HIGH COUNTRY — Residents of Ashe, Watauga and Avery counties can expect to see more than 1,500 runners trekking the roads of the High Country for the 15th annual Blue Ridge Relay on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 7.

The grueling, 208-mile race meanders through the High Country's roadways, starting in Grayson Highlands, Va., and passing through West Jefferson, Blowing Rock, Linville and Newland, among other locations — ultimately crossing the finish line in Asheville.

Race Director Ken Sevensky said around 190 teams registered for this year's relay, with an estimated 2,000 runners expected to participate in total. Teams rotate through 36 transition points, taking part in three legs of varying length.

According to the relay's course map, legs 2-10 will be ran in Ashe, legs 11-13 in Watauga and legs 14-19 in Avery. Roads will remain open throughout the race.

Runners will be traveling through Newland and the Avery County area during the evening hours, and drivers are urged to remain alert for runners along area roads after sunset.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Relay, including a detailed course map, click to www.blueridgerelay.com.

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