Race Weekend: October 6th and 7th 2012

Welcome to race weekend at DuPont State Recreational Forest (we are in close proximity to Asheville, Brevard and Hendersonville.) The Hickory Mountain 10K Trail Run takes place Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 9:00 am. The DuPont State Recreational Forest 50K Trail Run takes place Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 7:30 am. We will also be adding a two-person 50K relay which will start at 7:30 am Oct. 7, 2012. (each runner will run one 25K loop) All runs consist of challenging single track, double, and fire roads. Please check back often for more up to date information! We hope to see you race weekend.

Registration is NOW OPEN at active.com.



Call Lydia Odell, race director at 828-553-5628 or e-mail lydianodell@yahoo.com with any questions you have. All race proceeds go directly to DegreeMap, a 501c-3 helping students apply to college and secure scholarship opportunities. For details check out www.degreemap.org.

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On-line registration is OPEN! April 4, 2012

On-line registration is NOW OPEN for the Hickory Mountain 10K, DuPont State Forest 50K and the new 50K two-person relay!  Click on either link below to get where you need to go!  It’s going to be a FUN weekend!



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Results for the 2011 Hickory Mtn. 10K and DuPont State Forest 50K

Here are the results!  Let me know if you are having trouble opening the documents.

The weather was beautiful for the runners.  A little chilly, windy, sunny and dry.  Thank runners for your participation.  We are already looking forward to next year!  THANK YOU!

Click here DuPont State Forest 50K results 2011

Click here Hickory Mountain 10K, 2011



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Hickory Mountain 10k by artsodell at Garmin Connect – Details

Hickory Mountain 10k by artsodell at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Hampton Inn rooms available for the runners!

Check out our partnership with The Hampton Inn, Brevard. They are excited to save rooms for our runners and look forward to meeting you! Go to our LINK and save your spot.

Don’t hesitate to contact us or Hampton with any questions you may have!

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Hot topic…What are the cutoff times for the 50K?

Our hope is that everyone who registers and wants to finish the 50K will be able to finish the 50K! With that said we will need to have some guidelines along the way. We hope these are reasonable. Please do not hesitate to get a hold of us to ask more questions…

First cutoff is the first loop 15.24 miles. We ask for you to get through that first loop within 4 hours. Pace is right around 16 minute miles.

Next cutoff will be at about mile 24. We ask for you to pass through that checkpoint within 7 hrs. (pace from mile 15 to 24 is approximately 20 min. miles.)

We will need to close the finish by 5:00 pm (Grand total 9.5 hrs.)

Again…these are guidelines…feel free to talk this over with us! Glad you are interested in taking part in this inaugural event. We appreciate you!

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Race weekend sponsors: the reason we are here!

As you are aware…we could not do a thing without our sponsors. Thank you to the following…Title sponsor honors go to The Summit Group, Vibram FiveFingers and injinji.

Other top notch sponsors who have all contributed and are contributing in very significant ways include:

  • Moose Tracks (Brevard, NC) (assisting with race expenses, event day of duties, prizes, coupons, other sponsors, and various other important partnership duties – Bring it on!)
  • Hampton Inn (Brevard, NC) – new sponsor! (assisting with race expenses, 50K packet pick-up for runners, public relations, and more!  Wow!)
  • Foot RX (Asheville, NC) (assisting with race expenses, public relations like no other, race day support, other sponsors, general goodwill!  Doesn’t get much better!)
  • Perfect Balance Physical Therapy (Brevard, NC) (assisting with race expenses, race day support, public relations – Magnificent!)
  • State Farm Insurance – Meredith Baldridge agent (Brevard, NC) (assisting with race expenses, race day support, public relations – Awesome!)
  • Bracken Mountain Bakery (Brevard, NC) (providing/donating the after run treats for both races…need we say more?  Oh yeah – we think Bill the Baker will run the 50K – make sure to ask him about that at every opportunity)
  • Poppies (Brevard, NC) (donating reusable race goodie bags, 10K packet pick-up, general public relations – always a community supporter!)
  • Water Oak Dental Group – Krishingner, Root, Krishingner (Brevard, NC) – new sponsor! (providing/donating cool dental health kits for all the runners – toothbrush, paste, and floss…how cool is that?)
  • Gaia Herbs (Brevard, NC) (providing/donating adrenal health samples for all runners!  Wow!)
  • Possumdog Productions (Cedar Mtn, NC) (Providing/donating – shirt design and all printing costs!  Also finding us the best deals on high quality t-shirts.  OMG!)
  • Hammer Nutrition (Whitefish, MT) – new sponsor! (how ’bout gel packets in each 50K race goodie bag…oh yes!  it is true!)
  • UPS Store (Brevard, NC) – Printing (how ’bout this cool store printing race flyers and posters for this event weekend?  Too cool, yet it’s for real!)
  • WNC Magazine (Asheville, NC) (cool issues in each race packet for the runners to enjoy…HUGE!)
  • ProBar (Park City, UT) – new sponsor! (if you haven’t tried a ProBar – you are in for a treat…Yummy and good for ya too! – each runner will get at least one!)
  • *Goodhew (Chattanooga, TN) – newest sponsor! (donating cool pairs of socks as prizes!  Perfect as fall will be on the way…Yahoo!)
  • Emergen-C is now back for the 10K race! (Totally great stuff…the runners loved this last year and the 10K’ers get this treatment again!  Super stuff!)

Logos and links are on the way…thank you for your patience!  We appreciate the above team for allowing this event to happen.  Please make sure to let these companies know they are making a difference!  A million thanks to EVERYONE!

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50K Map and 10K course information

50K Course Information

Check out the attached Garmin Forerunner 110 map of the course for the 50K. As you will note this is showing as a 15.24 mile loop. Most likely we will tweak at the end of the loop to make sure we right on with the 50K distance. You will do the loop twice. As you check out the elevation gain and loss, things are pretty even…this is a GREAT rolling course that includes stream crossings, awesome single track, double, some rocky dirt roads and more beauty than you can handle! Part of the course is pretty remote…you won’t see too many folks out there…peaceful, beautiful, great terrain! The other part of the course is our Hickory Mtn. 10K course! Awesome trails, more activity, loads of fun. Lots of folks around to cheer you on and help keep you focused on your task!

Check out this link
DuPont State Forest map

Text directions for the loop
Start – Guion Farm access off of Sky Valley Rd.
Run down Buck Forest Rd. and take first left onto Thomas Cemetery. Take next left onto Tarkiln Bridge, go right onto Sandy Trail and then another right onto Grassy Creek Trail.

Take Grassy Creek trail to a left onto Joanna Rd. Take next left onto Grassy Meadow Trail and then a right turn back onto Joanna Rd. Take next left onto Briery Fork Trail and then a left onto Joanna Rd. Follow Joanna Rd. to Conservation Rd.

Take a right turn onto Conservation and then a right turn onto Buck Forest. Follow Buck Forest and take a left onto Issac Heath Trail and then a left onto Jim Branch. Go right on Lake imaging, right on Ridgeline Trail and then go clockwise on Hickory Mtn. loop…follow to Hickory Mtn. Rd. Take a left on Boundary, go right on Guion and then left back onto Hickory Mtn. Rd. Follow to Buck Forest.

10K Course Information

The Garmin info for the 10K course will be up soon…in the meantime here are the text directions for your running pleasure!

Start – Buck Forest at Guion Farm access, run down Buck Forest and take a right on Jim Branch.  Descend this beautiful trail and take a right on Lake Imaging, then shortly after you will take a right on Ridgeline trail.  This is where things get interesting…you will climb Ridgeline for about 1.5 miles and then take Hickory Mtn. loop (clockwise) – challenging, signature loop!  Take the loop back around to Hickory Mtn. Rd and then a left onto Boundary trail and a right onto Guion Trail.  Follow back to Hickory Mtn. Rd and go left…you are almost home!  Take HM Rd. to Buck Forest and go left to the finish line!  Well done.  Make sure to leave your watch behind!  It’s about quality, hardwork, and fun!

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Registration Opened

Click on the below link for our pdf version of the 2011 race flyer for both races

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Race Weekend Announced

Registration will be open for both races March 15.  You will be able to sign up through Active.com and have the opportunity to register through snail mail if you choose.  We are trying to please everyone with these two systems.

Our 50K will be two loops.  We will have lots of signage, volunteers and aid stations throughout the loop for your needs.  The loop is challenging, scenic, and lots of fun.  We will post the GPS graphs within the next couple of weeks.

The 10K posting of graphs will happen sooner…maybe within the next few days.

Check out the link for a FUN 3 minute video.  The first installment of The Hickory Mountain Trail Chronicles.

Hickory Mountain Race Weekend

Happy running, happy training!


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