2019 Buncombe Summit Hill Climb 5k set

Special to the Tribune

Woodfin – The Third Annual Buncombe Summit Hill Climb 5K will be run on Saturday, October 12th at 9 am in Woodfin.  The event benefits the non-profit Be Safer fire prevention program that provides smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to low income Buncombe County residents at no charge.

The Buncombe Summit Hill Climb 5K boasts one of the most challenging and picturesque 5K runs in Western North Carolina.  The event runs straight up historic Reynolds Mountain for a leg-searing 1000-foot net elevation gain, before turning around and returning to the finish line in the Reynolds Mountain Village shopping and residential center.

“The Buncombe Summit Hill Climb 5K is one of the most challenging and rewarding 5k running events in western North Carolina and draws participants from across the region,” said race director Alison Moran.  “The event harnesses the naturally hilly landscape and turns it into a force for good to save lives.”

Moran, a professional Firefighter with the Woodfin Fire Department, founded the Buncombe Summit Hill Climb 5K in 2017 in response to a community need for fire prevention supports in the form of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement and outside of every sleeping area.  Nearly a thousand home fire fatalities have been reported in the United States in just the first six months of 2019, according to the US Fire Administration.  Many of these fatalities could have been prevented with the simple installation of a smoke detector or access to a home fire extinguisher.  

“Our mission is to prevent the loss of life and property through public education and to support ongoing needs of local fire departments through the administration of a fire prevention education course based on national standards,” said Moran.  “Very simply, the Buncombe Summit Hill Climb 5K is a lifesaving path for many of our neighbors in Buncombe County.”

The Buncombe Summit Hill Climb 5K provided over 200 smoke detectors and 120 fire extinguishers to area residents last year and is seeking to double that number in 2019. 

Participants can expect a well-supported event on a steep out-and-back course, starting and ending at the base of Reynolds Mountain at the Reynolds Mountain Village in historic Woodfin.  Registered participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and be eligible for age-group awards in 10-year age groups.

Online registration begins on July 1st and $25 early-bird registration starts online at  For more information about participating as a runner, volunteering for, or sponsoring the Buncombe Summit Hill Climb 5K, contact race director Alison Moran at 

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Clint Parker

Publisher & Editor Weaverville Tribune

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