Cooper River Bridge Run

Charleston, S.C.

April 2, 2016

bridgerun.com

Ukrops Monument Avenue 10K

Richmond, Va.

April 9, 2016

sportsbackers.org

Blue Ridge Marathon

Roanoke, Va.

April 16, 2016

blueridgemarathon.com

TEAM EVENT

Smoky Mountain Relay

Pink Beds State Park to Nantahala Outdoor Center, North carolina

April 22–23, 2016

smr.smokymountainrelay.com

Nothing says team building like a 12-person (or six if you’re core), 214-mile overnight relay. Begin in the dead of night at Pink Beds State Park, located in the heart of Transylvania County and the Land of Waterfalls. Your team will be escorted by van down the course to designated exchange points until you reach the finish line at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Runners might be a little sleep-deprived and sore the next day, but the memories of camaraderie, technical trail, and panoramic Smoky Mountain vistas will last a lifetime.

Key to success: “Number one, people need to come with the attitude of having fun. Just relax. Enjoy the experience of being with your teammates going into something that’s hard to do. Number two, every team needs to have at least one or two pretty good trail runners. It’s the Mountains to Sea Trail, we’re talking rocks, roots, creeks. If they’re flatlanders, they need to get some elevation training in. But, having said all of that, people still come totally unprepared and they just pull it together and have a good time!”

—Jim Brendle, Race Director, Smoky Mountain Relay

Blue Ridge Relay

Grayson Highlands State Park, Va., to Asheville, N.C.

September 9–10, 2016

blueridgerelay.com

Bourbon Chase

Lexington, Ky.

October 14–15, 2016

bourbonchase.com

Big Bear Lake 2×12 Relay

Bruceton Mills, W.Va.

June 11, 2016

bigbearwv.com

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Shenandoah Mountain 100

Stokesville, Virginia

September 4, 2016

mtntouring.com

The SM100 is the bee’s knees of endurance riding in Virginia, but be forewarned—your first attempt might not go so well. Maybe you finish, maybe you don’t. Maybe you get a flat in the first mile. Maybe you hurl at the top of Reddish Knob. Maybe you fly OTB into a line of cheering fans. Whatever the case, the SM100 is a practice in patience, the true test of humility. Once you get a taste of that 100-mile techy, rocky, rooty, steep course, you’ll be hooked to train harder and try again.

Key to success: “It really helps to get comfortable with narrow off camber singletrack both climbing and descending. Equipment—get used to it! Don’t make changes before the event…like borrowing someone’s bike because it is two pounds lighter—big mistake! You should ride often—everyday if possible and enjoy it! You don’t need to go ride 100 miles to be able to do this 100-mile event. Chris Eatough, Jeremiah Bishop, and Sue Haywood didn’t and you shouldn’t either. Get really comfortable and efficient with your three- to four-hour ride putting down steady power.”
—Chris Scott, Race Director, Shenandoah Mountain 100

Off-Road Assault on Mitchell

Old Fort, N.C.

July 31, 2016

blueridgeadventures.net

Transylvania Epic

State College, Penn.

late May 2016

outdoorexperience.org/tse

Revenge of the Rattlesnake

Davis, W.Va.

late September 2016

blackwaterbicycleassociation.wordpress.com

ROAD & GRAVEL CYCLING

Assault on Mt. Mitchell

Spartanburg, South Carolina

May 16, 2016

theassaults.com

Pain loves company. Tackle this 102.7-mile ride at your own pace, without the pressure of competition, in the presence of 750 world riders of every caliber. Novice road riders will appreciate the logistical ease of this century, with 10 designated rest stops and van shuttles from the finish on Mount Mitchell back to the start in downtown Spartanburg, while even the strongest riders will get their asses handed to them during the 10,000+ vertical feet of climbing. Interestingly, this event lands on a Monday. What better excuse to play hooky than a 100-mile bike ride?

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Key to success: “Get time in the saddle. Work some training rides into your schedule that cover 80 to 100 percent of the distance of the Assault. Climb if possible in your area and get comfortable riding in groups. Remember patience. It is a long day. Remember why you ride a bike—have fun.” —Katie Jordan, Event Director, The Assaults

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