This is becoming a typical situation in Spring and Fall here in Western North Carolina. Over the past few years the number of races in the area has increased considerably. In 2010 we had 10 races listed in April at Carolina Runner and in 2014 that’s up to 17. There are four area races to choose from this Easter weekend, all on Saturday April 19, 2014 – three 5k options, an 8k option and a 10k option. Trails and pavement – take your pick.
DuPont Forest 10k Trail Race – part of the Asheville Track Club Grand Prix Series this year. Trail races at DuPont are beautiful and adventurous. What really puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventurous’ is a little bit of mud and rain for a trail race (the conditions we had three weeks ago for the DuPont Forest 12k Trail Race). The weather forecast calls for a 70% chance of rain tonight and a 40% chance with 45 degree temperatures at race time tomorrow. Here are the turn by turn race directions I received from the race director a couple of weeks ago:
- Tarklin Branch Rd to Sandy Trail
- Right on Grassy Creek
- Turn onto Joanna Rd
- Right onto Oak Tree Trail
- Finish coming up Chestnut Rd to Buck Forest
Lake Junaluska 5k – another beautiful and scenic area for a race. I ran a 10k a few years ago at Lake Junaluska and enjoyed it.
Rotary Ray of Hope 5k/8k – a 5k and 8k combination on the lush grounds of the Asheville School. This race is described as a ‘minimal pavement’ race.
Carry Your Cross 5k – a race that’s been around for a few years with a unique twist. You’ll tote a hunk of lumber for the final stretch, symbolizing the ‘cross’ in the race name.