2014 USA 10km Trail Championships


NC Trail / Mountain Running State Championships

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Race Location:

Laurel Ridge Moravian Camp, Southerland Dr, Laurel Springs, NC 28644

Race Date:

August 23, 2014

NOTE: We are running men and women in one race at 9:30 am.


$35 through July 31st, $40 Aug 1st through Aug 20th, $45 Race day

Online registration

CDTR Entry Form 2014.pdf

Course Description:

The course will consist of open grass fields, wide trails/fireroads, and about half will be tight single track.  The grass looks and feels like grass.  The wide trails/fireroads are wide and easy, well mostly.  The single track is, well... tough.  This is a trail national championship, not a run through another park trail race.  Those races are great, but sometimes you want to push yourself on tougher endeavors.  Most of the descents are fairly gradual but have a lot of turns, like on a trail going down a mountain.  Some descents are a bit steep.  The climbs are steep; the race starts on top of a mountain.  You may need to hike briefly on some of the climbs but are free to run up if you like, some do.  There are plenty of rocks and roots to enjoy.  So are you ready for a challenge? 

A little more course details:

One section of the course picked up it's own nickname, The Rock Climb.  It is not actually a rock climb, but you may end up using your hands as you work up this part, plus it is only 20 yards.  The footing ranges from relatively smooth to highly technical.  There is just a small amount of relatively flat running, so you are either running up or down most of the time.  Most descents are 9-15% with one 150 meter section of 28.5%.  What goes down must go up, so if you are going to go up, I figured that it should be real climb.  Most climbs are in the 10% range with two bigger climbs.  The first big climb comes just before halfway with a ¼ mile climb at 18.5%.  The second big one comes with just under a ½ mile to go.  This climb is again ¼ mile, but at over 22%, it's a grind.  It includes The Rock Climb section.  Now before you say this race is too tough, we had several 70+ runners participate who said that they loved the course and plan on returning.   But maybe they are tougher than most folks nowadays.

Course Map and Photos:

Map and Course Photos Page

Elevation Profile:

Aid Stations:  There will be 3 aid stations will provide water and sports drink. 

Race Lodging:

Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center



USATF Championship Medals:

Open Men and Women  Age 39 and under - Top 10

Juniors  Age 19 and under - Top 3      

Five year age groups Men and Women --  45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, etc. - Top 3

Open Men and Women Team

Masters Men and Women Team 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+


NC USATF Medals:

Open Men and Women Age 39 and under - Top 3
Masters Men and Women  Age 40 and over - First


Continental Divide custom awards:

Finisher awards for everyone

Age group awards will be homemade apple jam.

There will also be sponsor awards; La Sportiva shoes, Highgear watches, etc.

Team Scoring:


Open Men - 5 score

Men 40+, 50+, 60+, & 70+ - 3 score


Open Women - 5 score

Women 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+ - 3 score


The team championships shall be scored by time.  The team score shall be the aggregate time of the scoring members.  The team with the lowest aggregate time is the team winner.  The maximum number of entries per team shall be unlimited.

Previous Results:               Mountain Goat Racing Results

Prize Purse: TBA


Subject to change depending on number of entrants.  Less entrants, it may go down some.  More entrants, it may go up some.  Final amounts will be set by August 1.  I just can’t afford to lose too much money myself.

To be eligible for USATF prize money, you must be a USA citizen and have a current, valid USATF membership number. To become a member or renew your membership online, visit www.usatf.org.  To see more info on USA Championship eligibility criteria, see USATF website.


To be eligible for NC USATF prize money, you do not have to be a USA citizen, but must have a current, valid USATF membership number.  You must also have been a NC resident for 12 months.


Double dipping is allowed in prize purse, USATF awards, and NC USATF awards for Masters.  Continental Divide Trail Race awards will not be double dipped.


Elite Entries:

Please contact Alison Bryant by email: mtn.goatracing@yahoo.com



No Headphones.

No cutting the course.

Run hard, Have fun, Don’t Cry.


From Winston-Salem and points east:

• Take Highway 421 West towards Boone

• Get off at exit 282, the North Wilkesboro/Statesville exit

• Make a right off the exit onto Highway 115; go 3 miles

• Make a right at the light onto Highway 18 North

• Follow 18 North for 20 miles, leaving North Wilkesboro and going up into the mountains

• As 18 levels off, you’ll see signs for Alleghany County and the Eastern Continental Divide as well

as a 55 mph speed limit sign. The road for Laurel Ridge is coming up on your left.

• Make a left onto Darnell Woodie Road at the Laurel Ridge sign

• Follow Darnell Woodie up the mountain for about 1.5 miles; at the green Laurel Ridge sign, stay to

the right of the fork to go to race site.

From Charlotte and points south:

• Take Interstate 77 North

• Get off at exit 73B, the 421 W towards North Wilkesboro exit

• Get off US 421 at exit 282, the North Wilkesboro/Statesville exit

• Follow directions above

From Asheville and points west

• Take Interstate 40 East

• Get off at exit 132, the NC 16 exit towards Taylorsville

• NC 16 merges with NC 18 in about 30 miles

• Continue on NC 18 North

• Follow directions above

From Blacksburg,VA and points north

• Take Interstate 81 South

• Take exit 81 Interstate 77 South

• Get off at exit 14, the Hillsville/Galax exit

• Make a right on US 221/US 58 West

Make a left onto US 21/US 221 South after about 25 miles
Make a right on US 221 after about 7 miles
• Make a left on NC 113 after about 9 miles

• Make a right on NC 18 after about 5 miles

• After about 2 miles you will pass under the Blue Ridge Parkway

• Make a right on Darnell Woodie Road at the Laurel Ridge about .75 mile past the Parkway

• Follow directions above