ClimbMAX 10K at Beech June 22

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Article Published: Jun. 20, 2013 | Modified: Jun. 23, 2013
ClimbMAX 10K at Beech June 22

Formerly known as ‘A Cool 5,’ Beech Mountain’s new ClimbMAX 10K has upped the ante in distance and difficulty.

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Eastern America’s highest-elevation township has revamped its annual road race to take advantage of its rarified altitude.

The Beech Mountain 10K ClimbMAX, presented by, is set to challenge runners on Saturday, June 22.

The race includes more than 800 total feet of elevation gain. The first two miles will be mostly downhill, winding along a scenic stretch of Beech Mountain Parkway toward the ski village. From that point, it’s a long, steady uphill climb — punctuated by several switchbacks and long-range vistas — to a height of 5,443 feet, just below the mountain’s summit.

The route replaces a fairly challenging five-mile course upon which the town hosted an event known as A Cool 5 for several years.

“We wanted to take advantage of our altitude differentials, highlighting descents, ascents, vistas and our beautiful township,” said Tim Fox, race director of the Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department. “It will be unlike any other race course we know of on the East Coast.”

There will also be a 5K race and a pet-friendly, 1.5-mile fun run and walk for entries of all ages and abilities. However, the main event is geared toward the serious runner.

“We’re looking to attract not only locally competitive runners of all age groups, but also runners from across the country. We want this to become a major event on the East Coast,” Fox said. “If you think other races are challenging, try this one.”

Pre-race packet pick-up will be available for race-day participants, beginning Friday evening, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Beech Mountain Town Hall. Onsite race registration runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. till race time on Saturday. All races begin at 9 a.m.

Registration costs $35 for all entries through June 21 and $40 the day of the race. Children 12 and younger can participate for $20.

“Endurance will be a key,” Fox said of the 10K. “There will be hairpin turns, short climbing bursts and short bursts of down elevations, as well as long, grinding up elevations. People are always looking for that challenge, for that one event that takes it up a notch and tests them. This is it.”

A race awards presentation will follow the event, with the overall male and female finishers being recognized for their accomplishments. Age group awards and prizes will also be presented to the top three male and female contestants in numerous age group categories.

Post-race festivities will take place at the Famous Brick Oven restaurant’s outdoor entertainment area across from the race start and finish line. Music comes courtesy of DJ Nurse Carl from noon to 4:30 p.m., with organized activities, including volleyball, miniature golf, face painting and a bounce house for the kids.

At 7 p.m., there will be a street dance at the town hall parking lot, followed by an outdoor movie and bonfire at Famous Brick Oven at 8:30 p.m.

The festivities continue Sunday with Yoga on the Green, starting at 10 a.m. at Fred’s General Mercantile gazebo, followed by Bark Park and Friends at 11 a.m. and a guided hike down Beech Mountain to Banner Elk Winery, also at 11 a.m.

For more information, call (828) 387-3003 or visit

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Formerly known as ‘A Cool 5,’ Beech Mountain’s new ClimbMAX 10K has upped the ante in distance and difficulty.
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The ClimbMAX 10K includes more than 800 total feet of elevation gain.
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