Registration Launched for Lake Junaluska Duathlon and French Broad Triathlons (December 15, 2009)

Registration is now open for the Lake Junaluska Duathlon on April 17 and the new French Broad Challenge Triathlon on May 29.  Glory Hound Events is offering a 15% discount to those registering for both races at the same time at IMAthlete.com.
The Lake Junaluska Duathlon will be held two weeks later than last year and we expect a larger crowd for one of only a few duathlons in the area.   This race is a great way for runners for runners and cyclists to get a taste of multisport and triathletes to gear up for the new season.  The new French Broad Challenge Triathlon is exciting athletes all over the area.  The mix of paddling, road riding and road running will bring people from both the multisport and adventure racing world together for a fun race in the middle of the Mountain Sports Festival.
Complete information and links to registration can be found on the Events page.

2010 Event Schedule Unveiled (November 16, 2010)

Glory Hound Events has unveiled its events calendar for 2010.  The new schedule includes some old favorites and some newcomers.

  • The addition of a new multi-sport event: the French Broad Challenge Triathlon on May 29 as part of the Mountain Sports Festival.  This will not be your normal triathlon with four legs instead of three and a paddling component instead of swimming.  The race will begin and end at Carrier Park on May 29 and will include a 1K run, 4 mile paddle, 17 mile bike and 5K run.
  • The Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon & 5K is moving to Saturday, September 18
  • The former Lake Junaluska 8K/5K has been remade into the Lake Junaluska Bunny Run - a 10K and 5K to be held on Saturday, April 3 as part of the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center's Easter celebration

The complete Glory Hound Event schedule can be found on the Events page.  We are in discussions with several more events and anticipate this schedule to change in the coming months.

Try A Tri Back for 3rd Year (November 10, 2009)

Try A Tri-NC Mountains is back for its third year of training regular people to be triathletes.  The 2010 program stresses flexibility as it allows participants to choose the date they begin the 3-month training program and their goal race to complete.
Glory Hound Events is once again teaming up with Studio 7 Multisport to provide a thorough and enjoyable training experience.  Information meetings will held the week of November 16 in Clyde, Asheville and Cullowhee.  Details about these meetings and the entire program can be found in the Try A Tri section.

Power of Pink Attracts Record Crowd (November 1, 2009)

Over 400 athletes came to Haywood Regional Medical Center to help underserved women in the area for the 3rd Power of Pink yesterday.  The Pink Relay for Women had a record 30 teams and the Pink 4-Miler started a record 243 runners, a 300% increase from last year.
In the Pink Relay, the team from Mountain Radiology Oncologists (MRO) won the day with the Hopefulls, the team from Hope-A Women's Cancer Center placing second and Cobra Strike was third.  Jennings Garry of Team MRO had the fastest split of the day with 26:42 over the 4 mile course.
The second event of the day was the Pink 4 Miler, an open race for both men and women.  On the men's side, Gary Curran was the overall winner with a time of 23:52 while Brad Dodson was the masters male winner at 25:10.  In the women's bracket, Danielle Deines won the overall title in 26:29 with Rebecca Mayernick winning the women's masters division in a time of 29:46.
Race results for both the Pink Relay and 4-Miler can be found on the Events page.
To see photos from the event, please go to the Asheville Citizen-Time photo gallery at:

Pink 4-Miler Entry Deadline Nears (October 21, 2009)

Entry fees increase on Saturday for the Pink 4-Miler, part of the Power of Pink on October 31 at Haywood Regional Medical Center.  The entry fee increases to $25 through race day for the race which follows the same scenic course as the Pink Relay.  Registration has already doubled from last year and we expect a large turnout.  Long-sleeve shirts are guaranteed for the first 150 registrants so if you want a shirt, we suggest you register soon.
The Power of Pink includes the Pink Relay for Women, Pink 4-Miler and Bubble Gum Fun.  All proceeds fund mammograms for women of Haywood County who cannot afford them.  Please come run with us and potentially save a life at the same time.
Beautiful Southcliff Hosts 3rd Black & Blue Southcliff (October 18, 2009)
The weather was a cold and blustery but the running was hot and fast at the 3rd Southcliff Black & Blue Classic held on the trails and roads of the Southcliff community in Fairview.  Over 130 athletes from around the area participated in the two races, the largest turnout in the race's history.
Beth Saft and Skeet Burton, both of Asheville won the 2.6 mile Blue race, while Beth's husband Aaron and Monica Curwen of Asheville won the 6.5 mile Black race.  All overall winners won custom built tables, while the age group award winners received custom made coasters, all from Appalachian Designs.
Full race results are available at the Events page.

Pink Relay Late Registration Fee Waived (October 12, 2009)

The late registration fee for the Pink Relay, part of the Power of Pink on October 31st, has been waived.  The entry fee for relay teams will remain $200 through the race, although all teams are strongly encouraged to register early.  Info on all races at the Power of Pink is on the Events page.

Kudos to Bethel Half Marathon (October 10, 2009)

A big round of applause goes to the Bethel Rural Community Organization for their hosting of the Bethel Half Marathon on Saturday.  This is a race I look forward to running in every year and once again BRCO did a great job putting it on.  Thanks to Steven, Barbara, Ted, Ben and all of the volunteers who made it happen.

Southcliff Black & Blue Deadline Approaches (October 6, 2009)

Entry fees for the Southcliff Black & Blue Classic increase at midnight on Thursday, October 8 for the third annual event at the Southcliff Asheville community in Fairview.  Fees for both the 2.6 mile Blue race and 6.5 mile Black race increase $5 through race day.  The first 150 registrants are guaranteed to receive the very cool long-sleeve tech shirt given away this year and the availability of those is shrinking by the day.  Pre registration for the races is well ahead of last year and we expect 200 or more runners for the event.
Registration information, both paper and online, is available in the Events section.

Smokin' It at the Smoky Streak (October 3, 2009)

Jon Stoehr of Greer, SC and Michelle Ziegler of Cullowhee, NC set blazing paces as the overall winners of the 11th Smoky Streak 10K hosted by WestCare Health Systems.  Stoehr finished the 6.2 mile race in 32:54 to lead the males and Ziegler posted 40:32 to lead the females.
In the 5K, Tyler Massey of Robbinsville was the overall winner in 17:28 while fellow Robbinsvillian Amber Long was the top female finisher in 20:59.
Over 250 runners and walkers participated in the annual race where the 10K starts and finishes at Webster Baptist Church.  The 5K begins in Sylva and finishes at the church.
Age group results can be found in the Events section.

Back in Action (September 21, 2009)

My apologies for the lack of updates recently.  Here are some news and updates:

  • The Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon & 5K was an incredible success. The half marathon reached its race cap in mid August and the 5K totaled more than 700 runners.  Together the two races has 1,758 registrations setting a new record.  Reviews of the new courses were extremely positive.  We hope to have dates for next year's race and the opening of registration soon.
  • Mother nature spared the 2009 Tour de Tuck for most of the day on Saturday with only overcast skies instead of the steady rain blanketing the area for the past week.  A combined 214 riders participated in either the 108 mile Century and 65 mile Metric rides.
  • Registration is open for the WestCare Smoky Streak on October 3, the Southcliff Black & Blue Classic on October 17, the Power of Pink on October 31 and the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run on December 5.  Information on all of these races can be found on the Events page.

Huge Field Races at Lake Logan

855 athletes competed in the Lake Logan Multi Sport Festival on August 1 and 2.  485 triathletes competed in the International distance race on Saturday while another 370 athletes raced on Sunday in either the sprint distance race or USAT Aquathlon national championships.
The field was represented by 32 US states plus the District of Columbia and England.
Those competing this weekend are asked to complete the post-event survey here.

Record Numbers at Bele Chere 5K (July 27, 2009)

Over 1,380 runners helped the Asheville Track Club celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Bele Chere 5K on a beautiful Saturday morning.  The total of 1,385 registered runners eclipsed the old record of 1,280 set last year.
Ryan Kirkpatrick of Colorado Springs put his altitude training to good use to win the men's division in a blazing time of 14:38 while Asheville area newcomer Mina Thorstenson sent shockwaves through the local women's running scene with a time of 18:20.
Full results can be found in the Events section.

News and Notes (July 16, 2009)

  • Course maps are now available for the inaugural Lake Logan Sprint Triathlon on August 2.  This race will feature a 500 meter swim, 12 mile bike and 5K run and will be in conjunction with the USAT Aquathlon National Championships as part of the Lake Logan MultiSport Festival.   The sprint race will start first followed by a 15 minute break before the aquathlon begins. Links to all three races of the weekend can be found on the Events page.
  • Registration for the 30th Bele Chere 5K is well ahead of last year's record pace.  We fully expect the field to reach 1400 runners, which is the cutoff to receive this year's cool tech shirt.
  • The Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon on September has reached 44% of its capacity.  Paper race applications will go out July 24 and the race should reach its cap of 1,000 runners shortly thereafter.  If you haven't registered and plan to race, you should consider registering soon.  All race information is available at www.citizen-times.com/race .
  • Pro triathlete Paul Wisniewski will not be racing at Lake Logan as reported earlier.  Paul had a bad bike wreck and had surgery Sunday to repair an injured elbow.  We wish him the best for a full recovery and to see at the race next year.
  • The Asheville Half Marathon course has been officially certified.  You should be able to find the meaured course map at USATF cycling in about a month.  The certfication number will be posted at www.citizen-times.com/race this week.

Notes from Lake Logan (July 2, 2009)

  • Australian pro triathlete Paul Wisniewski will be racing the international distance race on Saturday, Aug. 1.  Paul races the Ironman and pro ITU circuit.  He is a former pro cyclist who posted a 4:25 bike split in route to an 8:43 final time at Ironman Ironman Busselton WA.
  • Water temperature holding steady at 73 degrees and we don't expect it to change much before race weekend
  • Registration numbers are well ahead of last year's numbers for the international distance race
  • Cottages at Lake Logan are practically sold out; interest in tent sites behind the transition area has increased greatly this week.
  • Menus have been set for both days of the event.  Saturday will feature sub sandwiches, two types of salad, chips and cookies.  Sunday will have wraps with two salads, chips and cookies.

Lake Logan Entry Fees Go Up Tuesday (June 29, 2009)

Entry fees for all three races of the Lake Logan Multi-Sport Festival go up $10 at midnight Tuesday.  The Lake Logan International Triathlon increases to $75, the Lake Logan Sprint Triathlon increases to $65 and the USAT Aquathlon National Championships increases to $45.
Over 800 athletes are expected at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center on August 1 and 2 for the three races.  For entry information go to the Events section for direct links.

Ostergaard's Shine at Inaugural Summer Dash (June 20, 2009)

Karen and Erik Ostergaard of Asheville were the overall winners of the Asheville Tourists Summer Dash - a unique one-mile race that began and ended at McCormick Field.  Despite the hottest temperatures of the season Erik ran a blazing 5:54 while Karen ran a 6:44.
Full results can be found in the Events section.

Lake Logan International Added to USAT-MA Series (June 17, 2009)

The Lake Logan International Triathlon has been added to USA Triathlon's Mid-Atlantic Series for 2009.  This is a 28 race series that, "allows our Mid-Atlantic triathletes to compete against their counterparts in the region.  It is tough at the national level to compete and this really makes it a much closer to home competition," according to Mel Fink of USAT.
The Mid-Atlantic Region is composed of  Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina.  Triathletes must race in three series events in order to be scored and eligible for cash and other prizes at the end of the season.  For more information on the USAT-MA Series, go to http://www.usat-ma.org/usatmatriseries06.htm.
This is another honor for Lake Logan and shows how well regarded this race and venue is to people within the triathlon community.

Local Triathletes Shine at Biltmore Lake (June 14, 2009)

Jay Curwen and Allison Hardy, both of Asheville, were the overall winners at the second Enka Triathlon at Biltmore Lake.  Over 260 other athletes competed in perfect racing weather on the course that featured a 750 meter swim, 17.5 mile bike and 5K run in and around the Biltmore Lake community.  Overall results can be found at www.setupevents.com, clicking on the Try Sports Triathlon Series and scrolling to the race.
The next triathlon on the Glory Hound Events calendar will be the Lake Logan International Triathlon - part of the new Lake Logan Multisport Festival scheduled for August 1-2 at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton.
Enka Triathlon Notes (June 10, 2009)

  • Water temperature as of 8 am this morning was 76 degrees.  This is still wet-suit legal but we will make the final determination on race morning.
  • On line registration has closed but we will accept walk-up registrations on Friday evening, 4-7 pm and on race morning until the 100 available slots have been filled.
  • Race information has been posted at http://www.setupevents.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=1204.
  • Jenn Sommermann, a passionate athlete and ovarian cancer survivor, who will compete in the Enka Triathlon as a part of her mission to raise $100,000 for the Ovarian Cancer
  • Research Fund. Determined to bring hope to all those who have been affected by ovarian cancer and honor those who have lost their battle, Sommermann will compete in a triathlon in all 50 states. Additionally, she will give training tips, share her workouts, and detail her journey on her blog, which can be found at www.jennsommermann.blogspot.com.  We are honored she selected the Enka Triathlon as her race in North Carolina.

Living Well Blog Up and Running (June 9, 2009)

Glory Hound Events' president, Greg Duff, has a new blog at LivingWell.com, a web site of the Asheville Citizen-Times, devoted to healthy living and lifestyles.  Greg's blog will be about running and training through the eyes of a regular guy and race director and will also have updates on this year's Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon & 5K, which is produced by Glory Hound Events.
The first installment can be found at www.citizen-times.com/race.

Human Race Results Posted (June 8, 2009)

Results from Saturday's Human Race in Waynesville are now available.  Please click here.  The Elaine Kuhl Haywood-Jackson Volunteer Center appreciate everyone's participation.

Enka Triathlon Water Temperature Update (June 6, 2009)

As of Friday, June 5th the water temperature at Biltmore Lake, site of the Enka Triathlon on June 13th, was 75 degrees.  This is still below the 78 degree threshhold for wetsuits as mandated by USA Triathlon rules.
Another temperature reading will be taken mid-week and posted here.  The final determination of whether it will be a wet-suit legal swim will made on race day.
On-line registration ends at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday so to positively reserve your place in the race, you are encouraged to register before this time.

Amazing Swag, Cool Awards Await Enka Triathletes (May 28, 2009)

The Enka Triathlon at Biltmore Lake is breaking with tradition this year for its awards.  Gone are the folding chairs and coffee mugs given to past overall and age group winners.  In 2009, overall winners will receive handmade business cards holders made from bike parts crafted by local artist and Liberty Bikes technician Jenny Kalista.  Age group winners will receive soaps specially designed for the race by Asheville's Kimberly Masters of Essential Journeys.  
The race will also introduce a "bag within the bag" goody bag with athletes receiving the normal Hammer Nutrition race bag with Hammer products, event info and coupons from supporting sponsors.  Inside that bag will be a gift bag from Citi Stop Stores that is simply amazing.  This is a grab bag full of drinks, chips, snacks, gum, candy and valuable coupons.  All in all, this will be the best goody bag in the area.

Registration Open for Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon/5K (May 21, 2009)

Registrations are now being accepted for the 10th anniversary race and judging by the number of entries to date, this will again be a record year.  Registration for the total event increased by 70% from 2008 to 2009 and registrations are six times ahead of last years pace at this point in time.
Both races feature redesigned courses for 2009.  This past Sunday's Asheville Citizen-Times had a great article about these new courses (http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090518/OUTDOORS/305180002).
For all of the information about this race, go to www.citizen-times.com/race.

Climb Town Mountain This Friday (May 11, 2009)

One of Western North Carolina's more unique endurance events will take place Friday, May 15th in Asheville.  The Town Mountain Hill Climb challenges cyclists from across the area to race the 5 miles to the top of the mountain in a time-trial format.  Hosted by the Asheville Women's Cycling Club (of which Glory Hound Events is a sponsor), the event is entering its 27th year and features $500 to any male or female who sets a course record.  In addition to this bonus money, the race pays 5 deep in all categories except first-timers.
The first rider is off at 6:00 p.m. from the start line just off Tunnel Road in downtown Asheville.  For more information, go to www.ashevillewomenscycling.com.

Sanchez and Ostergaard Win in Brevard (May 11, 2009)

Hector Sanchez (18:36) and Karen Ostergaard (21:05), both of Asheville, were the overall winners at Saturday's Dash with Mom 5K at the Brevard Academy.  Over 110 runners participated in the inaugural event that benefited the charter school, located on the campus of the Brevard Music Center.
The race celebrated Mother's Day with special Mother/Son and Mother/Daughter categories.  Heidi Sherman and Andrew Bridges were the fastest mother/son team with a combined time of 47:10, while Jen and Shivrah Mielke won the mother/daughter category in 50:05.
Overall results are now available by clicking here.

Inaugural Dash with Mom 5K Set for Saturday (May 6, 2009)

The campus of the Brevard Music Center will be the site of the inaugural Dash with Mom 5K hosted by the Brevard Academy, a charter school located on the BMC campus.  In addition to the usual age groups, there will be two special awards given to the fastest mom/son and mom/daughter teams, in honor of Mother's Day on Sunday.
For more information on this fun event, please click here.

Spring Into Action 5K Results Now Available (May 6, 2009)

Results from Saturday's Junior League of Asheville Spring Into Action 5K at Carrier Park are now available by clicking here.
Over 160 athletes of all ages competed in the first time event, including many from the Girls and Boys on the Run programs.

Local Athletes Dominate at Haymed.Org Triathlon (April 25, 2009)

The overall and masters results were dominated by Western North Carolina triathletes at the second Haymed.Org Triathlon.  As expected, the weather was perfect for the second multi-sport race in Haywood County this month.  For complete results, go to the Haymed section on the Events Page.
Haymed.Org marked the triathlon debut of nine area athletes who have participated in the 2009 Try A Tri program.  All finished the race and we expect to see them at more races this season.  Stay tuned as we look to expand Try A Tri for a new 2009 program.
Beautiful Weather Expected for Haymed.Org Triathlon
The Weather Channel is predicting perfect racing weather for the second Haymed.Org Triathlon this Saturday, April 25th at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in Clyde.  The race was moved one month later to take advantage of warmer weather and it looks like the move will provide great conditions for all those racing and watching.
The race opens with a 300 yard swim in the HRFC pool followed by a 10 mile bike ride and a 5K run.  All of the race details, including course maps and registration, can be found here.  On line registration ends at 8:00 EDT on Wednesday, however, walk up registrations will be accepted at Packet Pickup on Friday and on race morning until 7:30 a.m.

Bele Chere 5K Registration Now Open (April 13, 2009)

Registration for the 30th anniversary running of the Bele Chere 5K, presented by Southcliff Asheville, is now open.  Race brochures were mailed to all those who raced in 2007 and 2008 this weekend and on-line registration is available at Set Up Events.
Over 1,400 runners are expected for this milestone event, held on Saturday, July 25th at Asheville's historic McCormick Field.  Technical shirts will be given to the first 1400 registrants and Dunkin' Donuts and Citi Stop will host the post-race celebration.

Inaugural Lake Junaluska Duathlon A Huge Success (Updated April 11, 2009)

Duathlon came back to Western North Carolina in a big way Saturday, April 4th, with the inaugural Lake Junaluska Duathlon presented by the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center.  One hundred athletes registered for the event and 89 towed the start line on a beautiful spring Saturday morning.
Gail Kattouf of Greenville, SC was not only the first female to finish, she was the first competitor to finish in a time of 1:25:12. Jeremy Campbell of Brevard was the first male finisher in 1:28:10.
Complete overall and age groups results can be found by clicking here.
The Smoky Mountain News has a great article about the race.  Click here to see the story and pictures.

New Bike Course for Haymed.Org Triathlon (March 25, 2009)

In addition to a race date one month later on the calendar, the second Haymed.Org Triathlon on April 25 in Clyde, has a new bike course for 2009.  Because it is an early season race, the organizers recognize last year's course, which included a steep climb in the first third of the leg, may have been too difficult for beginning triathletes and those just starting their season.
The new bike course will be 10 miles in length and feature mostly flat terrain with some sections perfect for racing fast.  A map of the course is available at the race page on the Events section of this site.
The rest of the race remains the same: a 300 yard swim inside the beautiful Haywood Regional Fitness Center, a scenic 5K run and a great post-race meal courtesy of Sagebrush Steakhouse.
The early registration deadline is April 4 and everybody can save 10 dollars by signing up before this date.

Spring Into Action 5K Information Now Available (March 20, 2009)

Race information is now available for the inaugural Spring Into Action 5K sponsored by the Junior League of Asheville.  The race will be held May 2, 2009 at Carrier Park in Asheville as part of the Junior League's Spring Market.  The race is part of the Asheville Track Club's Grand Prix Series.
To see the race brochure or register, please go to www.juniorleagueasheville.org.

Lake Junaluska Duathlon Bike Course Altered (March 14, 2009)

The beginning portion of the bike course at the Lake Junaluska Duathlon on April 4 has been altered to enhance rider safety.  The original course had the riders going over the hill by the historic Lambuth Hill and down to the wooden bridge at the dam.  The new section will eliminate these sharp descent and take the riders along N. Lakeshore Drive to Dale Drive and County Line Road.  This alteration will add approximately 1.2 miles to the length of the course.

Asheville Citizen-Times Features Lake Junaluska Duathlon (March 13, 2009)

The April 12th issue of the Asheville Citizen-Times featured a story on the upcoming Lake Junaluska Duathlon in its Outdoors section.  The article can be found at http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009903120324.

Registration Deadlines Looming for Lake Junaluska and Haymed (March 6, 2009)

The early registration deadlines for the Lake Junaluska Duathlon and the Haymed.Org Triathlon are coming up soon.  Entry fees for Lake Junaluska will rise $10 to $45 on March 15 while the deadline to save $10 for Haymed.Org is March 31.  Don't miss these opportunities to save yourself some money.

Registration Open for Brevard & Waynesville Races (February 27, 2009)

Registration is now open for the inaugural Brevard Academy Dash with Mom 5K and the Human Race in Waynesville.
The Brevard Academy Dash with Mom 5K will be held on Saturday, May 9 on the campus of the Brevard Music Center.  80% of the course will be held on the BMC campus and features a predominantly flat course on paved and gravel roads.  In additional to the traditional award structure, cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and femaile finishers and there will be special prizes for the best combined mother//child time.  Information and registration links are available at www.brevardacademy.org.  Proceeds benefit the Brevard Academy.
The 8th annual Human Race in Waynesville will be held Saturday, June 7 and features one of the fastest tracks in Western North Carolina.  All proceeds benefit the Elaine Kuhl Haywood-Jackson Volunteer Center which provides volunteers to a variety of non-profit organizations in the area.  For more information on the Human Race, click here.
Both of these races are on the 2009 Asheville Track Club Grand Prix.

New Sponsors Jump Onboard for 2009 Schedule (February 17, 2009)

In the face of a challenging economy, several new sponsors have seen the value of marketing to multisport athletes and have joined Glory Hound Events for 2009.  Volvo Construction Equipment will be a sponsor of the Bele Chere 5K and Enka Triathlon at Biltmore Lake as will Urban Burrito; Harbor Capital ManagementLake Junaluska Duathlon and Haymed.Org Triathlon. has signed on as a sponsor of the
If you are interested in joining these respected companies and reaching out to one of the strongest demographic groups in sport, contact Greg at 828-400-5868.

Lake Logan Athletes - We Want Your Opinion

Glory Hound Events is requesting the opinion of all those who plan to race at the Lake Logan Multi-Sport Festival on August 1-2 at the beautiful Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton, NC.  Athletes are requested to complete a short, on-line survey that will help create a better experience for them this summer.
The Lake Logan Multisport Festival is an expanded version of the very popular Lake Logan Triathlon.  This international distance race will take place on Saturday, August 1 while the new Lake Logan Sprint Triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 2.  The USAT Aquathlon National Championships will also be held on Sunday to give multi-sport athletes a wide selection of events to choose from.
To complete the survey, please click here and follow the instructions.