Nantahala Outdoor Center's Endurance Race Series

Nothing like a brisk Smoky Mountain morning in January to test your New Year's Running Resolution.  At daylight (actual starting time was 07:38 by the race director's watch) 20 hearty souls shed all the clothing they dared and began their journey from the Nantahala River Put-In parking lot in Topton, NC to the top of Wayah Bald, 21 trail miles away, and over 5800' of climbing to overcome.  A lead pack of two, Bill Harlan and Scott Wolfe, made a quick jump to the front that they would hold within a few miles of the finish.  The trail was marked with yellow markings, yet all of the fire roads and hunters tracks proved to be challenging as many folks opted to add mileage to the original 21-mile minimum.  The last couple of miles the racers confronted shin-deep snow, but it was soon rewarded as the crystal clear blue sky at the finish made all the pains and heavy breathing soon forgotten.  A cup of hot cocoa and some dry clothes, and racers cheered on those who came in later.  A new course record of 3:35 was set, and we challenge any and all to come break it in 2002!    We would like to congratulate all who entered (noting that all competitors finished within the 8 our time allotment), and the series continues with a mountain bike on 20 January, and a flatwater paddle on the 27th.  The overall points winner for men and women wins an entry into NOC's 8-hour adventure race to take place 10 February 2001.

 
Rough Course description:  1.5 mile of pavement to 30-40' stream crossing (lots of wet people) - start at about 2000'
                                      5.5 miles of rolling trail to a campground at 2700'
                                      5.5 miles of more rolling trail to 3000' 
                                      1.0 mile of road
                                      2.0 miles of steep trail climbing to 4800'
                                      then 2 miles of rolling
                                      1.5 more miles of climb to about 5300'
                                     and 2 miles snowy to the finish at 5342'     

 

Overall Rank Participant Name M / F Trail Run Accum Series
(this event) Time Points Rank Points Rank
1 Bill Harlan M 3:35:00 100 1M 100 1M
2 Mac Brown M 3:56:17 80 2M 80 2M
3 Scott Wolfe M 3:56:24 60 3M 60 3M
4 Brenda Simril F 4:33:16 100 1F 100 1F
4 Lee Simril M 4:33:16 50 4M 50 4M
6 Kari Crowe F 4:52:35 80 2F 80 2F
7 Arden Olson M 4:53:08 40 5M 40 5M
8 Karl Johnson M 4:57:01 30 6M 30 6M
9 Cary Wright F 5:20:58 60 3F 60 3F
9 Mark Esposito M 5:20:58 20 7M 20 7M
11 Ricky Parks M 5:45:12 10 8M 10 8M
12 Maggie Everett F 5:50:00 50 4F 50 4F
13 Drew Wilson M 5:52:00 10 9M 10 9M
13 Greg Turner M 5:52:00 10 9M 10 10M
15 Robert Smith M 6:02:00 10 11M 10 11M
16 David Cash M 6:04:20 10 12M 10 12M
17 Renee Johnson F 6:32:31 40 5F 40 5F
18 Michael Baird M 6:33:12 10 13M 10 13M
19 Marty Dedrick F 7:58:00 40 6F 30 6F
20 Dee Boucher F 7:58:00 30 6F 30 6F