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50K - 30K - 8K
January 13, 2024
Welcome to the Tsali Ultra!
This event is an annual classic. Now in its 14th year, it always sells out before registration closes. From the beginner to the experienced runner, this is one event that everyone should do at least once. Participants get to enjoy first hand the world class Tsali Trail System, nestled in the majestic Nantahala National Forest mountains of Western North Carolina. Tsali features some of the best well-groomed and breathtaking trails in the world stretching alongside scenic Fontana Lake.
With expansive views of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains, every participant will come away with lasting memories of the beauty that this course presents at every turn. Rolling trails, good footing, aid station support, great volunteers, and enjoying the experience with other runners makes for a fun day out on these trails!Race Details
Start Times (All times are EST):
There are NO early starts.
50K – 8 AM
30K– 9 AM
8K – 9:30 AM
8K – ALL runners have 7 hours to complete the race
30K – ALL runners have 8 hours to complete the race
50K – ALL runners must be through the final staffed Aid Station (mile 23~) by 3:00 PM. Finish line cut-off is 5:30 PM (Sunset is at 5:44 PM). So 9.5 hours to complete the race.
One of the most diverse recreation areas in the South, the Tsali (pronounced “SAH-lee”) Recreation Area includes mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, motorized boating, kayaking or camping, all located within steps of Fontana Lake. The popular Tsali Recreation Area has long been considered a top destination for mountain biking in Western North Carolina, and even the entire eastern US. Four huge loops give you 40 exhilarating miles of trail to ride. Between runs on the single track and former logging roads, catch your breath and admire the spectacular scenery: Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park dominate the views from the trails. Tsali has been rated as one of the top 10 places to ride in the USA.Nantahala National Forest