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This is the second year for the overwhelming successful Bigfoot Festival of Western North Carolina in Downtown Marion. This year we are happy to announce the addition to the festival, the first annual Bigfoot Chase 5k hosted by the McDowell Race Series. This is the second race of the series for 2019.
All the McDowell Race Series events have amazing finisher medals, super soft shirts, and an extra bonus.
The Bigfoot Chase 5K will take participants throughout downtown Marion as well as some place you might spot Bigfoot himself.
All race participants from the 5k will receive race specific finisher medals, super soft race shirts, and an AMAZING custom Bigfoot gift from The Makery that you may take in and paint for free. Register soon as this event’s price will increase as we get closer to race day.
Packet Pick Up:
Friday September 13th from 5:00-7:00 PM at East McDowell Middle School (It is highly suggested to pick up early to avoid long race day lines).
Saturday September 14th from 5:30 to 7:30AM at East McDowell Middle School
There will be race day registration if the race does not sell out in advance.
The 5K is capped at 400 runners.
Refunds and Transfers
There are no refunds if you are unable to attend. You may transfer your spot to someone else if needed. If you are unable to make it to packet pick up, we will not hold or mail your packet.
Bigfoot Chase 5k
Saturday September 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM (Starts and finishes at East McDowell Middle School)
Water and Bathrooms:
There will be a water station at the halfway point for the 5k. There will be bathrooms available at the starting line.
You will receive your finisher medal at the finish line. You bib must be on the front. We will also have post race snacks.
Overall and Age Group Awards:
The award ceremony will be held after the race.
Location and Time TBD
5K Age Groups
Age groups will be in 10 year increments:
(3-9)(10-18) (19-29) (30-39) (40-49) (50-59) (60-69) (70+)
The proceeds for this event go to the East McDowell Middle School Athletics.
McDowell Race Series
New for 2019 is the McDowell Race Series. This is a 4 part race series that will be held throughout the year during the following events.
Sweet Treats 5k (April 20, 2019)
Bigfoot Festival’s Bigfoot 5k (September 14, 2019)
Boos and Brews 5K (October 19, 2019)
New Year's Eve Resolution Run 5k (December 31, 2019)
Each race will have it’s own personal twist, it’s own course, a custom race shirt, and race specific finisher medal. All the medals will link together and bare the McDowell Race Series logo.
You may choose to run only some of the race series, but you will only earn the medals and points for each completed race. Your participation and placement in the individual races will determine your points. In January 2020 we will hold an award ceremony and award the overall awards for male and female in the for the McDowell Race Series as well as the leaders in each age group. Your age group for the series will be based on your age at the first race on April 20, 2019.
Male and Female’s will be awarded the following points for each race for the McDowell Race Series.
1st Place: 10 Points
2nd Place: 8 Points
3rd Place: 6 Points
1st Place: 4 Points
2nd Place: 3 Points
3rd Place: 2 Points
All other finishers: 1 Point
There will be no double dipping in points or awards.
Age Groups Increments
10 and under, 11-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
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