A Run for the Money
Welcome to the 8th Annual Rotary Club of Highlands 5k and 10k Twilight Run, beginning at 9:00 A.M. Saturday, November 28.
At 4118 feet and dubbed as “Patty Cake,” the 5k course, edged by Harris Lake, running through gently rolling hills, and shaded by Appalachian hardwoods is the flattest of its distance in Highlands. Stroller and walker friendly, the 5k is accommodating for participants of all abilities.
The more challenging and vigorous 10K course takes runners through the same trail system as the 5K run, and climbs Bear Pen Mountain.
Thanks to its idyllic surroundings and the promise of perfect weather, the race hopes to attract at least 350 runners in 2020, as it has in the past.
Interviewed for this article, race coordinator Derek Taylor said pre-registrations were ahead of last year and they are on target to meet their goals. Seventy percent of the participants are from out of town, and the field has typically included runners of all ages – from 3 years to 90 years old.
Proceeds from the race will purchase much-needed laptops for the children in the Highlands Education system. Organizers are asking the community to “help save the race with participation, sponsorships and donations.”
To date, more than 20 local businesses have generously ponsored, but more are urgently needed.
The 5K is free for kids under 5, and $10 for kids 5 to 9. Day of the race price is $40 for the 5k and $50 for the 10K. 10K runners must be at least 15. Parts of the course will be unmonitored and open to car traffic.
Check out the details and sign up at highlandstwilight5kand10k.com or contact Derek at (828) 200-9226 for questions or to sponsor.