New race has runners on the Lookout

New race to feature some of the best Black Mountain has to offer

Fred McCormick

What do you do after running to the summit of Lookout Mountain and back down? Have a beer at Lookout Brewing Co., of course.

At least that is what runners will be doing on Saturday, Oct. 15, for the first ever Lookout to Lookout to Lookout race.

The race, presented by Relentless Running Events, will take runners 10 miles from Lookout Brewing to the top of the mountain from which the brewery gets its name. The race concludes at the brewery.

The course will be a combination of roads, greenways and technical trails, with aid stations available at the Lookout Trail trailhead as well as the eighth mile.

Mike Guyer, founder of Relentless Running Events, timed the race to highlight some of what he believes makes Black Mountain so special.

"I wanted to create an event that would showcase a peak on a mountain outside of town, (an event) that we could run to from a point in town and back," he said. "I wanted it to be in the fall during peak leaf season so it would be pretty."

Guyer wanted to create a race with a course that the average person could complete.

"I wanted something that's attainable, by the average runner's standards," he said. 

A runner competes in the Black Mountain Monster in May, a much harder race than the Lookout to Lookout to Lookout, said  Mike Guyer, who directs both races.

Guyer also gave the Lookout race a later start time than most races.

"It will take the average person between 2-3 hours to finish," he said. "And with a 10 a.m. start, most businesses in Black Mountain will be open when runners are finishing."

One particular business that will certainly be open is the local brewery the race gets two-thirds of its name from. Guyer said Lookout Brewing Co. is an ideal partner for the race.

"They support our local run club, The Posse, like every week," Guyer said. "When we do those weekly runs, we typically end up at Lookout when we're done and have a beer afterward."

Registration is currently open on The page for the race can be found by searching "Lookout to Lookout to Lookout." Paper registrations are available at Vertical Runner in Black Mountain, or for download at, under "L2L2L" on the events tab.

"Registration will be open all the way until race day," Guyer said.