The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. – Molière
Some of you may or may not know it, but F3 Hickory was born out of CSAUP. That’s right. About 3 years ago a few of us #RedWoodOriginals were fortunate enough to be members of the F3 Columbia 9 team for the Palmetto Relay. And off we went to run, suffer, and ultimately celebrate completing 200 miles together as a team. It was indeed, good stuff! Oddly, we liked what we experienced so much that we came back from SC, stuck the shovel flag in the ground, and called it Whipping Stick. And then the thing grew. As we have grown we’ve continued to complete challenges that push us to a place that maybe we have never been and to do that which is completely stupid and utterly pointless. 200 mile relays are the epitome of CSAUP. So in 2017 it’s time to step up our game, get our minds right, and to take on a new challenge. YHC is taking the lead on this but he needs your help:
What: Smoky Mountain Relay (SMR) – 212 miles, 36 legs
When: April 21-22, 2017 (We’ll plan to spend the night near Hendersonville NC on April 20)
Where: From The Pink Beds, Pisgah Forest to Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC.
The SMR course takes runners through some of the most beautiful, pristine, and challenging terrain in the Southeast. Along the route runners will see the magnificent granite dome of Looking Glass and spectacular views from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mountain to Sea trail. At night you will run far from city lights, but very close to the Appalachian and Bartram trails along the upper Nantahala River. Along the course, you will run through many picturesque valleys framed by tree-covered mountains and meandering streams. SMR website: http://smr.smokymountainrelay.com/
This relay is limited to 70 teams. According to the race director, the SMR has only had one full F3 team in the past, OBT and the Gonads. That was over 2 years ago. They are pretty sure that they will sell out this year and hope that we can get F3 Nation to make a showing.
So here’s the deal…we are forming a 12 man team and so far YHC has 4 HC’s. If you have never been part of an F3 relay team, then it’s time. If you think you can’t do this, then it’s really time (you can). If you’ve done one before then you know the awesome adventure that awaits. So what are you waiting for? HC today! Don’t hesitate. We definitely benefit from registering before the end of this year.
Before 12/31/2016 – $110/runner
1/1/2017 – 3/16/2017 – $127/runner
3/17/2017 – 4/10/2017 – $193/runner