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The Sunset Stampede 15k and 5k Race – May 25, 2013 – Asheville, NC

The Sunset Stampede was a very popular race when it galloped onto the Western North Carolina racing scene in 2003. The legendary 10 miler drew runners from beyond North Carolina with participants coming from nearby states such as South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. But the allure of the Stampede also attracted runners from Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Maine, Colorado, Texas and California. The race would be held in the early evening in early May, making it a near sunset race that would climb to the top of Sunset Mountain just outside of Downtown Asheville.

In the early years the 10 mile race was paired with a 4 mile race. The 4 mile race became a 5k race in later years. The race moved to late May instead of early May, became a morning race instead of an early evening race and was associated with the Mountain Sports Festival. Along the way the race lost its allure. It was last held in 2010, almost returned in 2011 – but it was not meant to be.

Race director Randy Ashley has always had an interest in bringing the race back and in 2013 the Sunset Stampede will return as an early evening (5 PM) race on May 25th. The long race will be a 15k (about 9.3 miles) and the short race will be a 5k. There will also be a 1 mile run. The race will start and finish at Grove Park at the intersection of Charlotte Street and Macon. 15k runners will follow Edgemont to Macon and eventually Old Toll. The course will wind its way up until it tops off on Sunset Summit before it starts downhill on Patton Mountain Road (gravel) to Sunset (paved and shaded) down Baird to Albemarle and finally back to Charlotte Street for the finish at Grove Park.

I’ve done the 10 mile race four times (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010). We’ll be celebrating the return of the Sunset Stampede by dusting off some of the old race results and publishing them so you can see the variety of familiar faces that have turned out for the race over the years.

15K COURSE MAP

Sunset Stampede 2013 - 15k Course Map - Revised - May 18
Sunset Stampede 2013 – 15k Course Map – Revised – May 18

5K COURSE MAP

Sunset Stampede 2013 – 5k Course Map – Click for Interactive Version

1 MILE COURSE MAP

Sunset Stampede 2013 – 1 Mile Course Map – Click for Interactive Version

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Online registration is available at imAthlete or you may download a 2013 Sunset Stampede Registration Form. For more information visit the race website.

PAST RESULTS

Here are past results of the Sunset Stampede 10 miler:

2010 Sunset Stampede 10 Mile Results

2009 Sunset Stampede 10 Mile Results

2008 Sunset Stampede 10 Mile Results

2007 Sunset Stampede 10 Mile Results

2006 Sunset Stampede 10 Mile Results

2005 Sunset Stampede 10 Mile Results

2004 Sunset Stampede 10 Mile Results

2003 Sunset Stampede 10 Mile Results

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