Cool 5 Weekend

'A Cool 5' Race Weekend is June 16-18, 2017

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Cool temperatures and a warm welcome await runners June 16-18, 2017, as Beech Mountain hosts its annual “A Cool 5” race weekend.

A total of three races take place that Saturday, providing something for all ages and abilities. Another highlight is the benefit dinner Friday evening that is free to racers and showcases food from various restaurants on Beech Cool5 Race Weekend 001Mountain.

The centerpiece of the weekend is a challenging 5-mile race on Saturday, June 17. It starts at 8:00 a.m. in front of Town Hall and follows a diverse road course that begins at an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet and eventually climbs above 5,400 feet to some of the highest points on Beech Mountain before winding back down for the finish.

The 5-miler includes plenty of ups and downs, punctuated by great vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along the route, runners will see Grandfather Mountain, Roan Mountain, Mount Mitchell and even a glimpse of the yellow brick road at the old Land of Oz theme park.

Saturday's other two events are a 1.5-mile Fun Run/Walk and a pet-friendly 1.5-mile Walk & Wag. Both of these races begin at 8:00 a.m. and cover flatter terrain.

Entry fee for the 5-mile race is $25 through June 10 and $30 after that. Entry fees for the Fun Run/Walk and Walk & Wag are $20 through June 10 and $30 after that.

Race participants and their families are encouraged to take advantage of special lodging rates (see below) available throughout the weekend. There will be other family-friendly events taking place that weekend as part of Beech Mountain's June Family Fun Month.

For more info about A Cool 5 Weekend or to register, go to the official event website, or call 828-387-3003.

A Cool 5 is not just a weekend of races. Since 2008, proceeds from A Cool 5 have created and improved recreational resources for Beech Mountain residents and visitors. Projects have included children’s playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, scenic overlooks and an ADA accessible community fishing dock. 


 Special Discounts for Cool 5 Race Weekend
(Valid June 16-18; mention discounts when making reservation)

> 3 nights for the price of 2:


> 10% off one night:

> 20% off two nights or more:


Visit www.beechmtn.com/lodging for a full list of Beech Mountain inns, condos and vacation homes rentals

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