The Naturalist Trail Race - 25 / 50k, which is a part of the Outdoor 76 FALL CELEBRATION, is back for another round of leg hurting fun! This day encompasses our trail race, 3 bands throughout the day along with 18 draft craft beers and a special selection from Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina for all post race celebrations!! Our sponsors this year include: Salomon Running, The North Face, Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina, NC Bartram Trail Society, ENO and Ultimate Direction.
Come explore the same trails that William Bartram, "The Naturalist", ventured on in the late 1700's. This ultimate 50k will cover some of the most challenging ground in the Southeast. Runners will leave from downtown Franklin, NC at 8am and travel to the Bartram Trail area on Wallace Branch. Here runners will start the brutal climb that ultimately leads to Wayah Bald. From the Wallace Branch trail head to the top of Wayah Bald is approximately 11 miles. The 25k will have over 7000' of climbing (50k will have over 10,500' of climbing), making your legs feel weak just reading this. There will be multiple stations with food and water. 25K racers will end on Wayah Bald after running up the Bartram Trail. When 50k racers reach Wayah Bald they will circle the bald, resupply then head back down the Bartram Trail. Make sure you grab a t-shirt as you cross the finish line located on the square in downtown Franklin....you just earned a spot in the "I'm Incredible" book! Outdoor 76 will host the post race meal, music, beer....and oh yeah awards!
***UPDATED RACE INFORMATION ***
Event details and schedule
- Racers must registered by September 26, 2017 to get a race shirt.
- Limited to 100 racers (25k & 50k combined)
- Limited parking available on Wayah Bald, carpooling is highly recommended.
- Racers are encouraged to carry at least 1 liter of water on the climb from Wallace Branch to Wayah Bald. Very limited access in the area.
- Race check-in will be Friday, October 6 from 5-8pm AND race day, Saturday morning from 6:30-8am at Outdoor 76.
- Race will begin promptly at 8am in front of Outdoor 76 on Main Street.
- 25k runners will be given 3 cache bags that will be dropped off by race staff at mile 3.7 and mile 9.6. Any items needed at those check points must fit in those bags. Cache bags must be turned in by 7:45am at registration area.
- 50k runners will be given 3 cache bags that will be dropped off at mile 3.7, mile 9.6, mile 15.5 and mile 21.6. Any items needed at those check points must fit in those bags. Cache bags must be turned in by 7:45am at registration area.
- Aid Stations will be at mile markers: 3.7, 9.6, 15.5, 21.6, and 27.5.
- Aid Stations will include the following items: Water, Gatorade, Fruit and Powerbars.
- 25k cut-off time will be 11am at Harrison Gap (mile 9.6)
- 50k cut-off time will be 2pm at Wayah Bald (mile 15.5)
- Shuttle service will be available for 25k runners. Race directors must know if a runner needs a shuttle no later than 5pm on October 4, 2016.
- The Bartram Trail is home to lots of different types of animals. Yellow jackets are occasionally encountered in early fall and poison ivy in some areas as well. Two poisonous snakes inhabit the area– the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead–but are rarely seen. Black bears are also present in the area but never seen. Please be aware of your surroundings while running.
- Participants will be provided a free meal, which will consist of: Lasagna (vegetarian or regular), bread and salad.
- Participants who are 21 or older will be given ONE (1) ticket to redeem for beer - post race. This ticket is non-transferable & Outdoor 76 / Rock House Lodge staff reserves the right to take refuse redemption of tickets.
WAIVER: ASSUMPTION OF RISK. I am aware that participating in outdoor activities (including but not limited to: running, hiking and paddling) or any other activity involves certain inherent risks, dangers and hazards, which can result in serious personal injury or death. I certify that I am sufficiently physically fit to participate and have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical person. I hereby freely agree to assume and accept all known and unknown risks of injury arising out of hiking or any other activity at or organized by this establishment. I hereby take action for myself, executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, and assign as follows: Waive, Release, Discharge, and Agree NOT TO SUE from any and all liability for any death, disability, personal accrue to me as a result of me participating in any activity. The following persons or entities: Outdoor 76, O76 LLC, PATTON, L M JR -TRUSTEE, its agents, employees, and all representatives; INDEMNIFY and HOLD HARMLESS the persons and entities mentioned in this paragraph from any and all liabilities or claims made by other individuals or entities as a result of my participation. I will abide by the responsibility code and use common sense. I herby certify that I have read this document and I understand its contents.
Local time: 4:55 AM