UPDATE! If unable to participate on November 2nd, please withdrawal your name using Ultrasignup ASAP. This way we can offer your coveted spot to the person at the top of the waitlist. We continue to offer a full refund (minus the $6.00 service fee) until 11:59PM on Sunday, OCTOBER 20th. After this point there will be NO refunds, deferments, bib transfers. Please do still withdrawal your name at any point if unable to participate, even if it is after the 10/20 date. This way we can fill all possible spots on race morning – we try our hardest to avoid no-shows.
Cash awards for 1, 2, 3 Overall Female and Male.
Locally crafted art pieces for those who finish in Top.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, November 2nd:
8:30AM-9:45: Packet Pick-Up (inside NC Arboretum Visitor Center)
10:00AM: 17.8 Mile Race START
6:00PM: Post-Race Celebration and Awards Ceremony at Wedge Foundation, 5 Foundy St, Asheville, NC 28801 (Award Ceremony to begin at 7:00PM)
FOR THE RUNNERS: All race numbers must be worn on the front of your body and not folded up in any way. The pull tab must be intact! CUTOFF TIMES ARE: Bent Creek Road-2 hours and 15 min Hwy. 151 - 4 Hours NO EXCEPTIONS If your number is pulled at these locations, you are No longer in the race. This is for your safety.
This is a 17.8-mile trail race conducted over the historic Shut-In Ridge Trail that begins at Bent Creek near Asheville, NC and climbs over 3,000 feet (net) along the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mt. Pisgah parking lot, for a total elevation gain of about 5,300 feet. The race will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 2th, 2019 at the North Carolina Arboretum’s Visitor Education Center. Enter from Highway 191 at the entrance ramp for the Blue Ridge Parkway. This will be the 40th year for the race.
"17.8 MILES ON ONE OF ASHEVILLE'S MOST ICONIC AND GRUELING TRAILS.
IF THE SCENERY DOESN'T TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY, THE UPHILLS WILL."
See us featured in Trail Runner Magazine December 2018: https://trailrunnermag.com/races/shut-in-ridge-run.html
Entries - NEW LOTTERY SYSTEM FOR 2019
Women - CHERI ROSENBLATT - 2:41:24
Men - SHILOH MIELKE - 2:16:55
Entry fee for the race is $100.00. Lottery will open at 12:00AM on August 1st and close at 11:59PM on August 14th. Runners must be 19 or older to participate. For the first time and NEW for the 40th Anniversary, we will be operating from a LOTTERY SYSTEM this year. All prospective entrants will be required to use Ultrasignup to enter the lottery. There will be NO in-store entries.
Priority will be given to previous winners, those who have completed the race the last five years consecutively, eight or more times cumulatively, and previous race volunteers. ***It is still imperative that these runners still enter the lottery***
Race numbers may be picked up on the day of the race at the arboretum from 8:30 until 9:45
AM, November 2rd.
Thanks to the 2019 Shut-In Ridge Trail Race Premier Sponsor:
Asheville Gastroenterology Associates
Anti-Fragile Physical Therapy
MAHEC Sports Medicine
Unknown Brewing Co.
Flat Rock Village Bakery
WEDGE Brewing Co.
RANGE Urgent Care
Beach Hensley Homes
Dan Gilbert Insurance
Twin Brother's Construction
Bill Baldwin, Garry Sherman, Victor Dostrow, Keith Wood, Dolly McLean
The origins of the Shut In race date back to December 13, 1980, when some 64 intrepid men and women assembled to clamor over rocks, roots, and fallen leaves as they followed the trail of the same name originally blazed by George Vanderbilt that led from his home, Biltmore, to his hunting lodge up on Mount Pisgah. Runners have continued that tradition now for 39 years, making Shut In one of the oldest continuous-running races in the region. This year will be the 40th anniversary.
Aid stations are frequent and accessible given that the race course parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway for all but the first ~2 miles. The longest runners travel between aid stations is ~3 miles. All aid stations have water. The Bent Creek Gap aid station typically has some additional offerings, such as GU Roctane Endurance Drink, gels/waffles. Crew can expect to see runners at the vast majority of these aid stations, as all are along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
There will be water, soft drinks, and various snacks at the Finish.
When you park along the parkway, all four wheels must be off the parkway. If you don't park in this manner, a large fine may be incurred from the park service. DO not direct or stop traffic on the parkway. runners must always yield to cars. Parking for the race is at the lower lot at Mt. Pisgah and a lot 1/4 mile down the parkway from the Mt. Pisgah turn off. You can also park along the road leading up to the finish line and the parkway itself. No one except race officials from the race will be allowed to park in the upper parking lot. This is reserved for other parkway visitors. Runners are responsible for their own transport back after the race.
Local time: 8:46 PM