Mountain Heritage Day 5K Walk/Run

September 24, 2022 at 8 AM Cullowhee, NC 28723 US



Western Carolina University's Sport Management Association invites you to the 13th annual Mountain Heritage Day 5K on Saturday September 24, 2022! 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 as well as leisure walkers. 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.                

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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Course map

Start: Stillwell Science Building

Mile 1: Red

  •  Start down Central Drive toward Judaculla Residence Hall
  •  Turn left to cross the road at Judaculla Residence Hall
  •  Run back on Central Drive towards starting line
  •  Turn left after crossing the road at the red light
  •  Run towards the fountain

Mile 2: Yellow

  •  Stay on the left side of the Fountain
  •  Run behind Courtyard Dining Hall
  •  Follow the sidewalk to the WCU bookstore
  •  Run straight past WCU bookstore on Norton drive towards the Village Apartments

Mile 3: Purple

  •  Turn around in the cul-de-sac
  •  Run back towards WCU bookstore
  •  At the 3 way stop near the bookstore, turn left on Memorial drive
  •  Turn right at Apodaca Science building
  •  Follow road and turn left on sidewalk
  •  Run back to finish line at Stillwell

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