BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Eastern America’s highest town announces five options for runners during this year’s “A Cool 5” race weekend, June 20-22.
The event has grown from a single race in 2006 into a multi-race format contested over two days. There’s a competition for every fitness level and every member of the family.
The bulk of racing takes place Saturday morning, June 21, with a 5-mile run; 1.5-mile fun run/walk; and a pet-friendly 1.5-mile walk & wag. All three begin at town hall at 8:30 a.m.
“We’re returning to the original course for the challenging 5-mile run, which is known for its views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ascent to the mountaintop, and fast downhill finish,” said Rory Ellington of the event committee. “The fun run/walk has moderate elevation changes with many locations for spectators to cheer and encourage all racers.”
Meanwhile, the walk & wag features runners of the four-legged variety on a route that circles the town’s Bark Park and includes stations with doggy water and treats.
“On pet-friendly Beech Mountain, we even have a race for ‘man’s best friend,’ ” said town manager Randy Feierabend, “followed by a canine cool down at the Bark Park.”
Kids and other family members are encouraged to participate in two running events Friday afternoon, June 20. The first is the Kids’ Cool Popsicle Relay, which takes place at 4:00 p.m. on the athletic fields at the Buckeye Recreation Center. The free Popsicle relay offers competition in different age groups. Also Friday afternoon is the “Buck-A-Thon” fundraiser in which runners collect dollars for each lap they complete on the Buckeye Rec Center walking track.
Course-side lodging specials are available, along with multiple pre/post-race activities. Other on-mountain activities take place as part of Beech Mountain’s June Family Fun Month.
Adult registration for the 5-mile run is $35 through June 20, and $40 race day. Youth registration (12 and under) is $10 through June 20, and $15 race day. Entry fees for the fun run/walk and the walk & wag have similar pricing and structure.