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Occoneechee Mountain Challenge 10 Mile Race

Sun January 28, 2024 Hillsborough, NC 27278 US Directions


Occoneechee Mountain Challenge

9:00AM EST - 12:00PM EST


Historic Occoneechee Speedway Track, 320 Elizabeth Brady Road
Hillsborough, NC US 27278


10 mile trail race organized by the Hillsborough Running Club.


You can register at packet pick up on Thursday evening, 4-7pm at Eno River Brewing. There is no race day registration.

9.00am start at the Occoneechee Speedway Track

Course Highlights

1. Race will start and finish on the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Track
2. Runners will then run on the beautiful Riverwalk (part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail), past the Occaneechi Indian Village, and through Gold Park
3. The middle third of this race will take you around and up to the top of Occoneechee Mountain, the highest point in Orange County. 3.52 miles are paved (from mile 1.31 to 3.04 heading out, and the same section heading back). The middle 3.5 mile is single track around the mountain (rise to the peak and back is gravel access road).

Link to 'Relive' view of the course, with some photos:

In January, this could be a tricky trail (if you are unfamiliar with the trail, please take a look at the pictures below). There will be 700ft of elevation gain, almost all of which is in the middle third, and the trail has rocks, roots, steps, mud, everything you're looking for in a great trail course.

We plan to provide our fabulous beef chili (Hoof Beat Farm, Hillsborough) and veggie chili, bread, and coffee at the finish line.

Proceeds from the event: HRC is a non profit organization, so all proceeds will go back to local charities and organizations

Time Limit: The route is entirely off the public roads (it crosses one road). Time limit is 2.5 hours (15 min/mile pace). Run/walkers are welcome, or if you want, you can run the flat sections, and walk the trail section. You will not be able to walk the whole course though.

Aid Stations

Two aid stations that you will pass twice. There will be water, Gatorade and gels available at both
Gold Park (miles 2.5 and 7.5), bottom of gravel road at the mountain (miles 4.5, 5.5 ish)

Packet Pick-up

Pick up will be at the Eno River Brewing in Hillsborough from 4pm to 7pm Thursday 25th January, and on race morning from 8am to 8.45am, just before race start (9am).

No race day registration


Parking will be at OE Enterprises, located just beyond the main Speedway entrance off Elizabeth Brady Road. There will be signs to direct you from Elizabeth Brady Road.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Maps and Other Information

Please see route map below


Elevation Chart


Map of the Occoneechee Mountain Section.

the loop around the mountain is single track. The section from the bottom to the peak and back down is gravel road.

Mountain Map

Here is a link to see a 'Relive' view of the course, with some photos. This was run Sunday morning, 12th January. 65F! it will not be that warm on race day.





Trail Route Images

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