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The Ascent at Mountain Air 5K

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Mountain Air and Glory Hound Events are excited to announce the 7th Ascent on Mountain Air 5K in the evening of Saturday, October 7, 2023.  This 5K road race climbs 1,800 feet, from the community’s main gate near Burnsville to the private air strip on the top.  At 4,600 feet elevation, this is the most spectacular finish line in Western North Carolina. 

New for 2023: A Fun Run/Walk on the runway while the 5K is taking place.  If running up the mountain is not your thing, come join us for a flat, 1-mile walk or run on the runway at the top of the mountain.

Race Times: 5K-5:00 PM; Fun Run/Walk-5:45 PM


Online registration will open Wednesday, April 12 at 9:00 AM and closes at 9:00 PM on Thursday, October 5.

Race Cap

The 5K is limited to 200 participants


All proceeds from this year’s event benefit the Yancey County Rescue Squad.


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

Two Runways, Two Races, One Day

The Ascent at Mountain Air 5K is the second of two races in the Asheville area that take place at airports.  Earlier that day, the AVL Runway 5K at Asheville Regional Airport will welcome 1,000 runners to race on west taxiway, while airplanes take off and land.




October 7
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mountain Air
65 Mountain Air Drive
Burnsville, NC 28714 United States
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Race Information

Please email general race questions to greg@gloryhoundevents.com