This is probably a good PR opportunity or just a general confidence booster. It sounds as though after a three mile out and back stretch, the final miles are generally downhill. The race starts at 6:00 AM on June 5, 2010 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center just off exit 66 on Interstate 40. Curious about past times? Check out the Results of the 2009 Downhill at Dawn Half Marathon.
This unique ½ Marathon will wind it’s way for 13.1 miles around Black Mountain, North Carolina, down the Old Fort Mountain on Old Highway 70 and finish at First Baptist Church, Old Fort, North Carolina. The first 3 miles, on pavement, will be out and back starting from the LifeWay campus at Ridgecrest. The first 1 ½ miles will be slightly downhill. The return 1 ½ miles will be slightly back uphill to the main campus. Once back at the LifeWay Ridgecrest campus, runners will be turning to go down Old Fort Mountain, the next 10 miles, mostly downhill, will offer the runner 3 of the miles on packed dirt and gravel and 7 miles on pavement. There will be a couple of places along the course where there will be some gradual uphill grades, but it is primarily a downhill run beginning at an elevation of 2700′ and ending at an elevation of 1600′. Shuttles will provide transportation back to Ridgecrest after the race every 15-30 minutes as needed.