Mountain Heritage Day race to span local hills

A 5-kilometer foot race will test the mettle of runners on the Western Carolina University campus Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of festivities at WCU’s 39th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival.

Planned by students of WCU’s event management course taught by David Tyler, the 5-K will begin at 8 a.m. from the Stillwell Science Building. Race-day registration and registered runner check-in will be held from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m.

Entry fees are $20 for runners and speed-walkers who register by noon Friday, Sept. 27 ($15 for WCU students with a valid identification card); $25 for those who register the day of the race. Groups running together may preregister at $15 per runner. Proceeds will benefit the Sport Management Association Scholarship Fund.

Participants will receive a T-shirt, plus fruit and water as needed. Numbered bibs will be provided by RoadID. Runners should have the ability to complete the race within 50 minutes. The course, which encompasses hills and flat areas on the campus, must be cleared by 9 a.m.

Awards will be presented to the overall male and female winners and to the top three age-group winners in the 17-and-under, 18-30 and 31-and-over categories.

Students in the event management course have determined the details of the race as part of their course work. “A major goal of the course is to expose them to working in teams as part of a larger organization – in this case, the whole class,” Tyler said.

Full race details and an online registration form can be found at http://claws.wcu.edu/sma/5K/. Information also is available by contacting Tyler at 828-283-0203 or dtyler@wcu.edu. Learn more about the festival at www.mountainheritageday.com.