September 10th 2017
Run with the Rooster
It was over a year ago now, but a morning like any other. I was heading out for my morning run from the Wash Creek Horse Camp when I heard a rooster crow. I was of course surprised as I had never encountered a rooster in the woods. I shrugged and set off on a course that would become the 30k route you are about to embark on. As I came down the final trail, there he was, strutting his stuff, the rooster. People were camping there, so I figured they had brought the rooster with them.
Being my typical start point for many of my runs, I returned and saw/heard the rooster for the next few days. Then the family camping that I believed owned the rooster left. However, the rooster remained. For two weeks he greeted me each morning upon my arrival, until one day, he didn’t.
This route is a tribute to him. So as you get your feet wet for the thousandth time, thank the rooster!
This race is brought to you by the RUN828 Foundation and Foot Rx Running in Asheville. This collaboration, made up of trail runner’s in Western North Carolina, is dedicated to the running community and the WNC running area that we call home. Our specialty is creating and hosting grass roots trail races on the best trails the Appalachian Mountains have to offer. Annually we bring the ever popular Frosty Foot races at Tsali, The Yeti or Not? 25k in Dupont, and the Fontandango races at Fontana Village. We are also pleased to host The Healthy Kids Running Series, monthly $5.00 5ks, and a fall Cross Country Series. Come join us for another amazing trail race!
Course Length – 30 kilometers (18.6 miles)
Start & finish at Wash Creek Horse Camp (near Trace Ridge Trailhead)
Elevation Gain – 2000’+/-
85% Single Track (~3 miles on forest service road)
10 River Crossings within 1.75 miles on N. Mills River Trail
Lots of creek crossings!
Great views of the surrounding mountains!
See link for trailrunproject.com for course map and elevation profile.
There will be 3 Aid Stations:
Aid 1 @ ~4 Miles (Old Reservoir)
Aid 2 @ ~8.5 Miles (5097 & Fletcher Creek Trail Junction)
Aid 3 @ ~13.75 Miles (Spencer Gap & 5000)
Aid Stations will be stocked with water, electrolytes, gels, chews, and waffles.
Finish line will have basic finger foods, snacks, and drinks.
North River Farms will have food trucks (TBA)
Runners will park and be shuttled by bus from the North River Farm located at:
3333 North Mills River Rd.
Mills River, NC 28759
to the race start as we do not have room for parking near the start. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE UP TO THE START!
Shuttles will begin at 7:30am. Final shuttle will be at 8:30am for the 9:00am start.
The shuttles will return you to North River Farm after the race for the post race festivities and awards ceremony.
Spectators/Guests must pay $5 for the shuttle if they want to come to the start/finish. NO PARKING IS AVAILABLE FOR SPECTATORS at the Start/Finish area in Wash Creek! Runners will have priority in shuttling. If room exists on an early shuttle, we will fill the shuttle with spectators.
No Dogs are allowed on the Shuttle or on the race course. However, we welcome our 4 legged friends at the after race party on North Mills Farm .
Fri., Sept. 8 – Packet Pick Up – 10am-6pm – Foot Rx Asheville
Sat. Sept. 9 – Packet Pick Up – 10am-6pm – Foot Rx Asheville
Sun. Sept. 10 – 7am-8:30am – Packet Pick Up at North River Farms
7am – 1st Shuttle Departs North River Farms
8:30am – Last shuttle departs North River Farms
9am – Rooster’s Revenge 30k Start
11:30am – 1st Return shuttle departs Wash Creek Horse Camp for North River Farms
11:30am – Post Race Festivities (TBA) Start at North River Farms
Foot Rx Running Asheville
1979-A Hendersonville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
North River Farm
3333 North Mills River Rd
Mills River, NC 28759
Each finisher will receive a custom finisher’s medal.
Overall Awards custom made by Mud Dabbers Pottery.
Male & Female in the following categories (no double dipping):
Top 5 Overall
Top Master’s – 40+ (not in the top 5)
Top Grand Master’s – 50+
Top Senior Grand Master’s – 60+
Top Tip ‘O the Hat – 70+
Each entrant will receive:
1. A Salomon gender specific short sleeve shirt with race logo
2. A $10 gift certificate to Foot Rx Asheville
3. Shuttle to and from North River Farms
4. Free Parking at North River Farms
5. Free entrance to the Post Race Festivities (TBA)
Wildlife Warning – Black bears, coyote, and copperheads live on these trails. Know what to do in case you encounter any of these wild animals!