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Annual Lake Lure Olympiad August 26

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – For runners and cyclists competing in Race to the Rock during the 8th annual 2012 Lake Lure Olympiad on Sunday, August 26, be prepared to climb 900 feet in elevation over the last three miles. The 75-mile views from the finish line are enough to take your breath away… or what’s left of it.

“For a competition like Race to the Rock, it’s not just running or cycling on flat ground, so it takes a specific kind of training and preparation,” said Matt Popowski, an Olympiad athlete, as well as public relations and events manager at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Chimney Rock is the finish line for the Race to the Rock for the sixth straight year.

“The Race to the Rock is a bold challenge,” Popowski continued, pointing out that participants can choose from a 25-mile bike race that circles Lake Lure or a 5K run up the Park road, beginning in Chimney Rock Village. “It’s difficult but very achievable if you prepare well for it.”

The 5K run on August 26 costs $25 if registered by July 25 or $35 after. The 25-mile bike race is $30 if registered by July 25 or $40 after. Same-day registration is at 6:30am. The bike race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the run starts at 7:45. To register, go to www.lakelureolympiad.com.

Tips on Training

Popowski recommends that athletes who are already active should start about two months before the footrace by running or jogging four to five times a week.

“Be sure to focus on hills, because you will be climbing uphill all the way,” he added.

To train in advance for the intense climb, Popowski recommends hiking or jogging what the Park calls their “ultimate Stairmaster,” or the trail with almost 500 steps leading to the top of the Rock.

What Others Are Saying

Brad Hecker, director of ACC Women’s Basketball, is a repeat Olympiad athlete who has participated in Olympic-qualifying cycling events and attended two Tour de France races.

“The Race to the Rock is one of the most challenging events I’ve ever done,” said Hecker.  “It would be worthy of an individual timed course in the Tour de France.  This race is hard, and it has more personality than any other that I’ve done.” 

The finish line for Race to the Rock is located at the base of the 315-foot Chimney Rock.  After crossing the finish line, athletes can celebrate their achievement with a rewarding 75-mile panoramic view and await their fate in the awards ceremony.  Afterward, possibly for a cool down, athletes are welcome to walk out to the 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls, which was featured in The Last of the Mohicans.

The Lake Lure Olympiad, which includes the 10K Dam Run, Lake Lure Triathlon (sponsored by Vic Bailey Subaru of Spartanburg), 1 Mile Open Water Swim and Race to the Rock, will be held Aug. 24-26. The Olympiad is presented by Rumbling Bald Resort and Rutherford Regional Health System.   For more information on the 2012 Lake Lure Olympiad, visit www.lakelureolympiad.com.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. A destination for travel groups, motor coaches and families, the Park hosts special events and educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com.

Experience these adventures and more when you travel to Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills in Western North Carolina.  Home to Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Rutherfordton, Spindale, Forest City and Bostic, there is a world waiting for you to explore, enjoy and love.  These events and more are part of our Endless Summer event series.  We invite you to check out the view from our front porch.  Plan your trip today at RutherfordTourism.com or call 800-849-5998.

Lake Lure Lunch Cruise – Register by August 20

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Enjoy a cruise on beautiful Lake Lure.ASHEVILLE, NC – Join us on August 30 for a cruise of beautiful Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. We will depart for Lake Lure at 10 a.m. for a box-lunch tour aboard the Lake Lure Tour boat.

A knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the history and folklore of the Hickory Nut Gorge, the home of Lake Lure. Hear tales of dam building, the Great Depression, movie making and buildings that lie beneath the 720 acre lake. Lake Lure was named “One of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the world” by National Geographic Magazine.

A delicious box-lunch is served during this tour. The cost of this trip is $28 per person and includes the guided boat tour, lunch and transportation.

Sightseers trips are not just for seniors – the group welcomes anyone who has a love for adventure. Registration deadline is August 20. For information and to register for this trip, please call Grace Young at 250-4265 or email her at [email protected].

For a full list of upcoming events, check out our newsletter.

Sunset Cruise on Lake Lure – Deadline for Registration, June 4

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Join the fun on June 11 for a sunset cruise of beautiful Lake Lure followed by supper at the Veranda Restaurant adjoining Lake Lure Lodge. We will depart from the Administrative Offices at 59 Woodfin Place, Asheville for Lake Lure at 5:30 p.m. and return at approximately 10:30 p.m.

The tour of Lake Lure boards at 7 p.m. for an evening cruise. At 8:30 p.m. you will be seated for dinner at the beautiful Veranda Restaurant where you will enjoy superb cuisine as you overlook Lake Lure.

What could be more perfect than an evening on the lake aboard a covered boat followed by a delicious dinner at a beautiful restaurant? The cost of this trip is $68 per person and includes the boat tour, appetizers, dinner and transportation. The last day to register for this trip is June 4. This trip is for adults only.

For information and to register for this trip, please call Grace Young at 250-4265 or email her at [email protected]