A new long-distance relay race from Asheville to Cherokee will pass through the heart of Haywood County the first weekend in November.
The Land and Sky Relay will snake through Beaverdam, Canton, Clyde, Lake Junaluska and Maggie Valley along its 64-mile course. Teams of four runners will trade off legs of the relay race over a 12-hour period on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The first-year event already has 36 teams from 10 states registered. The event is being put on by Glory Hound Events, an Asheville-based professional race company.
The Land and Sky Relay is like a little brother version of the epic Blue Ridge Relay, a 208-mile race through the mountains from Boone to Asheville that takes teams two days of continuous running to finish.
“I thought there was a need for a smaller, lower-key relay that didn’t require the planning and logistics of having to rent a van and the lack of sleep,”said Greg Duff of Glory Hound Events.
Lake Junaluska Conference Center is serving as a host site and transition area for the relay teams.
The race has landed $2,000 in grant funding from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. While the race doesn’t begin or end in Haywood, it is a chance to showcase the county to participants passing through. And some may chose to stay in Haywood as the mid-between the start and finish.
Glory Hound has a stellar reputation for quality events and is the largest endurance event company in WNC. Glory Hound’s repertoire of outdoor races includes the Lake Logan Multi-sport event in August and the Power of Pink Race in Haywood County in October.
For more about the Land and Sky Relay, go to gloryhoundevents.com/event/land-and-sky-relay.