The Springmaid Splash is a very popular pair of races, attracting runners from all over North Carolina and beyond. I’ve never done one of these races but I’ve spoken with dozens of runners who have and everything I’ve heard is universally positive. It’s more than a race, it’s an adventure.
Here’s what the race organizers say about the 10k:
This run is tough, wet, and wild. YOU WILL GET WET! You will run along flat fields next to the river, and through the river four times. Paths wind through mountain laurel, challenging HILLS, numerous switchbacks, singletracks, soft sand, alongside ponds, over roots and rocky spots. The entire loop is “run-able,” but is totally acceptable to walk parts of the course. It is a great SUMMER COOL DOWN! Spectators can easily view various sections of the race and are encouraged to beat the first river crossing.