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Saturday, October 15 | 10AM

Let the good times fly!

Run beside an active runway!  The Runway 5K is exciting and unique.

Are you an AV-geek?  Do you love a great 5K, as well as plane-spotting, up close and personal? 

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

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.  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?

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 2023, and all registered participants will be notified.  No refunds will be issued.


Runway 5K photo

fees

$35 — Through September 16 (Race T-shirt guaranteed) 

$40 — September 26 – October 12
(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.)

$45 — October 14 & 15 (walk-up at packet pick up or race day - if spots available)

*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 2023, 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

 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 7:30am until 9:20am (prior to race).  THE LAST SHUTTLE (44 PASSENGERS) WILL DEPART AT 9:20AM - so ARRIVE EARLY!  Shuttles begin again at approximately 11am, after the race.  

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

event schedule

Friday, October 14

4-6pm
Packet pick-up, Hunter Subaru

Saturday, October 15

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

7:40am – 9:30am
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 14, 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).


 

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race shirts

All who register by September 16, 2022 (9pm) are guaranteed a race t-shirt in the size ordered. Those who register 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.

*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.

MUSIC

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

Tasty Snacks

We will have some snacks and drinks 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

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 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 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 25 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.

THANK YOU TO OUR MEDIA PARTNER!

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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.  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

 

In 2021, we raised approximately $16,000 for local aviation education!


Thank you!

GLOBAL ELITE SPONSORS

 

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Hunter Subaru

 

FIRST CLASS SPONSORS

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Gresham Smith logo

BUSINESS CLASS SPONSORS

 

 

Elevation Lofts Hotel logo

 

Parrish and Partners logo

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S&ME logo

 

 

ECONOMY CLASS SPONSORS

Kelsan, Inc.

 

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? 

LEARN MORE ABOUT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

EMAIL: pr@flyavl.com