With fall arriving in just 4 short weeks this means the cooler temperatures are just around the corner. Fall is one of our favorite times of the year to host running events in Asheville and the surrounding mountains. From the leaves changing color to enjoying the tasty fall beers (and ciders) to the temperatures slowly dropping; running in the fall is one of the best experiences. Fall is also a time of change and renewal, which makes it a great time to revisit your running habits and goals as well as a point to switch things up as we head into the chillier months.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or new to the sport there are numerous opportunities all season long to test and challenge your skills. Glory Hound Events produces five events (13 races total) during the fall months with each race offering a unique experience for all levels. Events include the Southcliff Black and Blue Classic, the Asheville Running Experience, the Ascent At Mountain Air 5K & Fun Run, ZERO Prostate Cancer Run & Walk, and the Power of Pink 5K & Memorial Walk.
Here’s a quick breakdown of each event and what to expect:
Asheville Fall Races
Southcliff Black and Blue Classic – September 02
Taking place on two newly redesigned courses (2016) through the private trails of the Southcliff Community in Hendersonville, each race name is based on ski slope classifications. The Black course is the hardest at 6.8 miles while the easier Blue course is just 3.1 miles. These races also feature some great prizes and a catered post-race party like no other which includes lunch as well as some locally brewed beers and ciders.
Asheville Running Experience – September 22-24
The Asheville Running Experience is an event like no other in the Southeast. Over the course of 3 days, 5 separate events take place in the heart of Asheville, NC. Whether you are a roadie, a trail runner or someone who just wants to experience Asheville NC with some exercise and good times, this event is for you. The 2017 Asheville Running Experience events include The Happening at the Hi Wire Brewing Big Top, the ARX Half Marathon, the Asheville Brewing Superhero 5K & Lil’ Hero Fun Run, the Chasing Trail 8K at Richmond Hill Park, and then the Asheville Urban Odyssey. For a complete breakdown of the weekends events be sure to read our recent Asheville Running Experience blog.
Power Of Pink – October 7
Glory Hound Events and the Haywood Health Care Foundation have teamed up since 2007 for this yearly event raising funds to provide mammogram screenings and follow-up services for hundreds of underserved women in Haywood County. Since its inception the event has raised the funds to provide over 1500 mammograms and follow-up for over 800 women. There is a 5k run and then a Survivor/Honor/Memory Walk
Ascent At Mountain Air 5K – October 14
Our newest event and quite possibly the most challenging this fall, the Ascent At Mountain Air 5K takes place in the Mountain Air community outside Burnsville, NC. This 5K-road race climbs 1,800 feet, from the community’s gates to the private airstrip at 4,600 feet elevation, making it one of the most spectacular finish lines we’ve ever seen. If you want less of a challenge and just want to take in the view there is also a flat one-mile fun run.
ZERO Prostate Cancer Run & Walk – November 04
One of Glory Hound Events passion is making prostate cancer a national priority and creating Generation ZERO, the first generation of men free from prostate cancer. This Run/Walk takes place at Carrier Park in West Asheville, raising funds and awareness to end prostate cancer.