5th annual 5k race & fun walk benefit Shindig on the Green – June 25th

June 21, 2016

The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green, is excited to announce the fourth annual Run For Shindig on the Green, a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and one mile Fun Walk. The event takes place Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Carrier Park in Asheville with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk beginning at 8:35 a.m. The Run for Shindig on the Green 5K kicks off the 50th
season of Shindig and is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Two overall winners will be recognized at this year’s first Shindig on the Green, on the evening of July 2nd, and all race participants are encouraged to attend. The overall male and female winners of the 5K will each receive a beautiful mug featuring the Folk Heritage Committee logo and handcrafted by Mangum Pottery in Weaverville, NC. There will be additional medals and ribbons awarded to the winners of age divisions of the 5K Race. 

Race management timing and finish line services are performed by Right On Time Productions; race results will be available five minutes after the last runner finishes.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the
crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage CommitteeTM must raise funds to cover the costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. All proceeds from the June 25th 5K and Fun Walk will help to cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. 

The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the GreenTM and the Mountain Dance and Folk FestivalTM in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.

Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 50th summer season is scheduled for July 2, 9, 16, 23; August 13, 20, 27; and September 3. For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call Brian Carter at

Registration: Registration is open! Register for the “Run for Shindig on the Green” 5K Race
and Fun Walk/Run online at www.active.com. Online registration closes Thursday June 23rd. Day-of-race registration is 7:00-8:15 a.m.

Carrier Park: The June 25th 5K and Fun Run fundraiser takes place at Carrier Park at the
intersection of Amboy Road and Michigan Avenue in West Asheville.
From I-240 East: Take Exit 1C.
From I-240 West: Take Exit 1B. Take a left at the light and your next left after that, back onto
I-240 East. Stay on the ramp to take Exit 1C onto Amboy road. Carrier Park will be on the right after about .25 miles.

Parking: Parking is limited to 280 spaces at Carrier Park so please carpool if possible.