Cool 5 Weekend

'A Cool 5' Race Weekend is June 10-11, 2016

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Cool temperatures and a warm welcome await runners June 10-11, 2016, as Beech Mountain hosts its annual “A Cool 5” race weekend.

A total of five races take place over two days, providing something for all ages and abilities. Another highlight is the "Taste of Beech" celebration Friday evening that 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 10. It starts at 8:30 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 8:30 a.m. and cover flatter terrain.

Friday's schedule includes two less-strenuous events - a Kids’ Cool Popsicle Relay and a "Buck-A-Thon" fundraising run/walk - followed by the "Taste of Beech" food event. All three take place at the town's Buckeye Recreation Center. The Popsicle relay offers competition in different age groups. The “Buck-A-Thon” features runners/walkers collecting dollars for each lap they complete on the Buckeye Rec Center walking track.

Adult entry fees for the 5-mile race are $25 prior to race day and $30 on race day. Adult entry fees for the Fun Run/Walk and Walk & Wag are $20 prior to race day and $25 on race day. Children 12 and under may register for all events at any time for $10.

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 10-12; mention discounts when making reservation)

> 3 nights for the price of 2:

> 10% off one night:

> 10% off two nights or more:

> 20% off two nights or more:

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