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A Run for the Money

by Luke Osteen

Runners and fast walkers and strollers will have a chance to test their mettle with the Highlands 5K and 10K races, set for Saturday, August 17.

The Highlands Twilight 5K Race, set for Saturday, August 17, is getting a lot more ambitious this time around.

Its organizers have added a 10K Race set for the same evening starting at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park. Both races will begin at 6:00 P.M. at the park.

This year’s proceeds will go to the Advance Highlands Education Committee (AHEC) for funding of new technology at Highlands School. They have already helped fund iPads and ActiveTV’s for the teachers and students, greatly enhancing the learning experience at Highlands School.

Everyone crossing the finish line gets a beer from the Ugly Dog Pub. There will be a Rock n Roll concert by High Five, Highlands’ own rock n roll band during and after the race. Awards will be presented to Overall Top Male and Female, Top Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grand Masters and Top Three Finishers in each 5-year age division.

The 5K course is undulating – beginners or walkers will find it friendly, yet the faster runners will be challenged. Registration and check-in will start at 4:00 P.M.

Early packet pickup is offered at Highlands Recreation Park from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday August 16. Please allow enough time to get checked in.

Cost is $40 for adults. Children under 5 run for free. Kids under 10 are $10.

The 10K is for runners 15 years of age and up. Parts of the course will be unmonitored. It’s a challenging course that sure to test runners, including a run up Bear Pen Mountain. Early packet pickup is offered at Highlands Recreation Park from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday August 16. Please allow enough time to get checked in.

And finally, there’ll be a 5K Stroller Race for fit Moms and Dads. Cost is $35 and it’s a winner-take-all event.

Parking will be available around the park. Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments, blankets to join everyone for the evening music, starting around 7:30 P.M., with glow sticks for the kids.

To register for the races or for more information, visit runsignup.com/Race/NC/Highlands/HighlandsTwilight5kand10K

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