Hope For Horses is happy to
announce that we will be hosting our second annual Run
for the Horses Endurance Race and Ultra Marathon on the
prestigious Biltmore Estate in the heart of Asheville, NC in 2014.
Imagine horses and humans all
running together on the same trails! The Endurance Race
is AERC and SERA-sanctioned. We are excited
to note that this our second year holding an Ultra
Marathon at the beautiful Biltmore Estate.
Hosting this race is not
only an incredible fundraising opportunity for Hope For
Horses, but a chance for our wonderful, supportive
volunteers to come together for a very worthwhile
project and fun experience. Run/Race Description:
Combining a run and race can be a very cool experience
for all involved! The starts are timed and the course is
designed so that all of the competitors are doing the
ride together for the last several miles. Horses
and runners sharing the trail works very well.
From a competitor standpoint, camaraderie develops
as well as good humored joking between riders and
runners as each group encounters and encourages the
other. From a run and ride management standpoint there
is a lot of synergy which helps given the large amount
of volunteer time and energy to put on 50 mile event.
The Biltmore course will be on a combination of light
dirt roads, gravel roads, and old logging trails.
For this event, we will not use any of the single
track so that there will always be room for horse and
rider to pass runner or vice versa. Some of the old
logging roads are a bit rutty but they are wide enough
that one can choose appropriate footing. The topography
There is water on course for horses and aid stations
appropriately spaced, manned and supplied as well.
We hope to see you at our second Run/Ride in September!
Take a moment to check
out the blog by Runner, Peter Ripmaster! Last year's
race was an exciting one!