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Race is on August 19th starting at 6PM at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park. Packet pickup will be on Friday the 18th from 4PM until 5:30PM. The 5K course is undulating, beginners or walkers will find it friendly, yet the faster runners will be challenged.  Registration and check-in will start at 4PM. Early packet pickup on Friday the night before the race from 4-6 at Highlands Recreation Park. Please allow enough time to get checked in. Parking will be available around the Kelsey Hutchinson Park, Highlands Recreation Park, Highlands Ball-field, and Highlands Post Office. Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments, blankets to join us for the evening music, starting around 7:30PM, it is going to be a blast!!! Glow toys for the kids. Rarely above 80 degrees in summer. Always cool in the evening. Get out of the heat! This is your opportunity to come to "cool" Highlands NC and run on the plateau. Kids under 5 run 5K for free. Kids 5 to 9 $10.00 for 5K.  Day of race price will be $40.00 so sign up early and get the discounted price.


The 5K course starts at Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park and is the flattest 5K course on the plateau in Highlands NC. It is an undulating course and has one short steeper uphill section {5O yards). It will allow walkers of all ages to be able to complete the 5K course with ease and also allow the ability to push strollers, but be challenging for faster runners. Runners will run past beautiful Harris Lake at Highlands Park and the finish will double back on part of the course to finish at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park.  A beer from the Ugly Dog Pub, Highlands NC's favorite bar, will be served to everyone of legal age finishing the race.

$100.00 award for a new overall course record, $50.00 award for any other age group record.


Fun for the whole family, stroller’s welcome, walkers welcome, yet will be challenging for experienced runners. T-shirt guaranteed if registered by July 19, 2023. We will order extra shirts after that date, which will be first come first serve.


• Light up necklaces for the kids.

• Everyone of legal age crossing the finish line gets a beer from Ugly Dog Pub, Highlands NC's favorite bar.

• Rock n’ Roll concert by High Five starting at 7:30 pm.

• Awards presented to overall top male and female, top Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grand Masters and     top 3 finishers in each 5 yr age division.

• Kids under 5 free for the 5K! Kids under 10, $10.00 for the 5K.

• The premier 5k event in beautiful Highlands, NC.


Come race and spend the weekend in our beautiful town high up here on the Highlands NC plateau.  USATF certified 5K course (NC16004DW), chip timed with our own timing team by the Rotary Club of Highlands NC. 10K is not certified.




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