This race, held in conjunction with the Bele Chere Festival (and part of the Asheville Track Club’s Grand Prix Series), has been around for 33 years. It’s amazing to me to think that many of the folks who participate this year weren’t even born the first year this race was run.
The Bele Chere 5k draws a big crowd (1,239 finishers in 2011) and I’m thoroughly pleased that there’s a brand new course for 2012. The former course was starting to get old, especially the long uphill start. The race starts and finishes right in the middle of downtown and features a number of twists and turns, which I think will add more interest than some of the long straight stretches we slugged through on the old course.
Here’s a map of the new USATF certified course:
The course is mostly downhill for about the first half, then you’ll need to reach into your satchel for the extra boost of strength you’ve preserved to make sure you’re not drooping through the second half which is mostly uphill. The past few years it’s been fairly warm at race time. You can view the elevation profile at Map My Run:
I ran the course last week with a few friends and here are the details from my Garmin GPS.