This is one of my favorite races. It’s on a Saturday afternoon. You start in downtown Asheville. You run pretty much uphill for 5 miles — past The Grove Park, up Old Toll Road and on Town Mountain Road — up to the very tippy top of Sunset Mountain. Then you catch your breath and — for the most part — fly down hill back to the finish on the square.
Now this year what makes it even more exciting to me is that it happens the day after the Rock 2 Rock 10k trail race in Swannanoa. Let’s make this the “Rubber Leg Back to Back” for those that will run both races — one day after the other with less than 24 hours in between starts.
For more info on the Sunset Stampede, visit www.sunsetstampede.org.