Combining a run and race can be a very cool experience for all
involved! The starts are timed and the course is designed so that all of the
competitors are doing the ride together for the last several miles. Horses
and runners sharing the trail works very well. From a competitor
standpoint, camaraderie develops as well as good humored joking between riders
and runners as each group encounters and encourages the other. From a run and
ride management standpoint there is a lot of synergy which helps given the
large amount of volunteer time and energy to put on 50 mile event.
The Biltmore course will be on a combination of light dirt roads,
gravel roads, and old logging trails. For this event, we will not use any
of the single track so that there will always be room for horse and rider to
pass runner or vice versa. Some of the old logging roads are a bit rutty but
they are wide enough that one can choose appropriate footing. The topography is
There is water on course for horses and aid stations appropriately
spaced, manned and supplied as well.
We hope to see you at our first Run/Ride in September!