The Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series kicks off registration on January 1, 2013 at 3 AM Eastern. Trail runners from across the country are expected to fill this year's races very quickly. Several of the races sold out last year, and to encourage healthy New Year's resolutions this year, the race organizers have decided to open all races (except for the cult classic Upchuck 50k, which opens in September) on New Year's Day.
The Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race is expected to fill first, followed by the 50 Mile race and the classic Rock/Creek StumpJump 50k. "Our events are extraordinary because we focus our efforts to make your run the best experience ever. However, the trails do quite a bit of the work for us. The amazing diversity and quality of the trails around Chattanooga truly place the Rock/Creek trail races in a league of their own," explains race director Randy Whorton.
Last year's events drew 2,878 racers from nearly every state in the country as well as several international runners. As Whorton estimates it, "in 2012, nearly 3,000 racers burned around 6.5 Million calories." All races take place in or around Chattanooga, Tennessee, and are run through Wild Trails, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by Rock/Creek to handle the proceeds from the series. Salomon, a leading trail running shoe and apparel manufacturer, is the title sponsor.
The 2013 Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series schedule follows:
March 23, 2013: Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race 10.2 miles or 6.5 miles
May 18, 2013: Scenic City Trail Marathon & Half Marathon
June 14-16, 2013: Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race (3 days: 18 miles, 22 miles & 20 miles)
August 10, 2013: Still Hollow Half Marathon & 10k
September 15, 2013: Southern 6 Trail Race 6 kilometers & kid k
October 5, 2013: Rock/Creek StumpJump 50k & 11 mile
November 9, 2013: Upchuck 50k
December 21, 2013: Lookout Mountain 50 Miler & 10k
Rock/Creek, a proud member of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, is an independent specialty outdoor retailer with 25 years of experience in the Southeast. Along with its online shop at RockCreek.com, Rock/Creek provides quality outdoor clothing and gear for a host of activities including paddling, rock climbing, camping, hiking, trail running, and adventure racing.
Race series sponsors include Salomon, Toyota of Cleveland & Capitol Toyota, Get Out Chattanooga, Patagonia, Collier Construction, SmartWool, The North Face, Marmot, Outdoor Research, Trail Runner Magazine, Hammer Nutrition, Suunto, High Point Climbing, and Whole Foods Chattanooga.