Asheville Track Club, Asheville, NC

Bele Chere 2005

For the 26th consecutive year, the Asheville Track Club hosts the Bele Chere 5K & Fun Run in downtown Asheville on Saturday, July 30. Held in conjunction with the Southeast’s largest free outdoor festival, this highly competitive road race offers runners the opportunity to run on the streets of Asheville amid the bustle and excitement of Bele Chere.

The 5K begins at 8 a.m. on Woodfin Street and the Fun Run starts at
8:45 near the conclusion of the 5K at the intersection of College Street and Biltmore Avenue. Special Bele Chere 5K medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each group. $500 cash bonuses will be awarded winners who break the course record in overall male and female, masters and grand masters categories .


Early registration runs through July 28. Entry fees for for the 5k during early registration is $15. Registration for the Fun Run is $7. You can register at Jus' Running, located at 523 Merrimon Ave. in Asheville, or by printing the registration form and mailing it to Asheville Track Club, 26 Greenleaf Circle, Asheville, NC 28804. You can also register online at

A course map can also be downloaded and printed.

Late registration and packet pick up will be held at the Best Western Asheville Biltmore at 22 Woodfin Street in downtown Asheville.

Packet pick up on Friday, July 29 will be from 5-8 p.m. The entry fee on July 29 will be $20.

Packet pick up and registration on the day of the race will be from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Race day registration will be $25.

The Fun Run will be $7 at all times.

Parking at the Best Western is reserved for registered guests only. Parking for the race can be found on side streets or in private parking lots around the downtown area. The parking garage at the corner of College and Broadway will be open the morning of the race for a charge of $5 per vehicle. Other private lots may require a fee and all city owned parking garages are closed for the festival.

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