Media Release

June Race Weekend Provides 5 Runs for Entire Family

For Immediate Release:  
Media Contact: Craig Distl 704.466.3744

BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Eastern America’s highest town announces five options for runners during this year’s “A Cool 5” race weekend, June 19-20.

The event has grown from a single race in 2006 into a multi-race format contested over two days. There’s a competition for every fitness level and every member of the family.

The bulk of racing takes place Saturday morning, June 20, with a 5-mile run; 1.5-mile fun run/walk; and a pet-friendly 1.5-mile walk & wag. All three begin at town hall at 8:30 a.m.

“The challenging 5-mile run is known for its views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ascent to the mountaintop, and fast downhill finish,” said Rory Ellington of the event committee. “The fun run/walk has moderate elevation changes with many locations for spectators to cheer and encourage all racers.”

Meanwhile, the walk & wag features runners of the four-legged variety on a route that circles the town’s Bark Park and includes stations with doggy water and treats.

“On pet-friendly Beech Mountain, we even have a race for ‘man’s best friend,’ ” said town manager Randy Feierabend, “followed by a canine cool down at the Bark Park.”

Kids and other family members are encouraged to participate in the two running events Friday afternoon, June 19th.

The first is the Kids’ Cool Popsicle Relay, which takes place at 4:00 p.m. on the athletic fields at the Buckeye Recreation Center. The free Popsicle relay offers competition in different age groups. Also Friday afternoon is the “Buck-A-Thon” fundraiser in which participants collect dollars for each lap they complete on the Buckeye Rec Center walking track.

Course-side lodging specials are available, along with multiple pre/post-race activities.  Other on-mountain activities take place as part of Beech Mountain’s June Family Fun Month.

Adult registration for the 5-mile run is $25; and $30 race day. Youth registration (12 and under) is $10 for all races.

Entry fees for the Fun Run/Walk and the Walk & Wag are $20 before day of race and $25 day of race.

Complete details and online registration are available at Details are also available by calling (828) 387-3003.

A Cool 5 Race Weekend – Races Announced

Beech Mountain, N.C.–  Eastern America’s highest town has announced its 5 unique races for this year’s A Cool 5 Race Weekend.

A Cool 5 Race Weekend will be held June 19 – 20, 2015. 

The event has grown from a single race in 2006, in to a weekend celebration on Beech Mountain full of family fun and fitness for participants of all ages and skill levels. This year the event will consist of 5 different races held over a two day period emphasising outdoor activity and showcasing the beauty of Beech Mountain.   This year’s races vary in intensity and character. 

“The challenging 5 Mile run is famous for its outstanding views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a fast downhill finish,” explains Rory Ellington, member of the race planning committee.  “The 1.5 Mile Fun-Run/Walk has moderate elevation changes with many locations for spectators to cheer and encourage all racers.”

“On pet-friendly Beech Mountain, we even have a race for “man’s best friend,” states Randy Feierabend, Town Manager.   “The 1.5 Mile Walk & Wag circles around the Bark Park and is complete with doggy water and treat stations.  After the race there will be a Canine Cool Down up at the Bark Park.”

And we don’t forget the kids on Beech Mountain. The Cool 5 Weekend kicks off with the Kids’ Cool Popsicle Relay on Friday night and children are welcome to participate in any of the other races.  Our last race is one for the entire community.  Everyone is encouraged to participate in the “Buck-A-Thon” fundraiser collecting dollars for each lap they complete around either the outside of the Buckeye Recreation Center or the indoor walking track.  A Cool 5 Weekend has something for everyone to do and enjoy.

The Cool 5 is not just a racing event.  Over the past six years, proceeds from the Cool 5 have created and improved recreational resources for Beech Mountain residents and visitors to enjoy.  Projects have included children’s playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, and an ADA accessible community fishing dock. 

Course-side lodging specials will be available, along with a mountain full of pre/post-race activities.  The place to be in June is on Beech Mountain with our cool breezes and outstanding recreational activities.  June is also Family Fun Month on Beech Mountain.

Early registration for the 5 Mile Run for adults is $25 and $10 for children 12 and under.  Race day registration is $30 for adults.  Early registration entry fee for the 1.5 Fun Run/Walk and Walk & Wag is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.  It is free to participate in the Buck-A-Thon and Kids’ Popsicle Relay; however, children must register in order for the planning committee to order enough participation awards and goodies.

For more information about A Cool 5 Race Weekend, please visit or contact Sandy Carr, Director of Parks and Recreation at (828) 387-3003. 1330 Pine Ridge Road, Beech Mountain, NC 28604 
phone: 828.387.3003     fax: 828.387.4103