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Shut-In Ridge Run – November 2, 2019 – Bent Creek – Asheville NC – New Lottery System

There is a new Lottery System for 2019.  The entry fee for the race is $100.00.

The lottery will open at 12:00 AM on August 1st and close at 11:59 PM on August 14th. Runners must be 19 or older to participate. For the first time and NEW for the 40th Anniversary, we will be operating from a LOTTERY SYSTEM this year. All prospective entrants will be required to use Ultrasignup to enter the lottery. There will be NO in-store entries.

Priority will be given to previous winners, those who have completed the race the last five years consecutively, eight or more times cumulatively, and previous race volunteers. It is still imperative that these runners still enter the lottery.  Race numbers may be picked up on the day of the race at the arboretum from 8:30 until 9:45 AM, November 2nd.


Cash awards for 1, 2, 3 Overall Female and Male.
Locally crafted art pieces for those who finish in Top.


This is a 17.8-mile trail race conducted over the historic Shut-In Ridge Trail that begins at Bent Creek near Asheville, NC and climbs over 3,000 feet along the ridge-line of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mt. Pisgah parking lot. The race will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at the North Carolina Arboretum Visitor Education Center. Enter from Highway 191 at the entrance ramp for the Blue Ridge Parkway. This will be the 40th year for the race.


The origins of the Shut In race date back to December 13, 1980, when some 64 intrepid men and women assembled to clamor over rocks, roots, and fallen leaves as they followed the trail of the same name originally blazed by George Vanderbilt that led from his home, Biltmore, to his hunting lodge up on Mount Pisgah. Runners have continued that tradition now for 39 years, making Shut In one of the oldest continuous-running races in the region. This year will be the 40th anniversary.


FOR THE RUNNERS: All race numbers must be worn on the front of your body and not folded up in any way. The pull tab must be intact! CUTOFF TIMES ARE: Bent Creek Road-2 hours and 15 min Hwy. 151 – 4 Hours NO EXCEPTIONS If your number is pulled at these locations you are no longer in the race.
This is for your safety.


When you park along the parkway, all four wheels must be off the parkway. If you don\’t park in this manner, a large fine may be incurred from the park service. DO not direct or stop traffic on the parkway. runners must always yield to cars. Parking for the race is at the lower lot at Mt. Pisgah and a lot 1/4 mile down the parkway from the Mt. Pisgah turn off. You can also park along the road leading up to the finish line and the parkway itself. No one except race officials from the race will be allowed to park in the upper parking lot. This is reserved for other parkway visitors. Runners are responsible for their own transport back after the race.


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