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Vertical Mile Challenge – June 16, 2018 – Rocky Face Park – Hiddenite NC


Jimmy Ballard and Doug Dawkins went hiking on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont in 2011.
They hiked south from Hanover, N.H. into New York State.

Somewhere in Vermont during the countless PUDS (AT talk for pointless ups and downs) Jimmy wondered if we had been a vertical mile and in fatigued and deranged humor said something like “Wouldn’t it be something to put on a run where the whole idea was to do a vertical mile in the shortest distance possible?” 5280 feet up and 5280 feet down! It took a while to find the right location, but with the help of Rick French, this is that event. If you’re looking for a few hours of pure challenge this is your place.


The course is approximately a 2 mile loop beginning and ending at the bottom of the rock face directly behind the parking lot at Rocky Face Recreation Area. It is paved for a bit and then becomes typical single-track trail and after approximately 1/2 mile begins the 500 feet climb up the face of the mountain. At the top of the climb the course reaches the Hollow Rock Trail (red blaze, typical single-track) and follows it down to the top of the lower rock face. At this point runners will follow the blue blaze down to the end of the loop at the start/finish area. Completing the loop eight times is about 16 miles and a vertical mile up and a vertical mile down.


Race start at 8:00 AM.


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