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race to the rock returns! 

Welcome Back To The  Race To The Rock!

*When using the maps, download to your phone or device prior to the race as signal is sometimes limited at event.


Packet pick up and registration will occur in Chimney Rock Village.


When: Sunday, August 11, 2024

            6:00 am - 7:15 am

Packet Pick up/Registration:  Old Rock Cafe

431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720

Run Start: 7:30 am from the Best View Motel


"This event really tests your endurance. Many times when I get to the top I feel like I want to throw-up, but then I look out at the view of the lake and know it was all worth it."

     - Ashley Lowery

Conquer the Heights: Race To The Rock 5K - Reach New Peaks at Chimney Rock!

Gear up for an extraordinary finale to the Lake Lure Olympiad weekend with the Race To The Rock 5K on Sunday, August 11th. This isn't just your typical 5K—it's a thrilling uphill challenge that will test your determination, spirit, and willingness to push yourself to new heights at Chimney Rock State Park.

Highlights of Race To The Rock 5K:

  • Uphill Adventure: Prepare for a test of endurance and willpower as you embark on a challenging uphill run towards the iconic Chimney Rock. Each step brings you closer to an unparalleled triumph. (The route is a 900' elevation from the start to the finish line - that's almost a 1-mile elevation - STEEP!)

  • Spectacular Views: Along the route, embrace breathtaking views of Lake Lure and its surroundings, serving as both motivation and a reward for your relentless effort.

  • Unforgettable Finish: Cross the finish line at the top of Chimney Rock, where a sense of accomplishment awaits you, marking the culmination of an incredible uphill journey.


Why Take on the Challenge?

  • Push Your Limits: Embrace the challenge of conquering an uphill 5K run that dares you to push beyond your boundaries and redefine your personal best.

  • Scenic Splendor: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Chimney Rock State Park, immersing yourself in nature's grandeur while conquering this extraordinary race.

  • Rewarding Experience: Revel in the sense of achievement as you reach the summit, celebrating your dedication and determination to conquer this unique and demanding course.


Be Part of the Summit Triumph:

Join fellow participants and runners for an unforgettable uphill adventure that promises to elevate both your spirits and your athletic achievements. The Race To The Rock 5K invites you to be part of an experience that rewards determination and offers a unique perspective from the heights of Chimney Rock.


Special Access to Chimney Rock State Park:

All participants will gain complimentary access to Chimney Rock State Park after the race by presenting their race bib, offering an opportunity to explore and enjoy the wonders of this iconic natural landmark.


Registration Details:

Secure your spot for this uphill challenge and secure your chance to be part of the Race To The Rock 5K. Register now and prepare to ascend to new heights at Chimney Rock!


Join us as we embrace the challenge, conquer the climb, and celebrate the triumph at the summit of Chimney Rock - where determination meets breathtaking beauty!



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 UP, UP, UP! the switchback road ending at the base of the Rock with a stunning 75 Mile panoramic view of the Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure.


  • All parking will be in the Chimney Rock Public Parking Lot across from the Old Rock Cafe. There will be no charge to exit prior to 12 noon. After noon, there will be a $5.00 charge.


  • All participants of the Race to the Rock are invited for post-race snacks and refreshments immediately following the race at the finish line. Let’s celebrate!

  • All 5K runners MUST stay on the mountain until the event is over. This is a safety precaution and no exceptions are made.

  • The event is over by 9:30 am and at that time, runners can ride the bus down. Runners are prohibited to walk back down the road.

  • After the race and awards, ALL spectators and participants will be required to exit the mountain.

  • Participants will be allowed to visit the park AT NO CHARGE when the park reopens to the public by presenting
    their race bib.

  • All trails will remain CLOSED until the park reopens.


Avoid the line, Register online! 

On-line Registration is available until 6:30 am, Sunday, Aug. 11th, 2024

$30.00 Early-bird Registration until July 27th, 2024

$40.00 Standard Registration July 28 - event date

Policies & Refunds
There are no refunds for this race. This event occurs rain or shine. In case of
lightening, we will delay the start.

Strollers and other child carriers are NOT allowed in the event. 

*** Year after year the Olympiad provides a venue for athletes to come and test their abilities. We put a lot of effort into making this a special event for all participants. In addition, the Olympiad supports many area charities and service organizations. And like most races, we have a “No Refund” policy.


The Olympiad Board 


At the finish line for Athletes:

  • Commemorative t-shirt (given out at packet pick up)

  • Iced neck towel

  • FREE post-race snacks and refreshments immediately following the race.

  • Recognition Ceremony

  • Race participants can visit Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park free of charge anytime after the race on Sunday by showing their race bib at the Ticket Plaza.

5K R2R Run Shirt
Register for the race by Friday, July 27th to be guaranteed your commemorative shirt.

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