The Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain is proud to present the fourth 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 and fastest races of the year. 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
Online registration for the 2019 race will open on Thursday, November 1 at 9:00 AM EST. Online registration will end on Wednesday, May 22 at 9:00 PM.
Race Cap: 400
November 1-December 31, 2018 – $20
January 1-March 31, 2019 – $25
April 1 – May 22 – $30
On site (if available) – $35
Downhill Double (Half Marathon & 5K)
November 1-December 31, 2018 – $72
January 1-April 15, 2019 – $85
This downhill 5K will start in front of the ARC at the back of the Ridgecrest Conference Center and head west down old US 70 to Black Mountain, finishing at Black Mountain First Baptist Church.
The course is USA Track and Field certified.
Click HERE for the 5K course map.
Packet Pickup/Late Registration
Friday, May 24, 4-7 PM – ARC on the Ridgecrest Campus
Saturday, May 25, 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.
Those who complete both the half marathon and 5K will receive a special award at the finish line of the 5K.
New for 2019: Instead of two race shirts, Downhill Double participants will receive a special long-sleeve Downhill Double shirt.
The deadline to register for the Downhill Double is April 15 or whenever the half marathon sells out, whichever is first. 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. Your chips are on your race bib so don’t crinkle them up.
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.
THIS IS NOT A DEFERMENT. HOLD ONTO THE DISCOUNT CODE TO USE WHEN YOU ENTER NEXT YEAR’S RACE.
Discount codes can be used to register for the 2020 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 19.
If you cancelled your entry for the 2018 race, you must use the code you received in your cancellation confirmation email from IMAthlete to receive your 2019 discount.
On-site accommodations at Ridgecrest- $84-$99 per room, per night. To make reservations for Ridgecrest accommodations please call 1.800.588.7222 or click HERE to book online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org