Briefly enjoy the short flat stretch in the town of Chimney Rock before you reach the “OMG it’s all up hill” phase. I’ve done this race twice and while it is, in fact, principally uphill, it’s not terrible. And you’re rewarded with a terrific view at the top (to be clear – the “top” here is the parking area not the rock itself). Both times I ran this race there was a kiddie pool full of ice water and hand towels – the perfect way to cool your hot head off after the mighty ascent (it gets warm fast – even with a 7:45 AM start). Registration is $25 by July 25, 2012 and $35 by August 26, 2012.
More description from the race organizers:
The Lake Lure Olympiad is an annual, charitable, sports festival featuring numerous events and activities for all ages & abilities in beautiful Lake Lure, North Carolina. The Race to the Rock at Chimney Rock is one part of a series of endurance events that take place throughout the weekend. This event is unique in that athletes choose to do either the 5k Run OR the 25 Mile Bike with the final 3 miles up Chimney Rock Mountain in beautiful Chimney Rock State Park. If you are interested in signing up for the bike event please click HERE. This is the only time you will be able to run or ride up to Chimney Rock!!!
The 5K Run will begin just outside the park entrance and will be a mass start beginning at 7:45 AM.