AVL Runway 5K

Asheville Regional Airport


The Runway 5K is back, to help us celebrate the airport’s 60th anniversary!

Are you an AV-geek? Do you love a great 5K, paired with fun music from past decades and food trucks? How do you feel about plane-spotting, up close and personal? 

Asheville Regional Airport looks forward to welcoming you to the runway! (Ok – it’s now a taxiway, but was our active runway for the past five years!) 

Our race is the most unique 5K in the mountains – it’s completely FLAT, and hey – it’s on the airfield of the airport. How cool is that? Plus, we’ve got groovy retro gear for racers, a throw-back to 60 years ago. What are you waiting for?



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*Note: The race will be held, rain or shine. If an unforeseen circumstance causes the race to cancel, a new date will be chosen in Spring 2022, and all registered participants will be notified. No refunds will be issued.


$30 — Through September 16 (Race T-shirt guaranteed) 

$30 — September 17 – October 6

(Race T-shirts guaranteed to all who register by September 16. After that date, T-shirts are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.)

$40 — October 8 & 9 (walk-up at packet pick up or race day)

*Note: The race will be held, rain or shine. If an unforeseen circumstance causes the race to cancel, a new date will be chosen in Spring 2022, and all registered participants will be notified. No refunds will be issued.


WNC AG Center Gate 7 Parking Lot 

Parking for the day of the event will be at the WNC AG Center Gate 7 Parking Lot (1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732), and participants will be shuttled to the race site. 

IMPORTANT! Please be advised that it will take time to shuttle all participants (1,000+) to the race site. We will have multiple shuttles running continuously, but please plan time for this. 

More details will be included here closer to the race date.

Event Schedule

Friday, October 8


Packet pick-up, location TBD

Saturday, October 9


Shuttles to race venue begin running (and will run continuously throughout event)

Noon – 1:30pm

Packet pick-up/Late Registration – race venue


5K start


Awards Ceremony

Packet Pick-Up

It is strongly recommended that racers pick up their race packets the day before the event. Packet/t-shirt pick-up will take place:

WHEN?— Friday, October 8, 4-6pm



A race registration and check-in table will be open at the event site, beginning at 12pm. Please allow ample time to park, shuttle and pick up your packet. Lines could be long, so please plan accordingly.

Race Shirts

All who registered by September 16, 2021 (9pm) are guaranteed a race t-shirt in the size ordered. Those who registered after September 16 will receive t-shirts on a first-come, first-served basis, while sizes and supplies last. We anticipate that most or all t-shirts will be distributed at packet pick-up the evening before the event, and only a limited quantity of extra t-shirts will be ordered.

We will have super fun music, setting a great party vibe, bringing us back in time to the beginnings of AVL. It’s all about 60 years, baby! 

We know runners (and their peeps) like some chow at these things, so we’ve arranged for a few food trucks to be on site. Cash and credit cards accepted.

This race logo is awesome, if we do say so ourselves, so we’ll have some special merchandise for sale if you want a commemorative doo-dad. We’ll also have some great AVL swag for the real AV(L)-geeks out there.

Rules and Safety​

People of all ages, ability and motivation are invited to participate! 

Please remember, you are running (or walking) on a former runway, directly beside an active runway. For this reason, we have a few special rules: 


No water stations will be available on the course.

We must be extra careful about trash or other items that could blow around the airfield.

Racers are allowed to bring water with them,

but water must be in reusable containers (no disposable/recyclable bottles), and racers must keep water bottles with them at all times. We must keep the airfield clear of any debris, so nothing may be discarded while on the airfield! 


No pets allowed.  Sorry! We love our furry friends, but can’t have them near the airfield.


Only registered racers will be allowed on the airfield. Others in attendance may view the race (and do their own plane-spotting) at the finish line site, where a music stage and food trucks will be stationed.


This is a foot-race.  No bikes, no in-line skates, no roller skates and no wheeled vehicles (like bikes) will be allowed on the course, other than those used by wheelchair users and those pushing jogging strollers. For the safety of all, those using wheelchairs or jogging strollers will be asked to start the race in the back of the pack.

In accordance with RRCA Guidelines, the use of headphones is discouraged. However, each racer will be given special ear plugs for protection while running, as aircraft noise can be loud.

Please follow the direction of all safety officers.Because the course is within a secure area of the airport, public safety officers will be on hand to ensure the area remains secure, to monitor first aid needs and to direct traffic. 

The Runway 5K course is really fun! It begins on a road near the airfield. Once you enter the taxiway (that was our active runway for the past 5 years), you will run south to the end, loop around and run north to the other end, and then back again to the finish line. Just 150 feet to the east is the active runway, where planes will be taking off and landing during the race (so cool!).


Be sure to register by September 16 to be guaranteed a t-shirt in the size you ordered. We will order a limited supply of extra t-shirts, and they will be available on a first-come, first served basis to racers who register after the t-shirt cut-off date.

Overall and age-category winners will receive finisher medals, and overall winners will receive additional prizes.


We are proud that all proceeds from this event will support local aviation education. Specifically, we’ll donate funds to the A-B Tech Aviation Scholarship Fund and the WNC Pilots Association Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Learn more about these organizations, and their commitment to aviation education. 

AB-Tech Aviation Scholarship Fund

WNC Pilots Association

 Scholarship Fund

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