A Cool 5 Race Weekend in June at Beech

Article Published: Mar. 4, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
A Cool 5 Race Weekend in June at Beech

Beech Mountain's third annual A Cool 5 Race Weekend hits the pavement on June 12.

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Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department has announced the third annual A Cool 5 Race Weekend benefit event.

The A Cool 5 Race Weekend is a compilation of events, birthed in June 2008, held in Beech Mountain annually.

The race weekend includes pre-race festivities on Friday, June 11, with a pasta dinner, guest motivational speaker, live music and plenty of games and activities for the entire family.

Saturday, June 12, is race day. Beginning at 9 a.m., race festivities include a 5-mile run, 1.5-mile fun run/walk, a race village, post-race cookout, awards ceremony and more fun and games for the family, including a giant bounce house.

Both events are open to runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels. Running strollers are allowed for both events, while dogs will only be allowed for the 1.5-mile fun run/walk and must be leashed.

The race course for both events is set entirely above 5,000 feet in elevation with moderate climbs and views of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.

"Participants will be able to enjoy Beech's 'cool' summertime temperatures, which seldom exceed 72 degrees. Panoramic views encapsulate the entire course and provide amazing motivation and scenery throughout the event," a spokesperson for the race said.

"Many runners, walkers and cyclists specifically make the journey to Beech Mountain for high altitude training. The mountain is remembered for Lance Armstrong's Tour Du Pont stage win during the mid-1990s and remains a playground for outdoor enthusiasts and endurance athletes," the spokepserson said. "In addition to over 65 miles of paved roads for remarkable running and cycling experiences, Beech is also home to over 25 miles of publicly maintained hiking, biking and cross country skiing trails, with over 40 additional miles of trails originally developed by the Beech Mountain Cycling Club, six public parks and picnic areas, many stocked and hatchery supported trout streams, two lakes for non-motorized boating and fishing, the 24,000-square-foot Buckeye Recreation Center, free community sledding hill, Genesis Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary, the Southeast's highest ski resort, which offers year round activities, and a nationally renowned 18 hole golf course."

This year, A Cool 5 will benefit the continuation of many Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation community projects.

In 2008 and 2009, the race raised more than $60,000 via sponsors, event participation, and in-kind donations, resulting in the construction of a new community playground at Buckeye Lake and the Buckeye Recreation Center, according to the spokesperson.

Through the A Cool 5, Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation hopes to continue this progress, while enhancing Beech Mountain's status as an outdoor recreation mecca of the Southeast for all to enjoy, he said.

Registration for the race is currently available in paper and electronic form at http://www.acool5.com. Race participants and their families are encouraged to take advantage of special dining, lodging and retail incentives that will be available throughout the weekend of the race.

For more information about the A Cool 5 Race weekend event, race registration, or special lodging and dining incentives, visit http://www.acool5.com or call (828) 387-3003.

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