We have made the difficult decision not to hold the Land and Sky Relay in 2020. Between our own events, others already on the regional race schedule and all those that have been moved from the spring to the fall because of COVID-19, there is no place on the calendar to run it under the standards for which we have become known. Our plan is to bring it back better than ever in 2021 with three new legs on the Blue Ridge Parkway and hope you and others in the region will join us
We are grateful for the support of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and all our partners across the length of this race.
Thank you for being there for us in 2019 and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Each runner will ideally run three legs during the relay. They may be follow the usual 1, 2, 3, 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4 format or you may structure the legs to fit your team. The only requirement is your team checks in at each transfer point and we identify the person running the next leg.
If someone gets hurt or cannot continue for some reason, other team members can pick up the slack and run extra legs.
Legs will range in distance from 2.7 miles to 8.0 miles. Those teams following the traditional 1, 2, 3, 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4 – 1, 2, 3, 4 format will see each runner complete the following cumulative distance:
Official Start Times
The start times will based on the team’s estimated per mile pace. Those with the slower times will go in the earlier slots; those with the fastest will go later. Do not put down a faster time just to start later. This will catch up to you and you might not reach the cut-off time to continue the race.
To estimate an accurate team pace, take the average of each members 10K race pace then add 45 seconds.
Teams will depart from White Duck Taco on Riverside Drive in Asheville and follow the French Broad River through the Old Leicester area of Buncombe County before connecting to Newfound Road into Haywood County. Once there, teams will go through Canton, Lake Junaluska, and Maggie Valley before reaching the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Once there, runners will enjoy lightly traveled paved and graveled roads before finishing with their team mates at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Full Course Map
Leg Information Sheets (Maps, directions, notes, race director comments and elevation charts)
Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8
Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Leg 12
Your safety is our primary concern. Because all of the roads we will travel on will be open to cars, our requirements for active runners are a little more strict than other relays:
Every runner must wear a flashing light on their front and back during each leg.
During the hours of 5-8 AM and 4-7 PM, all runners must also wear reflective vests and head lamps.
Teams will be checked for compliance at all Transfer Points and those not meeting these requirements will not be allowed to continue.
Each team is expected to be self-supporting. There will be portajohns at each Transfer Point but each team is expected to carry their own fluids and food.
There will be event staff and volunteers on each leg of the course as well as each Transfer Point. Public safety personnel will be at each busy intersection managing traffic.
A portion of all entry fees will be divided between charities serving the areas where you will run:
Planning Your Trip
Haywood County has a wealth of exciting adventures available to adults and families. Please use the guide at visitncsmokies.com to find rooms, attractions and fun things to do in this beautiful part of Western North Carolina.
We will be traveling through three great tourism areas so if you are spending the night either before or after the relay, please consider these locations:
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center – Reservations can be made on their website lakejunaluska.com or by calling 800-222-4930
Creek ‘n Woods Vacation Rentals has 4 properties in the woods and on creeks or waterfalls in Maggie Valley that will sleep 8-14 people. Contact then at 828-926-5259 or check out their website, www.creeknwoods.com.