The Peak to Creek Marathon, a 26.2 mile foot race from Jonas Ridge to Brown Mountain Beach, returned to Burke County on October 25, 2015. Congratulations to ALL of the runners who finished the 10th anniversary of this event. It was a beautiful day!
Peak to Creek is a USATF certified course which makes runners with qualifying times eligible for the Boston Marathon. Since 2006, Peak to Creek has been one of the top qualifying events for Boston Marathon. The 2015 race was hosted again by Burke Recovery (Formerly Burke Council on Alcoholism & Chemical Dependency), whose mission is to "...work collaboratively with community partners to provide education/prevention, treatment and recovery support services to all citizens of Burke County, regardless of their ability to pay." All proceeds of this event benefit Burke Recovery in its mission to help create healthier lives.
The race is directed by long-time race directors David and Rhonda Lee, who started the event in 2006 (originally as Ridge to Bridge).
The Peak to Creek course started at the U.S. Post Office in Jonas Ridge and follows a scenic route through the Pisgah National Forest to Brown Mountain Beach Resort in Caldwell County.
The Peak to Creek Marathon is an unusual course, featuring nearly 2,800 of elevation loss over the first half of the race. This guarantees some very fast times over the first 13 miles. It can also mean some very sore legs for those who come unprepared. For many of the runners, it is the descent that is one of the most attractive features of the race, and many of these runners see an opportunity to improve their chances of finishing the race quickly enough to qualify for entry into the world’s oldest and most prestigious event, the Boston Marathon.
One of the keys to the longstanding success of the event is the support of the marathon’s volunteers. Dozens of energetic and enthusiastic supporters hand out water and energy drinks each year at aid stations along the 26.2 mile course, direct the runners along the route, and hand out finisher’s medals and blankets at the finish line.
Interested in creating a volunteer team for or sponsoring the next event? Corporations or organizations my contact Burke Recovery at (828)433-1221, 203 White Street, Morganton, NC 28655, or email email@example.com. More information is available on the agency website at www.BurkeRecovery.com for details on other ways to support the organization’s programs financially, to become a client, or to volunteer.