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Burke Recovery, providing substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services in Morganton and Burke County, invites all runners and walkers to join us and the fall colors in the NC foothills on Friday, October 27, 2023. The scenic paved 5K course winds through the beautiful campuses of Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC), the NC School of Science and Math (NCSSM) and the NC School for the Deaf (NCSD) with a backdrop of the South Mountains.
As this is an evening race (start time is 6:30 p.m.), glow sticks will be provided and the use of headlamps or flashlights is recommended, and in the spirit of a Halloween-themed race, costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the 3 best costumes as determined by the judges. Post-race refreshments will include the usual plus hot dogs and apple cider.
A cotton-polyester blend long-sleeve t-shirt or sweatshirt is included in the entry fee, but participants can get hooded sweatshirts instead for an additional $6. Shirt selections can be guaranteed only for those who register prior to October 13.
This chip-timed event is suitable for competitive runners as well as those who wish to enjoy the course at a more leisurely pace.
Through October 1, 2023: $30 (adults) and $20 (student 20 & under)
October 2 through Race Day: $35 (adults) and $25 (student 20 & under)
Student discounts will be applied automatically at check-out.
In addition to the Best Costume awards, 5K participants will be eligible for awards in the following categories: Top Overall Male & Female, Top Overall Male & Female Masters (40+) and Top 3 Male & Female in each Age Group: 13 & Under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 & Over.
Packet Pickup and Race-Day Registration
Packet pickup and race day registration will be available at Western Piedmont Community College On Friday, October 27, 2023 from 4:30p.m. until 6:15pm. We’re sorry, but in order to ensure an on-time start, race day registrations cannot be accepted after 6:15pm.
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Western Piedmont Community College was chartered by the North Carolina State Board of Education on April 2, 1964, as a member of the North Carolina Community College System. The Board of Trustees comprised of prominent citizens from Burke, McDowell, and Caldwell counties, assumed responsibility for the College and elected Dr. E. W. Phifer, Jr. as its first chair. From the very beginning, the citizens of Burke County demonstrated interest and strong support of their College by approving a state-required bond issue with an unprecedented margin of seventeen to one.
The College sits on approximately 300 acres of campus with rolling hills, lush foliage, a pond, and tennis court. It is home to the Senator Sam J. Ervin Library. Students have a wide variety of associate degree programs to choose from including three transfer associate degrees in Science, Arts and Fine Arts. There are over 36 associate in applied science degrees in healthcare, industry, business, and education.
The North Carolina School for the Deaf is a day and residential program for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH), situated in the beautiful foothills of North Carolina. NCSD holds dual accreditations from the Council of Educational Administrators for Schools for the Deaf (CEASD) and Advanced Education. Boasting a rich history, honoring tradition and culture, NCSD is moving ever-forward to improve educational attainment and post secondary outcomes for its 21st century learners, ensuring they are able to compete and succeed in a global marketplace.
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has become a model of cutting-edge STEM education since its inception in 1980. The first school of its kind, NCSSM has a strong record of attracting faculty, staff and students who value the experience of learning in a vibrant, innovative community. Now, with a second campus in Morganton that opened in 2022, NCSSM is serving hundreds more students each year.
We are thrilled about this new chapter in Western North Carolina, and hiring continues for faculty and staff who will help us expand our community of passionate leaders dedicated to creating a world-class educational experience for North Carolina’s academically talented students. Learn more at ncssm.edu/morgantoncampus.
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