Saturday, October 7 | 10AM

Let the good times fly!

Run beside an active runway!  The Runway 5K is exciting and unique - with exciting changes this year!

Ready to run the FLATTEST 5K in the mountains?  And how about a morning with music, local food trucks (think coffee, smoothies, pastries) and better-than-ever plane spotting?

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

Our race is the most unique 5K in the mountains – it’s completely FLAT, and hey – it’s on the airfield of the airport.  Racers will run on Taxiway Bravo, beside our active Runway 17-35.  And NEW this year – we're moving the entire event to a new location on the north side of the airfield, so all attendees will be much closer to the taxiway and runway in the festival area. Be sure to wave to the passengers in the planes that will be taking off and landing while you run!  What are you waiting for?

COURSE & EVENT map

Questions?  

For general race questions: CLICK HERE

For all other questions: CLICK HERE 

*Note: The race will be held, rain or shine.  If an unforeseen circumstance causes the race to cancel, a new date will be chosen in Spring 2024, and all registered participants will be notified.  No refunds will be issued.


Runway 5K photo

fees

Through September 26, 2023

$35    Short-sleeved race shirt guaranteed

$50    Long-sleeved race shirt guaranteed

 

September 27 - October 4, 2023 (Late registration)

$40    Short-sleeved race shirt, while supplies last

$55    Long-sleeved race shirt, while supplies last


Race T-shirts guaranteed to all who register by September 26, 9pm.  After that date, T-shirts are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

 

NOTE:  THERE WILL BE NO WALK-UP REGISTRATION.  All racers must register no later than October 4, 2023, or before race sells out.

*Note: The race will be held, rain or shine.  If an unforeseen circumstance causes the race to cancel, a new date will be chosen in Spring 2024, and all registered participants will be notified.  No refunds will be issued.

**If the race sells out prior to race day, there will not be a walk-up registration option.  Updates will be posted here.  There are 1,000 spots available.

parking

*NEW PARKING LOCATION*  9 PINNER ROAD ARDEN, NC 28704

Parking for the day of the event will be at 9 Pinner Road, Arden, NC 28704, off of Glenn Bridge Rd (directly across the street from Corcoran Ridge River Park), and participants will be shuttled to the race site.  Watch for event parking signs and parking personnel.

IMPORTANT!  Please be advised that it will take time to shuttle all participants (1,000+) to the race site.  We will have multiple shuttles running continuously, but please plan time for this.  Shuttles will operate from 7:30am until 9:40am (prior to race).  THE LAST RACER SHUTTLE (44 PASSENGERS) WILL DEPART AT 9:40AM - so ARRIVE EARLY!  

More details will be included here closer to the race date.
 

event schedule

Friday, October 6

4-6pm
Packet pick-up, Hunter Subaru, 220 Hunter Airport Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732

Saturday, October 7

7:30am
Shuttles to race venue begin running (and will run continuously throughout event)

7:45am – 9:45am
Packet pick-up/Late Registration – race venue

10am
5K start

11:15am (ish)
Awards Ceremony

packet pick-up

 

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

WHEN? — Friday, October 6, 4-6pm

WHERE? — Hunter Subaru,  220 Hunter Airport Drive
Fletcher, NC 28732
  THANK YOU, Hunter Subaru - Global Elite Sponsor!

DAY-OF-RACE PACKET PICK-UP:  
A race registration and check-in table will be open at the event site, beginning at 7:40am.  Please allow ample time to park, shuttle and pick up your packet. Lines could be long, so please plan accordingly (shuttles begin running at 7:30am - it is important to arrive early so you don't miss the race).


 

shirt

race shirts

All who register by September 26, 2023 (9pm) are guaranteed a race t-shirt in the size ordered, either short-sleeved or long-sleeved, depending upon registration. Those who register after September 26-October 4, 2023 (9pm) 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, and only a limited quantity of extra t-shirts will be ordered.

*Please note:  there is a supply chain issue with t-shirts.  There may be several different colors produced, depending upon supply availability at the time of our order.

Live Music

We will have super fun music, setting a great party vibe to get you in the mood to race the runway! 

Food

We will have three food trucks offering coffee, donuts, smoothies and more:

Merch

We will have some great AVL merch for sale! 

Credit cards only. 

 

rules and safety

People of all ages, ability and motivation are invited to participate!  
Please remember, you are running (or walking) on a former runway, directly beside an active runway.  For this reason, we have a few special rules: 

WATER

Limited water will be available on the course.
We must be extra careful about trash or other items that could blow around the airfield.

Racers are allowed to bring water with them,
but water must be in reusable containers (no disposable/recyclable bottles), and racers must keep water bottles with them at all times.  We must keep the airfield clear of any debris, so nothing may be discarded while on the airfield!  

PETS

No pets allowed.  Sorry!  We love our furry friends but can’t have them near the airfield.

SPECTATORS

Only registered racers will be allowed on the airfield.  Others in attendance may view the race (and do their own plane-spotting) at the finish line site, where a music stage and snack tent will be stationed.

SAFETY

This is a foot-race.  No bikes, no in-line skates, no roller skates and no wheeled vehicles (like bikes) will be allowed on the course, other than those used by wheelchair users and those pushing jogging strollers.  For the safety of all, those using wheelchairs or jogging strollers will be asked to start the race in the back of the pack.

Worried about loud airplane noise?  We will have special ear plugs for protection while running, for those who need them.

Please follow the direction of all safety officers. Because the course is 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.  

course

The Runway 5K course is really fun!  It begins on a road near the airfield.  Once you enter the taxiway (that was our active runway for many years), you will run end-to-end on Taxiway Bravo, just 150 feet to the east is the active runway, where planes will be taking off and landing during the race (so cool!).

2023 COURSE MAP

prizes

Be sure to register by September 26 to be guaranteed a t-shirt in the size you ordered. We will order a limited supply of extra short-sleeved t-shirts, and they will be available on a first-come, first served basis to racers who register after the t-shirt cut-off date.

Overall and age-category winners will receive finisher medals, and overall winners will receive additional prizes.

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY MEDIA AND
FIRST AID TENT SPONSORS!

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Star 104 logo

 

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Supporting aviation education

WE’RE SUPPORTING AVIATION EDUCATION!

We are proud that all proceeds from this event will support local aviation education.  We will donate funds to the A-B Tech Aviation Scholarship Fund and the WNC Pilots Association Foundation Scholarship Fund, and hope to expand our reach to additional groups in the future.

Learn more about these organizations, and their commitment to aviation education.  

AB-Tech Aviation Scholarship Fund

AB-Tech

WNC Pilots Association
 Scholarship Fund

WNCPA

 

In 2022, we raised approximately $20,000 for local aviation education!


Thank you!

GLOBAL ELITE SPONSORS

 

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Hunter Subaru

Paradies Lagardere

 

PLATINUM STATUS SPONSORS

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Gresham Smith logo

GOLD STATUS SPONSORS

 

 

Pond

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HCA - Mission Health Logo

 

SILVER STATUS SPONSORS 

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A special thank you to our golf cart sponsor:  Broadmoor Golf Links

 

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? 

LEARN MORE ABOUT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

EMAIL: pr@flyavl.com