The History

of Shut-in

The origins of the Shut In race date back to December 13, 1980, when some 64 intrepid men and women assembled to clamor over rocks, roots, and fallen leaves as they followed the trail of the same name originally blazed by George Vanderbilt that led from his home, Biltmore, to his hunting lodge up on Mount Pisgah. Runners have continued that tradition now for 37 years, making Shut In one of the oldest continuous-running races in the region.

This is a 17.8-mile trail race conducted over the historic Shut-In Ridge Trail that begins at Bent Creek near Asheville, NC and climbs over 3,000 feet along the ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mt. Pisgah parking lot. The race will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at the North Carolina Arboretum’s Visitor Education Center. Enter from Highway 191 at the entrance ramp for the Blue Ridge Parkway. This will be the 37th year for the race. 

The Course

Cut-off Times

Bent Creek Gap cut off time of 2 hrs and 15 min, NOT 2:15pm (yes, this has been the mind set of some). This is roughly the half way point. The second half of the course takes much longer. Also, you must reach Hwy 151 in 4 hours.


2016 finisher T-shirts and half zips


Stained-glass awards will be presented to the first 20 male and the first 10 female finishers. Cash or merchandise prizes from Jus’ Running will go to the top 10 males and top 7 females.


The 2017 Shut-In T-shirts are presented at the finish area only to race finishers.