The second-annual Assault on Black Rock trail race in Jackson County will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, starting in the Fisher Creek parking area.
Runners, hikers and walkers are welcome to take on the challenge of this trail race, which traverses the slopes of Pinnacle Park, a preserved watershed outside Sylva.
The course is roughly seven miles in length, and hits elevation gains of 2,700 feet. In other words, this is a tough trail race.
Race Director Brian Barwatt started the event after he fell in love with the course training there for climbing trips, and after realizing the East Fork Trail made a loop out of the trail system that seemed perfect for racing.
He warns that the toughest section is the final quarter-mile to the summit ridge.
“About 90 percent of the course can be run if you are in great shape,” Barwatt said. “The final steep section is the exception, which will put some people on their hands and knees.”
New this year is the Black Rock 101 Challenge, with anyone completing the course in 101 minutes or less receiving an oversized belt buckle. Last year, just seven out of 65 participants would have received this trail trophy. Prizes also will be given out to top finishers.
Proceeds benefit The Community Table in Sylva.
The cost is $25 to preregister and $30 on race day. T-shirts guaranteed to the first 100 people who sign up.
Visit the Assault on Black Rock Trail Race Facebook page for more information or for registration forms. Or go to www.active.com and register, but there is a $3.25 fee.