A 10-mile run from the center of Black Mountain, through Montreat, to the top of Lookout Mountain and back is enough to make anyone thirsty.
Fortunately for the 180 runners in the Oct. 12 Lookout to Lookout to Lookout, the race ended with a cold beer.
A mass of trail runners descended upon Lookout Brewing Co. for the 10:30 a.m. start of the race, which began at the Ridgeway Avenue brewery. The group headed north toward the Flat Creek Greenway before making its way toward the Montreat gate.
The course took participants to the peak of Lookout Mountain, where runners could take in the views from 3,760 feet, before descending for a return to the brewery.
The annual race, which has increased in popularity every year since its 2016 debut, is produced by Relentless Running Events, founded by Black Mountain trail runner Mike Guyer.
Participants, ages 21-and-older, received a free beer from Lookout Brewing Co. after crossing the finish line, which was comprised of a row of kegs.
The race attracted a number of trail runners from the region, including winner Nick Horne, of Blountville, Tennessee. Horne, 24, completed the run in 1:19:11, the seventh-best time in the race’s four-year history. Vertical Runner Black Mountain owner, Shaun Pope, finished second with a time of 1:19:58. Juan Tesara, of Charlotte, rounded out the top-three with a time of 1:20:22.
Tory Grieves, of Asheville, was the top female finisher, at 1:27:56. She was followed by Madison Zimmerman (1:32:29), of Hendersonville and Alli Hustead (1:37:52) of Fletcher.