The pandemic has brought on a variety of upgrades to races and events. We implemented a ‘Rolling Start Style format’ to events in June 2020, and they have gained in popularity throughout the last year.
Runners enjoy having the flexibility to get to the start line without having to have the pressure of starting in a massive group of people at the same time. Rolling starts allow participants to get to the start line and begin their event anytime during a start wave window. Sometimes this window may be 15 minutes up to an hour or two hours. See your race information for your rolling start wave window of time.
As soon as participants cross the black mat their race time starts. When you cross the finish mat your time stops. This time will be updated online a few minutes after you have finished your race.
Rolling starts allow participants to stay spread out from start to finish at events. This is a huge benefit given social distance regulations and for safety at events. It also allows runners to ‘pick off’ slower runners and pass them throughout the race creating a fun ‘cat and mouse’ race.
Runners and cyclists have both gotten hooked and rave about having this option now at races and events. So no matter your race speed or ability level, rolling start style races are here to stay and we are excited for you to try one with us.
NOTE: DO NOT get close to or CROSS over a start mat before you are ready to start or go back over a finish mat ‘to run or cheer on a friend’ after you are done.
Thank you for joining in on the Pop up 5k - REWIND 5k
The first ever 5k REWIND at the Pop up 5k in the park is in the books. So how was it? Did you run faster with the course in the opposite direction or? We had such a great time with all of you at the 4th race of the Pop up 5k summer series at Bill Moore Community Park in Fletcher, NC. Yay!
Every single time we come out to the Pop up 5k and see you all running towards your own personal goals, we get inspired. There is EVERY SINGLE ability level of runner/jogger/walker that shows up and all ages. We love seeing you all chase your PRs, chase the goal of running a 5k and show up with those big smiles on your faces.
Thanks for continuing to let us be part of this journey of health, wellness and movement that you have committed to in your life. We are witness to the beauty, strength, confidence and determination that these races are bringing out in you all.
Our last 5k of the Summer Series is on Wednesday, August 25th: 80s theme - Everyone’s got a pair of neon shorts or a Def Leppard shirt somewhere in their closet, so put them on display for the final event of the summer! Much like the Luau, a prize will go to our most rad dude or dudette.
Share the event info with your friends about the Pop up 5ks and encourage them to come out and join in the fun.
The 7th Annual Trick or Trail 5k presented by Hunter Subaru returns to DuPont Forest
Runners at the 7th Annual Trick or Trail 5k presented by Hunter Subaru get to once again experience the beauty of DuPont State Forest in a unique nighttime racing format. Participants will strap on headlamps and light up the night as they duke it out in the dusk. The twists and turns of DuPont’s famous trail system will dare them to push forward in this one-of-a-kind, trail race at dark.
The Trick or Trail 5k takes place on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:15pm at Dupont State Forest. To eliminate congestion on the course, we are limiting this year’s race to 150 participants. We expect this highly-anticipated and one of our most popular fall events to sell out prior to race day. “We are thrilled to be able to host this race again at Dupont State Forest. It is a local favorite, and the trails and 5k loop in the forest are ideal for this night-time style event for our community of runners. The route is easy to navigate in the dark and is on non-technical wide service roads and double track trails, making it a perfect race for all abilities of runners, joggers and walkers.” said Race Director, Daphne Kirkwood. Participants will light up the trail with their own flashlight or headlamp, and are required to participate. The course is marked impeccably with signs and course markings and volunteers will be along the way, so runners can easily find their way.
All pre-registered Trick or Trail 5k participants receive a pair of our participant favorites, custom-designed, Defeet running socks, glow swag and a loaded Hunter Subaru goody bag. Run your way through the dark and receive a custom-designed, color changing cup filled with yummy candy at the finish line! At the post race party a bonfire with yummy s’mores, hot soup and other fall favorite snacks, with complimentary massages by Yoga and Massage and injury screenings and adjustments by PT Solutions await the finishers.
Halloween Theme Announced!
Each year the race has a fun theme, which is a great chance for kids, youth and kids-at-heart to have their own fun at a Halloween themed event and break in costumes early! “We all grew up watching the classic Disney movies, so this year it’s time to embrace your favorite Classic Disney character and get dressed in Disney style,” said Kirkwood. Costumes are highly encouraged, and awesome prizes will be given out for the best ones that tie into this year’s theme.
Running for a great cause
Friends of Dupont Forest has been named as the 2021 non-profit partner for this event. Donations are accepted during online registration. The mission of the Friends of Dupont align with idaph events core values of preservation and conservation of our WNC land. “We believe DuPont Forest should be protected forever. Join us and help keep the water clean, the wildlife safe and the trails awesome.”
Registration is Now Open. For more info or to sign up visit HERE.
A beautiful, sun-filled afternoon in Laurel Park, Hendersonville, NC today at the Jump off Rock Hill Climb presented by Hunter Subaru. We loved seeing our cycling community at the hill climb, feeling all the energy and buzz of electricity and nerves at that start line and the smiles for miles at the top of Jump off Rock! We appreciate each and every one of you for coming out race today. Thank you!
Special thanks to to the Town of Laurel Park for extending the offer for us to come back and race once again up to the top of Jump off Rock. All the Friends of Laurel Park volunteers were incredible and the police and Fire Department that kept our cyclists safe, thank you! Sycamore Cycles, thanks for the prizes and for being on-site for mechanical support. And Hunter Subaru, thank you for lending support for this event, we cannot thank you enough!
CONGRATS to the KING & QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN
KING OF THE MOUNTAIN!!! Tyler Miranda - 17:02
QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN!!! Hannah Arensman - 20:59
Random Sycamore Cycles prizes for our participants, we picked 3 WINNERS!!
Stop by Sycamore Cycles in Hendersonville to pick up your special prize!
Congrats to all the 3rd Annual Light up the Night 5k finishers! We are so proud of each and every one of you. Thank you so much for supporting the efforts of the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries and showing up to race with us tonight at Carrier Park in Asheville, NC! We had a blast with all of you!
If you are an award winner but weren’t able to stay to receive your prize, you can pick it up at Fleet Feet Asheville starting on Monday, August 9th after 3:00 PM. The awards will be available all week after that until the end of August.
Welcome to the 2021 Jump off Rock Hill Climb presented by Hunter Subaru!
We are thrilled to have this local event return after a four year hiatus to Laurel Park in Hendersonville on Sunday afternoon. Thank you all for signing up for what is sure to be a fun afternoon of bikes, community and fun together. The first individuals will start promptly at 3pm and riders will start on a one minute interval.
If you sign up between Thursday, August 5th 5pm until race day, you will be put on the start list in order of walk-up to bib-pickup.
General Race Info
Cyclists and Triathletes get ready for the return of the Jump off Rock Hill Climb presented by Hunter Subaru on Sunday, August 8th at 3 pm. The hill climb, time trial, cycling race made its debut in 2017 and returns this summer with much anticipation to Laurel Park located in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
The cycling race is for all abilities! Test your fitness and challenge yourself to ride up this five-mile climb as fast as you can. This is an individual, time-trial-style event designed to challenge any type and ability of cyclists. You will be racing against the clock and will leave in one-minute increments. It is a race against yourself. This is not a mass start event.
The one-way, time trial race starts at the Town of Laurel Park offices and goes up, up, up Laurel Park Scenic Highway to the top of Jump off Rock where panoramic views await you at the finish line. This event will be professionally produced and timed.
Not only will this ride challenge you, there are also prizes and awards for the King and Queen of the Mountain and random giveaways to finishers. You don’t have to be the fastest to win in our giveaways!
The in-person Jump off Rock Hill climb coincides with the self-serve Lung Buster Time Trial Series that takes place this summer. If you are currently registered for the Series, you will be able to register for this grand finale challenge event for free. The Lung Buster Time Trial Series is a series of cycling events in Western North Carolina held with the intent of providing all participants a professional racer experience, no matter how fast or experienced you are.
We look forward to seeing our community of cyclists challenge themselves in what is sure to be a lung-bustin’ race to the top of Jump off Rock.
No warm-ups are allowed on Laurel Park Scenic Hwy after 2:50pm. Follow the rules of the road, stop signs and speed limits when traveling back downhill after the ride. There is no parking available at the top of Jump off Rock.
This in-person event also coincides with the last ride of the virtual Lung Buster Time Trial Series. If you are currently registered for the Series, you will be able to register for this event for free! If you have not received instructions via email from the Series, please reach out to email@example.com
OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS, IN LBTT OR CYCLIST THAT WOULD LIKE TO JUST PARTICIPATE IN A SINGLE EVENT. THE LIVE AUGUST TIME TRIAL WILL BE A HILL CLIMB AT JUMP OFF ROCK IN LAUREL PARK, STARTING NEAR HENDERSONVILLE.
Let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little help getting up these giant WNC hills. We’re allowing e-bikes at this event and they will be scored in their own category, so all riders are welcome!
Will provide mechanic support at the event. Overall & random giveaways will be from Sycamore Cycles.