90 Second Escape: Uwharrie Mountain Run

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: The Uwharrie Mountain Run.

The last time I did the Uwharrie Recreation Trail it took two days, with an overnight stop at a lovely campsite along Dutchman’s Creek. This past Saturday I did the 20-mile trail in 4 hours and 15 minutes.

The first Saturday of every February, 800 or so runners gather at the north end of this trail that runs the length of the Uwharrie National Forest for the Uwharrie Mountain Run. Some runners do and 8-mile stretch of the trail. I and a few hundred others did 20 miles on the trail, while others did the 20 miles out, then ran 20 miles back. It’s not an easy race. The trail is a rock-studded rollercoaster, going up and down through this ancient mountain range in central North Carolina. But it is a lot of fun, as you’ll see in this 90 Second Escape.

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