Fontana Dam Race 5k and 10k – August 16, 2014 – Fontana Village NC

A nice scenic race in the shadow of the Fontana Dam near Fontana Village Resort and a great opportunity to spend a little extra time checking out what the area has to offer. I had the opportunity to walk across Fontana Dam about 17 years ago while doing a short stretch of the Appalachian Trail. A little bit of information about Fontana Dam:

Fontana Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Little Tennessee River in Swain and Graham counties, North Carolina. The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1940s to accommodate the skyrocketing electricity demands in the Tennessee Valley at the height of World War II. At 480 feet high, Fontana is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States, and at the time of its construction, it was the fourth tallest dam in the world. The dam impounds the 10,230-acre Fontana Lake, which spreads across a scenic stretch of the Little Tennessee along the southwestern boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Appalachian Trail crosses the top of the dam.

Both races (10k and 5k) start at 9:00 AM. Following is some additional background from the race organizers:

Compete with other racers in 5K and 10K races along the shores of the historic Little Tennessee River below Fontana Dam in the Great Smoky Mountains on a relatively flat course. Races will be bracketed in 5 year divisions for both male and female participants. A “One Mile Fun Run” will be available for all ages.

Enjoy a full weekend of outdoor activities such as white water rafting, zip line canopy tours, hiking, boating, and everything else the Smokies have to offer. Relax in the evening at Fontana Village with dinner and live music.

COURSE MAP

Fontana Dam Run Course Map (click for larger version)

REGISTRATION/INFORMATION

Online registration is available at Active.com. For more information, visit the race website and the race Facebook page.

Twilight Rock n Roll 5k – August 23, 2014 – Highlands NC

Twilight Rock n Roll 5k

Twilight Rock n Roll 5k

This is the third evening event in a weekend dominated by evening events (see the Waynesville Main Street Mile and the Maggie Valley Moonlight Run 8k). I don’t recall seeing ‘undulating’ as a course description adjective before, but I like it.

FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS

Come join us for the second annual Rotary Club of Highlands/Twilight Rock n Roll 5K. Fun for the whole family with strollers and walkers welcome. It will be challenging for experienced runners. Includes a t-shirt for 1st 100 participants. There will be glow sticks for the kids. Everyone crossing the finish line gets a beer from Ugly Dog Pub. There will be a music concert during and after the race 6-10 PM. Awards presented to overall top male and female finisher and top 3 finishers in each 10 year age division. Kids under 10 run for free. This is the premier 5k event in beautiful Highlands NC. Come race and spend the weekend in our beautiful town.

EVENT SCHEDULE AND TIMES

  • Race is on August 23rd starting at 6PM at the Kelsey Hutchinson Park.
  • The course is undulating, beginners or walkers will find it friendly, yet the faster runners will be challenged. Registration and check-in will start at 4PM.
  • Parking will be available around the park.
  • Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments, blankets to join us for the evening music.

REGISTRATION

Online registration is available at Active.com.

Chimney Rock 5k – August 17, 2014 – Chimney Rock NC

Chimney Rock 5k

Chimney Rock 5k

This is one of my favorite races. While it’s principally uphill, it’s not as tough as you might think. The finish in the upper parking lot under the Chimney Rock itself is a great payoff. There’s a kiddie swimming pool full of towels soaked in ice water to help cool you down after the climb. The race is part of the Lake Lure Olympiad.

FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS

The Lake Lure Olympiad weekend ends with the ultimate racing challenge: the 5K run or 25 mile bike to the top of Chimney Rock. Both races end with a 7-9% grade incline that finishes at the base of the 315 foot tall Chimney Rock.

What’s even more enticing is that this is the ONLY TIME you can run or cycle up to Chimney Rock all year. If the climb doesn’t take your breath away, the incredible 75-mile panoramic view at the top surely will.

REGISTRATION/INFORMATION

Online registration is available at Setup Events. For more information visit the race website.

The Lake Lure Dam Run 10k – August 15, 2014 – Lake Lure NC

Lake Lure Dam Run 10k

Lake Lure Dam Run 10k

A challenging Friday evening 10k that is part of the Lake Lure Olympiad.

FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS

The Lake Lure Olympiad’s 10K Dam Run is an ideal race for athletes looking for medium level difficulty. This challenging 10K course begins at Ingles Supermarket on Route 9, heads east on Route 64 and onto Buffalo Shoals Road. After crossing the iconic Lake Lure Dam, the route winds up and down along the scenic shore road to finish on the Beach at Rumbling Bald Resort before a crowd of cheering spectators.

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION

Online registration is available at Setup Events. For more information, visit the race website.

Paris Mountain 7k Trail Race – August 9, 2014 – Paris Mountain State Park – Greeneville SC

Paris Mountain State Park

Paris Mountain State Park

One of the very nice trail races at Paris Mountain State Park, the 7k is described as moderate with few hills. It’s an inexpensive race with race day registration just $20.

LOCATION

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INFORMATION/REGISTRATION

For more information, check out the Greenville Track Club 2014 Race Brochure.

Fall by the Tracks 5k – October 4, 2014 – Black Mountain NC

Fall by the Track 5k

Fall by the Tracks 5k

A nice Fall 5k in downtown Black Mountain to help support the Old Depot Association.

FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS

The purpose of the Old Depot Fall by the Tracks 5K Fun Run is to raise funds to continue to support the ARTS (music, drama, and fine arts) in our schools. The Old Depot Association is a non-profit and volunteer run organization that was started in 1976 to protect and maintain the 105-year-old Train Depot and support the teaching of mountain and heritage crafts in the local Swannanoa Valley Schools. Last year we donated over $6,500 to Swannanoa Valley Schools to support heritage arts.

CALLING ALL SPONSORS

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of the Fall by the Tracks 5k, please contact race director Jim Griffin at grif6701@bellsouth.net.

LOCATION

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TIMING

Race timing will be handled by Joe Hyder,cross country coach at Owen High School.

REGISTRATION

Early registration (through July 31) is just $15 + $2.50 online signup fee.

Race starts at 10 AM.

Online registration is available at Run Signup.

Rock the Quarry 5k – Press Release – September 20, 2014 – Black Mountain NC

Rock the Quarry 5k

Rock the Quarry 5k

CONTACT: JON NEUMANN (RACE DIRECTOR) (828)230-2774 OR jneumann@hedrickind.com

ROCK THE QUARRY
5K TRAIL CHALLENGE & KIDS FUN RUN
GROVE STONE & SAND COMPANY
842 OLD US HWY 70, BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH – 9:30AM

FOR MORE INFO & REGISTRATION: www.hedrickind.com/rock-the-quarry
PRESENTED BY: GROVE STONE & SAND COMPANY & CAROLINA CAT

Black Mountain NC – July 24, 2014 – Locally owned and operated Grove Stone & Sand Company is proud to partner with presenting sponsor Carolina Cat to host the 7th annual Rock the Quarry 5K Trail Challenge and Kids Fun Run in the heart of the Swannanoa Valley. Rock the Quarry is a foot race with a mission to bring our community together to celebrate good health in our beautiful surroundings while supporting our neighbors. All proceeds from the event benefit Grove Stone’s neighbor, the Black Mountain Home for Children, and long-time partner, the Colburn Earth Science Museum.

COURSE – Boasting some of the best views in all of Western North Carolina, the course combines scenic views, private trails, multiple stream-crossings, and a ½ mile span through Grove Stone’s active quarry.

PRIZES & RACE SHIRT – Cash prize offering for top male, female, and master’s division (50 and over) finishers – in addition to some custom made “Granite Trophies” for top finishers for the 5K age/gender categories. Technical t-shirts for all participants guaranteed before September 8th. Feedback from last year’s race is that the RTQ shirt will be your new favorite running shirt!

FUN RUN - This year, Rock the Quarry is proud to present our first ever Kids Fun Run (ages 10 and under). The Kids Fun Run ($5 per participant) is 1/4 of a mile – and each participant will receive a customized race day medal.

REGISTRATION - Registration available online through Active.com until September 18th. You can also register at Packet Pickup & Race-day registration until 9am (cash or check only).

http://www.active.com/black-mountain-nc/running/races/rock-the-quarry-trail-challenge-5k-2014

Registration Fees:

(Thru Aug 31st: $25) (Sept 1st – 19th: $30) (Sept 20th (Race-Day): $35)
Kids Fun Run (10 and under) – $5.00

CONTACT: JON NEUMANN (RACE DIRECTOR) (828)230-2774 OR jneumann@hedrickind.com www.facebook.com/rockthequarry

The Carolina Runner Race Calendar

Since 2010 Carolina Runner has included a Race Calendar on the left side of all pages.  You may have noticed that I’ve added a ‘Race Calendar’ link in the top navigation of the website/blog.  I plan to phase out the calendar on the left side and use the dedicated Race Calendar page that you’ll access through the top navigation.  Having a full-sized page for the Race Calendar will allow more comprehensive listings to include the location of the race and to accommodate some of the longer race names that I now must arbitrarily shorten to make the name fit in the smaller left hand column.

I welcome any comments about this.  My plan is to phase out the left hand column in the next week or two.

Waynesville Main Street Mile – August 22, 2014 – Waynesville NC

2014 Waynesville Main Street Mile

2014 Waynesville Main Street Mile

The very popular Friday night, super fast one mile race followed by a legendary post-race hootenanny. Last year there were 342 finishers (see results here) and 11 of those finished in under 5 minutes.

100% of the proceeds go the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The race is run in heats:

  • 6:30 PM ( Age 0-11 Male and Female )
  • 6:50 PM ( Female over 18 )
  • 7:10 PM ( Age 12-18 male and female )
  • 7:30 PM ( Age Male over 18 )

REGISTRATION

Online registration is available at Community Fitness Events.

2014 Healthy Kids Running Series – Fletcher Park – Fletcher NC

Healthy Kids Running Series

Healthy Kids Running Series

This looks like a great series of running events on Sunday afternoons for kids pre-K through 8th grade.

FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS

Dates: Sundays – September 21st, 28th, October 5th, 12th and 19th.

Time: 3:30pm

*Please arrive 45 minutes early if you have not pre-registered or if you have not picked up your race bag at Race bag Pick-up Night. We will do our best to start on-time and walk-up registrations need to be wrapped up by 3:30pm for that to happen. On-site registrations are welcome each week, checks are preferred. Please wear your sneakers! Thank you!

Race Location:

Fletcher Park
85 Howard Gap Rd
Fletcher, NC 28732

INFORMATION/REGISTRATION

Information and registration are available at the Healthy Kids Running Series Website.