The first edition of the French Broad River Half Marathon took place this weekend in Marshall, NC. First-time race director, and ARC team member Justin Gragg, had his stress level set to 11 in the final week due to some logistical challenges out of his control. However, the race-day experience was smooth and enjoyable for those who took advantage of the cool temps for 13.1 miles of out-and-back running along the river. The vibrant fall colors were on full display and the runners had the road all to themselves. This race has been in the works for well over a year. The Asheville Running Collective was proud to pitch in (along with a number of local businesses and organizations). Well done, Gragg!
The ARC didn’t just help with setup. We had a few racers pin on a bib, as well. From the gun, Chass Armstrong led the charge. He opened up a nearly 30-second gap by mile one. While he had to hold off a late-race challenge from Charlotte’s Chad Crockford, he was able to stay out front throughout and take the W just under 1:13. Brent Schouler crossed the finish line next for the Collective by running a steady effort for 3rd. Frankie Adkins spent most of the race solo, but hung tough and stayed in 4th place (1st master) - a solid showing in the early stages of his comeback to training and racing after 8+ months of injury last year.
Finally, we loved seeing so familiar faces and speedy locals lining up for this new event. We hope to keep the momentum going in 2017, so spread the word about the French Broad River Half Marathon!
French Broad River Half - Marshall, NC
1st - Chass Armstrong - 1:12:59
3rd - Brent Schouler - 1:14:05
4th - Frankie Adkins - 1:15:47