A 4 stage adventure race in the Great Smoky Mountains with 3000 feet elevation gain:  5.5 mile class 3 paddle down the upper section Big Pigeon River, 5 mile MTB climb through Cherokee National Forest, 6 mile round trip  hike/run to the summit of Hall’s Top Mountain,  5 mile MTB descent to finish.  Food, beverages and music start at 4pm at the Smoky Mountain River Rat Rafting outpost.  Teams of two or three or individual participants.  A 16 mile trail runners’ option will take place at noon.  This is a benefit event for The Friends Animal Shelter of Cocke County, Tennessee.  $50 individual/$100 team.  Online discount at hartfordhillbender.com.  Follow us on Facebook @Hartford Hillbender.  828-400-5406