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Assault on Blackrock

March 16 @ 9:00 am11:00 am


Sylva, NC’s extreme trail race

How does running a seven-mile 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 course weaves through the spruce forests along the spine of the Plott Balsam Mountains on challenging rocky/dirt roads and single track. The final climb to the summit ridge comprises 650 feet of elevation gain in 1/3 of a mile on steep single track.

T-shirts are guaranteed to runners registered prior to 3/1/2024. Awards will be given to the overall top 3 female and male finishers and the top individual female and male “Masters” finishers (50+). For those looking for an additional challenge, runners who complete the BlackRock 101 Challenge will receive a belt buckle.

All proceeds from this race will go to Hands on Jackson. Hands on Jackson is a community based effort in Jackson County, North Carolina that focuses on providing assistance to neighbors in need by mobilizing community volunteer teams of all skill levels. Jobs performed range from installing energy efficiency measures, building ramps, cleaning yards/gutters an so on.

BlackRock 101 Challenge

Runners who complete the course in 101 minutes or less (1 hour 41 minutes) will earn a belt buckle.

Can anyone break the 1 hour mark?

The first participant to complete the course on race day in under 1 hour will receive a $200 cash award!


March 16
9:00 am – 11:00 am


Pinnacle Park
2110 Fisher Creek Road
Sylva, NC 28779 United States


Brian Barwatt
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