This will be the 4th running of the Blue Ridge Pride Gay 5k. There were 124 finishers for this race last year (including me). I had the honor of being first place in the 50+ male category (not your typical age group breaks). That’s right, of all the 50+ males who came out for this race (me and one other guy) I was first. By 3 seconds.
FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS
Blue Ridge Pride is hosting their 4th Annual Gay 5K on July 12, 2014 at Carrier Park in West Asheville. The USATF-registered race is a flat course around the park and along the French Broad River on the French Broad River Greenway.
Registration after June 30th is $35 and does not guarantee a t-shirt. Runners may form teams by registering at least three participants under the same team name. Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each age group for men and women. Runners are encouraged to “show your color” by wearing costumes or pride colors.
This year the race will be followed by a Doggie FunDay and family-style picnic. Local adoption agencies will have animals for adoption and the public is encouraged to bring well-behaved dogs to participate in a free Dog Costume Parade. The parade will begin at 11am, with a prize going to the top three dog costumes; participants should arrive by 10:30 to register their pooches. Participants are also encouraged to bring a potluck dish for a family-style lunch to begin at noon, with hot dogs (veggie and meat), chips, and drinks provided by Blue Ridge Pride for a donation to the Pride Center of the Blue Ridge. There will also be kids’ games, shirts and tie dye, and ice cream by The Hop.
Online registration is available at Run Reg. On-site registration is available the day of the race. Registration and chip pickup begins at 7:30am, and the race begins at 8:45am.