“This is such a popular race because the course is challenging and very do-able by all participants. Participants like to use the event as a terrific way to measure their fitness levels year after year,” said NOC Special Events Director Kathy Allison.
Once again, Swain County locals dominated as top finishers.
• Rand Perkins, 54, won first place in Men’s Masters.
• Julie Dauphine, 40, won first in Women’s Open.
• Dottie Brown, 50, won first in Women’s Masters.
• Mac Brown, 42, won third place in the Men’s Open.
Locals also racked up the top spots in the relay event.
• In the Co-ed Relay category, Dave Allison, Julie Dauphine and Brandon Coleman — all Swain County residents — came in first. Coleman, a Swain County high school track runner, joined the race at the last minute to cover for Jonathan Maddox, also a high school track star, who was injured before the race.
• In the Men’s Relay category, first place was taken by Chris Hipgrave, a professional paddler in Swain County; Ben Coff, a mountain biker who works at the Nantahala Outdoor Center bike store; and Daniel Hamilton, a runner from Franklin.