2020 Race Results HERE

Congratulations to all those who completed the 2020 Shut-In Ridge Trail Run! Thank You to all those who participated! We look forward to seeing you next year on Saturday November 6th, 2021


COVID Updates

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 running of the Shut-In Ridge Trail Race will be a virtual race. Registration will take place on Ultrasignup. 
There will be no participant limit. 
Participants are not required to race by themselves. Participants may race together, though we are encouraging people to keep group sizes small due to Covid-19. 
Finishers will be able to count this year’s race towards the “# of Shut-In’s completed” in future lottery years.


Registration CLOSED October 15, 2020.

Cut-Off Times

Due to the virtual nature of this event, there will be no cut-off times.

YOU are responsible for your own course time and are expected to record your finishing time using a timing device (GPS data is not required). Your recorded time will be the cumulative/total time that it takes you to run/hike from the START to the FINISH. You will start your time at the START, and STOP it at the FINISH. Just like every other year, your watch/timer does not “pause” for water breaks, pee breaks, road crossings, etc. For your accomplishments to be considered a “Finish”, you must upload your time using the Self Reporting feature on Ultrasignup (the same website you used to register) by the END OF THE DAY ON NOVEMBER 16. Runners can access the recording page on their Registration History (for members), and/or via email (for everyone else). Only registered runners will be able to record results. Results are not final and published until you confirm them. We are operating on the honor-code and will not require GPS data.


All Finishers will receive a Shut-In Finishers Shirt. Race finishers will have from November 19th (starting at 10:00am) until November 25th (ending at 4:00pm) to claim their long-sleeve Finishers shirt in-person at Jus’ Running during store hours (523 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804). Shirts that are not claimed during this timeframe will be mailed to participants registration address after this point. 

Race Window

Registered runners have from 12:00am on October, 30 to 11:59pm on November, 15th to complete their “virtual” race. Runners can complete their “race” anytime of day during this 16-day window.

The Course

*New Temporary Course Changes for 2020*
Background: Though we would prefer to race the usual Shut-In Ridge course together, the virtual nature of this event has allowed us to chance the course back to the ORIGINAL Shut-In Ridge Course. We are excited and eager to be able to use the original course because this represents the actual Shut-In Ridge Trail in its entirety (the trail constructed by George Vanderbilt in 1890 that allowed him and family to hike to Pisgah Ridge, the site of his hunting cabin).


Please note that this is a race designed for well-trained and experienced trail runners seeking a truly difficult experience. This is ~17 miles of extremely challenging terrain. This is NOT a good “first” trail race.* 

Course Details: The first ~2.5 miles of the Shut-In course has been modified to simplify the beginning of the race and avoid the section inside Bent Creek Experimental Forest (many turns on this section). This has caused the overall course distance (16.3 miles) to be about 1.4 miles shorter than in recent years. Don’t let the slightly shorter distance fool you, this modified course adds an additional steep hill at 1/2 mile into the race. 

START: The 2020 course will begin at the Start of the *original* Shut-In Trail, which is located on the Brevard Road entrance ramp to the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 75 yards uphill from the main entrance to the NC Arboretum. There is a wooden 4’x4′ post in the ground with a circular white trail-blaze on it. Official Start of the 41st Annual Shut-In Ridge Trail Race (virtual edition). Runners will start their timing devices while standing on the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance ramp directly outside the NC Arboretum Entrance, facing the Mountains To Sea Trail (circular white trailheads on trees) (Blue Ridge Parkway will be to your Left. NC Arboretum Entrance should be to your Right. French Broad River should be behind you). There is a ~10′ section of grass that runners will cross between the pavement and the actual dirt trail. Runners will follow this trail to the end of the Shut-In trail, which is located where the single-track trail meets the grass at the Upper Mount Pisgah parking lot (this is the same as the finish in previous years). 

FINISH: The Official race finish will remain the same as in recent years. This is where the dirt single-track Shut-In Trail/Mountains-To-Sea-Trail reaches the mowed grass at the Upper Mt. Pisgah Parking Area. Runners must stop their timing devices once their feet meet the grass and are out of the forest.

ELEVATION: According to GAIA GPS, this year’s course has 6,764′ of ascent and 3,838′ of descent in a total distance of 16.3 miles (1.5 miles shorter that in recent years due to the alternate Start). Follow course map link for an interactive Elevation Profile (screenshot here). 


The origins of the Shut In race date back to December 13, 1980, when some 64 intrepid men and women assembled to clamor over rocks, roots, and fallen leaves as they followed the trail of the same name originally blazed by George Vanderbilt that led from his home, Biltmore, to his hunting lodge up on Mount Pisgah. Runners have continued that tradition now for 40 years, making Shut In one of the oldest continuous-running races in the region. This year will be the 41th running of the event.

See us featured in Trail Runner Magazine on December 2018: https://trailrunnermag.com/races/shut-in-ridge-run.html 

Aid Stations

Due to this being a virtual race, there will be NO aid stations. Particpants must coordinate their own “aid stations”. This can involve having your crew meet you at the Blue Ridge Parkway intersections and/or other creative methods.

Support Crew

As with past years, participants are allowed to receive aid from their crew at any of the points where the course intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway.

When you park along the parkway, all four wheels must be off the parkway. If you don’t park in this manner, a large fine may be incurred from the park service. DO not direct or stop traffic on the parkway. runners must always yield to cars. Parking for the race is at the lower lot at Mt. Pisgah and a lot 1/4 mile down the parkway from the Mt. Pisgah turn off. You can also park along the road leading up to the finish line and the parkway itself. Runners are responsible for their own transport back after the race.

The Route

Shut-In Trail Elevation Profile

2019 Shut-In was a huge success! Check out more photos from the day, captured by local Asheville photographer Andy Wickstrom, on our Facebook page