Since its first running in 2007 this event has been a St Patrick’s Day classic (at least for me – come on – my name is Duffy). Even though it’s only occasionally on St Patrick’s Day when it happens to fall on a Saturday, there’s a festive nature with plenty of people getting “costumed up” like we do so well in Asheville.
If you’re not familiar with this event here’s the quick overview. The 5k is not bad. You run along with the 10k about a mile that is flat to slightly downhill. Then you peel off on Country Club, around the Rose Garden and back to Asheville Catholic School. The 10k is another story. The first two miles are flat to slightly downhill followed by a tough, mostly uphill stretch for two miles, followed by a fast downhill burn that can be tough on the shins and quads and a moderate last mile.