Smoky Mountain Relay 214 Miles – April 22, 2016 – Pink Beds Park – Brevard NC

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Running is such an individual sport, and relays like the SMR are a great way to remind ourselves that one of the best things about racing is the support, encouragement, and camaraderie from our fellow runners. So gather up 5 to 11 of your crazy running friends and register as a team for the SMR. You’ll enjoy 2 days and 214 miles of beautiful southern Appalachian scenery.


Overnight relay runners love the Smoky Mountain relay, which was patterned after the famous Hood to Coast relay (12-person, 2-van team) in the Pacific Northwest. As a team member, you will be one of the first to experience the 212 miles of trails, forest service, and rural county roads that traverse this beautiful area.

The overnight relay run starts at the Pink Beds Park in Brevard, NC and ends at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC. The Smoky Mountain Relay course takes runners through some of the most beautiful, pristine, and challenging terrain in the Southeast.

Along the route runners will see the magnificent granite dome of Looking Glass and spectacular views from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mountain to Sea trail. At night you will run far from city lights, but very close to the Appalachian and Bartram trails along the upper Nantahala River. Along the course, you will run through many picturesque valleys framed by tree-covered mountains and meandering streams.

Speaking of streams, prepare for the opportunity to run through, over, and in the streams that cross our route!

Thanks to the folks at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, we are able to provide a world-class finish line celebration with hot showers, cold drinks, yummy food and some rockin’ mountain music.

These fortunate participants will return home with vivid memories of running, camaraderie, and a few brief moments of sleep with 11 supportive friends who all shared in the beauty and mystique of the Smoky Mountains.


Pink Beds State Park
Brevard, NC (.3 mile north of Cradle of Forestry on US 276)

Race teams start in waves depending on projected average pace. Start times range from 5 AM to 2 PM.


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