River Bound Race Series 5k and 8k – June 9, 2012 – North Carolina Arboretum – Asheville, NC

When it rains, it pours. Three races to choose from at the North Carolina Arboretum in an eight-day span. On June 2, we have the Run on the Wild Side 9k. The following Saturday – June 9, 2012 – we have this pair of races also at the North Carolina Arboretum. It’s part of the Asheville River Bound Series and the June event features a 5k and 8k. (An October event will feature a 5k and 10k).

From the race organizers:

The River Bound Trail Race Series is a signature trail running series of races featuring some of the most scenic and challenging trails in the entire Southeastern United States.

This series of running races is designed for a large range of runners, including everyone from those who want to try their first 5K trail run to those interested in a challenging 10K trail run. The 2012 series of trail running events consist of two days of racing: a 5k or 8K race on June 9th and a 5k or 10K race on October 6th.

The River Bound Race Series started in Charlotte, NC two years ago and has been voted The Best Trail Run in North Carolina in 2011 by Endurance Magazine. The inaugural year for the race events in Asheville will take place on the 430-acre/10-mile trails of the Arboretum, NC, just off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

Asheville events are independent of the Charlotte Race Series.

The Asheville River Bound Race is a fundraising event to assist youth, teachers and veterans in the Asheville community. 100% of the proceeds will enable individuals to receive full scholarship on Outward Bound Programs. We have three different programs specific for each group:

Youth will receive full scholarship on 21-day wilderness course (program cost $3,500)
Teachers will receive full scholarship for Educators Initiative, 12 month long professional development (program cost $3,800)
Vets are enrolled on a 6-day Veterans course to assist with PTSD and civilian life reintroduction

We are currently working in conduction with the Asheville public schools and the VA hospital to identify the recipients mentioned above. We work mostly with heads of the schools and student counselors. All our fundraising is forward funded, meaning we first raise the money, than select the recipients. At the end of the year all race participants, supporters and sponsors will receive an email informing the results of their joined effort.

Following are maps for the 8k and 5k courses. Note that the 8k is similar to the Run on the Wildside 9k but the return portion includes the Wesley Branch Trail, which is much tougher than running on Bent Creek Road – a wide, gravel forest service road.

River Bound 8k Course Map (click for larger version)
River Bound 5k Course Map (click for larger version)

For more information and to register, visit the race website.


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