26.2 Hour Race

  • FEES
  • GEAR

Race Start: Saturday, October 21st  
Race HQ: Oskar Blues Brewery
HQ Location: Brevard, NC
Disciplines: Trekking, mountain biking and paddling
Waivers: All participants must sign a USARA Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement
More Info: www.ncars.info

Welcome back to the big race in North Carolina! Yes, we are talking about 26.2 hours, not miles, of paddling, trekking and mountain biking in the mountains of the Pisgah. This race is now designed as the start of the 2018 season. Strategy, night time navigation and the ability to push through some challenging elevation changes will always be a premium in the Pisgah!

Get excited for some cool cash prizes, great SWAG and terrific post-race food. Bring your best to this test!

The race will provide canoes and kayaks

  • Check-in: Saturday, October 21st, 6:30-8:00 A.M.
  • Mandatory pre-race meeting: 8:30 A.M. at Oskar Blues
  • Race Starts: 9:20 A.M. – With all mandatory gear.
  • Race Ends: 11:30 A.M. Sunday, October 22nd
  • Celebration lunch and awards: 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Fees (Total for the Team)
Team Size Before May 1st After May 1st
Solo $180 $195
2 Person $350 $380
3 Person $510 $555
4 Person $660 $720


The race will provide canoes and kayaks

    • Solo – Kayak
    • Two and three person teams – one Canoe (no middle seat)
    • Four person teams – two canoes
    • Canoe paddles and PFD provided with boats

Personal paddles and PFD can be used instead of rental (race will transport)
Personal canoes or kayaks can be used ONLY if support team is available to pick up.

Required Individual gear:

  • A functional MOUNTAIN bike; no road or cycle cross bikes
  • CPSC marked bicycling helmet on bike sections
  • Food and drink to last the duration of the race; EMERGENCY water may be provided
  • A pen, pencil, or sharpie
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Individual headlight with extra batteries
  • Bike lights with extra batteries; white front, red rear
Required Team gear:
  • Compass
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Basic first aid kit
Recommended gear:
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather conditions; check the forecast before you leave
  • Waterproof map case
  • Water purification method
  • Spare bike tube, method of tire/tube inflation and bike repair kit
  • Altimeter

This course area is stunningly beautiful and difficult. This wilderness terrain is ideal for those who like to push themselves. You simply must train on the hills to obtain a high finishing position. Vertical relief in the course area can be as much as 4,000 feet, so expect the race course to take you across many mountain tops, ridges and streams. Along the way, you will experience spectacular water and stunning views as well as many miles of both trails and service roads. The course design will follow a particular sequence with regard to modes of travel. The transition areas will be mandatory but most, if not all, of the checkpoints will be optional. Collecting all the checkpoints and winning the race will likely require most, if not all, of the entire 26.2 hour race period. Given the difficulty of this terrain, as well as some of the more remote areas on the course, the Race Director will allow only experienced racers to race solo for this race.

80+ miles. You may consider skipping some CPs to have enough time to complete other CPs. Some CPs may be mandatory to be an official finisher so read all directions on race day.

For this area of the Pisgah N.F., the best map is the Western NC Trail Guide with a 1:39,000 scale.  It contains topographic lines, manmade features, along with trails and roads. These maps will be provided to teams at check-in.  The check points will be plotted on a master map for teams to copy after they check in.

Steve Hall (704.975.5116) and Michael Beacham are the Race Directors. Many more will be involved in pre-running the course, setting flags, staffing transition areas and organizing HQ on race day. Volunteer registration is also online.

There is simply no better way to explore this rugged corner of Pisgah. Bring your friends and colleagues

As for all races, we hope for good weather but we prepare for the worst. In the mountains of North Carolina, the weather can vary dramatically from one set of hills to the next so make sure you are prepared for changing conditions. Weather will happen. It is an adventure, after all.

This is an event that is being conducted on the Pisgah National Forest and is authorized under a Special Use Permit.

USDA – Forest Service Nondiscrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

You may use USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Forms AD-3027 or AD-3027S (Spanish) which can be found at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or upon request from a local Forest Service office. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Usted puede usar la forma de discriminación AD-3027 o AD-3027S en Español, la cual se puede encontrar en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/es_us/sp_complaint_filing_cust.html o puede obtener en cualquier oficina local del Servicio Forestal. El Departamento de Agricultura ofrece oportunidades de programas y de empleo libres de discriminación.