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Results from the 2011 Smoky Mountain Relay

Norm’s Maggots				26:57
Cherokee Runners			34:00
Honey Badgers				34:28
ASU Speedwagon	1st Ultra		35:23
Tarred Heals Can’t Slow Us Down		35:35	2nd Ultra
NOC					35:58
Slow Motion Runners			36:15
Spread Thin				36:48	
Wii Not Fit				37:07
Mike T. Hunt				37:19
Don’t Tradd On Me

We recognize that the race was a challenge for many of the teams this year. We acknowledge the need to increase our staff on the ground and to make changes in the descriptions of individual legs. Our cartographer has the ability to do 6 leg overviews that provide a picture of each vans legs. We are already working with him to improve the maps for next year’s relay. The leaders of the Special Olympics were excited to find out that we had raised close to a thousand dollars through the teams that hired volunteers this year and have promised that they can provide at least 60 volunteers for next year. Our goal is to make this a premier event and believe that we have a course that is both beautiful and challenging. Please accept our apology for any negative experience your team encountered this year. I personally have a strong resolve to make the changes necessary to create a high level of integrity for this event. You can help us by providing honest feedback to the survey questions that will be coming next week to all runners via e-mail. Thank you in advance for your constructive direction.


Race Description

The Smoky Mountain relay 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 207.5 miles of trails, forest service and rural County roads that meander through this beautiful area. Although challenging, this run has been created with a heavy emphasis on fun!

The run starts at the Pink Beds in Pisgah Forest near Brevard, North Carolina and ends at the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City. 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 Shining Rock, the Davidson River, 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. The race ends with hot showers and a bit of celebration after the exhilaration of running, supporting, talking and a few brief moments of sleep with 11 friends who all shared in the beauty and mystique of the Smoky Mountains…


Teams

Running Teams (12 runners)

Running teams consist of 12 runners, with each runner completing 3 legs over 207.5 miles from the Pink Beds to Nantahala, NC. Run teams should plan on starting between 5:00am and 2:00pm on Friday, May 13, depending on your teams' average 10k run time.

Ultra Running Teams (6 or less runners)

Ultra teams run the full 205 mile running course from the Pink Beds to Nantahala, NC. Each member of the ultra team must run an equal number of legs (as close as mathematically possible). Start times will be determined once average 10k team times are submitted.