12/27/2012 - Adventure of the Week: New Year 5Ks
by Asheville Citizen Times
Start the new year off on the right foot. Two organizations dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyles for Western North Carolina residents are hosting 5K races on New Year's Day.
"Some people aren't at their peak performance on New Year's Day, so this is a good way to get up and shake it off," said Jenifer Pressley, Jackson County wellness coordinator.
The county's Parks and Recreation Department will hold the Run In 2013 5K starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The race is chip-timed and offers prizes to the fastest finishers.
The Asheville Track Club will also host a New Year's Day run, the second annual Resolution Run 5K starting at 2 p.m. Jan. 1 in Biltmore Forest. But this one -- free to track club members -- is not timed, and everyone gets a prize at the finish line.
Resolution Run 5K
When: Starts at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Park at the South Forest Ingles on Hendersonville Road. The race starts on Busbee Road in Biltmore Forest and finishes behind Town Hall, off Vanderbilt Road.
Entry fee: Free to Asheville Track Club members. New members can join the track club at the race for $20 individual or $25 per family and then take part in the untimed run.
Details: Last year about 100 people ran, and club treasurer Dolly McLean said she is expecting more runners this year. If you're not a track club member, you can sign up the whole family starting at 12:30 p.m. before the race.
"Membership comes with a pool party in the summer and a Christmas party that are unbelievable," McLean said. Other perks include "race discounts, newsletter four times a year, speakers who come to meetings about four times a year, and 20 percent discount on food at Asheville Pizza," she added.
She said the race course is on rolling terrain through the tranquil neighborhoods of Biltmore Forest, with a special gift for everyone who finishes.
Information: Call McLean at 230-1501, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ashevilletrackclub.org.