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Get ready to run for the flytraps.
The second annual Half Hell Haul gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center Nature Trail.
Benefits from the race will be used to protect Venus flytraps.
Racing through the region’s piney woods is “a fun way to highlight flytraps,” race organizer Angie Carl said.
Carnivorous Venus flytraps only grow in the wild in southeast North Carolina and in a sliver of northeast South Carolina, Carl said.
The run goes through some prime flytrap habitat, Carl said.
In fact, controlled burns are regularly conducted at Boiling Spring Lakes to encourage growth of flytraps and other plants as well as habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers.
The race gets its name from Half Hell Swamp, the name of the swamp that makes up the Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve.
“Most people don’t know the place as Half Hell Swamp,” Carl said. “But that’s the real name you’ll find on maps of the area.”
According to local lore, the area got its name thanks to homesteaders who settled here from Kentucky in the 19th century.
The men-folk scouted the area, then went back and fetched their wives to move here, too. After viewing the wilderness thick with briars, brambles, insects and not much else, the wives’ reaction is said to have been, “You’ve brought us halfway to hell.”
Last year’s Half Hell Haul accompanied the Fire in the Lakes Festival, celebrating the region’s aforementioned controlled burning.
But this year’s newly renamed Fire in the Pines Festival has been rescheduled from spring to fall. It will take place Oct. 11 in Halyburton Park in Wilmington instead of Boiling Spring Lakes in hopes of drawing a larger crowd, according to information posted at http://fireinthelakes.weebly.com.
To register for the race, go to http://its-go-time.com/flytrap-7k-march-23.
The Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center is at 1 Leeds Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email@example.com.