Mountain Heritage Day 5K Walk/Run

Sat September 28, 2019 Cullowhee, NC 28723 US Directions

*What a RACE! Cloudy skies gave way to near perfect conditions for the 11th Annual Mountain Heritage Day 5K. Congratulations to this year's overall male and female winners!     

Daniel Kranenburg (19:04.5)    &    Michelle Provost (20:14.9)

Complete official Race Results are now available. Simply click the Results tab and select "2019" from the drop-down menu. Thank you for participating in the 2019 Mountain Heritage Day 5K. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy. Please plan to join us for the 12th edition of the MHD 5K on Saturday, September 25, 2021!

Western Carolina University's Sport Management Association invites you to the 11th annual Mountain Heritage Day 5K! This is a family friendly chip timed race for all ages and ability levels. The new, faster course route features a combination of sidewalk, pavement, and gravel paths and is appropriate for both beginner and accomplished runners. New for 2019, participants will depart Stillwell Sciences Building onto Central Drive and then descend Old Cullowhee Road. Runners will then cruise through the heart of WCU's campus past iconic landmarks, including the 'Catafount' water fountain and Alumni Tower, on their way to the finish line. Come enjoy a fun way to stay active while experiencing Western Carolina University's beautiful campus! 

After the awards ceremony, 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!  All proceeds from the 5k race support the Cory David Spaugh Sport Management Association Scholarship Fund.                                       

  • Age categories for 5K 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 iDaph Events 
  • Handcrafted awards provided by Mud Dabbers Pottery & Crafts
  • Race T-shirt guaranteed to the first 100 registered participants
To register online click the Sign Up tab above.To print and mail a paper registration form and wavier, click the Event Info tab at the top of this page and then click "Show Registration Details".
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Western Carolina University - Stillwell Science Building
Cullowhee, NC US 28723
Course Map

We are very excited to be unveiling our new course! This year the route will involve running down Old Cullowhee Road instead of climbing it as in previous years. The race follows the arrows drawn on the map of our campus posted here, with runners starting at Stillwell Sciences Building, indicated by the black marker on the map, and following the blue arrows, then passing on to the yellow, and finally the red arrows back to the finish line. 


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