Calling all running sponsors!

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Held in early November each year, Shut In travels along the portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that was originally an access route for reaching George Vanderbilt’s hunting lodge at Mount Pisgah. The modern-day Shut-In Trail (and the race) follows this grueling route from a low point near the French Broad River (the intersection of Highway 191, the Blue Ridge Parkway) all the way up toward Mount Pisgah. It’s about a 3,000-feet elevation gain, featuring a very technical single-track trail that has some virtually un-run-able climbs.

The Turkey Trot 5K, held appropriately during the Thanksgiving holiday, is a bit less grueling (unless you’ve eaten too much turkey).

Both races need sponsorship to keep the running shoes pumping. Contact Jonathan Poston at or visit to learn more.

— M.W.

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987. Follow me @mvwilliams

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