Fall is just around the corner and that means cooler temps, beautiful foliage, and some amazing races in Asheville and the mountains of Western North Carolina. Glory Hound Events is excited to announce a full roster of races this fall which includes something for all skill levels and distances. Whether it’s an uphill challenge, a team relay, a downhill half marathon, a family-friendly holiday 5K, or a race that encourages participants to dress up as superheroes (or supervillains), this fall is gearing up to be a great season of endurance racing in the mountains. So lace up those shoes, tell your racing buddies, start the training regiment, and plan on joining us at the starting line at one of the many races Glory Hound Events has lined up.
2021 Fall Race Schedule
Asheville Brewing SuperHero 5K and Super Villain 10K – Sept. 11
Calling all Super Heroes and Super Villains! This year’s races return to where it all began thirteen years ago in Downtown Asheville. Racers are encouraged to dress up and plan on having a great race as they tap their inner superhero (or supervillain) strength. And just for 2021, Glory Hound Events wants to honor as many super heroes in our communities as possible! From the emergency responders, doctors, and nurses to the teachers and hospitality industry workers and everyone in between, we want to honor these super heroes with 20% off entry fees to this year’s races. Read about it all in our Calling All Super Heroes Blog from June. Jesse Hyder Coaching is also offering a 6-week training program for the 5K.
Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K – Sept. 18
2021 marks the ninth running of these two regional favorites. Both races have beautiful courses, possible elk sightings, with some great swag, and amazing post-race food and drink from our partners at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
Power Of Pink 5K – Sept. 25
Celebrating 14 years, this race is a partnership with the Haywood Healthcare Foundation and all the race proceeds go towards breast exams and follow-up procedures for underserved women and men in Haywood County. The course is super flat and easy, great for getting one of those PR’s. To date, this race has provided over 1,800 exams and follow-up procedures for over 900 Haywood County residents.
AVL Runway 5K – Oct. 09
The AVL Runway 5K is back, to help us celebrate the airport’s 60th anniversary! One of the most unique 5K’s in the mountains – it’s completely FLAT and it’s on a taxiway next to the runway where planes will be taking off and landing during the race. How cool is that? Plus, there will be plenty of groovy retro gear for racers, a throw-back to 60 years ago.
Ascent At Mountain Air 5K – Oct. 16
Are you up for a challenge? The Ascent At Mountain Air 5K has racers climbing 1800 ft. from start to finish on an all-uphill course. The payoff is at the finish line at 4,600 ft., on a private airstrip with nearly 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains during peak fall foliage. New for 2021- there will be $150 cash awards to the male and/or female who breaks the course record for the Open, Masters (40-49), and the Grand Masters (50&Over) divisions.
Geyser Growl Half Marathon – Oct. 23
Western North Carolina’s newest half marathon debuts with a mostly downhill course that takes racers through the Town of Black Mountain and on old forest roads, past the iconic Andrews Geyser and ending at Hillman Beer in Old Fort, NC for post-race bowls of soup and a beer.
Land & Sky Relay – Nov. 06
Returning for a second year, with a new course that features part of the Mountain to Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway, this 63-mile relay race starts in Asheville’s River Arts District and ends at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC. New for 2021: 4 & 6 person teams are eligible to race. Capped at 100 teams.
Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot – Nov. 25
“First the huffin’; then the stuffin’!” Glory Hound Events is excited to team up with the Waynesville Sunrise Rotary for the inaugural Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning. Start the holiday off with a run on a beautiful course at Lake Junaluska.
Santa’s Showdown 5K – Dec. 4
The Santa’s Showdown 5K returns for year three at East Asheville’s Recreation Park. This unique 5K will pit runners representing Elves and Reindeer against each other to establish North Pole supremacy for the coming year.
About Glory Hound Events
Glory Hound Events was started in 2006, initially managing the historic Bele Chere 5K. Shortly after that first year, the Lake Logan Triathlon was introduced and eventually became a part of the Lake Logan Multisport Festival. Glory Hound Events is now the largest endurance event management company in the Western North Carolina region, producing an average of eighteen events annually. In addition to producing its own events and those for a variety of clients, Glory Hound Events offers consulting services for events outside of Western North Carolina looking to take theirs to the next level.