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Bele Chere 5K
Presented by Jaguar-Land Rover of Asheville
Saturday July 29, 2006

Bele Chere Festival
Asheville, NC

Start Time: 8:00 AM

Volunteers Needed!
Contact Greg Duff or Wally Dunn

Entry Form

You can register online at until July 27, 2006.

Driving Directions to Race

The 27th running of the Bele Chere 5K will have a completely new course for 2006 due to the construction at City/County Plaza. McCormick Field will be the setting of the Start/Finish line and the post-race celebration.

The 2006 course is a blend of the old with the new. Starting at McCormick Field for the first time, the course will stay south of Patton Avenue for the first half of the race (following some of the roads of the original race in 1979). We have brought back the traditional climb up Patton Avenue to Pack Square that veterans of this race will remember vividly. Racers will once again run through the middle of the Bele Chere festival before heading downhill for the finish adjacent to the stadium.

Following the race, runners will be invited up to the stadium for post-race refreshments - courtesy of Mellow Mushroom, Citi Stop and PowerAde - the finish of the Asheville Tourists Fun Run and the awards ceremony. Award winners will see their name shown on the new stadium matrix board so bring your family, friends and camera.

The Bele Chere 5K has been selected as the site of this year’s 5K state championship. Only USATF members who are residents of North Carolina are eligible to compete for the state championships and prize money. In addition to state championship medals, prize money will be awarded as follows:

Men & Women Open
1st Place $250
2nd Place $100
3rd Place $ 50  

Masters Men & Women
1st Place $100
2nd Place $50

The Fun Run (approx. 1 mile) will start at 9:00 a.m. inside Memorial Stadium and finish on the baseball field at McCormick Field. The first 100 Fun Run registrants will receive a special Fun Run T-shirt and all runners will receive a finishers ribbon.

The Bele Chere 5K uses chip timing. Runners who do not return chips will be charged $30.

$20 for entries received on or before July 22. $25 for entries received after July 22 and on the day of the race. Asheville Track Club members receive a $3 discount for the 5K $7 for Fun Run $2 from each 5K entry will be donated equally to the Asheville Track Club’s shoe program and the Association for Retarded Citizens.

The official 2006 Bele Chere design will be on the race t-shirt. The first 1,100 5K registrants are guaranteed to receive a shirt.

The Asheville Track Club and The Asheville Tourists will host a Packet Pickup Party inside McCormick Field from 5 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28. In addition to picking up your race information and t-shirt, runners and their families are invited to look around the stadium, purchase food and drink (including beer), and enjoy some fun entertainment. After partying at the stadium, everybody is encouraged to head downtown for the Southeast’s largest free street festival.

Special commemorative trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers for Overall, Masters and Grand Masters. Age group medals for male and female will be award for first, second and third in the following age groups: 12 & Under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45- 49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 & Over. No double dipping!

For registration questions, please call (828) 253-8781
For sponsorship or other race questions, please call (828) 452-5572

Military units, middle and high school teams, youth camps and youth running clubs may register for $15 each if 5 or more runners register from a single organization. Individual entries must be submitted together in a single envelope to receive the discount.