Valentine 5K (Draft)

Fri February 4 - Sun February 13, 2022 Directions
This Race is in Draft Mode
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5K Run/Walk

$20 02/12 10:00AM EST Price increases after January 12, 2022 at 11:59pm EST

Kid's Fun Run

$0 02/12 9:30AM EST Registration ends February 12, 2022 at 9:40am EST

DIY 5K

$25 Registration ends February 13, 2022 at 11:59pm EST
Description

The 22nd  Annual Valentine Run 5K will be DIY this year. While we're certainly going to miss seeing everyone - the decision to go virtual was not a difficult one to make. Everyone's health and safety is our/your priority.

This “Do It Yourself” Event will allow participants to run or walk at any time and any location that is convenient and safe for you and your families. Run around the block, on trails, go down to the track, or even run on a treadmill. You don't even have to live in Western NC - so please invite friends and family both near and far to join the fun.

Entry Fee: $20 for Adults     $15 for Youth 18 & Under

While not required – you can submit your time for inclusion in the online “Just For Fun” Results. We will collect times beginning on Friday February 12th until Sunday February 14th. Instructions on "How to submit your virtual times" are found below and will be included when you register. There will be No Overall or Age Group awards or medals.

Online Registration will be the only option this year and will remain open until 5PM on Sunday February 14th. Two "Coffee Sign Ups" - in person registration will be held at the Thirteen Pennies Café [See schedule below].

Everyone who signs up, regardless if you submit a time or not, will receive a fabulous Valentine 5K shirt. They will be available for pick up at the Mountain Running Company (formerly Vertical Runner). See schedule below.
Don't live in the Black Mountain Metropolitan Area? Don't feel like driving over to the Mountain Running Company (formerly Vertical Runner) to pick up your swag? 
No worries - we're happy to ship your swag straight to you for an additional $3 S/H

And please do remember that 50% of all proceeds will benefit the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families. Check out their website to learn more about all the great community services they provide. Donations are always welcome. Click on the DONATE button above or when you register.

💖💖SPIRIT AWARDS 💖💖 will go to two(2) solo competitors (Overall and Youth 12+ Under) and a couple with the most  💖💖 Valentine Spirit 💖💖. So remember this theme as you choose your running apparel when you run/walk! Check out the "best dressed" prizes:

1st Place: Free pair of shoes from Mountain Running Company

2nd Place: $50 Gift Certificate from Take A Hike Outfitters

3rd Place: $25 Gift Certificate from The Trailhead Restaurant & Bar

See contest details below.

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SCHEDULE:
Tuesday - Jan 19th
11:00am - 1:00pm  Coffee Sign Up at Thirteen Pennies Café. Register on-site and receive 16oz V5K Thermos. Fill it for free that day or for only $.99 during the month of February.

Tuesday - Jan 26th
11:00am - 1:00pm  Coffee Sign Up at Thirteen Pennies Café. Register on-site and receive 16oz V5K Thermos. Fill it for free that day or for only $.99 during the month of February.

Monday - Feb 8th >> Sunday - Feb 14th
10:00am - 6:00pm  Pick Up Shirts at Mountain Running Company [Formerly Vertical Running] [Sun: 12:00 - 5:00pm]

Wednesday - Feb 10th
11:00am - 1:00pm  Coffee Sign Up at Thirteen Pennies Café. Register on-site and receive 16oz V5K Thermos. Fill it for free that day or for only $.99 during the month of February.

Friday - Feb 12th >> Sunday - Feb 14th
12:01am - 11:59pm  Submit your DIY Times. [See below.]

SPIRIT AWARDS

Each year the 💖💖SPIRIT AWARD💖💖  Costume Contest is a highlight of the Valentine 5K.  We are going to miss seeing all the hearts, pink tutus, and super festive fun cross the finish line this year. Fear not! If we can run or walk virtually – we can certainly show our Valentine Spirit on-line as well. 

💖💖SPIRIT AWARDS💖💖 will be awarded in three(3) Contest Categories: Adults, Kids (12 & Under), and Couples.

Check out the "best dressed" prizes for each Contest Category:

1st Place: Free pair of shoes from Mountain Running Company

2nd Place: $50 Gift Certificate from Take A Hike Outfitters

3rd Place: $25 Gift Certificate from The Trailhead Restaurant & Bar

Here’s how it works:

  • Register for the 2021 Valentine DIY 5K
  • Have someone take a photo of you showing off your very best running/walking Valentine Spirit
  • Email your favorite photo(s) to info(@)eventmercenaries.com. As the photos arrive – they will be posted on the Valentine 5K Facebook page – complete with cute captions and Valentine fun.
  • Submit photos anytime Friday February 12th thru Sunday February 14th at 5pm. 
  • At 5pm a Facebook Poll, with all the photos, will be posted for each Contest Category >> Adults, Kids, and Couples. 
  • 💖💖SPIRIT AWARD💖💖 voting will be open from 5pm on February 14th until Noon on Monday – February 15th. The photo with the most votes in each Costume Category is a winner. Second most votes - Second Place.. Third most votes - Third Place.

Other stuff:

  • Only registered participants will be included in the 💖💖SPIRIT AWARD💖💖 Costume Contest.
  • We won’t know if you actually ran or walked 5K while wearing a crazy red and pink striped wig or not. But we ask that you at least make an effort to look silly in public. In other words - a picture taken in your kitchen doesn’t count.
  • Feel free to submit more than one photo. The “judges” will select the best one to be be posted.
  • In the unlikely event of a tie – the Director of the Black Mountain Rec & Parks Department will cast the deciding vote.
  • Prizes can be picked up at the Black Mountain Rec & Parks Department offices.
  • If you live out of town and win a prize – we’ll mail it to you.
  • If you’re not on Facebook - the photos will also be posted on the Valentine 5K Photo Page

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR DIY RESULTS

Thank you for registering for 2021 Valentine DIY 5K. While we'd certainly prefer to see everyone out on the course - this year we just want to encourage everyone to stay active and healthy during these crazy times.

This “Do It Yourself” event will allow participants to run or walk at any time and any location that is convenient and safe for you and your families. Run a local 5K (like the Valentine 5K course), around the block, on trails,12.5 laps around the track, or even run on a treadmill. You don't even have to live in North Carolina - so please invite friends and family in other states or countries to join the fun.

While not required – you can submit your time for inclusion in the online “Just For Fun” results. We will collect times Friday - February 12th thru Sunday - February 14th. Don't like your time? Go Run or walk the same route again then submit a new time. We'll replace any/all previous times with the new one. Why not challenge your self to improve your time every day. Don't want to brag about how fast your are?? You don't even have to list a time - just show that you ran or walked.

There are three ways to submit your results:

Go to the 2021 Valentine DIY 5K site [https://runsignup.com/valentine5k] >> Click on the "RESULTS" tab in the upper right >> from there following the "Find A Participant" instructions to access your registration details >> Once there >> click and follow the instructions to "Submit Results". Easy.

OR

Sign into your RunSignUp.com account >> Click on your "Profile" in the upper right corner >> Next to "2021 Valentine DIY 5K", on the right side, you'll see "Submit Virtual Results" >> click and follow the instructions to "Submit Results". Easy.

OR

Send us an email with your Name and Time by clicking on the "RACE CONTACT INFO" link below. For additional proof of your 5K run/walk time send a photo or screenshot of your Garmin, Strava, or other smart device to info "@" eventmercenaries.com

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To see your results - click on this RESULTS link or the RESULTS tab at https://runsignup.com/valentine5k

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Rules: This is a "Just For Fun - Do It Yourself - FUNdraiser" - so There Are No Rules. Everyone's on the honor system = please use a phone app like MapMyRun or Strava, OR run a confirmed distance (12.5 laps around the track, follow a local 5K route) to log your 5K run/walk. If you really want to "prove" you ran a 15:30 5K - email us a photo or screenshot of your Garmin, Strava, or other smart device to info "@" eventmercenaries.com. [If you can run that fast - we'll be certain to forward it on to USA Track & Field.]

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