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The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon will return to Waynesville April 6. The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon will return to Waynesville April 6. File photo

With a new year approaching, it’s the perfect time to start setting fitness goals — and to plan for participating in any of the 15 races Glory Hound Events has on its schedule for 2024. 

• Land and Lakes Relay covering the distance from Asheville to Lake James is first up, scheduled for Saturday, March 2. Runners race in teams of four or six. Captains must register by Jan. 1 to secure the early bird price for their team.

• Asheville Catholic School Shamrock 5K/10K-Fun Run will be held Saturday, March 16, in Asheville.

• Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon and Mighty Four Miler will be held Saturday, April 6, in Waynesville.

• In the only bicycle event of the year, the Fire Mountain Inferno cross-country and enduro mountain biking weekend will be May 4-5 in Cherokee.

• Strawberry Jam 5K and Half Marathon will be Saturday, May 18, in Bryson City.

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• Highland Night Flight 5K will be Saturday, June 29, in Asheville.

• Wilson Creek Half Marathon will be Saturday, July 13, in Lenoir.

• AVL Runway 5K will be Saturday, Aug. 17, in Fletcher.

• Not a Sprint 3/6/12 Hour Endurance Run will be Monday, Sept. 2, in Forest City.

• Power of Pink 5K will be Saturday, Sept. 21, in Waynesville.

• Ascent at Mountain Air 5K will be Saturday, Oct. 12, in Burnsville.

• Geyser Growl Half Marathon will run from Black Mountain to Old Fort Saturday, Oct. 19.

• Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Turkey Trot 5K will be Thursday, Nov. 28, at Lake Junaluska.

For more information or to register for any of these events, visit

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