Got some info to pass along from the race directors for the Continental Divide Trail Race, which is serving as the USATF 10K trail championship and taking place on Aug. 29 in Laurel Springs (a little more than 100 miles north of Charlotte). Here's the full text from the flier they sent to me:
Just 4 weeks to the 2009 USA 10 km Trail Championships which will take place on August 29 in Laurel Springs, N.C. The Trail Championship has USATF age group and team divisions in addition to the Overall, Masters, and North Carolina Championship categories. The early entry deadline is July 31st with an entry fee of $35. After July 31st the entry fee goes up to $45, so get in early.Adds race director Jason Bryant: "It is very exciting for us to be bringing a national championship race to the southeast, as most of the trail championships are out West. However, this race is not only for elite runners, it is open to runners of all abilities. We are hoping to get runners from all over the southeast to come for the race and perhaps stay for the weekend in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We already have entrants from Georgia, Pennsylvania, and as far as Colorado."
The championships are being hosted by the FootRx Continental Divide Trail Run. The race site, 75 miles northeast of Winston-Salem, is on the brim of the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides a magnificent setting for a championship race. The Blue Ridge presents wonderful views into the foothills below on one side and views into the heart of the mountains on the other.
The race course is a mixture of open grass fields, fireroads, wide trails and about half tight singletrack. Add in some rocks, roots, and big climbs and the course will provide a tough, trail running challenge. Those racing for places in age groups or overall can test themselves on a tough course or the casual runner can just enjoy a run on mountain trails. The multiple loop course is great for spectators to see elite racers as well as friends and family.
So come join us and be part of the National Championship experience! Please check out our race website, www.continentaldividetrailrace.com, for more information.