I just ran the RiverBound Race Series 10K this passed weekend. While I probably had the worst showing of my running career, if you’re in western to middle North Carolina, I recommend running the series. There is a Charlotte Series and an Asheville Series. The Charlotte Series has been around for a few years, while the Asheville series is new this year.
I have run the Charlotte Series since it started and have watched it progress (got rid of the hiccups). First of all, the facility is great, the US National Whitewater Training Facility. They have about 14 miles of trails (various difficulties), Man-made whitewater rapids, a rafting river, rock climbing wall, 1,000 foot zip line, a ropes course, and canoeing. So when you done with the race, there’s plenty of other things to do as well.
Parking will cost you $5, unless you have a season pass. Not sure what they go for. I usually carpool with friends and take turns driving. Get there early, you’d be surprised at how many people run these races. There was probably about 600 people overall, and the competition gets tougher every year. For the series, the first race is a 5K or 8K. The second is a 5K or 10K, third is 5K or 15K, and fourth is 5K or Half Marathon. There is a point system and awards are given at the end of the series. In order to be eligible for awards at the end of the series, you must run the longer races (8K, 10K, 15K, and Half). I placed 2nd overall in my age group last year and received a couple $30 gift cards. Nothing major, but getting better every year.
There is always plenty of refreshments (powerade, bananas, bagels, etc.) at the end of the races, and water stations on the course.
Overall, I think they put on a pretty good event. They’ve kept me coming back for more.
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