3rd Annual Turning of the Maples Virtual 5K

This campaign ended on October 31, 2022, but you can still make a gift to University of North Carolina Asheville by clicking here!

One of our most beloved UNC Asheville traditions, the Turning of the Maples, is going virtual and is coming directly to you! 

Under a canopy of vibrant yellow and red leaves, UNC Asheville students, faculty, and staff gather on the Quad for the annual Turning of the Maples to enjoy maple cookies and hot apple cider, lawn games, painted pumpkins, and live music performed by UNC Asheville students. 

Now for the third year in a row, you can bring this tradition home for our Turning of the Maples Virtual 5K! Get outside to enjoy your own changing leaves while raising vital funding for the UNC Asheville Fund. This is a safe, socially distant way for you to enjoy this UNC Asheville tradition while supporting UNC Asheville students and programs.  

Our virtual 5K (or 3.1 miles) can be completed anywhere! Participants can run/walk their 5K any time between October 20-31. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful turning leaves anywhere you choose. You can run, jog, or walk in your neighborhood, in a park, or on a trail. We encourage you to share a photo of your 5K outing on social media using the hashtag #TurningoftheMaplesVirtual5K.

A portion of your $10 registration is a gift to the UNC Asheville Fund, which supports students and programs across campus. Your registration includes:

  • An exclusive Turning of the Maples 5K water bottle
  • A Turning of the Maples 5K sticker
  • Apple Cider Packet

*These items will be sent out as quickly as possible, but may not arrive prior to the virtual 5K weekend.

How does the Turning of the Maples Virtual 5K work?

  1. Register: Make a gift of at least $10 to the UNC Asheville fund on this form. Be sure to put your most up-to-date email and mailing address.
  2. You'll receive some fun swag
  3. Run, walk, jog, or bike your favorite 5K route at your own pace between October 20 - 31. Don't forget to wear your UNC Asheville gear and take photos of your fun outing! Tag the UNC Asheville Alumni Association and use the hashtag #TurningoftheMaplesVirtual5K so that we can follow along! 

This year's Turning of the Maples Virtual 5K is sponsored by the UNC Asheville Alumni Association

Have questions? Contact the Alumni Engagement Office at alumni@unca.edu

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