The Official Web Site
of the

Highlands Roadrunners Club

Our motto:

"Are we gonna run,
Or are we gonna talk about it?!"



The Highlands Roadrunners Club was officially founded at an informal meeting held at the Highlands Civic Center by founder Richard Betz on August 5, 1995.  Although many area runners, from "amateur" to "elite," had been enjoying the superb climate and terrain of Highlands for years, they seldom ran as a group, and there was no network of communication.  At the initial meeting, the so-called "founding members" (dubbed "foundering" members by  one wag) discovered that there are many advantages to even a loose organization..  Runners began to form friendships and to run regularly with one another, as well as with visitors to Town.  To this day, the Club welcomes friends of runners, visitors, and beginning runners.

In 1999, the Club decided to become incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and also to join the Road Runners Club of America.



Annual membership dues are $10.00.  A "monthly" newsletter is published sporadically, containing information on the exploits of members at area races, a calendar of events, advise on training and injuries, and general pleasantries.  Members participate avidly in events as varied as small local 5-Ks and the Boston Marathon.  But we also enjoy slow, leisurely runs, paced for the non-competitive.  We welcome visitors, and we encourage runners and running whoever they may be.  Whether you live here part-time or are visiting for a short while, come run with us!  You can check out the schedule and e-mail me directly through the link below.

New Year's Resolution Run - January 1 at 9:00 a.m. in front of Town Hall - open to the entire community – no fee, no shirt, no SWAG - just show up and start the New Year right:


Annual Awards Dinner – January 9 – This year the Dinner was held at the Ugly Dog:


Several intrepid club members have also made an annual April Fools Day run a tradition.  The 6-mile run begins at Town Hall, descends 1000 feet in elevation to the bottom of Horse Cove, and then returns to Town Hall again.  The Club's alternate motto comes to mind:  "You ought to be committed if you want to run with us."

Regularly-scheduled group runs begin almost every weekday afternoon at the Town Hall in Highlands, at 4:00 p.m.; the distance is usually a single or double three-mile loop.  A Saturday morning run is the weekly long run for most of us, is generally more slowly-paced, and often makes several loops back to the Town Hall to accommodate various training distances and levels of fitness.  During the summer the Saturday morning runs often have more than twenty participants.

Weekly Running Schedule



4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

Saturday - Long Run

9:00 a.m.




To confirm above schedule for any given day,
or to determine if anyone is planning to "wimp out" in rain or snow,
call Richard Betz
Home:  828-526-5213
Cell:  828-200-9279
Or e-mail me at;





Upcoming Area Runs, Races, and Other Events of interest:


May 30 – Run for the Park 5-K:  The race will be held on Saturday, May 30, at 8:00 a.m. in conjunction with the grand opening of the new park on Pine Street.  The race is co-sponsored by Mountaintop Rotary, Founders Park Coalition, and the Highlands Roadrunners Club, and the race co-directors are Skip Taylor and Derek Taylor.  The course is the same one used for the Twilight Rock N Roll 5-K .  You can register here at Active.Com:




There are also entry forms at Highlands Decorating Center on the Dillard Road and at the Highlands Recreation Park


July 4 – Peachtree Road Race – Atlanta.  If you haven’t gotten in, it’s too late now!


July 4 – Bryson City – Firecracker 5-K - http://www.runbrysoncity.com/


August 22 – Twilight 5-K – Highlands – more information will be posted at this website when available:  http://twilightrocknroll5k.com/


Highlands Roadrunners Club
P. O. Box 966
Highlands, NC 28741


Enjoy the Journey!

[Last updated May 20, 2015]