Wednesday, March 2, 2011

NOC Announces Sponsorship of 2011 Smoky Mountain Relay

We are excited to announce our title sponsorship of the 2011 Smoky Mountain Relay – a running event beginning in North Mills River, NC and ending at NOC’s campus in Wesser, NC.

The Smoky Mountain Relay offers breathtaking views, challenging terrain and a memorable adventure for intermediate and advanced runners. Covering 205 miles of trails, forest service and rural county roads, runners will experience beautiful Southern Appalachia from its best viewpoint - on foot. Teams consisting of 12 runners will cover the course in 36 legs, or sections, with each runner completing three legs each. Teams are responsible for supplying two vans in order to shuttle their runners to various exchange points along the course. Each leg ranges from 2.5 miles to 10 miles, varying in difficulty from easy to very hard terrain.

Teams, generally completing the course between 24 and 34 hours, will descend into the Nantahala Gorge to finish at NOC. Food, drinks and live music at NOC’s Pourover Pub will greet racers at the finish to celebrate the completion of an epic adventure. Racers can enjoy NOC amenities such as hot showers, on-site restaurants and lodging, and an athlete’s ice bath in the Nantahala River

NOC teams up with SMR in its second year, coming on board to show its support of the trail and long distance running community. As the community of local trail runners continues to grow by leaps and bounds, we want to provide the opportunity for these folks to participate in the sport they love. Not only does NOC have many dedicated trail runners on staff, our Outfitter’s Store carries a wide selection of trail running gear, apparel and power foods to service the trail running community.

The race will take place Fri., May 13 through Sat., May 14, ending at NOC’s Outfitter’s Store. Individuals looking for a team to join can visit the Smoky Mountain Relay Online Forum to find teammates and stay up to date on SMR news. For registration information, volunteer guidelines, course and leg descriptions and more visit or NOC's events page.

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