BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Eastern America’s highest elevation township has revamped its annual road race to take advantage of its rarified altitude.
The Beech Mountain 10k ClimbMax, presented by BeechMtn.com, is set to challenge runners with a demanding course on Saturday, June 22.
The race includes more than 800 total feet of elevation gain. The first two miles will be mostly downhill, winding along a scenic stretch of Beech Mountain Parkway toward the ski village. From that point, it’s a long, steady uphill climb – punctuated by several switchbacks and long-range vistas – to a height of 5,443 feet, just below the mountain’s summit.
The route replaces a fairly challenging 5-mile course upon which the town hosted an event known as A Cool 5 for several years.
“We wanted to take advantage of our altitude differentials, highlighting descents, ascents, vistas and our beautiful township,” said race director Tim Fox of the Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation Department. “It will be unlike any other race course we know of on the East Coast.”
As in previous years, there will be a simultaneous fun run/walk for family members and others of all ages. Strollers and pets are allowed, and encouraged, in the fun run.
However, the main event is geared toward the serious runner.
“We’re looking to attract not only locally competitive runners of all age groups, but also runners from across the country. We want this to become a major event on the
East Coast,” Fox said. “If you think other races are challenging, try this one.”
Course-side lodging specials will be available, along with post-race activities.
The entry fee for adults is $30 through May 20; and $35 from May 21 until race day. Race day registration is $40. Children 13 and under may register at any time for $20.
Entry fees include a t-shirt, goodie bags, and post-race activities.
“Endurance will be a key. There will be hairpin turns, short climbing bursts and short bursts of down elevations, as well as long, grinding up elevations,” said Fox. “People are always looking for that challenge, for that one event that takes it up a notch and tests them. This is it.”
For info, call (828) 387-3003, or go online to BeechMtn.com.
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