5K Race is on August 15th starting at 6PM at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands NC. The course is undulating, beginners or walkers will find it friendly, yet the faster runners will be challenged. Registration and check-in will start at 4PM.  Please allow enough time to get checked in. Parking will be available around the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders park. 


Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments, blankets to join us for the evening music, starting around 7:30PM, it is going to be a blast!!! Glow sticks for the kids. Rarely above 80 degrees in summer. Always cool in the evening.  Get out of the heat!  This is your opportunity to come to "cool" Highlands NC and run on the plateau. KIDS UNDER 5 RUN FOR FREE. KIDS UNDER 10 RUN FOR  $10.00. 10 and up $30.00 UNTIL JULY 15TH THEN $35.00.  DAY OF RACE PRICE $40.00.  T-shirts guaranteed until July 15th, the first come, first served. 


The course starting at Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park is the flattest 5K course on the plateau in Highlands NC. It is an undulating course and has one short steeper uphill section {5O yards). It will allow walkers of all ages to be able to complete the 5K course with ease and also allow the ability to push strollers, but be challenging for faster runners. Runners will run past beautiful Harris Lake at Highlands Park and the finish will double back on part of the course to finish at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park. A beer from the Ugly Dog Pub, Highlands NC's favorite bar, will be served to everyone of legal age finishing the race.


Fun for the whole family, stroller’s welcome, walkers welcome, yet will be challenging for experienced runners. T-shirt guaranteed if registered by July 15, 2020. we will order extra shirts after that date, which will be first come first serve.


• Light up necklaces for the kids.

• Everyone of legal age crossing finish line gets a beer from Ugly Dog Pub, Highlands NC's favorite bar.

• Rock n’ Roll concert by Tea 4

   Three during and after the race 6-10 PM.

• Awards presented to overall top male and female, top Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grand Masters and     top 3 finishers in each 5 yr age division.

• Kids under 5 free! Kids under 10, $10.00.

• The premier 5k event in beautiful Highlands, NC.


Come race and spend the weekend in our beautiful town high up here on the Highlands NC plateau.  USATF certified course (NC16004DW), chip timed with our own timing team by the Rotary Club of Highlands NC. 




Sunset Rock, Highlands NC, Macon County