The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Asheville Track Club -Asheville's Premier Running Club

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Running, both road and trail, has a major part of the athletic scene in Asheville and the western North Carolina Mountains. One of the more important running organizations, since its founding in 1972, is the Asheville Track Club. Located in Asheville, the ATC has been instrumental in promoting running as a sport and providing a means for interested individuals to participate and improve as runners. Another object of the club has been the holding of races for all levels and types, from fun runs for young children to championship races such as the Shut-in-Ridge Trail Run. Their website has the most comprehensive race calendar for Western North Carolina. Asheville also is home to three premier running stores, Foot RX Running on Hendersonville Road, Jus' Running located on the north side of town on Merrimon Avenue. Both of these stores are valuable resources for runners new to town and the Asheville Running Company located in the River Arts District on 346 Depot Street.

If you have a child who likes to run, or who you would like to introduce to running, check out the annual Blue Ridge Classic Fun Run Festival held this year on Saturday April 18th at AC Reynolds High School in the evening. 1K, 2K and 3K races on the track and through the school campus, held right after the prestigious Blue Ridge Classic High School Track Meet. Click on thumbnail to see 2015 Festival Flier, or visit www.blueridgeclassic.org/festival for more information or to pre-register. Entry fee is only $5.00.

For youth aged 6 to 18, Asheville has one of the country’s premier Junior Olympics Track and Field teams, the Asheville Lightning. For more information about USATF Junior Olympics and their summer track and field and fall cross-country programs, visit the Lightning website at www.ashevillelightning.org.

One of the major youth running events is the annual Blue Ridge Classic Track and Field Meet held every April at A.C. Reynolds High School. This outstanding high school event also features a popular 2K/6K race open to the general public Friday evening before the Saturday track meet.

Resources:
Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics Team 
Asheville Track Club
Asheville Triathlon Club
Road Runners Club of America

 

               Popular Western North Carolina Road Races
January:
Asheville Hot Chocolate 10K  (Asheville)

February:
Valentine 5K & Kids Fun Run (Black Mountain)
Park Ridge Hospital Frostbite 5K (Fletcher)

March:
Dupont Forest 12K Trail Race (Hendersonville)
Asheville Shamrock 10K/5K (Asheville)
Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate (Asheville)

April:
Blue Ridge Classic 6K Mountain Challenge  (Asheville) 
Morris Broadband 10k trail race at DuPont Forest (Hendersonville)
Run for the Paws 5K/1 Mile Fun & Walk (Asheville)

May:
Mountain Sports Festival Mile Run (Asheville)
Biltmore/Kiwanis 15K/5K Classic (Asheville)

June:
Farm 2 Table 5K  (Asheville)
Asheville Half Marathon (Asheville)
  
July:
Foot RX Cross Country Series 5K
(Asheville)

August:

Sourwood 5K (Black Mountain)

September:
WNC Run/Walk For Autism 5K (Asheville)
Southcliff Black & Blue Classic (Fairview)
Rock the Quarry 5K (Black Mountain)

         
October:
Thomas Wolfe 8K
(Asheville)
       
November:
Shut In Trail Run  (Mount Mitchell)                 
Veteran's Day 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run  (Rosman)

December:
Brevard 5K Reindeer Run
(Brevard)
 

Running Stores in the Asheville-Hendersonville Area:
Asheville Running Company 346 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-255-3333
Foot RX Running 1979 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC 28803, 828-687-2825
Jus' Running 523 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804, 828-252-7867

Other Running Stores in Western North Carolina:
Hickory: Fleet Feet Sports: 1776 N. Center Street, Suite B, Hickory NC 28601, 828-304-4786
Saluda: Keiths Triathlon Shop: 171 East Main Street, Saluda NC 28773, 828-749-1816 

 

   

 

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