Race to the Rock at Chimney Rock 5K Run 2018

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7:45 AM


Sunday, August 12, 2018


Lake Lure, NC


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5K Run


Thursday, August 09, 2018  7:45 AM


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Race to the Rock at Chimney Rock 5K Run




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Heralded as one of “America’s Best Lakes” by USA TODAY, Lake Lure, North Carolina is home to your Premier Destination Race Weekend held along the shores of Rumbling Bald Resort and the peaks of Chimney Rock State Park. Returning for the 14th annual year, the scenic mountain town of Lake Lure hosts the Lake Lure Olympiad on August 10-12, 2018. Each year over 1,500 athletes come to compete at one of Western North Carolina's Premier Destination Sports Festivals, situated in the Blue Ridge Foothills.

The Lake Lure Olympiad boasts multiple race events, challenging courses, and entertaining outdoor activities for family and friends at diverse scenic locations. It is also a non-profit organization bringing people together in the spirit of firendly competition for the benefit of charitable giving. The Olympiad has given back that more than $315,000 towards area charities and service organizations.

Over the past 13 years, athletes of all ages and abilities have participated and continue to rave about the area's scenic beauty, delicious finish line food, and countless welcoming volunteers which all make the Olympiad experience truly special and unique. Bring your kids and let them experience the same thrill of competition that mom and dad love, plus they earn medals too at the Junior Olympiad!

Turn your competition into a destination race weekend and enjoy the amazing backdrop of the Hickory Nut Gorge, serving as both a place to compete and a fun summer getaway spot with views that will take your breath away.

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Race Details:

End the race weekend on a high note, literally! Starting at the Best View Motel on the west side of Chimney Rock Village, the course takes you through the entrance of Chimney Rock State Park and climbs high up the switchback road ending at the base of the Rock with a stunning 75 mile panoramic view of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure.

Exclusive to the Lake Lure Olympiad, this is the ONLY TIME of the year the park closes to allow athletes to compete and run up to Chimney Rock. Race to the Rock participants can go back into the State Park for sightseeing and hiking adventures FREE of charge anytime after the race on Sunday by showing their race bib at the ticket plaza.
Spectaors can enter the park for FREE prior to 7:30 AM to cheer on athletes.

T-Shirt deadline:

Register before July 25th to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

2018 t-shirts will feature the "no logos on back" direction that Set Up Events is going with many of the races in the NCTS.
Race shirts with a neat design on the front and clean on the back.

Complimentary Race Extras:

Commemorative t-shirt (only guaranteed if registered by July 25th)
Iced towels
"Roast on the Rock" and post-race food items
Medal ceremony

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3 Races in 3 Days - The Ultimate Challenge

New in 2018 - one click bundle and you're in! Sign up for the ultimate competing experience and challenge yourself to Slam the Dam, TRI Tough, and Dominate the Rock race events.

We packaged three completely different races at three scenic venues all in just three days. Reward yourself with three commemorative race shirts, large "3 Races in 3 Days" medals, and one additional prize giving you the ultimate bragging rights. Go on, give it a shot! This is your year to feel on top!

 3 Race Pricing:

Slammin' the Dam 10K Run - Triathlon - Race to the Rock 5K Run: $85 (11/1/17 - 3/31/18) $115 (4/1/18 - 8/7/18)


Slammin' the Dam 10K Run - Triathlon - Race to the Rock 25 Mile Bike $100 (11/1/17 - 3/31/18) $130 (4/1/18 - 8/7/18)





Event Site Rules

The 5K Run will be a mass start beginning at 7:45 AM.


Packet Pickup

Sunday, August 12 - 6:00 - 7:15AM - Medina's Village Bistro - 430 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC

Only cash or checks can be accepted at packet pick-up.

Lodging Information

The Lake Lure Olumpiad is proud to partner with Rumbling Bald Resort, the host venue for the Lake Lure Sprint Triathlon as well as the 10K Slam the Dam Run located along the shores of Lake Lure. The resort is offering a special lodging discount rate for participating athletes. Book your stay and receive 10% off. Rumbling Bald Resort offers a wide selection of lodging options fit for a family, a group of friends or the couple looking for a peaceful experience while competing. Athletes can choose to stay in luxury homes, condos, studios, and the Motorcoach resort, ALL inlcuding resort amenities!

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*** Book your stay during the week of the Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival and receive 10% off your lodging!

Call Debbie Earley at: 828-694-3027
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Refund are not available for this event.


Withdrawals are no longer available for this event.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event does not allow deferrals.


There will be no refund of entry fees for this event

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2018 Age Group Results

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