APRIL 7, 2010 – Final Planning for Race Day, Packet Pickup
Packet pickup is at Foot Rx Asheville from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM Friday, April 9th. Race day packet pickup from 7:00 AM until 8:30 PM at race site. Foot Rx website – (www.footrxasheville.com)
Car Pooling. If you’re planning on car pooling with other runners, a good place to meet (if you’re coming from Asheville or other points north/northeast of DuPont State Forest) is the shopping center near the intersection of Rt 280 (Airport Road) and Interstate 26. There’s a Target store there (and a bunch of other retail venues). Here’s a snapshot map – click on it for the interactive Google Map. It’s about 40-45 minutes from this location to Old Guion Farm at DuPont State Forest. Post comments to this blog post to connect with other runners. (Or try the Carolina Runner Facebook Page or the Asheville Track Club Facebook Group).
FINAL COURSE MAP AND TURN BY TURN DIRECTIONS – READ BELOW
The race director has published final turn by turn course directions and a course description and I have created a final course map. Click on the image below for a much larger image.
Here are the directions …
The course will start at the Hickory Mountain/ Buck Forest intersection at Guion Farm and proceed out
Buck Forest Road. The first water station will be at 2.2 miles (relay turn around point). Runners will merge onto Conservation Road heading toward the Airstrip.
Runners will turn left at Camp Summit Road (3m) follow it past the Ranger station and the lake, climbing up to the old Airstrip road (4m). Runners turn right onto the Airstrip and run the entire section out and back (5m). The course then exits the Airstrip, turns right onto Conservation Rd (6m) and follows that to Fawn Lake Road. Follow Fawn Lake Road up to the Fawn Lake (7m) go completely around the Lake on Fawn Lake Loop for 1 full mile (8m) and begin to descend back onto Conservation Road (9m).
Follow Conservation Road back towards Buck Forest Road (10m). Follow Buck Forest Road (11M) all the way back to the Finish at Old Guion Farm.
The other water stations are out mile 4 near the Airstrip and the entrance to Fawn Lake (mile 7). Rescue Squad and Hendersonville Sports Medicine will be on site.
As of January 26, 2010 the half marathon is sold out (limit of 300 runners in the half marathon). There may still be some team slots available for the relay. Runners may email race director Greg Walker at : firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire and/or be placed on a waiting list for the half marathon.
This is a trail race and it starts at 9 AM at Old Guion Farm off Sky Valley Road in DuPont State Forest (same location as the DuPont State Forest 12k). The relay begins at 9:30 AM.
Packet Pickup will be from 10 AM to 6 PM Friday, April 9, 2010 at Foot Rx in Asheville (www.footrxasheville.com). Also, race day from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM. There will be three hydration stations on the course and we’ll pass each one twice, so six opportunities for hydration.
Take I 26 east to Exit 40 (Asheville Airport exit). Turn right off Exit 40 onto NC 280 (also known as Airport Road). Take NC 280 south 16 miles to US 64. Turn left onto US 64 and go 3.7 miles to the stop light at the Texaco station in Penrose.
Turn right onto Crab Creek Rd and go 4.3 miles to DuPont Road. Turn right onto DuPont Rd and go 0.7 miles to a left on Sky Valley Road. Follow Sky Valley Road past the junction of Old CCC Road to the Guion Farm Access Area 1.6 miles on the right.