Franklin, NC

Come explore the same trails that William Bartram, "The Naturalist", ventured on in the late 1700's. This ultimate 50k will cover some of the most challenging ground in the Southeast. Runners will leave from downtown Franklin, NC at 8am and travel to the Bartram Trail area on Wallace Branch. Here runners will start the brutal climb that ultimately leads to Wayah Bald. From the Wallace Branch trail head to the top of Wayah Bald is approximately 11 miles. The 25k will have over 5500' of climbing (50k will have over 8,500' of climbing), making your legs feel weak just reading this. There will be multiple stations with food and water. 25K racers will end on Wayah Bald after running up the Bartram Trail. When 50k racers reach Wayah Bald they will circle the bald, resupply then head back down the Bartram Trail. Outdoor 76 will host the post race meal (voucher or meal), music, beer....and oh yeah awards!

Upcoming Races

Oct 7 2023
50 KM
8,500 8,500 ft.
5 Aid Stations
4 Elevation Rating
Very hilly, ~7500-12,500 feet in 50 miles
4 Surface Rating
Substantial rocks, roots and/or ruts

Additional Distances

This event also has the following non ultra distances

25 KM


Date Finishers Top Result (M) Top Result (F)
10/01/22 No Results Posted. Submit Results
10/02/21 16 6:22:03 5:43:00
10/03/20 Race Cancelled
10/05/19 35 5:02:02 6:53:36
10/06/18 31 5:10:22 6:32:30
10/07/17 34 4:41:40 7:21:44
10/08/16 28 4:50:49 7:18:23
10/10/15 21 4:43:22 6:12:47
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