Course Description Start and finish on Hwy 143 in Roan Mountain State Park (North East of Johnson City). The course follows the highway downhill for 2 miles and then turns onto Heaton Creek Rd for one mile. At mile 3 a sharp left turn takes you up some steep hills to the mid peak at 2900 feet. A steep decent takes you to Sugar Hollow Valley with rolling downhill back to Hwy 143. Two miles back up to an uphill finish at the Lodge. Considered the second hardest course on the Tour. Course History The first race was scheduled in 1984, the week after Thanksgiving. However, the race was snowed in and had to be re-scheduled for March 2, 1985. Three years later it became the last race of the fall season, replacing the discontinued Mountaineer 10K at Fall Creek Falls. Snow or sleet, the race was held every year with about 40-60 participants. In 1993 it became the first race until the start of Halloween Hunt in 1995. In 2006 the date was switched with the new Pilot Knob and became the third week of October at the peak of the tree color changing. The course is USAT&F certified but no personal records are expected. *In 2009, the course had to be changed to approximately 5 miles, due to ongoing road construction, up Highway 143 for 2.5 miles. After the race, many participants drive the 6 miles to North Carolina state line and walk a few miles on the Appalachian Trail, where many interesting characters may be encountered. In 2015 this race was cancelled but resumed in 2016 with Meg Guy as Race Director. Course Records Male Female 1985 Danny French 32 56 CR Lisa Koch 44 15 1987 WC Orr 35 08 MaryLou Day 42 38 CR 2009 Csaba Toth 36 16* Nicole Dahlin 38 43* *In 2009 the course was shorten to 5 miles due to road construction.
The wind is always strong on the Appalachian Trail