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Runway5K

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING.  WE HAD SO MUCH FUN WELCOMING YOU TO THE AIRFIELD!

 

Thanks to local photographer, Paul King, for these great photos.  Download those you like - if you post on social, tag with #FlyAVL!

5K RACE PHOTOS - BATCH #1

5K RACE PHOTOS - BATCH #2

5K RACE PHOTOS - BATCH #3

5K RACE PHOTOS - BATCH #4

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RACE RESULTS

Saturday, October 9 | 2pm

AVL celebrating 60 years!

The Runway 5K is back, to help us celebrate the airport’s 60th anniversary!

Are you an AV-geek?  Do you love a great 5K, paired with fun music from past decades and food trucks? How do you feel about plane-spotting, up close and personal? 

Asheville Regional Airport looks forward to welcoming you to the runway!  (Ok – it’s now a taxiway, but was our active runway for the past five years!)  

Our race is the most unique 5K in the mountains – it’s completely FLAT, and hey – it’s on the airfield of the airport.  How cool is that?  Plus, we’ve got groovy retro gear for racers, a throw-back to 60 years ago.  What are you waiting for?

EVENT MAP + RACE COURSE

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 2022, and all registered participants will be notified.  No refunds will be issued.


fees

$30 — Through September 16 (Race T-shirt guaranteed) 

$30 — September 17 – October 6
(Race T-shirts guaranteed to all who register by September 16.  After that date, T-shirts are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.)

$40 — October 8 & 9 (walk-up at packet pick up or race day)

*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 2022, and all registered participants will be notified.  No refunds will be issued.

*Also - the race is nearly full - only a few spots remain. This means there may not be a walk-up registration option.  Updates will be posted here.

parking

 WNC AG Center Gate 7 Parking Lot 

Parking for the day of the event will be at the WNC AG Center Gate 7 Parking Lot (1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732), and participants will be shuttled to the race site.  

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 11am until 1:20pm (prior to race).  THE LAST SHUTTLE (44 PASSENGERS) WILL DEPART AT 1:20PM - so ARRIVE EARLY!  Shuttles begin again at approximately 2:30pm, after the race.  

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

event schedule

Friday, October 8

4-6pm
Packet pick-up, location TBD

Saturday, October 9

11:30am
Shuttles to race venue begin running (and will run continuously throughout event)

11:30am – 1:30pm
Packet pick-up/Late Registration – race venue

2pm
5K start

3pm (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 8, 4-6pm

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

DAY-OF-RACE PACKET PICK-UP:  
A race registration and check-in table will be open at the event site, beginning at 11:30am.  Please allow ample time to park, shuttle and pick up your packet.  Lines could be long, so please plan accordingly (shuttles begin running at 11am - it is important to arrive early so you don't miss the race).


 

SHIRT

race shirts

All who registered by September 16, 2021 (9pm) are guaranteed a race t-shirt in the size ordered. Those who registered after September 16 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.

MUSIC

We will have super fun music, setting a great party vibe, bringing us back in time to the beginnings of AVL. It’s all about 60 years, baby!  

GREAT FOOD

We know runners (and their peeps) like some chow at these things, so we’ve arranged for Doc Brown's BBQ to be at the event.  We will also have snacks and water for sale (for a nominal fee) at the merch tent.
Credit cards accepted. 

 

 

 

AVL MERCH

Our race logo is awesome, if we do say so ourselves, so we’ll have some special merchandise for sale if you want a commemorative doo-dad.  We’ll also have some great AVL swag for the real AV(L)-geeks out there.

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

No water stations 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 food trucks 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.

In accordance with RRCA Guidelines, the use of headphones is discouraged.  However, each racer will be given special ear plugs for protection while running, as aircraft noise can be loud.

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.  

We are observing COVID-19 safety measures.  All attendees will be required to wear masks on the shuttles to and from the event site.  Because we are able to host this event in a vast outdoor area, social distancing will be very easy (and we encourage keeping your distance from others).  Masks are not required outside due to the significant ability to appropriately distance at our event, but please be considerate of others and know that masks are certainly welcome and encouraged when waiting in lines.  We will have ample hand sanitizer and complimentary masks for those who may need them.

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 the past 5 years), you will run south to the end, loop around and run north to the other end, and then back again to the finish line. Just 150 feet to the east is the active runway, where planes will be taking off and landing during the race (so cool!).

CHECK OUT THE COURSE

prizes

Be sure to register by September 16 to be guaranteed a t-shirt in the size you ordered. We will order a limited supply of extra 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.

CHECK OUT THE MERCH

hats

TRUCKER HAT
Oowee Leather I Fly AVL Patch
$25

hats

BEANIE
Oowee Leather I Fly AVL Patch
$20

picnic blanket

PICNIC BLANKET
Oowee Leather I Fly AVL Patch
$35

keychain

KEYCHAIN
Oowee Leather I Fly AVL 
$8

fanny pack

FANNY PACK
Let the Good Times Fly
$20

hoodie

HOODIE
Let the Good Times Fly
 $35

Supporting aviation education

WE’RE SUPPORTING AVIATION EDUCATION!

We are proud that all proceeds from this event will support local aviation education.  Specifically, we’ll donate funds to the A-B Tech Aviation Scholarship Fund and the WNC Pilots Association Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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

AB-Tech Aviation Scholarship Fund

AB-Tech

WNC Pilots Association
 Scholarship Fund

WNCPA


Thank you!

AVCON

Gresham Smith

Hensel Phelps

Hunter Subaru

RS&H

Star 104.3

CHA

VANNOY

McGriff

Parrish and Partners

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EMAIL: pr@flyavl.com