Glory Hound Events is very excited to announce the inaugural Land and Sky Relay, Presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, which will take teams of four runners from Asheville to Cherokee over one day on Saturday, November 2.
Starting at White Duck Taco in Asheville’s River Arts District, teams of four will run a total of 64 miles to Cherokee, NC. The journey will feature 12 legs ranging in distances from 2.7 miles to 8 miles. The course will wind through the valleys and breathtaking ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains. Once racers cross the finish line in Cherokee, an amazing post-race party and awards ceremony will be waiting at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, where a post-race, team photo will be captured before heading to a buffet and a well-deserved beer.
What makes this race a little different from other relays is that teams are comprised of four runners rather than the usual 6 or 12 found at larger relay events in the region. The smaller team sizes means less expenses, as well as being able to use a standard car or SUV for a team to travel the route. The shorter route can be accomplished in about 12 hours with no overnight legs.
Greg Duff of Glory Hound Events, the owner and creator of the Land and Sky Relay, said “We want to create a relay experience that is less time consuming, less complicated and less expensive than some of the longer events in the area. This will be a memorable adventure for everyone who participates.”
The inaugural event is capped at 250 teams.
Another unique feature of the inaugural Land And Sky Relay is its race categories. Along with the typical category of “Open Male” and “Open Female” there will also be organizational categories, encouraging friends and peers from area businesses and organizations to compete against and run with each other. These categories include First Responders, Education, Government, Medical/Dental/Veterinary, Brewers/Cideries/Distillers, Running Clubs/Stores, Military, and more.
For addition details including race schedule, leg information sheets, elevation charts and registration, please visit the Land And Sky Relay race page.
About Glory Hound Events
Glory Hound Events was started in 2006, initially managing the historic Bele Chere 5K. Shortly after that first year the Lake Logan Triathlon was introduced and eventually became a part of the Lake Logan Multisport Festival. Glory Hound Events is now the largest endurance event management company in the Western North Carolina region, producing an average of twelve events annually. In addition to producing its own events and those for a variety of clients, Glory Hound Events offers consulting services for events outside of Western North Carolina looking to take theirs to the next level.