A nice turnout for this pair of races. Thanks to veteran correspondent and 4th place 10k finisher Ken Miller for this report.
FROM CORRESPONDENT KEN MILLER
It was a cool, clear summer morning when we left Asheville, headed to Fontana Dam for The Dam Race 5K/10K. We skidded into the race area a mere ten minutes before race time (folks, don’t do this), but the race organizers were very gracious and accommodating. They did allow us to sign up. The race start is not near the registration tent; therefore, by the time we arrived, all of the other runners had cleared out of the area and were standing at the starting lines. They were on the other side of the river, and out of sight. Whoops. Well, here we go.
Under mostly clear skies, the air had warmed considerably by the time the race began at 9:00. The entire race is held below the Fontana Dam, which, at 480 feet, is tallest dam in the Eastern USA. The 5K and 10K start in different places, both on the south side of the river. The races use out-and-backs on both sides of the river, and each race finishes on the north side of the river near the registration area. The course is partly flat, with some gradual inclines.
The course is well-marked, and even with the runners well spread out, it would be hard to make a mistake and go off course. 10K runners get a really good view of the dam, twice, during the race. Awards were nice (male and female winners got hand-crafted pottery plates, top three M and F got backpacks, and age-group winners received large mugs). All in all, this Is a well-organized race which takes care of the runners very well. It is sparsely attended, but we might explain that by saying that the site is quite distant from, well, everything. The race start is about an hour and forty minute drive from Asheville. It is a beautiful drive, especially the section between Bryson City and Fontana Dam.
Mark your calendars and set aside some gas money for next year; The Dam Race is a good one.
Congratulations to Brent Bueche and Kimzey Ellis as winners of the 10k male and female divisions respectively. Congratulations to Frank Kline and Shawnda Martin as winners of the 5k male and female divisions respectively. Click here for age groups. Results courtesy of Race Odyssey Events.
5k results follow the 10k results.
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