The Looking Glass 50 Miler is an extremely scenic tour of Pisgah in the shadow of Looking Glass Rock hitting multiple highlights, including; the infamous Art Loeb Trail, breathtaking views from the granite pluton of John Rock, the beautiful and large Cove Creek Falls, the delicate Slick Rock Falls, the intense Farlow Gap Trail, and the 5,000 ft+ summit of Pilot Mountain with massive views of the Davidson River Valley. The course is a great scenic and challenging race to end your trail racing year. Map can be found here: https://www.trailrunproject.com/trail/7053154/looking-glass-50-miler
Start Time: 5:00 AM
Distance: 50 miles
Elevation Gain: 8,900 ft
Elevation Loss: 9,100 ft
Cutoff: 14 hours
Aid Stations: 7
Miles of Trail: 39 miles
Miles of Gravel: 9.3 miles
Miles of Pavement: 1.7 miles
Stay on marked trails, DO NOT CUT SWITCHBACKS!
Must carry mandatory gear at all times.
Use proper trail etiquette when passing other runners
Be courteous to other trails users
Obey any race official's request
Need to Know
-Weather conditions can change drastically on the course. Be prepared for all different weather types. It could be 60 degrees and sunny or 30 degrees and snow or both within the same day!
-You are required to carry gear. This includes a headlamp, rain shell, at least a 20oz water carrying device, an emergency blanket, and a whistle.
-The start and finish locations are different. The race will start at Pilot Cove - Luxury Cabins and will end at the Art Loeb Trail Head near Davidson River Campground. A free shuttle will be in place to get you back from the finish to your car at Pilot Cove.
Aid 1: 7 miles - no cutoff
Aid 2: 14.4 miles: drop bag - cutoff: 9:15am
Aid 3: 17.7 miles - cutoff: 10:30am
Aid 4: 24.8 miles: drop bag/crew access - cutoff: 12:15pm
Aid 5: 33.2 miles - cutoff: 2:35pm
Aid 6: 38.3 miles: crew access/dropbag - cutoff: 3:45pm
Aid 7: 44.8 miles - cutoff: 5:45pm
Aid stations will have at a minimum: Water and Gatorade. Minimum foods include: bananas, orange slices, potato chips, pretzels, PB&J, and M&Ms.
Our start location is right inside of Pilot Cove - Luxury Cabins. What better place to spend your weekend then race HQ. Be sure to reserve your cabin quickly as they are sure to go fast. Book here: https://www.pilotcove.com/
If those fill up, there are other camping areas and VRBO/Air B&B's in the area.
Refunds will be granted minus $20 up to 60 days before the event. After this time, no refunds will be granted. We do not allow transfers or deferments in any case at any time.
Local time: 8:34 PM