For the third consecutive year I headed down to
to act as the USATF liaison at the trail 10km national championships. I try to make the most of these trips, so this time I plotted out five County high points I could bag the day before the race (I was also planning on running in the championships). Laurel Springs NC
Next up was the highest point in
, at 1,010’ it was actually a nice scenic farm with a bit of a view despite the low overcast. This Davie County was a “drive-up” and I just spent a couple of minutes at the two most promising highest points to ensure I reached to top. Then I was off to high point Forsyth County which was another drive up at 1,100’ in the town of . This wasn’t very scenic, just someone’s backyard, which only meant a couple of minutes ensuring I’d hit the highest point before heading off. Tobaccoville
My fourth stop of the day was the nicest, the very scenic
. Moores Knob at 2,579’ is the highest point in Hanging Rock State park . This was the run I was looking forward to! The parking lot at the beach was at 1,690 feet so I’d be getting a nice 900’ of climbing to loosen up prior to the big race. I plotted out a 5 mile loop that had me on the summit in 1.5 miles by climbing up the Stokes County ’s Wall loop trail which had a lot of stone steps. I enjoyed the climb despite the heat (high 80’s) and humidity and was on top in 22:44. I spent 3 minutes on top checking out the view from the observation tower and finding the benchmark. The downhill was a bit rocky but all in all a nice loop. It took me 33:21 to run the downhill 3.5 miles. I took it pretty easy, hoping to avoid beating up my quads. Total time for the very scenic run was 58:54. I stopped in the visitors center and got a few postcards and a refreshing ice cold Coca-Cola before heading off for my final point of the day. Moore
I had a good race the next day, taking 14th overall and top 45-49 for a gold medal in the national champs.