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The Ascent at Mountain Air 5K

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Ascent At Mountain Air 5K Logo
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.

Online registration will open Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00 AM and closes at 9:00 PM on Thursday, October 15.  There will be no on-site registration.

Race Cap: The race is limited to 100 participants – 50 per start time.


October 17
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Mountain Air
65 Mountain Air Drive
Burnsville, NC 28714 United States
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Race Information

Entry Fees

April Special (April 1-30) – $20
Early Registration (May 1-June 30) – $25
Regular Registration (July 1-September 30) – $30
Late Registration (October 1-Race Day) – $35

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.

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

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

Race Day Schedule – October 17
3:00-4:30 PM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration
4:00 PM – 5K Start 1
4:45 PM – Start 1 shuttles to the parking area begin
5:00 PM – 5K Start 2
6:00 PM – Shuttles to the parking area begin


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 2019 race.

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

Additional Info.

In order to comply with North Carolina Phase 2.5 guidelines, we will have two start times of 50 runners each: 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM. You may choose your start time during the registration process.

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

In order to provide a racing opportunity for as many people as possible, spectators or guests will not be permitted at this time.  Should North Carolina move beyond Phase 2.5 by race day, we will re-evaluate this policy and adjust where we can.

Post Race





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)


Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to participate.


Parking will be located near the main gate at Mountain Air. Please follow the instruction of parking volunteers upon your arrival. For this year only, participants may take a car to the finish line ahead of each start. For those driving alone to the race, we will be providing shuttles with socially distant seating back to the start area.

Directions From Asheville
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

Refunds & Transfers

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 2021 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.

Please email general race questions to greg@gloryhoundevents.com