Calling all running sponsors!

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 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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