Run for the Joy of It: Highlands Twilight Runs
The Twilight 5K and 10K Race beckons serious and not-so-serious runners for a bit of fresh air fun and competition, Saturday, May 15 throughout Highlands. For more information or to register, visit highlandstwilight5kand10k.com.
If you were born to run, Baby, this story is for you.
Apologies to The Boss for a bit of plagiarism, but this spring is making us all wake up with a song in our heart, and runners are especially happy that they can lace up their running shoes and participate in 5Ks again.
The Rotary Club of Highlands Twilight 5K and 10K Race is the place to start and is fun for the entire family.
Starting at 6:00 P.M. at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on May 15, this race stands apart from the rest and offers a chance for everyone to participate, while raising funds that support local youth and recreation programs.
The 5K course is a largely flat course that beckons serious runners hoping to improve their times and enjoy beautiful scenery, but is also perfect for walkers and strollers, entire families who want to enjoy an evening of fun with their community.
The 10K course is a challenging one that pushes even the most seasoned runner to new limits, while they assault the bear, Big Bear Pen, that is. Participants choosing the 10k course must be at least 15 years of age.
Typically, this race is followed by an outdoor concert at the park, but given that modified Covid restrictions are still in place, there will be no concert after this race.
Don’t despair, though, because organizers are planning to return in August for the annual August Twilight race, followed by a concert. Details will be made available as they are finalized. Make plans to register for both races.
As always there will be prizes, including $100 for a new overall course record and $50 for any other age group record. You may register right up until the day of the event. For more details, visit highlandstwilight5kand10k.com. Please note that the Twilight 5k course is USATF certified 5k course NC 16004DW.
Early packet pickup is Friday May 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Highlands Recreation Park. Parking for the event will be available at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, Highlands Recreation Park and the Highlands Post Office.
by Mary Jane McCall