A popular race at scenic Mills River Park. The 5K and 10K course is a flat course with some running on a dirt road. The course will be a fast course and will be great for breaking your personal best time. The race will start in front of the Library in the park and will finish at the same location.

The Doggy Dash is a smaller run that will be at the smaller park location.


Come to the heart of the valley of Western North Carolina and take in views of the scenic mountain ranges as you run the “Mills River Valley 5K”. and 10K. Located at the beautiful Mills River Park, these races boasts a 75% off pavement run for the 5K and 50% for 10K and a fast track for those who are looking to break their personal record. Chip timing will be done by Right on Time Productions.

T-Shirts guaranteed for all who register by Aug. 27th

The event will also host a 1 mile fun run/walk and Doggy Dash pet run so bring your family, friends, co-workers and your dog and be sure to be a part of the Mills River Valley race scene. A portion of the proceeds go the BRHS to help homeless pets in our community find homes and medical care.

Proceeds of the race will benefit the Mills River SDA church school to help fund educational trips and supplies for school projects. The kids are donating a portion to Blue Ridge Animal Humane Society.


Race Awards Categories

CATEGORIES: Top 3 Male/Female Overall,

Masters M/F overall

Top Male and Female 9 and under,ages 10-14, ages 15-19, ages 20-24 ages 25 -29 ages 30-34, ages 35-39, ages 40-44, ages 45-49, ages 50-54, ages 55-59, ages 60-64, ages 65 -69, ages 70-74 ages 75+ for both the 5K and 10K.

Packet Pick-Up:

Early race packet pick-up: Sept 7th from 5-7 pm at Mills River Park: Come to front of library for packet pick up

Day of race packet pick-up and race day registration: Mills River Park from 6:30 – 8:00AM at the Mills River Park registration booth in front of library

SUNDAY, Sept 9th – RACE DAY!

6:30 a.m – 8:00am – Packet Pickup at Registration Tent in front of library. Registration closes at 8

8:30 a.m – 5k and 10K begins at start line in front of library at Mills River park.

8:35 a.m – 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and Doggy Dash starts in front of library at Mills River Park

9:45 a.m – Approximate beginning of the awards ceremonies with awards for all age group winners starting with 5k. 10k will follow depending on runners return rate


As you approach the park, you will be directed to one of two parking lots designated for the race.

Weather/Cancellation Policy

We will do all we can to make sure each of our races is produced as planned, but runner safety is always our top priority. If we have to cancel a race because of weather or circumstances outside our control, refunds will not be issued.


Race starts at 8:30 AM.