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Join the Assault on BlackRock

The Assault on BlackRock trail race is set for Saturday, March 20, and proceeds will benefit the Southwestern Community College Student Emergency Fund. 

The grueling course starts from Sylva’s Pinnacle Park to traverse 7 miles of trail with 2,770 feet of elevation gain. Participants will climb rocky roadbeds and a single-track trail to the 5,810-foot BlackRock summit in the spruce-fir forest topping the Plott Balsam Mountains. The point offers a nearly 360-degree view.

T-shirts are guaranteed to those who register prior to March 1, and prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Anyone who completes the race in 101 minutes or less will get a belt buckle. While the race typically begins at 9 a.m., staggered start times might be necessary depending on where the pandemic stands at that point. 

Registration is $25 in advance or $30 on race day. The Student Emergency Fund helps SCC students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies. Register at

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