Shut-In Ridge Trail Race

ATTENTION RUNNERS: Shut-In Ridge Trail race confirmations will be emailed during the first week of September. Please be patient. If you don’t get a notice by September 7th, contact Jane at Thanks!

2018 Shut-In Information

Race Day: Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2018

The Shut-In Ridge Trail race is one of the oldest continuous-running races in the Asheville region, dating all the way back to  December 13, 1980. It all started when  a bold group of 64  men and women raced from George Vanderbilt’s home to his lodge up on Mount Pisgah – a route that was originally blazed by Mr. Vanderbilt himself.

The Shut-In Race is 17.8 miles over the historic Shut-In Ridge Trail beginning at Bent Creek near Asheville, NC. It climbs over 3,000 feet along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mt. Pisgah parking lot.

The race will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at the North Carolina Arboretum’s Visitor Education Center. Enter from Highway 191 at the entrance ramp for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Cut-Off information

Bent Creek Gap is roughly the half-way point, and cut off time for this location is 2 hours and 15 minutes. The second half of the course takes much longer. Also, you must reach Hwy 151 in 4 hours.

Entry information


Entry fee for the race is $95.00.

​The race is limited to 200 runners.

​Runners must be 19 or older to participate.

​Priority will be given to previous winners, those who have completed the race the last four years (five or more times), and previous race volunteers, then by date of entry receipt. Some consideration will be given to first-time applicants.

Race numbers may be picked up at the start area from 8:30 AM until 9:45 AM on race day.

*All applicants will be notified by email whether their application has been accepted. Runners whose applications are accepted and are officially entered in the race will receive additional information concerning the race.

Runners whose applications are turned down will have their entry fee returned unless they would like to be on the waiting list. Runners can choose to be removed from the waiting list at any time and have 100% of their check returned. The waiting list will be eliminated by October 23rd.

Runners CANNOT sell or give their place away. Runners have until October 1, 2018 to drop out and receive a full refund. After October 1st, runners will receive $50 of the entry fee back, and after October 15th runners will no longer receive any money back.

Photos courtesy of Asheville Running Collective.

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