Quest for the Crest 50k 

When / Where:

50k - Saturday, May 15 - 16, 2021

Burnsville, NC 28714

Packet Pickup - Albert's Inn Friday May 14, 2021 4:00 - 8:00 PM All packets must be picked up Friday night! 

There is a mandatory pre-race meeting at 7:00 PM Albert's Inn Lodge.

Saturday - May 15, 2021 - Packet Pick up 4:00 AM Race start 5:00 AM Shuttles depart at - TBD

Mandatory shuttle pick up/ race parking and finish line is at Neal's Creek Field

Camping Information

Albert's Lodge

76 S Toe River Rd

Burnsville, NC 28714

If you purchased camping on Ultrasignup. Camping will be at Albert's Inn. Camping is for the 50k only and one car per person. Check in after 5:00 P.M. and check out by 9:00 A.M Sunday. Pick up all trash and be respectful of the other campers. There is no camping at Black Mountain Campground as pre the USFS Permit.

Food and Lodging

Call Albert's Inn at (828) 675-4691. They have 10 rooms that usually sell out when the race goes  on sale. But they also rent properties in the Toe River Valley. There are a couple of hotels in Burnsville.

There are a couple of nice restaurants within walking distance to Albert's Inn.

1. J & J's Grill -  Best trout and great food with a German twist, to honor Albert himself.

2. Hawtree's Pub & Grill at the Mount Mitchell Golf Club.


Mandatory Gear
1. Headlamp. We start in the dark so you need it but you must keep it with you the entire race. Even if you             finish in the daylight per USFS permit!!! 
2. Charcoal filter. Such as life straw, mini Sawyer or Katadyn. You must show your filter to receive your bib!           Tablets and or drops do not count. Every year people don’t think they need it. 60% of the DNF's ran out of         water. Even the winners ran out of water between aid stops. Take the 2 minutes or less to filter water and         you won't run out!

3. Collapsible cup for fluids.

4. Space Blanket

5. Jacket

Drop Bags

Drop bag - Colbert's AS mile 18

Drop bags will be collected at start line. Be sure to label your drop bag with your name, bib number and drop location/aid station.  You are allowed a 1 gallon freezer style ziplock bag. We will do our best to bring back the drop bags to the finish line in a timely manner but can’t guarantee you won’t be waiting for a couple hours. We don’t have the capacity to mail / transport them so please do not put anything in them you’re not willing to part with. Thanks! 

Cut Off Times & Pacers

The cutoff time for the 50k is 14.5 hours. See chart Here. Cut off times are SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME for weather, safety, etc, as the race director deems it necessary. All cutoff times are for leaving the aid station, not getting to it.

NO Pacers.

Bring your own collapsible water container for drinking.

Aid stations will be stocked with bananas, Coke, Gatorade, quesadillas, soup, salt & potatoes, peanut butter and jelly, etc.

Special Notice Regarding Water!!

There are several water sources that runners access along the course. (see locations and descriptions below)

Every  runner will have to filter water. Practice using your water filtration device before the race.

Crew Information

Crews are not allowed any where on the course except the shuttle pickup/finish line due to limited parking and our USFS permit.


50K Overview

Quest for the Crest 50k is a point to point 50k race that has 3 major climbs and 3 major down hills. 12,000 ft gain and 12,000 ft loss. This is not remotely easy. If you’ve never run an ultra we can not allow you to run. This is deep end of the pool stuff. However it is insanely beautiful. 

You park at the finish and everyone must take mandatory shuttle to the start.  



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