Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
3.3
SWAG
4
The Downhill @ Dawn Half Marathon runs from Ridgecrest to Old Fort on a combination of paved and forested gravel roads. The course offers incredible views from the wooded mountains to beautiful streams and rivers, you will also run by the Old Geyser Park. Starting at 6:01 AM, runners escape … MORE
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    lydia9917 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course was actually pretty hilly for the first three miles, but the following ten were basically downhill the rest of the way! Quiet a few miles are on gravel … MORE

    The course was actually pretty hilly for the first three miles, but the following ten were basically downhill the rest of the way! Quiet a few miles are on gravel roads and you really have to watch your footing, but it if you like trail running you will have fun!
    All the volunteers were super awesome! The post race food was great and they had cold towels🙌🏻

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    JayMo REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I've run over 40 half marathons, and this is my hands-down favorite. I ran it for the first time in 2011, and I remember thinking, at about mile 8--I will … MORE

    I’ve run over 40 half marathons, and this is my hands-down favorite. I ran it for the first time in 2011, and I remember thinking, at about mile 8–I will run this race for as long as I am able. I have returned every year since and have encouraged many fellow runners to give it a try. Here are just a few reasons that I love this race:
    *Breathtaking scenery: just when you reach the part where you are about to begin running downhill, you see the beautiful sunrise over the mountains.
    *Running through the Cherokee National Forest is exhilarating.
    *There’s a part mid-race that is run on dirt. Some people don’t love this, but my legs enjoyed the break.
    *The staff, volunteers, and fellow runners are friendly and helpful.
    *It’s usually held in early June, a month when a good half is hard to find.
    *If you stay at the Ridgecrest Conference Center (super affordable), you can look out the window of your room and see the start line–no parking and navigation hassles.
    *Also if you stay at Ridgecrest, you will have your own bathroom to use right before the race, and the race finishes at a church, which of course has an indoor bathroom. Minimal interaction with portable toilets is a win in my book.
    *The weather has been warm but manageable every year I have run it.
    *It’s located near fantastic day trip options–Asheville, NC, Blue Ridge Parkway, etc.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my 1st time running this race. It is a simple expo at the Ridgecrest Conference Ctr. Race starts at dawn (6:01a). The first 3 miles involves some uphills, … MORE

    This was my 1st time running this race. It is a simple expo at the Ridgecrest Conference Ctr. Race starts at dawn (6:01a). The first 3 miles involves some uphills, but then it happens. At least 7 miles of downhill, gravel, switch back running. So any time you lose in the uphills can be made up here. The last few miles have some more uphills, not as extreme as the first portion. Last half mile is on sidewalks and finish up at Old Fort First Baptist Church parking lot. Lots of support, water stops every 2 miles, great finish line support.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    2
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    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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