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 on October 7, 2023! This day encompasses our trail race, multiple bands throughout the day along with 18 draft craft beers for all post race celebrations!! Our sponsors this year include: The North Face, Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy, Altra, Black Diamond, Hydrapak, and Honeystinger.
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 5500' of climbing (50k will have over 8,500' 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. Outdoor 76 will host the post race meal (voucher or meal), music, beer....and oh yeah awards!
Event details and schedule
- Limited to 150 racers (25k & 50k combined)
- Cut off #1 - Approx mile 9 at 11am at Harrison Gap.
- Cut off #2 - Approx mile 15.5 by 2pm at Wayah Bald Summit. Keep in mind that cutting it close here makes the last cut-off very challenging.
- Cut off #3 - Approx 21 mile mark by 3pm at Harrison Gap return.
- Limited parking available on Wayah Bald.
- Racers are encouraged to carry at least 1 liter of water on the climb from Wallace Branch to Wayah Bald.
- Race check-in will be Friday, October 6 from 5-8pm AND race day, Saturday morning from 6:30-7:30am at Outdoor 76.
- Race will begin promptly at 8am in front of Outdoor 76 on Main Street.
- Aid Stations will include the following items: Water, Gatorade, Fruit and Powerbars.
WAIVER: ASSUMPTION OF RISK.
Event's current local time: 2:25 PM ET
I (on my own behalf and on behalf of my heirs, personal representatives, successors and assigns), for and in consideration of the opportunity to participate in The Naturalist–Epic 25/50k race event hereby release Outdoor 76, O76 LLC, the U.S. Forest Service, the NC Bartram Trail Society, PATTON, L M JR -TRUSTEE and the owners of all private property over which the race may cross, together with their officers, directors, event sponsors and volunteers, and other participants in this race, (the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims and demands, rights and causes of action of any kind whatsoever which I now have or later may have resulting in from, arising out of, or in connection with my participation in this event, including but not limited to damages for death, personal injury, pain and suffering, economic loss, loss of property or property damage.
This Release extends to any and all claims I have or may have against the Released Parties whether such claims result from negligence on the part of any or all Released Parties with respect to the conditions, qualifications, instructions or procedures under which this event is conducted
I fully understand and acknowledge that this event has inherent risks, dangers and hazards and my participation in such activities may result in injury or illness including, but not limited to, bodily injury, disease, strains, fractures, partial and/or total paralysis, death or other ailments that could cause serious disability. I understand that by signing this document, it means that I agree not to sue any or all of the Released Parties for any injuries resulting to my property or myself during or in connection with this event.
I am experienced in and familiar with and fully understand the risks and dangers inherent in this activity and event. I am voluntarily participating in the event and I expressly agree to assume the entire risk of any accident or personal injury, including death, which I might suffer as a result of my participation in the event on the part of any or all of the Released Parties.
I am in good health and am aware of no physical problem or condition, which will limit or interfere with my ability to participate in this event, under either predicted or emergency conditions. I also understand that medical attention may not be readily available in the areas where this event is taking place.
Runners also understand that time cut-offs are in place for the protection of those participating. Anyone that continues to race after being told by officials or volunteers to stop understands they are relinquishing aid station services and all resources offered by race directors. This action could also disqualify you from participating in future races.
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