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UPDATE: [June 16, 2020]: Due to the ever evloving COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Black Mountain Greenway Challenge 5/10K - previously scheduled for March 28th - has been Canceled for 2020. We had originally hoped that postponing the race until "late summer" would provide time to ensure the safety of our runners, volunteers, and staff as it relates to COVID-19, but that does not seem to be the case.
What about the Registration Fees? We are offering each registered participant one of three (3) options:
· Option 1: DEFER my registration to 2021 Greenway 5K/10K [Date TBD]
· Option 2: Keep my registration fee as a DONATION to the Black Mountain Greenway Commission.
· Option 3: REFUND my race registration fee (processing fee will not be returned)
Please make your choice by selecting an Option below.
The deadline for making a choice is August 1, 2020. Any funds that remain "unclaimed" will be Donated.
Thank you for your understanding and support. We will be back in touch once a 2021 date is set.
While we're bummed that we're not able to host the 5/10K this year - we are still working hard to progress the development of the Greenways in Black Mountain and the Greater Swannanoa Valley. Please do consider making an additional Donation here
The Black Mountain Greenway Commission
The Black Mountain Greenways Commission and Pisgah Brewing invite you to the 13th Annual Greenway Challenge 5k/10k race. This race starts and finishes at the Pisgah Brewing Co in Black Mountain, NC. All proceeds from this race will benefit The Black Mountain Greenway Commission. The Commission is leading the way to more and more Greenways around Black Mountain. All runners will receive a race T-shirt. Please come join us for a great run and EARN your Pisgah Brew and your own Pisgah pint glass at the FINISH.
Both the 5K and 10K Start and Finish at the Pisgah Brewing Co. The Race is Saturday, March 28, 2020. The Start time is 2:00 PM. The course circles Lake Tomahawk with a stunning view of the Seven Sisters Mountain Range and winds through the beautiful North Fork valley. The course ends after circling through the picturesque campus of the Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center.
Please check out the DONATE tab above..... The Greenways welcome your support. Please visit the Greenway Booth to view maps and plans for greenways.
This event is Service Dog Friendly.
Friday March 27th
4:30 - 6:30 PM: Packet Pick Up & Late Registration - Vertical Runner Black Mountain - 106 West State St Black Mountain, NC 28711
Saturday - March 28th
12:00 - 1:45 PM: Packet Pick Up & Onsite Registration - Pisgah Brewing Company - 105 Eastside Drive Black Mountain, NC 28711
2:00 PM: START Black Mountain Greenway Challenge 5/10K
Join us for a super fun 5K 10K in support of the efforts of the Black Mountain Greenways Commission and the Town of Black Mountain to create safe, beautiful paths and byways through our community. Greenways provide important outlets for fitness, recreation, education and preservation of our town’s land resources. Greenways are for everyone! They provide opportunities for families enjoying time together outdoors, persons using wheelchairs, students learning about nature, even top athletes preparing for an important race.
Check out the Black Mountain Greenway Commission page for more info and map of our community greenways.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
The Community Garden Trail is located in Black Mountain Veterans Park and loops around the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden and the back half of the disc golf course. This trail provides a save and easy connection between the communities North and South of Interstate 40.
The trail is approximately .5 miles in length and incorporates an inner loop to meet ADA requirements. This paved trail uses a pedestrian bridge to connect to the River Loop Trail and The Oaks Trail in the south half of Black Mountain Veterans Park. The trail is shaded by a wide variety of trees, including over 100 fruit and nut trees and shrubs. It is also bordered by a Monarch meadow, and has interpretive and educational signage all along the trail.
Lake Tomahawk Loop is the frequently used .55 mile loop around Lake Tomahawk. Easier on the joints than pavement, the crushed granite trail is not open for bicycle traffic, but strollers and wheelchairs can navigate with ease. This trail has been around the longest, and passes a playground, assorted gardens, a picnic pavilion, benches and picnic areas, tennis courts, and the Lakeview Community Center. The South end of the loop crosses the dam, built by the WPA during the New Deal in 1933-35, and boasts a great view of the Seven Sisters mountain range.
The Lake Tomahawk Loop Trail serves as the sweet end of the Greenway Challenge 10K lolipop course. The Valentine 5K Starts at the Park and Finishes with a loop around the trail [Feb 8, 2020 ]. It's also the final half mile of the Mount Mitchell Challenge and Black Mountain Marathon held annually on the last Saturday in February.
The Oaks Trail connects Black Mountain Veterans Park to the sidewalk network and downtown Black Mountain. This paved trail is approximately .5 miles in length, crossing the Swannanoa River at the West end and bordering the South edge of "In the Oaks", now the Black Mountain Campus of Montreat College. The trail moves along through a shady pine forest and includes hill with a steep grade. Plans for this greenway's future include continuing on to eventually connect with the Riverwalk Trail.
The Flat Creek Trail is approximately .5 miles long with the trailhead located behind the Primary School and traveling North until it connects to Cotton Avenue. The first section of the Flat Creek Trail is dedicated in honor of Emilee Russell. Emilee's Way honors a child from Black Mountain who died as a result of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and was a frequent user of the Flat Creek Trail.
The Flat Creek Trail is paved, level, and includes interpretive signage about streambank restoration. Plans for the Flat Creek Trail include the hope that it will continue North and connect to the Montreat Gate, at the north boundary of Black Mountain.
The Riverwalk Trail is currently about .5 miles and unpaved, and includes a loop around a rain garden and runs next to a dog park behind Bi-Lo Shopping Center. The vision for this trail is that it will eventually be the middle connection between The Oaks Trail and The Flat Creek Trail, providing safe travel without needing to travel on the roads