Mark your calendars for the 43RD SHUT-IN RIDGE TRAIL RACE: November 5th, 2022. More details TBA

Congrats to everyone who braved the cold weather and a closed Blue Ridge Parkway to compete in the 2021 Shut-In Ridge Race! And a big congratulations to this year’s champions, Peyton Thomas and Devin Deholl. Results for this year’s Shut-In are here. We’ll see y’all in 2022! 

2021 Shut-In Ridge Race Info:

Race Day

The 2021 edition of the Shut-In Ridge Trail Run will be held in person on Saturday November 6th at the North Carolina Arboretum Visitor Center. The race finishes at the Upper Mt Pisgah Parking Lot, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. All in-person runners must pick up their race bibs before the race begins. The race begins at 10:00am. 


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: 


Interested in joining this historic trail race that winds its way up to the base of Mt Pisgah in peak fall foliage season? SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE! Register HERE.

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. 

Packet Pickup

All participants will pick up their packets at packet pickup located at the NC Arboretum Visitors Center, which will happen on race morning at the race start beginning at 8:30am. There is NO packet pickup the day before the race.

The Course


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). This is a 17.8-mile trail race that climbs over 3,000 feet (net) along the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mt. Pisgah parking lot, for a total elevation gain of about 5,300 feet.

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.

Cut-Off Times

Bent Creek Road (about halfway) – 2 Hours and 15 minutes

Hwy 151 (about 16 miles into race) – 4 hours    NO EXCEPTIONS

***If your number is pulled at these locations, you are no longer in the race.  This is for your safety.

Aid Stations

Aid stations are WATER ONLY (no food). Crew are allowed to help runners with nutrition at the aid stations. There will be more significant food and beverages at the Finish. Water / Aid Map Below!

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 of 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 about a quarter mile down the parkway from the Mt. Pisgah turnoff.  You can also park along the road leading up to the finish line and the parkway itself. No one except race officials from the race will be allowed to park in the upper parking lot.  This is reserved for other parkway visitors. Runners are responsible for their own transport back after the race.

Post-Race Celebration and Awards Ceremony (November 6th, 2021):

Runners, family, and friends are all invited to celebrate at the Wedge Foundation Brewery starting at 6:30PM following the race. We will present awards at 7:30PM.  There is usually a food truck here for those wanting food.

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