Downhill at Dusk 5k

Downhill At Dusk 5K
May 26, 2018
7:00 PM

The Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain is proud to present the third Downhill at Dusk 5K.  Runners will run a course from Ridgecrest to Black Mountain that drops over 200 feet in elevation.  This is one of most unique races of the year and without doubt the fastest.  Earlier that day, the Downhill at Dawn Half Marathon will take runners from Ridgecrest to Old Fort on a combination of paved and gravel roads.

Downhill at Dusk 5K

May 26, 2018 – 7:00 PM

Congratulations to everyone who competed in this event on a rainy, May evening.  We greatly appreciate your support of this event, which continues to grow in popularity.  We also want to recognize those who completed the Downhill Double yesterday.  You should be very proud of your accomplishment.  Results and the link to photos are posted below and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Finally, congratulations to Nelson Holland of Raleigh, who was our winner of the Middle of the Pack Award.  He won a pair of Goodr sunglasses courtesy of Vertical Runner in Black Mountain.


Race Cap: 400

Entry Fees


October 16-December 31, 2017 – $20
January 1-March 31, 2018 – $25
April 1 – May 23 – $30
On site (if available) – $35

Downhill Double (Half Marathon & 5K)

October 16-December 31, 2017 – $72
January 1-April 15, 2018 – $85


The Downhill at Dusk 5K will start at the back of the Ridgecrest Conference Center near the ARC and head west down old US 70 to Black Mountain, finishing at Black Mountain First Baptist Church with a total elevation drop of 270 feet.

The course is USA Track and Field certified.  

Click HERE for the 5K course map.

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Friday, May 25, 4-7 PM – ARC on the Ridgecrest Campus

Saturday, May 26, 5:00-6:30 PM – ARC on the Ridgecrest Campus

Everyone must pick up their own packet and provide a picture ID to do so.  Parents may pick up the packets of minor children but must also present a picture ID.  No ID, No Race, No Exceptions!


All participants will receive a short-sleeve, tech shirt.

Downhill Double

Those who complete both the half marathon and 5K will receive a special award at the finish line of the 5K.

The deadline to register for the Downhill Double is April 15.  Those who register for one race and then add a second after this date will not be eligible for the Downhill Double prize.


Post race activities, including the award ceremony, will take place at Black Mountain First Baptist Church. There will be food, chocolate milk, water, and Gatorade.  Shuttles back to Ridgecrest will leave from the rear of the church.


Awards will be presented at the finish area in Black Mountain at approximately 8:15 pm. Double dipping of awards will not occur. The award categories include:

1-3 Male & Female
1 Masters Male & Female

1-3 male and female in the following age brackets:
12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 65-69, and 70 and over.

Awards will not be mailed.  If you cannot stay for the awards ceremony, please have someone pick it up for you.


The race will utilize chip timing. Chips must be worn on your shoe in order for you to receive a time.


The simplest parking is near Woodland (building on campus), the ARC and parking near the start of the race in Royal Gorge. Please follow the directions of our parking volunteers.  Shuttles will provide transportation back to Ridgecrest after the race every 15-30 minutes as needed.


The Ridgecrest Conference Center has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discounts for those canceling during our cancellation periods.

If the event is NOT sold out, a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 7 days before the event, if the event is not sold out.

If the event IS sold out, a discount code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 5 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 5 days before the event, if the event is sold out.

Partial discount codes are only available for cancellations of completed registrations. A registration is considered incomplete if payment was mailed in and has not yet been received. Discount codes can be used to register for another Ridgecrest Conference Center race and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.

You may transfer your entry to another person by submitting the TRANSFER FORM. The deadline to transfer an entry is Monday, May 29.


On-site Accommodations – $79-$99 per room, per night.  To make reservations for Ridgecrest accommodations please call 1.800.588.7222.


2018 Downhill at Dusk Overall

2018 Downhill at Dusk Age Group

2017 Downhill at Dusk Overall

2017 Downhill at Dusk Age Group

2016 Downhill at Dusk Overall

2016 Downhill at Dusk Age Group


Please click HERE to see photos from the 2018 race.


All of the volunteers are from the Ridgecrest Conference Center. Please thank them as you make your way through the course.


Please email general race questions to