The Ascent at Mountain Air 5k

Ascent At Mountain Air 5K
October 17, 2020
5:00 PM EDT

The Mountain Air community near Burnsville and Glory Hound Events are excited to announce the 4th Annual Ascent at Mountain Air 5K on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  This 5K road race will climb 1,800 feet, from the private community’s gates to the air strip on the top.

Race Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ascent At Mountain Air 5K


Mountain Air is located off of Highway 19E in Burnsville, North Carolina just 45 minutes from Asheville and one hour from Johnson City.



Race Cap: The race is limited to 200 participants.

Entry Fees



Schedule – October 17

3:00-4:30 PM           Packet Pickup/Late Registration

4:30-4:55 PM Shuttles to the finish area

5:00 PM 5K Start

5:30 PM Shuttles to the top resume

6:00 PM Shuttles to the parking area begin

6:15 PM Awards Ceremony


This 5K is not for the faint of heart or spirit.  The course is 1800’ of unrelenting climbing on paved roads from start to finish.  The payoff is at the finish with unrivaled views of mountains and forests in the heart of the fall color season.

Click HERE to see a video of the 2017 race.

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Saturday, October 17 – 3:00-4:30 PM – Main Gate Area


Each runner will receive a special, one-time race shirt to mark the occasion and a finisher patch at the top.

For your convenience, we will have a bag drop area at the start area where you can leave a small bag. Prior to the start, we will take all bags to the finish line where you can claim them after the race.




The awards ceremony will take place near the finish line area. Awards will be presented to the top ten male and female finishers for the 5K.

If you cannot stay for the awards ceremony, please ask a friend to pick it up for you. Awards will not be mailed.


This will be a bib-timed race with your time recorded when you cross the finish line.  Please have your race bib visible at the finish.

Course Records

Male: Nikolas Silva – 26:42 (2019)        Female: Anne Wheatley – 28:48 (2018)


Parking will be located near the main gate at Mountain Air.  Please follow the instruction of parking volunteers upon your arrival. Fun Run participants and spectators will be shuttled to the finish area prior to the 5K start.  Shuttles will start rides from the finish area to the parking area at 6:00 PM.


The Ascent on Mountain Air 5K taking 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. A registration is considered incomplete if payment was mailed in and has not yet been received. Discount codes can be used to register for the 2020 race and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.

This policy only applies to the Ascent at Mountain Air 5K.  Discount codes from the previous year may not be used for any other events owned or managed by Glory Hound Events or its partnerships.


I-26 N to Burnsville exit 10 E.

Take 19E for 13 miles to first stoplight at Phipps Creek Rd. Make right and go 2 miles to entrance on left.

30 minute drive from downtown Asheville


2019 Overall

2018 Overall

2018 Awards

2017 Overall

2017 Awards


Please email general race questions to