Day 20 was the most event-packed day of Relay with Ray with a 7 AM start at Haw Creek Valley Overlook live on TV. We took a brief break before visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. The day ended with a run through a tunnel almost one-quarter mile in length.
Day 20 Run
We were up early for a 7 AM live on TV start with WLOS. Hope Hanselman, the reporter, did 3 live spots between 7 AM and 7:30 AM. She also caught an interview around 9:30 at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitors Center. Here's a link to her story. Also, our Starting Video is a video of our live, on-TV start to the run today (see below).
We had a great time with several runners during the first 6 miles--Beth and Zach Durrett with their precious daughter Abbie, Stephanie Wallace, Alan and Virginia Ward, and Rita Larkin. Easy running and lots of conversation produced a fun start.
I was solo after mile 6 with a rolling hills run across South Asheville. The crossing of the French Broad brought an end to the "rolling" and the beginning of a 7-mile climb. The highlight of the scenery was the Pine Mountain Tunnel--1320 feet long. When was the last time you ran through a tunnel that long?
Photos and Video
The App Ortho Photo of the Day
We placed today's photos on http://www.BRPWeather.com/. From BRPWeather.Com's Google Map, zoom into the Asheville area and click on the photo icons to see all the photos. By the way, you can upload your photos to BRPWeather.com also; just click on the Photo link and follow the process--it's quick and easy!
The start video is pretty neat in spite of low audio quality. It shows Hope Hanselman interviewing me at the start of today's run. The ending video comes from elevation 3350 with Mt Pisgah looming in the background.
And RaysWeather.Com sites BRPWeather.Com and AshevilleWeather.Com have a huge presence in Asheville. We have stations in Downtown Asheville at Mast General Store, at the Parkway Visitors Center, at UNC-Asheville, and in Weaverville.