Race Ahead: Smoky Mountain Relay

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Get off your asphalt and run the South’s most scenic and challenging team trail run. The 212-mile Smoky Mountain Relay course takes runners through the region’s most pristine and punishing terrain. The two-day relay run starts at 5 a.m. on April 26 the Pink Beds Park in Brevard, N.C. and ends on April 27 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, N.C.

Along the route runners will see the magnificent granite dome of Looking Glass and spectacular views from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mountain to Sea Trail. At night, runners venture far from city lights, but very close to the Appalachian and Bartram Trails along the upper Nantahala River.  Along the course, teams will run through many picturesque valleys framed by tree-covered mountains and meandering streams.

Speaking of streams, prepare for the opportunity to run through, over, and in the streams that cross the route.

Thanks to the folks at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, runners enjoy a world-class finish line celebration with hot showers, cold drinks, yummy food, and foot-stomping mountain music.

Participants will return home with vivid memories of running, camaraderie, and a few brief moments of sleep with 11 supportive friends who all shared in the beauty and mystique of the Smoky Mountains.

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