2017 ATC Grand Prix

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Sign up for the 2017 Grand Prix competition!

The Asheville Track Club’s Grand Prix competition is one of the best around with over $5,000 in cash prizes awarded annually. Points are given based on your participation and speed in the races we select for the year. Compete against other track club members in your gender, division and age group. Run in as few as 5 of our selected races (3 races for kids) to qualify for an age group award, 10 for a chance at an overall award. This competition is exciting, challenging and rewarding. Race with your friends and meet new ones. Select your races, work on a strategy and most importantly…. Have Fun!

Are you currently a track club member?  To participate in the competition you will need to be an ATC member. It is easy to sign up and there are so many benefits to membership.  (If you aren’t already a member or need to renew for the year, please click  here first. Then return to this page to complete the web form for the Grand Prix below.)

Current ATC members please register to participate in the Grand Prix  so we can track your results in the races.  Or you may email me directly with : your full name, email address and age on 6/1/17. Contact  Stephanie. You can sign up for the Grand Prix any time during the year but we will only score the races you run in after you register here.

Interested in sponsoring the series? Check out this link, and contact Stephanie. (stephanie@superflyfab.com)

Sponsors – The ATC is currently looking for 2017 Grand Prix sponsors. Check out our sponsors page to request info.

Please contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. To review the full series rules please click here

Race #1 – Jan 1st 2017- Resolution Run 4 miler
Race #2 – Jan 21st 2017 – Hot Chocolate 10k (+ 1 bonus point)
Race #3 – Feb 4, 2017 – 10AM – Yeti or Not  (+ 3 bonus points)
Race #4 – Feb 11, 2017 – 9:30AM Kids Fun Run/10AM 5k – Valentine 5K & Kids Fun Run

Race #5 – Feb 25, 2017 – 10AM – North Buncombe Chilly Challenge 

Lace up your running shoes, grab your winter hats and join us for the 5th Annual Chilly Challenge 8K & 1 Mile Fun Run and Chili Cook-off! Enjoy a scenic run and post-race celebration that includes: tasty Luella’s Bar-B-Que chili lunch, local chili cook-off contest, live music and fantastic prizes. For runners and walkers of all ages, this event is hosted by the North Buncombe Middle School PTO and designed to raise much-needed funding for the school. $3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #6 – Mar 11, 2017 – 8:45AM 10K ONLY (+1 bonus point for 10k) Shamrock Run

Asheville Catholic School presents the 11th Annual Shamrock Run. There are two races: a 5K and a 10K, both of which start and finish at ACS and run through the beautiful neighborhoods of North Asheville. A fun run will precede the start of the 5K and 10K.The 5K and 10K will start 15 minutes apart. The 10K will tentatively start at 9:00 AM and the 5K at 9:15 AM. The Fun Run will begin at 8:45 AM.The race will be the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day giving everyone a perfect way to celebrate this fun holiday. There will be great food, beer from Asheville Brewing, and entertainment after the race. $5 discount for ATC Members 

RACE #7 – March 18, 2017- 8AM – Frostbreaker 5k – Asheville

Welcome to the first annual Frostbreak 5K!  This run benefits the Hall Fletcher Elementary PTO and Physical Education deartment. Early Registration is now open!  Register BEFORE February 14, 2017 and the entry fee is $25. The registration fee goes up to $30 after February 14th.  Also, the first 50 people to register will get a free Frostrbreak 5K T-Shirt!  T-Shirts will be available for sale the day of the event while supplies last for $15.

 

Race #8 – April 8, 2017- 2PM – 10k ONLY (+1 bonus point for 10k) – Black Mountain Greenway Challenge

The Black Mountain Greenways Commission and Pisgah Brewing invite you to the 9th Annual Greenway Challenge 5k/10k race. This race starts and finishes at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC. All proceeds from this race will benefit The Black Mountain Greenway Commission. The Commission is leading the way to more and more Greenways around Black Mountain. Please come join us for a great run and EARN your Pisgah Brew and your own Pisgah pint glass at the FINISH. $3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #9 – April 29, 2017 – 10am 8k – Camp Cedar Cliff Trail Run 5k and 8k

The trail races are located throughout Camp Cedar Cliff’s 350 acres of natural mountain forest. The Camp adjoins the beautiful 1,200-acre Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove and is bordered by the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, N.C. $3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #10 – April 30, 2017 – 10am 5k – Falafel 5K and Kids Fun Run

Mark your calendars for this popular Sunday race. Registration will open on February 1st so be on the lookout and register early to get the best price. Asheville Track Club members, don’t forget the Falafel 5k is part of the 2016 Grand Prix Series. This is most likely one of the only races you’ll encounter where the post-race refreshment is a delicious falafel sandwich! $3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #11 – May 6, 2017 – 7:30am Half Marathon Only – Hunter Subaru Legacy Run

ALL proceeds of the Legacy Run benefit Inheritance of Hope, a charity that serves young families facing the loss of a terminally ill parent.  Your run or walk will make a lasting legacy possible for families in the endurance challenge of navigating terminal illness.

Both courses will start and finish near 123 East Main Street, Brevard, North Carolina. The Half Marathon course provides scenic views of the beautiful western NC mountains as the course winds through the Transylvania County countryside before returning to the city limits.  The 5K course provides a mix of hills and flat terrain allowing participants to experience the city of Brevard.

The Half Marathon course is USATF Certificate #NC16008DF.
The 5K course is USATF Certificate #NC16006DF.

$3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #12 – May 13, 2017- 8AM 30K (30K ONLY) (+3 bonus points for 30k) – Cradle to Grave Trail Race

Come enjoy your choice of 18.6  of trail running, in the very place where forestry in America was born and nurtured. The Cradle to Grave 30k starts and finishes at the Cradle of Forestry, located just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Sliding Rock. You will run out the lush Pink Beds trail past fields of wildflowers and beaver ponds, cross creeks on bridges and rocks, move along forest service roads in the heart of Pisgah National Forest, and climb up to one of the most unvisited and spectacular views of pristine forest land available. The return trip will utilize several different trails, each with their own unique topography, beauty, and characteristics. After race lunch and entertainment will be provided. Become a part of history by celebrating trails and running at this fourth annual event. $3 discount for ATC Members **This race sells out every year! Don’t wait too long to register.

Race #13 – June 3, 2017- 7AM (10K only!) (+3 bonus points for 30k) – Asheville Half Marathon 10k

The fourth annual Asheville Half Marathon and 10k begins and ends in Pack Square. Starting with the half marathon at 7AM, participants race through the streets of Asheville and along the French Broad River [back to the start] for free refreshments and an awesome finish festival complete with Finisher Medals! $3 discount for ATC Members **This race sells out every year! Don’t wait too long to register.

Race #14 – July 4, 2017- 8AM 5K – Steak and Shake Firecracker 5k

Join us July 4, 2017, for the 24th Annual Firecracker 5k Run to provide scholarships for some of our North Buncombe students planning to attend a college or technical school.

Course
The course begins at PNC Bank on Weaverville Boulevard, turns right onto Main Street and continues through residential neighborhoods and parts of beautiful downtown Weaverville, concluding back at PNC Bank. $3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #15 – July 8, 2017- 8PM – Highland Night Flight

Everyone’s favorite twilight race is back for its third year, and it’s better than ever! The 4.5-mile East Asheville course will take runners through the Asheville Golf Course (instead of that first tough hill!), through the Beverly Hills neighborhood (where you will be showered with cheers from the residents) and past the WNC Nature Center before finishing back at the brewery.  This year’s post race party and awards ceremony will be on Highland’s newly opened Roof Top Patio, followed up with a DJ dance party in their new Event Center.  Glow swag will be provided, dressing up is always encouraged, and there will be beer waiting for you at the finish line!  100% of race proceeds go to the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation. $3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #16 – August 5, 2017- 9AM – LEAF Art Dash

The Art Dash 5k course starts and finishes in Downtown Asheville by French Broad Chocolate Lounge near the monument on Saturday 9am to kick off LEAF Downtown. Asheville Track Club has included the Art Dash in the GRAND PRIX and it is a “Couch 2 5K” event.

The run begins Saturday 9am with a chip-timed 5k for individual runners.  The course traveled through the city’s downtown and surrounding area.  At the starting line, runners or families will get warmed up artfully and with a fun LEAF groove. Along the race, inspiring volunteers assist and guide runners, and Roaming Artist spice up the route with playful puppets, costumes, and artful moments. $3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #17 – September 2, 2017- 8AM – Apple Festival 8k Road race and 5k Chamber Challenge

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce presents the Pardee Apple Festival 8K Road Race on Saturday, September 2, 2017. This certified course winds through scenic Hendersonville and Laurel Park, NC starting and ending at the Pardee Medical Office Building, on the hospital’s main campus in Hendersonville. The race begins promptly at 8 am.

Designed to promote health, wellness and fitness among area companies and their employees, the Chamber Challenge 5K is a perfect way to have fun while working towards a goal together. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest team, most teams from a business, best team costumes and the coveted “Team Spirit” trophy. $3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #18 – September 16, 2017- 5K – 9:30am/ Kids Fun Run/9:15am – Rock the Quarry Trail Challange 5k

Locally owned and operated Grove Stone & Sand Company is proud to partner with presenting sponsor Carolina Cat to host the 10th annual Rock the Quarry Trail Challenge 5K and Kids Fun Run in the heart of the Swannanoa Valley. Rock the Quarry 5K Challenge is a foot race with a mission to bring our community together to celebrate good health in our beautiful surroundings while supporting our neighbors. All proceeds from the event benefit Grove Stone’s neighbor, the Black Mountain Home for Children, and long-time partner, the Asheville Museum of Science soon to be called Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS). $3 discount for ATC Members

Race #19 – September 23, 2017- 9AM 5K  – Run the Forest 5k and One Mile Walk

Asheville Eye Associates’ 5th Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1 Mile Walk is a community wellness event which will benefit IronGirls, a 501 © (3) non profit.  IronGirls is a nonprofit program designed to help girls navigate the complex transitions of adolescence by utilizing a physical fitness program to teach life skills in a safe and supportive environment.  Click here for more information on IronGirls www.irongirlsavl.org$3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #20 – October 7, 2017- 10AM Thomas Wolfe 8k  (+1 BONUS POINT)

 The Thomas Wolfe 8k is Asheville’s Oldest Race and honors the life of the famed literary author Thomas Wolfe. In his short life, the Asheville native was known for his short stories, works and novellas. The Thomas Wolfe 8k is a fundraiser for the Asheville Track Club and other literacy related nonprofits.

This is Asheville’s oldest and most prestigious running event. First run in 1976, the run will celebrate its 41st year in 2017! This beautiful autumn run/walk highlights many of Asheville’s historic sites! Start at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial House and continue to run past his final resting place. Come on out and see why this race has become a deeply rooted Asheville tradition. $3 discount for ATC Members

Race #21 – October 14, 2017- 8:30AM Half Marathon (HALF ONLY) (+2 bonus points for Half) – Bethel Half Marathon and 5k

The Half Marathon and 5K Races are run through the lovely Bethel Community south of Canton, NC, about a half hour outside of Asheville.   Our race is on the second Saturday of October – October 14th, 2017. The fall colors on the trees, the rolling farmlands, the Pigeon River, and the cool weather make this a particularly inviting race event.
The race is sanctioned by the Asheville Track Club and race times are submitted for the ATC Grand Prix Series. The Half Marathon is USATF Certified #NC12099PH.  Our race is score by chip timing.  We offer cash prizes to the top female and top male finishers of our half marathon.
$3 discount for ATC Members 

Race #22 – November 4, 2017- Time TBD Zero Prostate Cancer 5k

The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Asheville features a 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. ZERO is proud to partner with Asheville Hematology & Oncology, Asheville Urological Associates, and Radiation Therapy Associates of Western North Carolina to end prostate cancer. The funds raised from ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Asheville are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer.
$3 discount for ATC Members 

Check back for additional races to be added soon!

 Scoring System

1. We have added a new bonus scoring system for distance races.  This is in addition to the normal scoring system. We want to give you credit for running the extra distance. Starting in 2015, You will receive the following bonus points.              ( + 1 point ) for any race that is a 10k – 12k                                                                                 (+ 2 points) for any race that is a 15k to  a half marathon                                                   ( + 3 points) for any race that is over a half marathon in distance

2. We will be honoring the top 5 overall winners in the Men’s and Women’s divisions as well as the top two Masters, top two Grand Masters (age graded) and age groups (3 deep).

3. Discount codes for race registration : We have worked very hard to get ATC members exclusive discounts to the Grand Prix races. These discount codes will be sent in the monthly newsletter. If you are not receiving the newsletter or need the discount code prior to the newsletter going out, please let me know. Be sure to LIKE our ATC Facebook page for chances to win free race entries, updates and more!

A big thank you to our 2017 Grand Prix sponsors!! Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Kudzu Brands: Asheville, The Runners Mechanic and Dr Victor Dostrow MD.

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