Great Pumpkin Mountain Challenge – October 13, 2012 – Fairview, NC

I ran the inaugural race last year and it is very challenging. First couple of miles include a lot of hiking. It’s run on private land that you just wouldn’t have the opportunity to hike on or run on if not for this race. Full disclosure about timing: this is billed as an “unofficially timed” race. So there aren’t any age group awards and it’s unclear whether a list of the results will actually be produced. Last year there were no bibs and no results posted.


From my Garmin last year:

My 2011 Time Splits
Elevation Chart from 2011

Here’s more information from the race organizers.

This unique race takes place on beautiful, private & protected mountain in Fairview, NC. Along the challenging course are amazing views, rock outcroppings, old trees, beautiful streams and small waterfalls. These trails are private all year, with the exception of this special fund raising event. All of the event proceeds support the work of the Lords Acre a non-profit, community supported garden that provides fresh, organic food to folks in need here in Western North Carolina.

The course is challenging! The race starts with a 900 foot elevation gain. Thus the “Challenge” title. The rest is beautiful and rolling through reserve land, then a fast, well earned decent back into the valley. At the end of the day we promise that you will have a story to tell, feel great about supporting such a good organization, and hopefully, when the soreness and exhaustion wear off, a reason to look forward to the next Great Pumpkin Mountain Challenge.

Online registration is available at, or you may download a Great Pumpkin Mountain Challenge Entry Form. For more information, visit the race organizer’s website.

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