Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cool 5 Race On Beech Mountain for 2011: Hot from the Press Release!

Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation department has announced the Fourth Annual "A Cool 5 Race Weekend" benefit event.  First held in June of 2008, the Race Weekend has become an annual event, starting with the pre-race festivities on Friday, June 10th, 2011, a pasta dinner, guest motivational speaker, music, and entertainment for the entire family. Saturday, June 11th, 2011, is race day.  Events begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with a 5 mile race presented by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, judged with cutting edge Jaguar race timing technology.  This is followed by the 1.5 mile fun run/walk, and post-race cookout, awards ceremony, and still more family-oriented fun, including a giant bounce house for the kids.

All events are open to runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels.  (Often, parents with babies in jogging strollers, and dog owners with their furry friends, participate in the 1.5 mile fun run/walk.)

The race courses are nestled in a pristine mountain setting beginning and ending above 5000 ft. Plenty of tough climbs, fast down hills for all; but worth it for those breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountain Range views!  All participants enjoy Beech’s agreeable summertime temperatures, which seldom exceed 72 degrees.

Also, many serious runners, walkers, and cyclists make the journey to Beech Mountain specifically for high altitude training -- (Most remembered is Lance Armstrong’s training here for the Tour DuPont.) -- but has long been a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes.  In addition to over 65 miles of paved roads which offer unparalleled running and cycling experiences, Beech is also home to over 35 miles of publicly maintained hiking, biking, and cross country skiing trails; 6 parks and picnic areas; several stocked and hatchery-supported trout streams, and two lakes for non-motorized boating and fishing; the 22,500 sq ft Buckeye Recreation Center; a free community sledding hill; the Beech Mountain Resort (the southeast’s highest-altitude ski and year-round sporting resort); and a nationally-renowned 18 hole golf course at the Beech Mountain Club.

With this wealth of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, awe inspiring views, not to mention great local shopping and dining, it is no wonder that many " A Cool 5 Race Weekend" participants find themselves returning to Beech Mountain again and again throughout the year!

To learn more and find out how you can participate too, visit the Cool 5 Race website.
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