30k Info

2017 Cradle to Grave 30k Trail Race 

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
6:30am
– Parking and check-in open
8:00am - Race begins in front of Forest Discovery Center
11:00am to 4:00pm – After race lunch, beverage, 30K race awards, and live music provided at the Cradle’s amphitheater

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*The 30k is Sold Out and Online Registration is Closed. 10k spots are still available on a first come, first served basis. Register for the 10k in person at Oskar Blues on May 12th from 4-7, or before the race on May 13th. Grand Prix logo

Race Location: Cradle of Forestry in America
11250 PIsgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Come enjoy 18.6 miles of trail running in the birthplace of modern forestry! The fourth annual Cradle to Grave 30k starts and finishes at the Cradle of Forestry, located just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Sliding Rock. You will run out the lush Pink Beds trail past fields of wildflowers and beaver ponds, cross creeks on bridges and rocks, move along forest service roads in the heart of Pisgah National Forest, and climb up to one of the most unvisited and spectacular views of pristine forest land available. The return trip will utilize several different trails, each with their own unique topography, beauty, and characteristics. After race lunch and entertainment will be provided.

Cradle to Grave 30k Course Map and Elevation Profile

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 Cradle to Grave 30k Trail Race Course Description

The Cradle to Grave 30k Trail Race will start at the front door of the Forest Discovery Center, continue around the Forest Festival Trail (past the old logging train) and then enter the Pink Beds picnic area.  From there runners will take the left side Pink Beds Loop Trail (118) then left on Pink Beds Connector (118A). Aid Station #1. Runners will then take a left on Forest Service Road (FS 476) and a right on Yellow Gap (FS 1206) Aid Station #2.  The race will follow Yellow Gap Road to Left on Pilot Cove-Slate Rock (320) Aid Station #3. From there runners will follow right (320A) Pilot Cove loop.  This will be the longest climb of the run, the view at the end is worth it! After taking in the view runners will continue left around the loop on (320) to Aid Station #4 and retrace their steps by taking a right on Yellow Gap Rd (FS1206) to the left on (FS476) Aid Station #5.  Runners will return to the Pink Beds via (118A) Aid Station #6, then follow the opposite side of the Pink Bed Loop trail (118) through the Southern Appalachian Bog utilizing the newly constructed boardwalk.  Return to the Cradle of Forestry to finish at the Amphitheater and celebrate with awards, food, drinks and music.

A group of runners pose at the top of Slate Rock. It's all downhill from here...almost!
A group of runners pose at the top of Slate Rock. It’s all downhill from here…almost!