1st Annual Rocky Mount Hill Challenge

Rocky Mount, VA

1st Annual Rocky Mount Hill Challenge

5 Mile Race Benefitting

Franklin County Humane Society    and    Franklin County Youth Runners

September 8, 2018 8:00 AM 
Are you looking to run hills? Did you enjoy the Blue Ridge Marathon (or Double)? Do you look for challenging courses? Then look no further. We have put together an event that includes 5 of the toughest hills Rocky Mount has to offer. This event will benefit the Franklin County Youth Trail Runners as well as the Animal Vet Clinic (link). Due to the reduced pricing of the event no t-shirt will be offered. All finishers REGISTERING BY AUGUST 14 will receive a custom finisher medal!

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Stage 1 is a 0.8-mile winding cruise through Historic Downtown before dominating the first hill. Then there will be a chance to regroup at Stop #1 located across from Main Street


Stage 2 is a 1.3-mile stint through the Judicial District.  This is a descending preview of East Court (that will be scaled later), onto a demoralizing climb up Tanyard Hill.  This will bring the course to a water stop and Stop #2 located at the El Rio Parking lot.


The next stage is a 0.9-mile rolling run Pell Avenue then returning down Tanyard.  This allows a small amount of recovery time before regrouping at the last water stop across from the DMV.  This will be the last stop before the finish line.


The race is on!  The last stage is a 2-mile sprint starting with the dreaded climb up East Court Street.  The feeling of easy hill from earlier quickly turns to regret as the climb up the monstrous hill ensues.  The left turn onto Orchard Avenue will be a true sign of what runners have left as they speed towards the last right turn to head back up Main Street.  The final ¾ mile hill challenge lays ahead before the final return to the Coast to Coast parking lot and the Finish Line.

The race pacer will be mid-pack and will take a 3-minute break at each station upon arrival to fuel, hydrate, and stretch before tackling the next Stage.

In Rocky Mount our roads aren't just crooked, they're steep too!

Over 900' in Elevation Change


Online registration will remain available until the start of the race. Race day registration and race day pickup will take place at 457 S Main St. Rocky Mount, VA 24151 from 6:45 AM to race start at 8:00 AM. 


  • $0  through September 8, 2018
  • $10 (DONATION) through September 8, 2018
  • $20 (DONATION) through September 8, 2018

Parking will be available around the Coast to Coast Small Engine shop at 457 S Main St. Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

The race starts and finishes at the UPPER parking lot of Coast to Coast Small Engine shop at 457 S Main St. Rocky Mount, VA 24151 and wind through 5 beautiful miles of Rocky Mount. (see map above)


Awards will be presented to the Top 3 overall male and Top 3 overall female. All participants will receive custom medals if you registered by August 14th. 


Come by El Rio on Friday August 7th from 6-8 pm to pickup your bib, enjoy some great food and strategize about the race on Saturday. El Rio is located at 65 N Main St. Rocky Mount, VA 24151. 

Registration and Pickup     6:45 am - 7:50 am

5 Mile Race Start                         8:00 am


For additional information on the race or sponsorship opportunities vailable, please contact Andy Dalton. He can be reached by phone at 540-420-2016 or via email at wadalto@gmail.com


Kilted Timing utilizes Jaguar Timing systems providing *LIVE* real time results and finish line photos to our participants. Results are updated throughout the race in real time and can be accessed at any time after crossing the finish line using any one of the following options:

FREE ItsYourRace Mobile App (for Apple and Android)

Race participants can also use the ITSYourRace platform to view and share finish line photos with family and friends for free on Facebook. Custom finisher certificates can also be downloaded from the results page at no charge! 

IPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/its-your-race/id656514293?t=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.itsyourrace.android&hl=en

When & Where

Sep 8, 2018


8:00 AM

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