Prepare for Hills and Heat (General Comments)|
A Runner from Minneapolis, MN USA suburb (8/15/00)
(Ran this in 2000.) Small-scale race, but basics are covered. Hilly loop course on scenic, woodsy backroads. Paved except for first/last 0.2 miles.) No spectators other than volunteers and some family/friends of participants. Start & finish at Ellerbe Springs Inn (Ellerbe, NC); pasta feed also held there. If you can, reserve a room there early for easy pre-race logistics. Early start for walkers available. Majority of lodging is in Rockingham, NC, about a 15 min. drive. I'd recommend touring the course... you can get a map from race staff at the ES Inn after appx. 5 pm or send a map request/SASE with your mail entry. Finish is grueling, with both an uphill and the last 0.2 mile downhill on a rutted gravel road. (It's safer to make your move/kick before the mile 26 marker.) Handmade pottery awards 3 deep in age groups. Post-race resting area in a pavillion with beer, iced tea, and biscuits with chicken or veggie gravies. Race director and staff personable.