Turning of the Maples Virtual 5K

This campaign ends on October 25 at 11:59PM EDT

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. Previous years included a snack of maple cookies and hot apple cider, lawn games, painted pumpkins, and live music performed by UNC Asheville students. 

Now 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 over the weekend of October 23-25. 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 #TurningoftheMaples.

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 beanie hat
  • A Turning of the Maples 5K sticker
  • A downloadable race bib to print off at home.

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

There is also a little friendly competition to motivate you: 

The virtual "team" with the highest number of participants by Sunday, October 25 will receive a Turning of the Maples care package: a maple leaf cookie cutter, a recipe for our famous maple cookies, and some hot cider mix.

Who are the teams? 

  • Alumni
  • Students
  • OLLI Members
  • UNC Asheville Faculty and Staff
  • Parents
  • Friends

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. Get Ready: once you sign up, you'll receive opportunities for virtual workout classes and couch-to-5K training information leading up to the event.
  4. Build up Your Team: encourage your fellow alumni, students, OLLI members, faculty and staff, and parents to sign up to participate. Each unique donor counts in your virtual team's standings!
  5. Run, walk, jog, or bike your favorite 5K route at your own pace between October 23 - 25. Don't forget to wear your UNC Asheville gear and take photos of your fun outing! Tag the UNC Asheville Alumni Association and use hashtag #TurningoftheMaples so that we can follow along! (If you are looking for a fresh UNC Asheville shirt, check out this exclusive UNC Asheville Alumni Shirt).
  6. Win the Race: The Virtual Team with the most unique donors at the end of the day on October 25 win this race and receives a Turning of the Maples care package: a maple leaf cookie cutter, a recipe for our famous maple cookies, and some hot cider mix.

This year's Turning of the Maples Virtual 5K is sponsored by the UNC Asheville Alumni Association, Campus Recreation, and Student Government Association.

Have questions? Contact Shannon Dale at sdale@unca.edu.

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6% OLLI Members

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16% Faculty/Staff

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12% Parents

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