This overnight running relay winds its way around and over the mountains of Western North Carolina, beginning at the Pink Beds Picnic Area near Brevard, NC and ending 206 miles later at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City. The 140 mile option begins at the Jackson County Recreation Center and also ends at the NOC.
Runners are members of a 12-person team. That team is split into two vans each carrying six runners. Each runner will run three legs of the relay over approximately 30 hours, and each runner will run on average 18 miles.
The vans hopscotch each other through the night with one van of runners sleeping, and the other van of runners continuing the race. Runners continue through the night, with the inactive van driving ahead to a major exchange to rest and refuel. You will be required to show safety gear for your runners at check-in. (The list of required gear is here.)
Every team is required to provide two volunteers. You may choose to “rent” volunteers through us; we use local charities to provide volunteers and pass along your “rent” to them as a donation to their group.
12 person or 6 person ultra teams
36 transition areas for the 206 mile race; 24 for the 140 mile
Each relay team member runs 3 legs (206 mile 12-person team) or 6 legs (206 mile 6-person team); 2 legs and 4 legs, respectively, for the 140 mile race.
Legs are of varying lengths and difficulty
Relay runners cover an average total distance of 18-20 miles (12-person teams); 35-40 miles (6-person teams)
Relay begins outside of Brevard, North Carolina
Approx 206 mile relay course (view course map); 140 mile race begins with map 13
Run on the beautiful roads and trails of Western North Carolina; this relay features several trail legs that will get you off the asphalt and into the wild
Relay finishes at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC; your team crosses the finish line together
Runners receive medals, a tech finisher’s shirt, a pint glass, bragging rights and more great running stories than you will believe