Mountain Heritage Day 5K Walk/Run

Sat September 25, 2021 Cullowhee, NC 28723 US Directions

Western Carolina University's Sport Management Association invites you to the 12th annual Mountain Heritage Day 5K on Saturday September 25, 2021! This is a family friendly chip timed race for both runners and walkers. The undulating course features a combination of pavement and gravel paths and is appropriate for both beginner and accomplished runners. Participants will dash through WCU's rolling campus past iconic landmarks, including the 'Catafount' water fountain and Alumni Tower. Come enjoy a fun way to stay active while experiencing Western Carolina University's beautiful campus! All proceeds from the 5k race support the Sport Management Association Scholarship Fund. 

Participants will be asked to adhere to physical distancing guidelines outdoors at check-in and in the start/finish area. Face coverings are required when using restrooms indoors. In lieu of gathering for a post race awards ceremony, custom handcrafted medals will be shipped directly to the overall winners and age group winners.                

After completing the race take a short stroll or shuttle ride over to the vibrant Mountain Heritage Day festival and celebrate Southern Appalachian mountain culture through live musical performances and demonstrations, food and craft vendors, and a variety of family friendly activities. Admission to the festival is free!                 

  • Age categories for awards: 14 & under l 15-19 l 20-29 l 30-39 l 40-49 l 50-59 l 60 & up
  • Chip timing provided by Race Odyssey Events
  • Custom handcrafted awards provided by Mud Dabbers Pottery & Crafts (Balsam, NC)
  • Race T-shirt guaranteed to the first 100 registered participants
  • To register click the Sign Up tab above. 
Race Contact Info

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Western Carolina University - Stillwell Science Building
Cullowhee, NC US 28723
Course Map

The race course (See attached course map) is composed of mostly paved surfaces with an addition of brick pathing and several elevation changes. From the starting line at Stillwell, runners will experience a gradual incline on Central Dr. while approaching Old Cullowhee Rd. Runners will make a U-turn and come back down Central Dr to the light at Chili’s. Runners will cross the crosswalk, make a left, then an immediate right at the next crosswalk. Runners will then continue straight until reaching Apodaca Science Building, forcing a left turn at the cul de sac. At the end of the road there will be the WCU Bookstore on your left. Turn right at the bookstore (Norton Rd) which has a gradual decline in elevation. Running past The Village the road will eventually come to an end, resulting in another U-turn and coming back up the hill. After passing the bookstore on the left, take the very next road on the left in between the bookstore and the CRC. This road will lead runners past Einstein Bagels and under the Bell Tower, at the Bell Tower there will be cones set up for runners to follow while making their way through campus. Finally, runners will make their way back to Stillwell using the ramp located at the fountain (Left to the stairs), leading to the light at Chili’s. Make a left at the light and use the first entrance back into the Stillwell parking lot. 


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