A Cool 5 Race Weekend June 10-11



Article Published: Jun. 2, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
A Cool 5 Race Weekend June 10-11

A Cool 5 Race Weekend returns to Beech Mountain June 10-11.

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A Cool 5 Race Weekend is back for 2011, and organizers promise it'll be bigger, better and more fun than ever.

That includes some surprises and new additions, including guest speaker Molly Barker, founder of the Girls on the Run Organization and four-time Kona Ironman World Championship competitor, cutting edge race timing technology, complementary Boone Brewing Company beers, and much more.

A Cool 5 Race Weekend is a compilation of events, including a pasta dinner, 5-mile race, 1.5-mile fun run/walk, and post-race cookout and awards party, which began in the summer of 2008 on Beech Mountain, benefiting the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department.

The weekend is full of family-friendly fun, exciting competition, captivating views and cool summertime mountain top temperatures.

In the past, A Cool 5 has raised more than $70,000, completing a new community playground project and hiking trail, both at the Buckeye Lake Recreation area. Proceeds from the 2011 event will help foster the implementation of a community fishing docks program in partnership with the N.C. Widlife Commission. This project will provide two new ADA accessible fishing docks at Buckeye and Coffee Lakes on Beech Mountain.

For 2011, A Cool 5 will include a Friday night pasta dinner and packet pick-up, where Barker will provide an inspirational and motivational speech.

Barker founded Girls on the Run in Charlotte 15 years ago. Barker is an elite level athlete, having completed the Hawaii Ironman World Championship triathlon four times, and combined her background in social work, counseling and teaching, along with research on adolescent issues, to develop the Girls on the Run program, which serves more than 70,000 girls each year in over 160 cities throughout North America, teaching young women about their value through running.

To add a little more excitement to this year's event, participants will be able to compete - or at least try - against Barker, as she will be participating as a competitive runner during Saturday's A Cool 5-mile race presented by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.

Race Day is Saturday, and Beech Mountain is certainly alive on the morning of the A Cool 5. Music can be heard through the streets as runners jog past on the street warming up, race day entrants make their way to the registration table, and children navigate to the large bounce house and many other family friendly games.

The Beech Mountain Fire Department always makes a presence, too, providing rides in the Avery ladder truck and tours of the many other large emergency vehicles.

This event is sure not to leave anyone out either, including Fido. The 1.5-mile fun run and walk is not only pet friendly, but "doggy water stops" and treats are provided along the way.

Additionally, A Cool 5 will ramp things up this year with the integration of brand new, cutting edge technology to provide an unrivaled race day experience for race participants.

Jaguar timing technology includes bib-chip timing, a marathon caliber race truss and finish chute system complete with finish line LCD's to display your individual race statistics (name, bib number, home town, finish time, etc.), and a race result tent fit with touch screen kiosks for easy race result retrieval (yes, you can print your own results) and reporting.

To boot, if you provide your email address and cell phone number when you register, you will be immediately text messaged and e-mailed your individual race results when you cross the finish line.
The excitement gets under way when the gun fires at 9 a.m. for the 5-mile race. At 9:15, once the elite runners have provided for another spectating cheer or two racing across the Beech Mountain ski slopes, the walkers are set free. Before you know it, runners and walkers are filling in the vibrant race village, packed with vendors, family members and friends.

For more information on the A Cool 5 Race Weekend, visit http://www.acool5.com.

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