Welcome to the inaugural PEAK Mountain Sports Rock and Root 30K trail race! This fast yet challenging race will be held at the beautiful and famed Haw Ridge Park which offers a year round attraction for mountain bikers, runners and hikers. Named for the rocky spine which dominates the topography of the 780 wooded acres, runners will traverse in and around the park utilizing various trails whose names belie their true character - the likes of "Twister" and "Kaboom" will weave our race around much of the park's shoreline and finally up the ominous Hill of Truth before rapidly descending down toward the start/finish area. All in all, this race has something for all runners: fast parcours, technical footing, beautiful scenery, an incredible trail running community and one of the most accessible multi-use parks in the southeast.
At PEAK Mountain Sports, we strive to incorporate an overall message of sustainability and environmental stewardship into everything we do. In that vein, all of our races are structured in a way that fosters a sense of responsibility for preserving and maintaining the wild places in which we get to race and play. We will always strive to make decisions that minimize unnecessary trash accumulation and encourage our racers to approach their race logistics and post-race experience in a thoughtful way that, hopefully, will carry forward into day to day life. So, come on out to the Rock and Root 30K and experience some of the best trail running in the Southeast!
Online entry at Ultra Signup.com will open February 23, 2014 at 8:00 am eastern time. Online registration closes September 3, 2014. No mail-in paper entry forms will be accepted.
Field is limited to 200 Runners with no wait list.
Registration Fees are as follows:
+++ Through July 1, 2014 at 10:OO pm EST - $35
+++ July 1, 2014 10:01 pm EST through September 3, 2014 10:00pm EST - $45 (Online Registration Closes on Sept 3, 2014)
+++ Day of registration for $55.00.
Register before 10:00 pm on July 14, 2014 and receive a free race T-shirt. No refunds and no transfers.
Early Packet Pickup
Avoid the lines! Early packet pickup may be available. Information regarding location of early packet pick up will be included in an email sent to each participant prior to the event.
Packets may also be picked up on race day from 6:30-8:30 a.m. at the start finish area.
The Rock and Root 30K will take place at Haw Ridge Park, in Oak Ridge, TN. A challenging 2 lap course that will consist of meandering “rock and root” trails that traverse in and around the 780 acre park. The course will present several short steep climbs that are complemented by fast winding sections of lake shore trail. 60% of the course runs along the shoreline providing cooler temps and pleasant views.
Overall, the course is fast and ripe for the runner looking to set a new 30k PR, however, do not be lulled into believing that the course is without challenge. Nearly half of the climbing done each lap comes courtesy of an absolutely grueling half-mile climb that averages 9% and tops out at over 25% and is also wide enough to fit eight abreast. This climb, known locally as the Hill of Truth, provides an obvious decisive point for those looking to shake things up. Aggressive racing, however, comes with its share of peril as the hill feels significantly longer than it is on paper and also provides more than one "false summit." A poorly measured effort could spell disaster for anyone underestimating the climb and beginning just after the 8-mile marker, this feature's importance cannot be overstated to those looking at having a strong showing.
Race Day Schedule
Saturday, September 6, 2014
7:00 am - packet pickup and race day registration open
8:30 am - registration and packet pick up closed.
9:oo am - race start
Awards and Podium ceremony immediately following race.
(in the spirit of community and sportsmanship we encourage all early finishers to cheer for remaining finishers)
Aid Stations / Feed Zones
There will be two aid stations and 1 feed zone on the course. The start finish area will host the primary aid station equipped with the usual stuff; water, sports drink, gels and fruit. A secondary aid station will be located on the course providing fluids only. There will also be a “feed zone” set up near the end of Lap 1 allowing runners to have friends or family provide them with their chosen sports drink / hydration product.
Please note: In an effort to be good stewards of the environment we will not be providing cups at the aid stations. We require all runners to carry their own form of hydration, or arrange to have a friend or family member in the "feed zone".
From I40, take 162 North toward Oak Ridge (Pellissippi Parkway). After crossing Melton Hill Lake take the first exit to TN 170, Edgemoor Rd heading east. In 1 mile, turn right on Old Edgemoor Road, where the Anderson Country Life Development Center is located. Parking, race registration, and the start finish area will be located at the end of Old Edgemoor Road.
You can also enter 299 Old Edgemoor Road,Oak Ridge TN 37830 into your GPS
Awards and Podium Ceremony
A podium and awards ceremony will take place immediately following the race. Winners and early finishers are strongly encouraged to stick around after the race for the awards ceremony and podium picture.
Overall: Top 3 men, Top 3 women
Age Group (39-under): Top 3 men, Top 3 women
Masters (40-49): Top 3 men, Top 3 women
Grand Master 50+: Top male and female finisher
Overall winners are exempt from age-specific awards
Host Housing & Camping
For our out of town runners there will also be a limited amount of host housing available. Host housing will be first come / first serve. If you are interested in host housing email email@example.com
Camping is also available at the race site. If you plan on camping the night before, please email us and let us know.
Medical & Safety
Medical personnel will be onsite at the start / finish area. There will also be race volunteers on course with radios to communicate any injury to the medical personnel. With several sections of technical terrain on this course, we encourage participants to do some pre-race offroad training, in order minimize risks of injury due to inexperience.
Local time: 5:29 PM