General Info

Welcome to the Tsali Ultra!
This event is an annual classic! Now in it's thirteenth year, it always sells out before registration closes. From the beginner to the experienced runner, this is one event that everyone should do at least once. Participants get to enjoy first hand the world class Tsali Trail System, nestled in the majestic Nantahala National Forest mountains of Western North Carolina. Tsali features some of the best well-groomed and breathtaking trails in the world stretching alongside scenic Fontana Lake.

With expansive views of Fontana Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains, every participant will come away with lasting memories of the beauty that this course presents at every turn. Rolling trails, good footing, aid station support, great volunteers, and enjoying the experience with other runners makes for a fun day out on these trails!

Event Detail Highlights
Click here for location/directions.

All events take place January 13, 2024 (weather delay date January 27, 2024). 

Packet Pickup Will Start in Boat Parking Lot at 6:30 AM. (Sunrise is at 7:43 AM)

Start Times (All times are EST):
50K - 8 AM
30K - 9 AM
8K - 9:30 AM

8K - Runners have 8 hours to complete this race
30K- Runners have 8.5 hours to complete this race
50K - Runners must be through the final staffed Aid Station (mile 23~) by 3 PM. Finish line cut-off is 5:30 PM (Sunset is at 5:45 PM). So 9.5 hours to complete this race.

Course Info
8K:  Click Here
30K: Click Here
50K: Click Here

Aid Stations/Drop Bags
See the event website for aid station/drop bag details.

Other than for hot liquids/sodas, you will need to supply your own cup/drinking container!

What Will I Get?

  • Unique custom finishers award
  • Top 3 Male & Female in Awards for Each Event
  • Top 3 Male & Female Master Awards in Each Event
  • Top 3 Male & Female Grand Master Awards in Each Event
  • Long sleeve gender specific shirt (style may vary). Size/availability not guaranteed after December 1, 2023
  • Some other useful surprise swag
  • Finishers hot food and other yummies!

What Will the Weather Be Like?
This race is in the middle of winter. Temps average mid 20's at night and mid to high 40's during the day. However it could be bitterly cold or a balmy 60 degrees. It usually rains about a third of the month. Snow is a distinct possibility also. So be prepared for any condition and you probably won't be disappointed! If forecasted conditions are of significant concern, the race will be postponed until the following weekend. That decision will typically be made at least 48 hours prior to the event, but could be less.

Weather Delay Date
Due to weather conditions (after all, this is the middle of January!), the race is subject to being postponed. So by registering, you are accepting the fact that the if the race has to be postponed, the make-up date will be Jan. 27, 2024 (conditions permitting). There will be no refunds if you cannot participate on the make up date since that date has already been advertised. By registering, you are accepting that you will be available if this make-up date is necessary or you will forego participating. See the event website for further details.

Fontana Village has discounted rates for our group. 828-498-2211 or It’s best to call for reservations directly but they can also be booked online. You will be asked if with a group and you will need to click yes and state you are with the Tsali Frost Foot so that you get our special discounted rate. They offer rooms, cabins, and camping approximately 30 minutes away from the race location. Please thank them for being a host hotel for our event.

Sleep Inn, Bryson City 828-488-0326 has discounted rates for our group. One king size for $80.00 + taxes, two queen for $90.00 + taxes. Be sure to mention Tsali Ultra to get our special discounted rate. They are located approximately 15 minutes from the race location. Please thank them for being a host hotel for our event.

Are There Refunds/Deferrals/Transfers?
If you want to potentially be reimbursed if you are not able to participate, we recommend you consider purchasing event registration insurance to cover yourself. We do not provide this service for you. We do not provide refunds, deferments, rollover credits, transfer of entry fees, etc, regardless of the circumstances. Selling/giving your bib to someone else is not permitted. Thank you for your understanding, cooperation, and support.

In Closing...
Again, please review all of the details on the event website. Then tell your peeps and get everyone registered. We can't wait to have you join us for an amazing day at the Tsali Ultra! The trails are calling...will you answer?

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