Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fun Run Saturday 7/25 Smokies Half Marathon

If you are interested in running this one then plan to come out on Saturday. Let me know if you would like to meet up so I will be looking for you & make sure that you have a ride to the top. If the forecast is high for thunderstorm then I will cancel. I don't want to relive being at 6000' in a storm unless I have to.

I was planning to run a 50k from Newfound Gap to Davenport Gap on the Appalachian Trail portion in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but schedules and logistics have changed. I am jonesing for some Smoky Mt. action so here is what I have in mind:

Meet at Smokemont Visitors Center on Hwy. 441 in the park at 7:45 AM this Saturday. Leave your vehicle (it's safe) there & I have another hiker coming that will drive us up to Newfound Gap on the A.T. I hope to be on the trail running by 8 AM.

Head east on the A.T. past Charlies Bunion. Take a right onto Dry Sluice Gap Trail which you will follow onto Bradley Fork Trail and end up back at Smokemont with your vehicle. The first three miles on the A.T. are uphill with about 1000' gain. After that the final 10 miles level out and zip down Richland Mountain. You could easily add in more mileage if you like. Take a look at the entire map of the park here.

Here is a map of what I plan to do. The weather looks to be beautiful on Saturday!


  1. Sounds like a great run! Love to be there if the schedule allowed it, but not this time.

  2. Maybe you can check out the National Trail Running Day website for an event in your area to meet some fellow trail runners: http://www.trailrunningday.org/

  3. How'd it go? I ended up helping my dad & kayaking with my dad & brother that day.