Fleet Feet Sports will be holding the second of three races in the XTERRA TN points series. This event offers two races: a 50k, and half marathon (21k) at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN. Put this on your calendar...It's not as tough as you may think!! This is an official XTERRA TRAIL RUN national Trail race and part of the Tennessee XTERRA series as well as the Trailrunner Magazine Trophy Series. Fun, challenging, and exciting are all words that can describe an XTERRA race, and the Power to the Tower will certainly live up to that. Run Faster, we hear banjos....and that's exactly what you will hear as Bluegrass Music fills the mountains! Join us for refreshments,drinks,chocolate milk, after the half marathon/50k!! Both races feature nice single track trails that run through the mountain. The 50k will mostly consist of independent trails with minimal overlap, be on single track for nearly the entire race and feature almost 6000 feet of elevation change. From the lake to the firetower down the valleys and across the creeks then back across the ridges, this race will certainly be one to write home about! Please note, both the 50k and the Half-Marathon are eligible for XTERRA Series Points!
Packet pickup will be at Bays Mountain Farmstead Museum starting at 7:30am on race day (April 2nd). Both races will begin together at 8:30am.
We will offer a bag drop for the 50k at approximately mile 15.5. This should be able to fit in a one gallon plastic bag. You may want to put in gels, protein bars, medication, extra socks, shirts, etc.,band aids, blister packs, duct tape. There will be a drop off location at packet pickup and at the registration the morning of the tent. Please label them accordingly, we only transport them!!
9 hour cutoff time for the 50k. While we do not have cutoff times for particular mile markers, we do not want inexperienced runners tackling this race without proper training. If this is your first Ultra, thank you for sharing the experience with us.
The half marathon will have 2 two aid stations. The 50k will have 6 aid stations. NOTE: Please do not rely solely on the aid stations for hydration/nutrition. ALL 50K PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY AT LEAST ONE WATER BOTTLE. This can be a belt, handheld, pack, etc
The Half marathon is a single loop course that is mostly single track and some rough maintenance roads. You will climb to the firetower before booming down quad burning single track.
The 50k is mostly independent trails with very little overlap. From the lake to the firetower down the valleys and across the creeks then back across the ridges, this race will certainly be one to write home about! With nearly 6000 feet of elevation change throughout, I wouldn't exactly call this a flat course!