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Gap to Grove: The 12 Hour Valley Challenge (BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC)

August 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 30, 2020 @ 11:30 am

Gap to Grove The 12 Hour Valley Challenge


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**this is not an official race** This challenge will open August 1st and close December 31st.

You will sign up and receive an orienteering style map of the greater Swannanoa Valley Area that shows a Start/Finish area at Vertical Runner Black Mountain along with 30 checkpoints throughout the valley. Some G2G checkpoints are located on mountain trails and some are located within town limits.

The goal is to get to every checkpoint and back to the finish as quickly as possible. The checkpoints can be visited in any order. If you make wise choices, your route could be as little as 32 miles even if you stay on trail/road the entire time. Make a bad choice? Who knows, maybe there will be an award for the biggest mistake. Mistakes happen, but signing up for G2G means you have unlimited attempts at the challenge. Your best times supersede your slower times.

How does the timing work? We will be using a smartphone app (we will post instructions about how to download and use this app) that’s been programmed with the checkpoints. Live results will be kept up in real-time throughout the challenge timeframes. More to come, but you need a smartphone and a way to keep it going the whole time, at least 12 hours.

Why? Two main reasons. One is that we live here and want to share some local gems with people from abroad. The second is Coronavirus, participants are able to attempt this challenge alone (or in small close-knit groups) whenever they want over a long period of time. Since this isn’t a ‘real race’, the checkpoints can be in whatever order you wish, and there is no start time, it is the ultimate social distancing competition.

Gap to Grove - the 12 Hour Valley ChallengeSwag: everybody is going to get an awesome buff (neck gaiter, whatever) with the G2G logo when they register. Sub-12 hour finishers of the challenge will receive an awesome technical running hat from BOCOgear. Top 3 male/female times for the year will get something awesome to be disclosed later.

Registration will open July 27th and the first official day to attempt the challenge will be August 1st. The challenge will remain open for the remainder of the year.

Maps and swag can be picked up at Vertical Runner, which is the start and finish. If you want to pick up outside of regular business hours, spur of the moment, etc, please reach out to me at mike@relentlessrunning.com.


This is not an official race, certified, permitted, or insured event.  What you are purchasing is a map, information about setting up and using the app UsynligO app, and a neck gaiter.  While you will not be required to participate in any illegal activity, it is understood that you are taking part in this Challenge voluntarily and responsible for your own actions.

This Challenge is intended to be attempted solo.  Small, close-knit groups are welcome to attempt the challenge together but will be excluded from receiving any prizes that may be awarded.  Keep in mind, one registration gets you one set of maps and one neck gaiter. 

Side Note: Swag has been delayed and will not be guaranteed until September 1st.  If you’re local and see Mike Guyer or shop at Vertical Runner in Black Mountain regularly, pickup at a later date is easy.  If you plan on traveling from abroad to give G2G12 a try, you may want to wait until September or make arrangements to have swag shipped to you.  Feel free to register so we know how many maps to print, though! 

The Challenge will be open to attempts from August 1, 2020, at 12:00am until December 31, 2020, at 12:00pm.  Challengers may attempt G2G12 as many times as they like in order to improve their times.  At the conclusion of this window, prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female performances listed in the UsynligO app.

UsynligO.  This app is essential to the event, and it is required.  It is free, ad-free, and available for use on iPhone and Android devices.  You will need a method of keeping your smartphone charged for the duration of the challenge.  A link to the app will be provided with your map.  More info about this app and how to use it available here.

This app will also provide us with a lot of fun information to look back on after the challenge has closed, including playback of everyone’s route choices.  Will we all praise you for making the best route choice, or will you win the mistake of the year award?

Prizes:  All Challengers that complete the G2G12 challenge in less than the 12-hour time limit will receive a branded technical running hat.  The top 3 male and female times for the year will receive custom awards and Vertical Runner gift cards.

Trespassing:  All of the checkpoints on your map are accessible by trail or road that is open to the public.  Any trespassing is prohibited, and if you are caught trespassing any repercussions are your own responsibility. 

This is a footrace.  The use of vehicles, including but not limited to automobiles, bicycles, rollerblades, and scooters are prohibited.
No littering.  Please pack out your trash.

Please obey all traffic rules, practice proper trail etiquette, and present yourself to others you may meet during your challenge as a good ambassador for our sport.  

These details may be subject to change, including the complete closure of the Challenge, due to changes in the Covid-19 pandemic or any other unforeseen circumstances. 


Waiver of Liability – initial required at registration to indicate that you have read and agree to these terms.

IN CONSIDERATION of Relentless Running Events, Northline Navigation, L.L.C., Michael Guyer, Chris Gkikas (“Race Directors”) allowing me to purchase a Gap to Grove 12 Hour Valley Challenge map package, (the “Challenge”) I, for myself, and on behalf of my spouse, children, parents, guardians, heirs and next of kin, and any legal and personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, hereby agree to and make the following contractual representations pursuant to this Waiver and Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement (this “Agreement”).
  1. 1. Physical Health. I hereby represent that (i) I am in good health and in proper physical condition to participate in the Challenge; and (ii) I am not under the influence of alcohol or any illicit or prescription drugs, and will not be under any such influence at the time of the Challenge which would in any way impair my ability to safely participate in the Challenge. I agree that it is my sole responsibility to determine whether I am sufficiently fit and healthy enough to participate in the Challenge.

  2. 2. I understand and acknowledge the physical and mental rigors associated with the Challenge, and realize that running, hiking, walking and other portions of such Challenges are inherently dangerous and represent an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits. I understand that I am solely responsible for the conditions of the areas in which I will be competing in Gap to Grove 12 Hour Valley Challenge and that Relentless Running Events, Northline Navigation, L.L.C., Michael Guyer, and Chris Gkikas have no control over these areas nor will they incur any liability if I should become injured during the competition. I understand that participation involves risks and dangers which include, without limitation, the potential for serious bodily injury, sickness and disease, permanent disability, paralysis and loss of life; loss of or damage to equipment/property; exposure to extreme conditions and circumstances; accidents, contact or collision with other participants, spectators, vehicles or other natural or manmade objects; dangers arising from adverse weather conditions; imperfect course conditions; water, road and surface hazards; equipment failure; inadequate safety measures; participants of varying skill levels; situations beyond the immediate control of the Challenge Organizers; and other undefined risks and dangers which may not be readily foreseeable or are presently unknown, including any unknown claims under Section 1542 of the California Civil Code (collectively, “Risks”). I understand that Relentless Running Events, Northline Navigation, L.L.C., Michael Guyer, and Chris Gkikas are not closing courses or providing any support whatsoever for the Gap to Grove 12 Hour Valley Challenge including safety equipment or completing safety protocols. I understand that these Risks may be caused in whole or in part by my own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the Challenge, or the acts, inaction or negligence of the Released Parties defined below, and I hereby expressly and voluntarily choose to assume all such Risks and responsibility for any damages, liabilities, losses or expenses which I incur as a result of my participation in the Challenge.

  3. 3. Release from Liability. I hereby Release, Waive, and Covenant Not to Sue, and further agree to Indemnify, Defend and Hold Harmless the following parties: Challenge Owners, Organizers and Promoters, Race Directors, and other participants in the Gap to Grove 12 Hour Valley Challenge, Sponsors, Advertisers, Venues and Property Owners upon which the Challenge takes place and each of their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, officers, directors, partners, shareholders, members, agents, employees and volunteers (individually and collectively, the “Released Parties” or “Challenge Organizers”), with respect to any liability, claim(s), demand(s), cause(s) of action, damage(s), loss or expense (including court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees) of any kind or nature (“Liability”) which may arise out of, result from, or relate to my participation in the Challenge, including claims for Liability caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the Released Parties. I further agree that if, despite this Agreement, I, or anyone on my behalf, makes a claim for Liability against any of the Released Parties, I will indemnify, defend and hold harmless each of the Released Parties from any such Liability which any may be incurred as the result of such claim.

  4. 4. Authorization to Collect and Use Data. While participating in the Challenge, I may provide to Challenge Organizers information such as my name, contact information, age, gender and other demographic, physical, physiological or identifying characteristics specifically requested from me. My participation in the Challenge is voluntary. By participating in the Challenge, and giving such data to the Challenge Organizers, I hereby grant the Challenge Organizers, or any of them, permission to collect, capture, record and store the data, and grant to each of the Challenge Organizers a license to use the data for any purposes whatsoever.
I hereby warrant that I have read this Agreement carefully, understand its terms and conditions, acknowledge that I will be giving up substantial legal rights by signing it (including the rights of the minor, my spouse, children, parents, guardians, heirs and next of kin, and any legal and personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns), acknowledge that I have signed this Agreement freely and voluntarily, without any inducement, assurance or guarantee, and intend for my signature to serve as confirmation of my complete and unconditional acceptance of the terms, conditions, and provisions of this Agreement. This Agreement represents the complete understanding between the parties regarding these issues and no oral representations, statements, or inducements have been made apart from this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unlawful, void, or for any reason was unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. I certify that I am over the age of majority (18 years of age or older in most states).


August 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am
December 30, 2020 @ 11:30 am
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Relentless Running Events
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Mountain Running Company – Black Mountain
106 W State St
Black Mountain, NC 28711 United States
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(828) 357-5671
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