Mountain Heritage Day 5K Road Race

Mountain Heritage Day

Mountain Heritage Day is "a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion" (see website here). It is always held on the last Saturday of September on the campus of Western Carolina University.

Event management class

The MHD 5K is organized and run by the students in SM 435, Sport Event Management and Sponsorship. This course is part of the required curriculum for Sport Management majors, and the 5K is the signature project in the class. Putting on the race provides an invaluable, experiential learning opportunity for students.

Sport Management Association

The Sport Management Association (SMA, Twitter) is a student-run organization for thost interested in the sport industry. Though primarily sport management majors, it is open to any WCU student. Money raised during the 5K will help fund the SMA Scholarship Fund.

Contact Information

If you have questions or comments, please email or contact Dr. Charles Parrish (, 828-227-8442).

If you need to submit your registration fee or the race waiver, see Liz Jones in Forsyth 104 on WCU's campus.