Second Sunset Stampede

The second-annual Sunset Stampede happens Saturday, May 1; its three races all begin and end at City/County Plaza. They are:

• The Kid Mini Stampede, kicked off by Jared Fogle of Subway fame (see accompanying feature story), starts at 3 p.m.

• The ultra-challenging 10 Mile Course, a scenic north Asheville route, starts at 5 p.m.

• The walker-friendly 4 Mile Course, an abbreviated version of the 10-miler, starts at 5:45 p.m.

Same-day registration is available at City/County Plaza from 11 a.m. until the time of each race. Fees (which cover a long-sleeved race T-shirt and food) are $35 per runner for the 10-miler, $30 per runner for the 4-miler, and $12 per runner for the kids’ race.

Each participant must pick up an information packet prior to race time. These are available Friday, April 30, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at Jus’ Running (523 Merrimon Ave.). Runners can also pre-register on April 30 at Jus’ Running and receive $5 off their race fee (except in the case of the kids’ event).

On race day, runners can pick up packets at City/County Plaza until 4:30 p.m. for the 10-miler, until 5 p.m. for the 4-miler and until start time for the kids’ race.

For course descriptions and more information, visit www.sunsetstampede.com.

Auxiliary events

• A pre-race-day reception and dinner will be held for runners Friday, April 30 at the Grove Park Inn, 6-8 p.m. Admission to the dinner is free; the suggested $20 donation directly benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC. For the night’s menu and more information, go to www.sunsetstampede.com.

• A race-day breakfast at the Grove Park Inn will be served 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

• Post-run awards presentations on race day begin at City/County Plaza at 6:45 p.m.

• A City/County Plaza post-run party — including live music sponsored by The Orange Peel, and beer and food vendors — starts at 7 p.m. The Cigar Store Indians and Two Dollar Pistols will perform. For more information, see www.theorangepeel.net.

— Steve Shanafelt

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