RUNNING

Saturday, Sept. 1: The Apple Festival 8K and the Chamber Challenge 5K, presented by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, will be held in downtown Hendersonville, starting and finishing at the Pardee Medical Office Building. The races will begin at 8 a.m. Designed to promote health, wellness and fitness among area companies and their employees, the Chamber Challenge 5K is a perfect way to have fun while working towards a goal together. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest team, most teams from a business, best team costumes and the coveted "Team Spirit" trophy. Race day registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Packet pickup is available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. To register, go to active.com.

Saturday, Sept. 8: The Mills River Valley 5K and 10K will be held. Both the 5K and 10K courses are flat with some running on a dirt road. The race will start in front of the Library in the park and will finish at the same location. The Doggy Dash is a smaller run that will be at the smaller park location. Located at Mills River Park, these races boast a 75-percent off pavement run for the 5K and 50-percent off pavement for 10K. It's a fast track for those who are looking to break their personal record. Chip timing will be done by Right on Time Productions. T-Shirts guaranteed for all who register by Aug. 27. The event will also host a 1-mile fun run/walk and Doggy Dash pet run. A portion of the proceeds go the BRHS to help homeless pets in our community find homes and medical care. Proceeds of the race will benefit the Mills River SDA church school to help fund educational trips and supplies for school projects. The kids are donating a portion to Blue Ridge Animal Humane Society. To register, go to iamathlete.com and search for Mills River Valley. The races will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29: The Race to the Taps will be held at New Belgium Brewing in Asheville. This is part of a series of runs which will be the marathon edition of the Run for the Taps. Runnders can participate in the season of runs at four area breweries to end up running 26.2 miles. This year there will be two courses at each event. In addition to distances that add up to a marathon, each brewery will also have a 5K option. All races will start at 9 a.m., with registration including a cold craft brew at the finish line party for those at least 21. Visit the828.com Results Zone for official results. Once again this year, each event will offer awards for top finishers in each age category, along with King and Queen of the Taps awards, for those who display the best spirit and fantastic flair. Individual races are $25 for 5K runners, and $40 for the longer marathoner distances. To register, go to raceroster.com and search for 2018 Race to the Taps. A portion of proceeds from each race day will benefit great non-profits in Western North Carolina, including the Kiwanis Club of Asheville, Children First/Communities in Schools, Southside Woodworks and GO! Green Opportunities.

 

CYCLING

Monday, Sept. 3: The Tour D' Apple will be held, beginning at 8 a.m. at Blue Ridge Community College. The course will take riders through Western North Carolina's apple orchards, waterfalls and mountains to benefit the charitable projects of the Hendersonville Four Seasons Rotary Club. It includes a Century (100 miles), a metric-century (100 km), as well as 45- and 25-mile options. To register go to TourdApple.com. Participants registered by Aug. 15 will receive a complimentary BUFF. These are new for 2018 and will given out this year instead of socks.

 

If you have an event for the weekly On Pace calendar, send the information to sports editor Dean Hensley at dean.hensley@blueridgenow.com