The seventh annual Assault on BlackRock trail race has been set for Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Trail running is extreme, and trail running in Sylva, North Carolina is no exception. How does running a seven-mile mountain trail race with 2,770 feet of elevation gain sound? Trail runners who compete in the Assault on BlackRock trail race will summit BlackRock at 5,810 feet- and that’s just the halfway point of the race. The trail race weaves through the spruce forests along the spine of the Plott Balsam Mountains on challenging gravel and dirt roads. The final summit comprises of 650 feet gain in 1/3 mile on steep single track.
T-shirts are included with registration for the first 100 runners, and awards will be given for top 3 male and female finishers. For those looking for an additional challenge, runners who successfully complete the BlackRock 101 Challenge will receive a belt buckle.
The proceeds from this year’s race will go to Shop with a Cop of Jackson County.
** Cupless Race: Water will be available on the course, but to limit the impact on the park and to reduce waste we ask that you provide a handheld water bottle or collapsible cup. Cups will not be available at water stations.
The dirty details:
The race is on March 17th, starting promptly at 9 a.m. starting at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, NC.
The seven-mile course includes 2,770 feet of elevation gain, with an entire ascent for the first half of the race and a descent for the second half of the race.
The cost is $25 to pre-register and $30 on race day. Register online here. Photo courtesy Terri Clark.