Scenic lake views Beautiful fall colors
Our 5k course is located entirely on the 250 acres of South Mountain Christian Camp in Bostic, NC. The course takes runners on one continuous loop through a mix of gravel roads, grassy shorelines, and wide dirt trails on the south side of Cherry Mountain.
Encompassing rolling hills, wooded paths, and scenic views along the lake, the South of the Mountain Trail Run offers a wide variety of challenges for runners and walkers of all skill levels in one of the most beautiful settings around. Fall colors usually peak around this time of year, so be prepared for some spectacular views on your run, giving new meaning to the term "breathtaking."
The Trail Run will be marked one month before race day, so feel free to come and check out the course ahead of time. You can download a Course Guide to help you find your way. This is highly recommended if you're coming for the first time. If you would like to come get some practice time in, keep in mind that we have other guests on the property on most days, so please refrain from entering any of the buildings other than the brick bathhouse located near the ballfields.
At South Mountain Christian Camp, hosting events is our specialty. When you arrive on camp, just follow the main road in toward the Joy Center (gym). Parking attendants will direct you to the most accessible parking available. A camp map is available HERE.
Check in will be located outside the Joy Center this year. All attendees should plan to wear a face covering when they are not strenuously exercising unless they meet one of the exceptions listed in Section II, C of NC Executive Order 147. Once you have your runner's bib, you can begin your race whenever you are ready. The disposable chip located on your bib will record your start time and finish time.
The start and finish line is located on the gravel road just uphill from the Joy Center. You'll start on the gravel for a short distance before getting into the trails. The course will be well marked with paint, flags, cones, and signs. To finish, you'll emerge from the woods onto the gravel road once again before crossing the finish line.
There will NOT be an in-person awards ceremony following the race this year. However, will will host a live-streaming virtual event online announcing the overall, masters, and age group winners. All participants will receive a finisher medal. The overall and masters winners will receive a trophy, shipped to them after the race.