Award winning trail race series returns to Asheville

Here’s the press release from North Carolina Outward Bound:

Asheville, NC, March 22, 2013—For the third consecutive year the River Bound Race trail running series will return to Asheville, this time featuring races on Warren Wilson College trails. As a signature trail running series, the River Bound Race was voted the best Trail Run in North Carolina in 2011 by Endurance Magazine. The race features some of the most scenic and challenging trails in the Southeast and is expecting to draw nearly 600 runners this year.

The River Bound Series, which consists of three races, will kick off on April 6 with a 5k and 10k option on the Warren Wilson trails and will start and finish at North Carolina Outward Bound School Headquarters. It will continue throughout the summer with 8k and 15k option and will conclude with a half marathon in September. With so many date and length options the series will attract a variety of runners, from those first-timers, to the experienced marathoners—all eager to test their limits.

Ross Dowswell, a Mount Holly resident, has run the River Bound half-marathon all three years in a row. “The race is always a lot of fun,” he said. Dowswell, who never considered himself a runner until his 40’s, has grown to appreciate the feeling of clarity and increased energy that can only come from trail running. “I’m excited for the new venues this year. They are all great for trail running. I may even try the whole series again this year.”

All proceeds from the Asheville races will support scholarships for youth, educators and military veterans attending North Carolina Outward Bound School’s wilderness programs.

If you would like more information, want to register or volunteer, visit the River Bound Race Series website at: or contact the race director, Luiz Leonetti by email HYPERLINK “” or phone: 828. 239.2140.

About North Carolina Outward Bound

North Carolina Outward Bound School is a not for profit educational organization that uses the wilderness and sense of adventure as its classroom to teach students the principles of physical fitness, craftsmanship, self-reliance and compassion. For nearly 50 years it has delivered powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently, step outside their comfort zones and travel in spectacular wilderness areas.

About Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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