Registration: This is the 40th Year Anniversary for this event! We have transitioned to a LOTTERY system. Interested runners should enter the lottery in the two week period August 1st at 12:00 am EST and August 14th at 12:00 am EST.
It does not matter when you enter, as long as it is within this two-week period. All prospective entrants will be required to use Ultra signup to enter the lottery. There will be NO in-store entries.
Priority will be given to previous winners, those who have completed the race the last five years consecutively, eight or more times cumulatively, and previous race volunteers, then by date of entry receipt some consideration will be given to first-time applicants.
***It is still imperative that these runners still enter the lottery***
Packet pickup will take place on RACE MORNING ONLY and will be from 8:30-9:45 am at the NC Arboretum.
This is a 17.8-mile trail race conducted over the historic Shut-In Ridge Trail that begins at Bent Creek near Asheville, NC and climbs over 5,000 feet along the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mt. Pisgah parking lot. The race will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 2th, 2019 at the North Carolina Arboretum’s Visitor Education Center. Enter from Highway 191 at the entrance ramp for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Post-Race Celebration will take place at 7:00 pm at the Wedge Foundation, located at 5 Foundry St., Asheville, NC 28801
If unable to participate on November 2nd, please withdraw your name using UltraSignup
ASAP. This way we can offer your coveted spot to the person at the top of the waitlist. We continue to offer a full refund (minus the $6.00 service fee) until 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 29th. After this point, there will be NO refunds, deferments, or bib transfers. Please do still withdraw your name at any point if unable to participate, even if it is after the 9/29 date. This way we can fill all possible spots on race morning — we try our hardest to avoid no-shows.
It’s not too late to order one of our special 40th Anniversary Hoodies! This can be done on the UltraSignup
page. These hoodies will be available for pick-up on race morning.
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 39 years, making Shut In one of the oldest continuous-running races in the region.
See us featured in Trail Runner Magazine on December 2018: https://trailrunnermag.com/races/shut-in-ridge-run.html