A very popular event with a distance suitable for everyone at a trail venue that just can’t be beat – The Cradle of Forestry in America. The 5k course offers a very friendly option using paved trails. Spanning over 100 years of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers a snap shot of life at America’s first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail.
THE 30K TRAIL RACE
Come enjoy 18.6 miles of trail running in the birthplace of modern forestry! The third annual Cradle to Grave 30k starts and finishes at the Cradle of Forestry, located just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Sliding Rock. You will run out the lush Pink Beds trail past fields of wildflowers and beaver ponds, cross creeks on bridges and rocks, move along forest service roads in the heart of Pisgah National Forest, and climb up to one of the most unvisited and spectacular views of pristine forest land available. The return trip will utilize several different trails, each with their own unique topography, beauty, and characteristics. After race lunch and entertainment will be provided.
THE 12K TRAIL RACE
New for the 2015 Cradle to Grave Trail Race, a 12k option is being offered! The Cradle to Grave 12k starts and finishes at the Cradle of Forestry, located just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Sliding Rock. The Cradle to Grave 12k course utilizes part of the existing 30k course and will have you running the Pink Beds Loop Trail past fields of wildflowers and beaver ponds, while crossing creeks on bridges and rocks. After race lunch and entertainment will be provided.
THE 5K RACE
The Cradle to Grave 5k will take place on the paved trails within the boundaries of the Cradle of Forestry. This truly is a great family event. You will pass an antique logging train, the original trout hatchery in Pisgah National Forest, and by the historical buildings along the Biltmore Campus Trail. Enjoy incredible views while being directed along your way by the students and residents that called the mountains their home in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Remain at the Cradle of Forestry after the race to enjoy the Forest Discovery Center with the entire family.
The 30k and 12k start at 8 AM. The 5k starts at 8:30 AM.
Race shirt, gift bag, post-race meal, beverage(from Oskar Blues Brewery!), and live music entertainment are included in the registration price.
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