New INFO For SHUT-IN RIDGE RACE 2021 BELOW!

2021 ENTRY INFORMATION: 42nd SHUT-IN RIDGE TRAIL RACE

2021 Lottery Registration opens Wed. August 18, 2021 at 12:00AM ET on UltraSignup. More details below. 

Race Day

The 2021 edition of the Shut-In Ridge Trail Run will be held on Saturday November 6th. The race begins at 10:00am. This year’s race will be in-person.

Registration

Due to high demand for this race, interested runners must enter the lottery for a chance at entry into this race. There is a two-week window, beginning at 12:00am on August 18th and ending at 11:59pm on September 1st, during which runners can enter for a chance at entry. Runners with 8 or more Finishes and/or 5 consecutive Finishes get guaranteed entry. Enter the lottery HERE.

The race is capped at 225 participants. Once this cap is reached participants will be added to the waitlist based on the time that they registered for the lottery. Those that register for the lottery sooner will be higher up on the waitlist.

There will be two registration packages options available:  The “Full Package” which includes race entry, a custom 2021 Shut-In shirt, and additional swag, and the “Bare Bones” package (reduced price), which includes the race entry and none of the swag/shirt. Package pricing is TBD.

Cut-Off Times

TBA

Awards/Swag

There will be two registration packages options available:  The “Full Package” which includes race entry, a custom 2021 Shut-In shirt, and additional swag, and the “Bare Bones” package (reduced price), which includes the race entry and none of the swag/shirt. Package pricing is TBD.

Race Window

TBD

The Course

*CAUTION: HIGHLY CHALLENGING TERRAIN*

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 course will start at the North Carolina Arboretum. 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). 

Course 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.

History

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 41 years, making Shut In one of the oldest continuous-running races in the region. On the first Saturday of November, 225 runners line up to put their grit to the test on 17.8 miles of a mix of paved road, double and singletrek through Pisgah National Forest in peak fall foliage. 

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

Aid Stations

TBD

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

Check out photos from 2019’s Shut-In Race, captured by local Asheville photographer Andy Wickstrom, on our Facebook page