting.” But to me, the icing on the cake is when the race claims:

This challenging race ranks among the most difficult in the southeast, featuring 1,300 feet of elevation gain over its 3.1 miles.

HELLO!

I heard about the Bearwallow Beast a few weeks ago from the race director who is with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy which benefits from this race. I knew instantly that this would be on my dance card and since it’s on May 6th it serves as a nice warm-up for the Ramble Run on the following weekend. This is an afternoon race, starting at 2:00 PM and it’s followed by the Honey and Hops Festival on Bearwallow Mountain. Registrants automatically receive a one year membership in the Carolina Land Conservancy and the first 150 registrants will get a performance tech fabric t-shirt.

View from the top of Bearwallow Mountain (finish here)
Bearwallow Beast Course Map

So come on out and join me at this great event. A nice uphill 5k followed by a beer.

For more information, visit the race website. Online registration is available at IMAthlete. Read the story of Bearwallow Mountain here.

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