North Carolina > Run for the Red Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Valle Crucis, NC • Saturday, September 14, 2013 • Course Map
With a course that that takes runners on an out-and-back route through the Blue Ridge Mountains here in western North Carolina -- a course that race organizers call "a marathon on the edge of extreme," by the way -- the small community of Valle Crucis plays host to the 4th annual running of its Run for the Red Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K as summer is giving way to fall in mid-September 2013.
Planned as a fundraiser for the locally based Watauga County chapter of the American Red Cross, the Run for the Red races drew a relatively small field of runners for the race's second annual event in 2011 -- 98 runners total crossed the finish line last year, including 33 in the full, 26.2-mile marathon and 65 in the 13.1-mile half marathon.
While those running the full marathon follow a loop course through the mountains near this small community in western North Carolina -- which lies within driving distance of nearby ski and summer mountain resorts like Sugar Mountain, Grandfather Mountain and Ski Beech, as well as mountain cities like Boone and Blowing Rock -- those running in the half marathon will have a somewhat easier go of it, as the half follows an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at Valle Crucis Elementary School.
Both races start at the elementary school, but leave in different directions from the starting line. Those running the half marathon take a right onto Broadstone Road immediately after leaving the start area, and then head northwest along Broadstone until they reach Watauga River Road, where they turn left. The remainder of the half marathon course keeps runners on Watauga River Road all the way up to the turnaround point at exactly the 6.55-mile point of the race, where runners then make the turn and head back southeast along the route they've just run.
Runners will notice as they make their way both up and back along the course that the route winds along with the Watauga River, a popular destination throughout the region for inner tubing, canoeing and kayaking in the warm-weather months. Along the way, runners also will get to see the gorgeous tree-covered mountain scenery that has helped this small community become a popular vacation getaway for people around the Southeast in recent decades, with numerous bed and breakfast inns and restaurants popping up in recent years.
Organizers note that while there is a 6-hour time limit for those running the full marathon, there is no time limit for the half marathon -- the full marathon starts at 7:00 AM, followed by the half marathon at 7:30 AM. The courses for both the full and the half marathons are USATF (USA Track & Field) certified for the 2012 race.
Weather & Climate
Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, just a short drive from the area's nearby ski resorts and just over 80 miles northeast of Asheville, Valle Crucis typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September, when temperatures average between 50°F and 76°F.
On the day of the race (Sept. 15), the average low is 51°F and the average high is 77°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.6 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Run for the Red Half Marathon
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To reserve your spot in the late summer/early fall 2013 running of Valle Crucis's Run for the Red Marathon or Half Marathon race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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