Saturday, Nov 6, 2021

Shut-In Ridge Run

Asheville Arboretum

Asheville, NC 18 Miler, Virtual Edition

This Event Took Place Sat. Nov 6, 2021

Packet Pickup and Start

10:00AM is Race Start (at NC Arboretum - just outside the Visitors Center)

Packet Pickup: Begins race morning at 8:30am in the Baker Building which is located next to the parking lot. This is the smaller building next to the main building that has been used for the past several years. 
Current-Course Records:
Women - CHERI ROSENBLATT - 2:41:24
Men - SHILOH MIELKE - 2:16:55


POST-RACE CELEBRATION AND AWARDS CEREMONY: We will once again be hosting a post-race "after party" as it has been very well received in previous years. Everyone is invited to join us (finishers, family, friends, fans, etc) as we celebrate the accomplishments of all the runners and give out the awards to the award winners. There is a food truck that is usually on site serving burgers.
When: 6:30pm-until (after the race!), Nov 5th, 2022
Where: Wedge Brewing at Foundation (5 Foundy St Ste 10, Asheville)

Registrants will receive race swag, including a Finishers shirt if they complete the course within the allotted time.

Top 20 (Female and Male) Overall Finishers: Special commemorative award
Top 5 (Female and Male) Overall also will receive a cash award.
The Male and Female champions will also be granted guaranteed entry into the next year's race as well as free entry into that race.

Cut-Off Times

Bent Creek Road (about halfway) - 2 Hours and 15 minutes
Hwy 151 (about 16 miles into race) - 4 hours NO EXCEPTIONS
***If your number is pulled at these locations, you are no longer in the race. This is for your safety.

2022 Course Modifications - Important

Due to permitting constraints with the Blue Ridge Parkway, the course will see a slight extension in 2022. The course is getting extended ~.9 mile. Runners will complete the same course at usual up to the Upper Pisgah Parking Lot (which is where the Finish usually is located) and WILL CONTINUE FOR AN ADDITIONAL .9 MILE. Yes, the 2022 Shut-In Ridge Trail Run will now be ~18.9 miles, about 1 mile longer than in recent years.

-The finish line will no longer be in the Mt. Pisgah Parking Area
-Participants will run through the old finish line area, then continue on the pavement down towards Buck Spring Gap Parking Area and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
-Participants will run through the Buck Spring Gap parking area, down the access road, and then (LEFT) on the Blue Ridge Parkway for .1 mile
-Participants will cross the Blue Ridge Parkway at the entrance to the Pisgah Picnic Area and access the campground trail
-Participants will run on the campground trail to the No Name Overlook, where the finish line will be.

Course Map: Follow this link:

Virtual Race Information

In addition to the in-person event, we will again be offering the virtual format of the race for 2022. Registration is $45 for the virtual event and includes a long sleeve shirt. Runners will have a ~2 week window from October 22 to November 4th to complete the full course and record their time on UltraSignUp. Register for the virtual race using UltraSignUp.

Aid Stations

Aid stations are WATER ONLY (no food). All water stops are listed below. Crew are allowed to help runners with nutrition at the aid stations. There will be more significant food and beverages at the Finish.

Hard Times Road (top)
Walnut Cove Overlook
Sleepy Gap Overlook
Bent Creek Gap
Beaverdam Overlook
Stony Bald Overlook
Big Ridge Overlook
Mills River Valley Overlook
Highway 151 Overlook


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 40 years, making Shut In one of the oldest continuous-running races in the region. This year will be the 42nd running of the event.

Support Crew and Finish-Line Parking

As with past years, participants are allowed to receive aid from their crew at any of the points where the course intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway. CREW and SPECTATORS will NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARK at the Mt Pisgah Parking Area, though they are allowed up there on foot.

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. Runners are responsible for their own transport back after the race.
- To alleviate traffic congestion and event-related interference with normal visitor use, the Buck Spring Gap and Mt. Pisgah parking areas will be off-limits to event related traffic. The Pisgah Picnic Area parking lot will also be off limits to event related traffic.
- The finish line and all associated set-up will be in the No Name area. The large grassy area will be available for participants to gather and rest if they wish to do so.
- The Pisgah Campground will serve as an overflow for parking and participants pick-up, if needed. There is a very short trail from the campground to the No Name area.

Local time: 6:34 AM


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