Race raises resources

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP) will hold its 2013 Positive Prevention 5K and 12K races on Nov. 3, with proceeds going to expand HIV/AIDS prevention programs throughout 18 counties in Western North Carolina.

The 12K will begin at 7:15 a.m., beginning at Antler Hill Village at the Biltmore Estate, One Lodge St., and traverse through a picturesque route which takes participants past such places as the Biltmore House and the French Broad River. The first half of the race’s course ascends one hill, while the second half descends, leveling off to flat terrain.

The 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. from Antler Hill Village and will parallel the French Broad River using a flat course.

The races will utilize chip timing.

Participants will receive a finishers medal, long-sleeved T-shirt and food from Earthfare. Age group awards will be given to the top three finishers in the following age groups: male and female, in addition to the first male and female finishers overall.

Spectators must purchase a ticket to enter the estate. Cost is $20 per person. Upgrades are $25 which includes a tour of the Biltmore House.

There is a cap on the number of runners each race may start, with 250 for the 5K and 550 for the 12K. Space is available on a registration time and date basis up until packet pickup on Nov. 2 at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., from 3-6 p.m.

For the safety of racers, no stroller, bikes or dogs are allowed on the course.

info/registration: wncap.org.

It’s a spook-tacular benefit

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Just Us For All (JUFA) will hold its Halloween night “Night of the Living Queers” on Oct. 31, 10 p.m., at BoBo Pho, 22 N. Lexington Ave.

Enjoy local beers, dancing and great music by DJ Cable. A costume contest and drag show will provide attendees with lots of entertainment.

The event is LGBTQ + Ally Safe Space focused. JUFA provides education on LGBTQ issues, workshops and community events. It even helps to raise funds for gender confirmation surgeries, as well as other local initiatives.

A $5 contribution at the door is suggested.

info: facebook.com/JUFA.AVL.

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Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.