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Jog in the Running of the Goats

The inaugural Running of the Goats 5K and Nature Walk will give animal lovers and runners alike a reason to head to the WNC Nature Center in Asheville on Sunday, April 25. 

Participants can choose to run or walk the 3.1-mile course, which starts and ends at the WNC Nature Center. During this chip-time race, runners will begin by catching a glimpse of the goats, bears, birds and otters before heading out on a rolling, paved course on Azalea Road by the John B. Lewis Soccer Fields. While the goats will not actually be running in the race, they will be on the sidelines to cheer on runners, as the first part of the course passes by the barnyard. Participants are encouraged to wear animal-themed attire and accessories for the event, with a costume contest and prizes for the best dressed. 

Participants can also choose to walk the non-competitive Nature Walk inside the Nature Center, a 1-mile paved route that offers the chance to see the animals while enjoying the park at a more leisurely pace. This self-guided tour will include fun, nature-related prompts and activities along the path. To ensure that the animals do not become stressed, running is not permitted along the Nature Walk course. 

Registration is limited, and rolling starts with waves between 7:30 and 9 a.m. will allow for distancing, Staff and volunteers will wear masks, and runners must wear them while at the start and finish line and while inside the Nature Center park gates. There will not be a finish line experience or an awards ceremony — results will be posted online with winners contacted later. 

Proceeds will benefit Friends of the WNC Nature Center and support programs throughout the park. Register at

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