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Bent Creek Classsic 5K & 10K
June 17, 2006
Start Time: 8:00 AM

The most beautiful 5k & 10K in the Southeast. Held on the grounds of the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville, NC. Formerly known as Spring Fling.

NC Arboretum Visitor Education Center, located south of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393; or take I-26, Exit 33 and proceed 2 miles south on Hwy. 191/Brevard Rd. to Arboretum entrance.

Event Schedule - June 17
6:30-7:30 AM Late Registration
8:00 5K/10K Starts
9:00 Fun Run Starts
9:45 Door Prizes/Awards

10K RACE: $20.00 before 6/9/06 ($25.00 after)
5K RACE: $20.00 before 6/9/06 ($25.00 after)

Early Registration
Early registration, on or before April 9, can be made by mail, in person at the NC Arboretum, or on-line at

You can register online at until June 14, 2006

Download Registration Form PDF

All events start at the Arboretum Visitor Education Center. One mile of the 5K and 10K is on asphalt with the rest on former Forest Service dirt roads and trails. The Fun Run uses the Natural Garden Trail Loop. NOTE: The 5K and 10K courses travel in opposite directions, so when you meet oncoming runners give them an encouraging cheer and PLEASE KEEP TO YOUR RIGHT to avoid collision.

Course Map

Youth Groups
Middle and high school teams, youth camps and youth running clubs may register for $10 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.

Packet Pickup
Late registration and packet pickup will be held on Friday, June 16 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM, and Saturday, June 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 AM at the Arboretum Visitors Center.

Goody Bags
The first 400 registered runners in the 5K and 10K will receive acrylic wicking running socks, especially designed for 2006 Bent Creek Classic. Fun Run participants will receive age appropriate gifts from the NC Arboretum.

For the 5K and 10K, prizes will be awarded to top three overall male and female, top three masters male and female and top three in the following age groups: 12 & Under; 15-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 & Over. No double dipping! Everyone completing the Garden Trail one-mile Fun Run will receive a finishers ribbon.

There will be no parking fee assessed to race participants and volunteers from 7:00-8:45 AM. The main entrance gate on Frederick Law Olmsted Way will be closed from 8:45-10:00 AM for the events.

All proceeds from these races go to the NC Arboretum Society and the Asheville Track Club, both nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations. The NC Arboretum Society supports the Arboretumís efforts in education, conservation, research, garden demonstration and economic development. The Asheville Track Clubís mission is to promote running and fitness through education, training, races and social events.

Greg Duff
(828) 452-5572