A Cool 5 Weekend: Races, Fun for the Whole Family at Beech Mountain Set for June 10-11

Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8:30 am

From a five-mile run to the top of the mountain to a kids’ Popsicle relay and a “walk and wag” for your four-legged friends, A Cool 5 Weekend on Beech Mountain offers races for the entire family June 10-11.

In its ninth year, the event includes five races and associated activities.

The signature run is the five-mile trek Saturday morning on a challenging course to the summit with 360-degree mountain views. A 1.5-mile fun run/walk and 1.5-mile “walk and wag” also take place Saturday morning.

“It’s a great way for runners across the Southeast to escape the heat of early summer,” says Kate Gavenus, tourism director for Beech Mountain. “Our elevation of 5,506 feet ensures cooler temperatures. And being a resort town, we have much to offer runners and their families.”

Friday events include a free Popsicle relay for kids and a Buck-A-Thon fundraiser where runners/walkers collect a dollar for every lap completed around the Buckeye Recreation Center track. Friday’s fun also includes A Taste of Beech, with local restaurants providing menu samples. The tasting event is free to race participants and only $5 for others.

“It’s a great way to pick your restaurant for Saturday night’s dinner,” Gavenus says.

All event proceeds benefit the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department.

“The participants can be competitive, but it’s all about a good time,” says Sean Royall, parks and recreation director. “A lot of residents and visitors come and run because they know they’re helping the town they live in or vacation in.”

One special edition this year will be a moment of remembrance for Margaret Hagerty, who participated in the previous eight Cool 5 Weekends. The world-record-setting marathon runner passed away about a month after participating in last year’s event at age 92.

Advanced adult registration is $25 for the five-mile run, and $20 for the fun run and “walk and wag.” Prices increase $5 for same-day registration. Children 12 and younger can register for any race for $10.

To learn more and register to run, visit www.ACool5Race.com or call (828) 387-3003.

 

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