The Highland Brewing Night Flight is everyone’s favorite twilight race and back for its seventh year and, it’s better than ever. The 4.5-mile East Asheville course will take runners through the Asheville Golf Course, through the Beverly Hills neighborhood (where you will be showered with cheers from the residents) and past the WNC Nature Center before finishing back at Highland Brewing Company. This year’s post-race party and awards ceremony will be at the Meadow. Glow swag will be provided, dressing up is always encouraged, and there will be beer waiting for you at the finish line! 100% of race proceeds go to the development of greenways in Asheville and Buncombe County. Produced by Glory Hound Events.
Race Date: July 25, 2020 – 7:30 PM
It is our intention to hold the Night Flight race as planned but we are awaiting decisions at the state and local level with regards to the size of crowds allowed and how those crowds can interact. We are working with these agencies and following best-practice recommendations in the industry to determine how we can produce a safe and enjoyable event for all. Should anything change, we will announce it here, by email and on our social media platforms.
Online registration will open on Saturday, February 1 at 9:00 AM EST and close on Thursday, July 23 at 9:00 PM EDT.
The race is capped at 550 participants. Early registration is encouraged to reserve your place.
February 1-March 5 – $28 (No shirt – deduct $5)
March 6-Race Day – $33 (No shirt – deduct $5)
Registration Protection Insurance Program
Through our registration platform, IMAthlete, we are offering this insurance from Allianz Global Assistance. Those purchasing this insurance during online registration are eligible to be reimbursed for the cost of your registration fee should you become injured or another event procludes you from racing. Click HERE for more information about this program.
It does not cover COVID-19, including registration fees lost due to races being postponed or cancelled because of the pandemic.
Should you not purchase the insurance at the time of registration, you have 14 days to go back and purchase it should you decide at a later time you want it.
The Highland Brewing Night Flight rolling course will take you from Highland to the Beverly Hills neighborhood of East Asheville and through the Asheville Municipal Golf Course. As you leave Beverly Hills there will be a downhill section before crossing Swannanoa River Road and hooking up with Azalea Road before taking Gashes Creek Road to the its end where you will meet up with a trail leading back to the brewery and the finish line in the Meadow. Click HERE to see the turn-by-turn directions (or cue sheet). You can see the course map HERE or on Strava.
The course will be staffed with volunteers and police throughout. Reflective clothing and other blinking lights are encouraged but not required.
While the course is not designed for walkers, walkers who can maintain a minimum pace of 15 minutes per mile are welcome!
Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome to participate.
Packet Pickup/Late Registration
Friday, July 24 – 4:00-7:00 PM – Highland Brewing Meadow
Saturday, July 25 – 5:00-7:15 PM– Highland Brewing Meadow
(Use 12 Old Charlotte Highway for navigation or ride-share)
Runners over 21 will be able to exchange the ticket on their bib for one seasonal or year-around beer at the post race party. Please have your ID available.
Each runner will receive a special, one-time race shirt to mark the occasion (unless the no-shirt option is selected). The deadline to register and guarantee your shirt size is July 11.
New for 2020: We are happy to offer a Bag Drop (similar to a coat-check) this year. Please attach the Bag Drop stub on the bottom of your race bib to a small bag and leave it with us in the Meadow (look for the green Bag Drop flag). You will need to show your race bib to claim your bag after the race.
There will be a post-race celebration in the Meadow following the race with live music, snacks, awards, and of course, beer. It’s going to be a party!
The awards ceremony will take place at approximately 8:45 PM on the Meadow stage.
The 25th and 250th finisher will receive a prize pack from Highland Brewing Company. These will be announced during the awards ceremony.
Top three Overall male and female finishers
Top male/female finisher in Masters (40 & Over) and Grand Masters (50 & Over).
Age group awards will go to the first, second and third male and female in the following age groups: 18 & Under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & Over. No double dipping!
If you cannot stay for the awards ceremony, please ask a friend to pick it up for you. Awards are fragile and cannot be mailed.
The race will utilize chip timing. A timing chip will be on the back of your race bib, which should be worn on your front and visible at all times during the race.
Highland has room for about 400 cars at the brewery. Car pooling and ride sharing is very much encouraged. Please do not park on the driveway leading to the brewery.
Highland Brewing 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 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 7 days 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 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 5 days days before the event, if the event is sold out.
Partial discount codes are only available for cancellations of completed registrations.
Discount codes can be used to register for the 2021 race and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.
This policy only applies to the Highland Night Flight. Discount codes from the previous year may not be used for any other events owned or managed by Glory Hound Events or its partnerships.
Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted by submitting this Transfer Form. This is the only way transfers or the selling of bibs between participants will be allowed. Anyone who is discovered to have purchased or accepted another person’s bib without submitting this form will be disqualified and banned from future races.
We are really excited to be partnering with Connect Buncombe again this year. This greenway advocacy group will be providing the course marshals and aid station volunteers for the race. If you would like to volunteer to assist them, please click HERE. This is a fun race to help with and you get a free beer afterward.
Please email general race questions to email@example.com
100% of race proceeds will be directed to the development of greenways in Asheville and Buncombe County.