Registration open for Maggie Moonlight Race

Runners can register now for one of Western North Carolina’s most storied summer road races.

Registration for the Maggie Valley Moonlight Race opened this Feb. 1, and continues through race day, Saturday, Aug. 27. The fee to participate in this 8K race is $25 through July 30 and $30 during August.

“After a two-year absence, Glory Hound Events is proud to bring the Moonlight Race back to the Western North Carolina running scene,” Greg Duff, race organizer, said. “Runners should be pleased to know that we are planning to restore some of the traditions of the past, as well as incorporate some modern aspects for the 30th running.”

The Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the evening race, which starts at the Maggie Valley Fairgrounds and uses the same course as in 2008.

That course takes runners 1.2 miles up the valley to Ghost Town, then 2.4 miles in the opposite direction, before returning them 1.2 miles to the finish line back at the fairgrounds.

Major sponsors for the returning Moonlight Race to date include Mission Health Systems and The Smoky Mountain News. All event information, including a link to online registration, is available at

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