Saturday, August 4, 2018 • Canton, NC • Course Map
Set for its 12th annual running in the waning weeks of summer here in this beautifully scenic and peaceful mountain retreat in western North Carolina, this race takes runners along quiet mountain roads just west of Asheville and nestled between the Pisgah National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The half marathon at this event — called the Lake Logan Half — is actually the final event in a triathlon that’s part of the Lake Logan Multisport Festival, a two-day triathlon series that features this race on Saturday and the Lake Logan International Triathlon races on Sunday.
Saturday’s race will feature the half marathon after participants complete a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Logan and a 56-mile bike ride. They’ll start the half marathon on the grounds of the Lake Logan Episcopal Center, near the dining hall and welcome center of the retreat.
From there, the race will head across the bridge at the southern end of the lake, and then take runners south along Lake Logan Road. They’ll continue south along this winding highway, shaded on both sides by impressively tall trees and likely accompanied by plentiful breezes as the race heads toward the turnaround.
You’ll reach the turnaround point just past the mile 3 marker, near the Sunburst campground. After that, you’ll head back north along Lake Logan Road, up through Curtis Cove and Hickory Flat Cove, with the sun beaming down along the highway.
The half marathon course will feature gradual climbs and descents along Lake Logan Road, starting at an elevation of about 2,900 feet above sea level and reaching its peak just over 3,100 feet.
You’ll make these climbs twice thanks to the double-loop course — once you make it back to the retreat center for the half-way point, you’ll run the course again to complete your 13.1 miles.
The event is open to a maximum of 750 entrants, so you’re encouraged to sign up early.
Photos by Lake Logan Multisport Festival and Terrell Johnson/HalfMarathons.Net
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville, Canton lies just a short drive north from the Lake Logan Episcopal Center and typically sees its second-warmest month of the year in August, when temperatures average between the high 50s to the low 80s, and have been known to climb into the 90s.
On race day (Aug. 4), the average low is 60ºF and the average high is 82ºF.
- 2017 Lake Logan Half Results: Women | Men
- 2016 Lake Logan Half Results: Women | Men
- 2015 Lake Logan Half Results: Women | Men
- $155 – $185 for open, novice male and female
- $150 – $180 for the aquabike events
- $230 – $265 per team for the mixed relay
To reserve your spot in the summer 2018 running of the Lake Logan Half, register online at SetUpEvents.com here.
Official Race Website
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