OK, it could be worse. Look on the bright side – the race only goes to the parking lot, not all the way to the rock itself. And, it’s only a 5k – imagine it it were a 10k. See. It’s getting easier. However, the brutal reality is the race is pretty much all uphill.
Commentary from the race organizers …
The 5k Run begins at 8:00 AM just outside the entrance to Chimney Rock State Park as runners wind their way up to the top. The finish line is sure to be a spectacular sight as runners try to conquer the 7% grade to the top of Chimney Rock State Park.
Try? Come on. We’re runners – we don’t try. We do it. It might not be pretty but we’ll get it done. I did this last year and it was a lot of fun. The best part was the kiddie pool full of ice water and towels. Slap one on your head for instant relief.