Throwing Bones Trail 5K/10K and Fun Run

191 Vance Ave

Black Mountain, NC 10K, Virtual 10K, 5K, Virtual 5K, Kilometer

Registration closes: Fri, Oct 9 @ 9:59PM

Race Update 8/31/2020

Here's the latest info on October's race! The make up date for Throwing Bones Trail Races is October 10, 2020.

As of this date (8/31/2020) we plan to hold the event with a SCHEDULED start. You must register for your starting time slot. Details will be mailed to you by the week of 9/7/2020. Email questions to

Yes we are still accepting registrations.

During this time of Covid-19 and pandemic awareness, there will be a Virtual Option to your race. Please contact us at as soon as possible, if you choose to run your race virtually on October 10. You will have until 5pm EST, October 10, 2020 to complete it. Details of reporting your time will be sent separately.

Virtual runners will not be eligible for prizes.

If you were registered for the race in March, your registration has been automatically transferred to the make up race.

If you would like to donate your registration fee to Throwing Bones, please reach out to


Yes, we are still accepting NEW REGISTRATIONS and there are shirts still available!

We are planning on going Live on October 10!

Thank you for being patient this Summer as we decide the best (and safest) way forward for the 2020 Throwing Bones Trail Races.

Please note, that plans may change, depending on Covid-19 protocols, our ability to conduct this event safely, and weather.

As of this date (8/31/2020) we plan to hold the event with a SCHEDULED start. You must pre-register for your starting time slot so that we can be as safe as possible. The event will follow CDC and USATF recommended event guidelines, maintaining safe distances, limiting contact with others, and available hand sanitizers.

When you are not running, you will required to wear a mask when not in your vehicle or running. Throwing Bones masks will be available for purchase on race day. Details will be mailed to you by the week of 9/7/2020. Email questions to


If you feel unsafe running in person, there will be a Virtual Option to your race. Please contact us at as soon as possible, if you choose to run your race virtually on October 10. You will have until 5pm EST, October 10, 2020 to complete it and. Details on how to record/report your time will be sent to you separately.

Virtual runners will not be eligible for podium placement or prizes.

If you were registered for the race in March, your registration has been automatically transferred to the October 10th race.


Race shirts and neck gaiters may be picked up at Vertical Runner Black Mountain, located at 106 W. State Street, Black Mountain, North Carolina.

If you are unable to pick up your shirt, Throwing Bones is happy to ship it to you via USPS as long as you are able to offset the shipping costs. This can be done through donation at Please contact Throwing Bones ( if you need verification of shipping cost to your location.

If you would like to donate your registration fee to Throwing Bones, please contact

About Throwing Bones

Throwing Bones' mission is to inspire ALL blood cancer patients to keep moving forward with active lifestyles during treatment and beyond. We’re running OVER mountains to make healthy and active lifestyles a part of the solution.

Through Throwing Bones, we hope to encourage and inspire, and to educate and enable blood cancer patients everywhere to find their best quality of life through healthy and active lifestyles.

All proceeds from the Throwing Bones Trail Race will go towards helping patients assess their physical abilities, allowing caregivers and healthcare providers to succeed. Current projects include a patient self-assessment series, healthcare, and connecting patients with patient-focused fitness coaches.

*Throwing Bones is a patient-focused registered 501(c)3 for patients fighting multiple myeloma and other blood cancers.*


Race Date: Saturday October 10, 2020

Start Time: Trail Fun Run will begin at 8:30am. 5k will begin at 9am. 10k will begin at 9:15am.

Course: 5k and 10k routes will be available for download at

Parking: Parking will be available near the course, but will likely fill up quickly. Overflow parking is available at the Black Mountain public parking, which is approximately .5 miles from the start.


The Throwing Bones Trail Race Day Expo will start on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 8 AM to and will end 1 hour after the last race at Pulliam Stadium at the Montreat College athletic fields. Pulliam Stadium, 191 Vance Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

Parking is available onsite. Overflow Parking is located across from the Black Mountain Recreation and Parks Building, 304 Black Mountain Ave, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Vendors Scheduled to attend the Race Day Expo are:

Baa’d Sheep Burritos (breakfast tacos)
Vertical Runner Black Mountain
Align Chiropractic
The Runner's Mechanic Physical Therapy Clinic (pending)
Lookout Brewing Company (NA beverages)
Dynamite Roasting Company (coffee)
Melodic AF Band!

Vertical Runner (running specialty store on State Street in downtown Black Mountain) will hold course practice runs on Wednesdays leading up to the race. Visit for details.

A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet.

You may pick up your packet and bag on race morning, or Friday afternoon at Vertical Runner.

If you are interested in hosting a booth on race day, please email


Staging will be allowed as early as 7:15 AM and all runners are encouraged to arrive no later than 8:15 AM.

If the parking on site fills up, overflow parking is available at the Black Mountain Recreation and Parks lot. Please allow additional time for parking and walking to the start.

The start of the race will be near Vance Avenue, between Pulliam Stadium and the parking area.

October in the Mountains of North Carolina are often unpredictable. It would not be unusual large temperature swings to occur, so please plan accordingly.

This is only 6 miles at the longest. You won’t need a drop bag.

However, pack one anyways and leave it in your car. You might want clean clothes after you finish!

This race will not be chip timed.

Overall prize winners (top 3 in each race) for the 10K and 5K will be determined by gun time.

In order to ensure that race volunteers, officials, and photographers can properly identify you, you must wear your bib on the front of your person in an unobstructed position. If the photographers along the course cannot see your bib number, you will not be able to retrieve your race photos or possible awards

8:30 - Fun Run

9:00 - 5k Race

9:15 - 10k Race.


The course map and description will be available for download in February 2020.

Aid stations will be available on both the 5k and 10k routes. Locations will be marked on the course maps.

Race volunteers will be present at all major intersections and turns on the courses to guide runners. Please follow their directions at all times in order to ensure your safety. Runners who are found in violation of volunteer instructions while on the course may be subject to disqualification. Please stay within the boundaries of the designated trails throughout the entire race. Where applicable, runners are required to stay on the appropriate side of cone or tape lines.

Although earphones are allowed on the course, it is recommended that volume be kept low and/or only one earbud be used so that surrounding noises are audible to each runner. Alternatively, out-of-ear devices such as Aftershokz are encouraged as they allow for superb music quality without compromising ambient sounds.

Some aid stations on the course will be supplied with a first-aid kit that will include items such as bandages, moleskin, vaseline, anti-inflammatories, etc. If you are in need of any of these items, simply stop and ask the volunteers at the aid station and they should be able to help you. Volunteers cannot dispense certain items unless specifically requested by the runner. In addition to the first-aid kits, various aid stations will be staffed by medical professionals who will be equipped with advanced medical supplies.

Runners are encouraged to note any special medical considerations on the back of their bibs in case of emergencies.

Spectators are welcomed and encouraged along the vast majority of the route. They should be considerate of public and private property and never interfere with the progress of any race participant. Spectators are required to follow the instructions of volunteers at all times.

Do not attempt to access any portion of the course by car.


Black Mountain is rapidly becoming known as a trail running must see spot. This is the place to begin your journey through it’s hollowed boughs.

There will be at least one race photographer on the course and the final products will be posted on facebook an the race page.

All 5k and 10k runners who register before the deadline will receive a Next Level long sleeve thermal print with the race logo on the front. Runners who register after the deadline or on race day will also receive a shirt, but may have to accept an alternative size or style.

All Fun Run participants will receive a Throwing Bones neck/head gaiter. These will also be available for sale, before, during and after the race.

Life happens. Our generous policies allow you to transfer your bib to another person or defer your entry to next year. Refunds will not be issued however. Runners can exercise these options at any time within the given timeframes for any reason whatsoever.

Awards will be handed out, but you’ll have to wait to see what they look like. We promise to trickle out details on social media as it gets closer to race day.

Stick around for breakfast tacos, coffee, an alignment, a massage, or to shop for new gear after the race!


The closest airport to Black Mountain is the Asheville Regional Airport.

Whether you prefer boutique lodging, upscale suites or alternative lodging, Black Mountain has something just right for your stay.

Hotels ( Black Mountain/East Asheville)
Hampton Inn

Quality Inn

Super 8

Holiday Inn

Alternative Lodging:
In the city that likes to "keep it weird," you can take your pick of creative and comfy accommodations, from gorgeous mountain cabins to historic bed and breakfast. Check out Greybeard Realty for creative options while you’re in town.

Local time: 2:18 PM


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