Asheville Regional Airport

2012 Runway 5k Registration

Some Important DetailsRunway 5k + Aviation Day Logo

Asheville Regional Airport looks forward to welcoming you to the runway!

Please read through the below information carefully prior to registration.

Online registration is now closed. However, you can register at packet pick-up (Friday, 4-7pm at the Biltmore Square Mall), or Saturday morning at the event site.

Packet Pick-up
Race Shirts
Walkers, Wanderers, Meanderers...
After the Finish


Earlybird (through August 15) $25
August 16 – October 4 $30
October 5 –   Race Day $40



There will be no refund of fees. Race will take place, rain or shine. Proceeds in excess of event costs will be donated to aviation education.


Packet Pick-Up

It is strongly encouraged that racers pick up their race packets the evening before the event. Packet/t-shirt pick up will take place:

Friday, October 5, 4–7pm
Where? Biltmore Square Mall, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC, 28806

Use any entrance and make your way to the center of the mall near Davis Home Furniture Store.  (The closest entrance is at the back of the mall between the Cinebarre movie theater and The Health Adventure.)

Packets may be picked up on behalf of other racers; however, if a racer did not complete a liability waiver on-line during registration, their packet may not be picked up by someone else.

IF YOU MUST CHECK IN FOR THE RACE THE MORNING OF THE EVENT:  A race registration and check-in station will be open for a limited time the morning of the event from 7:30am-9am, and will be located at the event site. Please allow time for parking and shuttling/walking to the event site. Lines could be long, so please plan accordingly.


Race Shirts

A total of 900 t-shirts have been ordered in various sizes, and will be distributed to the first 900 registrants. All who registered by September 4 are guaranteed a race t-shirt in the size ordered. Those who registered after September 4 will receive t-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis, while sizes and supplies last.  We anticipate that most or all t-shirts will be distributed at packet pick-up the evening before the event.



The Asheville Regional Airport Runway 5K will utilize electronic timing. Results will be posted on this web site by October 7, and at

Walkers, Wanderers, Meanderers…

People of all ages, ability and motivation are invited to participate! However, the runway portion of the 5K will have a time limit (40 minutes, with some flexibility depending upon flight schedule). If participants are still on the runway near the cut-off time, very friendly airport folk will zip up beside you in official-looking airport vehicles and give you instructions, or direct you to an alternate exit from the course. 


No pets, no bikes, no in-line skates, no roller skates, and no wheeled vehicles will be allowed on the course, other than those used by disabled racers and jogging strollers. For the safety of all, those using jogging strollers will be asked to start the race in the back of the pack.  Also, in accordance with RRCA Guidelines, the use of headphones is discouraged.

Because the course takes place within a secure area of the airport, public safety officers will be on hand to ensure the area remains secure, to monitor first aid needs, and to direct traffic. Please follow the direction of all safety officers. 

UNIQUE TO A RACE ON A RUNWAY - we must keep the airfield clear of any debris.  Therefore, there will be no water stations, and you will not be allowed to carry water bottles onto the runway or taxiway (hydro packs - such as Camelbacks - that you wear like a backpack will be permitted).  Please hydrate well before the race, and there will be plenty of water and snacks available at the finish line. 



The course begins and ends in the same location as last year – near Hangar #6 on the ramp adjacent to the runway. Runners will run the full length of the runway and even a portion of the taxiway. There will be plenty of space for spectators and family members to cheer – and we hope to have a crowd!

Runway 5k Course Map

After the Finish

We have a great “finish line festival” planned as part of our Aviation Day! Live music, food, airplanes on display, aviation experts on hand, and activities for kids of all ages. Visit the booths, and you can enter to win gift certificates for free airfare!

Be sure to bring your camera to get photos of the planes taking off and landing – which will happen right beside the event.


Grand prizes will be awarded for the following:
• Overall Adult Male and Female (18-39)
• Overall Masters Male and Female (40-64)
• Overall Seniors Male and Female (65+)
• Overall Youth Male and Female (under 18)

Plus – awards will be given for the top male and female in each of the following age categories:

·         Adult 18-24
·         Adult 25-34
·         Adult 35-44
·         Adult 45-54
·         Adult 55-64
·         Adult 65-69
·         Adult 70-74
·         Adult 75+
·         Youth 15-17
·         Youth 12-14
·         Youth 9-11
·         Youth 8 and under


Driving Directions

Asheville Regional Airport is located off I-26 on NC Highway 280, also known as Airport Road. The physical address is 61 Terminal Drive, Fletcher, NC, 28732. The event will be held on the north end of the airport, in the general aviation area. Parking will be located in the lowest lot in front of the airport terminal - watch for event parking signage and attendants.  (It is best to enter the airport at the light at the intersection of Airport Road and Fanning Bridge Road.  Event parking will be immediately on the left after entering the airport campus.)

From Asheville, follow I-40 West to I-26 East. Take exit 40 and turn right from the exit ramp onto Airport Road. The airport entrance will be on the right at the light just past the terminal.

From Hendersonville, follow I-26 West. Take exit 40 and turn left from the exit ramp onto Airport Road. The airport entrance will be on the right at the light just past the terminal. 


Please contact for all race related questions, or for more general details about the event, contact