RUNNER-UP for BEST TRIATHLON/MULTISPORT EVENT by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine in 2018!!! 

Current Race



2020 has brought us lemons…

So, we’re going to squeeze those lemons in your eyes and make it suck a bit more.

If you’re up for it, if you’re App(ugh)lachian enough to handle it, we’re going underground this year and doing a “FUN RUN” in Abingdon, VA on September 19th, 2020.

The plans have changed, but the suffering will remain.

This event is open to newsletter subscribers only, so sign up and we’ll send yah the details. Otherwise, 2020 can just continue sucking at the normal rate.

Stay tuned….

Past Race

App(ugh)lachian Games – St. Paul, VA & Coeburn, VA – July 27, 2019

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What to Expect:

Fun. Pain. All. The. Feels.

All in One Day.

Sliding Point Scale for Each Event.

Winner Accumulates the Most Points.

Competition Details:

What’s Included:

All Three Events – Bike, Run, and Carry

T-shirt from Savage Apparel Co. in Richmond, VA.

Finisher tshirt final

Pair of socks from Thorlo


Private parties at Lay’s Hardware Center for the Arts and Sugar Hill Brewing Co.

Swag bag with local goodies

Packet Pickup:

Pre-race meeting and packet pickup Saturday, July 27, 2019 starting at 8am at the Western Front Hotel in St. Paul, VA www.westernfronthotel.com . Packet pickup is from 8am-9am. Meeting starts at 9am. You have to show up to the meeting in order to know where to go. There is a participant discount for those who wish to stay at this wonderful boutique hotel. Please enter code APPUGH at checkout and enjoy some southern comfort!

Competition Info:

There will be three events: A BIKE, A RUN, AND A CARRY

All three will be very App(ugh)lachian (if you know what that means). Participants will be scored on how they rank in each event and the winner will be the person with the most points at the end of the day.

Event #1 – 6 mile bike
Mountain, gravel, cross, or hybrid bike will do. This is NOT a technical ride. You do not need to be skilled on a bike to do it; you’ll just need grit. There will be bikes available to rent through Clinch Life Outfitters when you sign up if you don’t have one already (shuttle included).

Clinch Life

*Competition Break at Lays Hardware Center for the Arts – Refreshments and Music Provided

Event #2 – 6 mile run
We’ll see who’s really App(ugh)lachian here. This race will separate the contenders from the pretenders. It will be beautiful and it will be brutal. It will also be on the Spearhead Trail Systems’ Mountain View section www.spearheadtrails.com.

spearhead logo

*Competition Break at Sugar Hill Brewing Co. – Refreshments Provided/Full Beer and Food Menu Available for Purchase

Event #3 – Carry
We’re calling this the “Food City 500”. Some of you may have an idea what that means, but, really, that just means none of you have any idea what that means. Here’s an idea, you’re going to be carrying about 20lbs for a couple miles or so.

*There will be a built in break between events at a local establishment so that participants can recover (slightly) and enjoy some local food and drink (and music). We always encourage participants to support local businesses, so please check out our Planning Your Trip page on our website https://appughlachian.com/planningyourtrip/


First Place Overall – 4hr Guided Kayak Tour For Two from Clinch Life Outfitters


Top 5 Overall – Growlers from Sugar Hill Brewing Co.

sugar hill growlers

Wool Inserts from Dreamland Alpacas

Most Suffering Overall – The “UGH” Trophy


Have any questions? Send us a message!

All proceeds benefit non-profit Appalachian Sustainable Development (www.asdevelop.org) , so win or lose, you’re helping move App(ugh)lachia forward. Even if this race makes it hard for you to move forward…


That’s all the info you get for now! Please help us spread the word and get your friends to like our page on Facebook so they can keep up to date!

About St. Paul and Coeburn:

For starters, both of these towns are an informal part of why Norton, VA won Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s 2017 Top Adventure Town. They are right down the road from Norton, VA and each town benefits from one another’s growing outdoor amenities.


If you’ve never been to St. Paul, you’re going to be amazed at all this little town has to offer. It’s an outdoor lovers dream! It has the Clinch River (which has more species of mussels than any other river in the world), tons of trails, rock climbing, and much more!

It’s going to be an honor showing off this little Southwest Virginia gem.


clich river


Like St. Paul, Coeburn is doing a ton of work to revitalize itself and draw in outdoor enthusiasts. It was already on the map for having Lay’s Hardware Center, which is a part of the bluegrass and old time music heritage trail known as The Crooked Road, but now it is also the headquarters of the Spearhead Trails System.

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spearhead logo
Over 400 miles of trail open to ATV’s, mountain bikes, and hikers in SWVA.

The Spearhead Trails System is an ATV, biking, and hiking trail system that has grown to over 400 total miles of trail in SWVA in just 10 years of existence. The Mountain View section alone has over 100 miles between Coeburn and St Paul. It is a shinning example of how Appalachia can reinvent itself, and we are proud to be able to partner with them to show you what they, and this corner of SWVA, has to offer.

spearhead pic
Picture from Mountain View section.

See our Planning Your Trip page for more things to see and do in St. Paul and Coeburn.

Previous Races

Virginessee – Bristol VA/TN – April 27-29, 2018

*All proceeds benefit Appalachian Sustainable Development*

Copy of virginessee

Bristol VA/TN is where you can reenact the Geico commercial and be in two states at once; or claim to be in Virginessee, your choice. It’s also the birthplace of country music, having hosted the 1927 Bristol Sessions featuring The Carter Family and Jimmy Rogers. As such, it now has a large music festival called Rhythm & Roots in honor of this heritage.


Oh, and there’s NASCAR.

But what you’ll be doing in Bristol is deciding which state’s terrain you hate the most.

Have fun!


(Don’t worry, there’s no swimming in this event…yet.)

Details of Events:

Friday April 27, 2018 @ 6:00pm: In the spirit of “It’s Bristol Baby!” we will have our own Friday qualifying (optional). For those of you who don’t know what the hell we’re talking about, it’s a NASCAR reference. Since Bristol is home to the world’s fastest half mile, we will be doing our own short track qualifying (10 minute AMRAP) to determine what start time you’ll get for Saturday’s hike. Even though you don’t have to do this, trust us, you’ll want to qualify well. Participants who don’t participate in qualifying will be assigned a start time for Saturdays hike based on how much we like or dislike you.

7:30pm: Package pickup and pre-race meeting/hangout at Kil’n Time Ceramics – 818 State Street in downtown Bristol.

Note: All participants will receive a brand new pair of Thorlos performance socks in their packets along with many other goodies.


Saturday April 28, 2018 @ 9:30am: Hiking – 2 miles uphill with time restraint. We will have yoga provided by Bristol Yoga on top of the mountain post race. Post-event licking of wounds/BBQ at a nearby park.

Sunday April 29, 2018 @ 9:00am: Trail Run – 8 miles with a little bit of everything. Post-race awards/recovery/food to follow.


Most awards are locally made goods so you can take a little bit of App(ugh)lachia home with you. Participants must complete all events per race rules to be eligible for prizes. 

First Place – $250 Gift Certificate to fly fish with South Holston River Company

Top Five – Antimicrobial wool shoe inserts from Dreamland Alpacas.

Most Suffering Overall – The ‘UGH” Trophy

ugh trophy pre race


Please note: In order to comply with certain park rules for this race, we had to go old school and do mail in forms. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU WRITE YOUR EMAIL DOWN ON THAT FORM. Otherwise, you will not receive important race updates. Thanks!

Note: Only those who have survived and satisfactorily completed both events will be given a badass, Savage Apparel Co. t-shirt signifying that you are indeed App(ugh)lachian! Those who don’t will receive a different Savage Apparel Co. t-shirt…

Finisher tshirt final

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Muster Grounds – Abingdon, VA – September 22-24 2017


Located in Abingdon, VA, the Muster Grounds was the historic meeting place of the colonial militia men from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Those men were known as the Overmountain Men. The Overmountain Men marched 300 miles from this spot to defeat the British at the Battle of King’s Mountain (Kings Mountain, South Carolina). The battle is largely considered to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The militia who fought in that battle were led by the race director’s own ancestor William Campbell. The race itself will be on the same weekend as the historic mustering of the Overmountain Men.



In this race you will have the chance to lead your own fight uphill.

As Campbell told his men before they charged to fight the British, prepare to “Fight like hell and shout like devils!”


(Maybe you’ll see this. Maybe you won’t.)

Details of Events:

Friday at 7pm: Package pick up and pre-race meeting/hangout at Wolf Hills Brewery. There is a MANDATORY pre-race meeting at this time as you will not know many of the important race details prior to it. If you cannot make that meeting, please contact the race director.

Note: All participants will receive a brand new pair of Thorlos performance socks in their packets along with many other goodies.


Saturday at 10:30am: Road bike – 2 miles uphill with a time restraint. Post-event catered reception at Wall Street Journal and New York Times acclaimed Harvest Table Restaurant (cash bar). Hang out to follow at Wolf Hills Brewery.

We know what you’re thinking…

2 miles on a road bike? That’s it?!

Yep, and good luck! : )

Side note: You don’t have to use a road bike if you don’t have one. You’re welcome to use whatever bike you like. Just know that you’ll wish it was a road bike by the end of it.

Sunday at 9:00am: “Kleine Klimb” trail run – 8 miles uphill (mostly). Post-race festivities/recovery/awards/pizza at Wolf Hills Brewery.



Most awards are locally made goods so you can take a little bit of App(ugh)lachia home with you. Participants must complete both events per race rules to be eligible for awards.

First Place Overall:

  • Custom pair of Lavelle Denim jeans. Made in Glade Spring, VA. ($150 value)

Top Five Overall:

Most Suffering Overall:

  • The ‘UGH” Trophy

ugh trophy

Note: Only those who have survived and satisfactorily completed both events will be given a badass, Savage Apparel Co. t-shirt signifying that you are indeed App(ugh)lachian! Those who don’t will receive a different t-shirt…

Finisher tshirt final

DNF tshirt final

Want to know more?  Check out our About Page, or sign up for the next race! 

Proud to Be A Certified Virginia Green Event!

At App(ugh)lachian we believe in doing things in a way that not only benefits our community, but others as well. Sustainability is at the heart of that responsibility.

Sustainable practices:

  1. Certified Virginia Green Event www.VirginiaGreenTravel.org by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Tourism
  2. Benefits Appalachian Sustainable Development
  3. T-shirts printed by Savage Apparel Co. in Richmond, VA
  4. No plastic water bottles (jugs to refill participants bottles only)
  5. Locally made goods for awards
  6. Local energy bites from Blue Hills Market for participants to refuel with
  7. Participants bring old race bibs to recycle for the race
  8. Electronic delivery of race information and sign-ups
  9. Prints flyers and posters on post-consumer recycled paper when possible
  10. Uses a different local brewery for pre- and post-race functions
  11. Supports many locally owned businesses
  12. Recycling of all race materials and/or utilization of reusable items when possible
  13. Supports parks, natural preserves, wildlife management areas, and national forests
  14. Encourages and arranges carpooling to race sites