Downhill@Dusk 5K

Ridgecrest Downhill@Dusk 5K

May 23, 2020
 - May 23, 2020

Downhill@Dusk 5K, part of our annual Downhill Running Series, is a race for the whole family! The course from Ridgecrest to Black Mountain drops over 200 feet in elevation, creating a fast, fun run and offers a great ending for those who ran Downhill@Dawn Half Marathon earlier that day. Kick off summer at Ridgecrest, and enjoy new memories and traditions with friends and loved ones!


Online registration for the 2020 race will open on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 9:00 AM EST.  Online registration will end on Wednesday, May 20 at 9:00 PM.
Race Cap: 400


On-site Accommodations – $79-$94 per room, per night.  To make reservations for Ridgecrest accommodations please call (800) 588.7222.

Entry Fees

November 6-December 31, 2019 – $20
January 1-March 31, 2020 – $25
April 1 – May 20, 2020 – $30
On site (if available) – $35

Downhill Double (Half Marathon & 5K)

Downhill Double (Half Marathon & 5K)
November 6 -December 31, 2019 – $72
January 1-April 15, 2020 – $85

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Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Friday, May 22, 4:00-7:00 PM at the ARC on the Ridgecrest Campus
Saturday, May 23, 5:00-6:30 PM at the ARC on the Ridgecrest Campus
Everyone must pick up their own packet and provide a picture ID to do so. Parents may pick up the packets of minor children but must also present a picture ID. No ID, no race, no exceptions!

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This downhill 5K will start at the back of the Ridgecrest Conference Center near the ARC and head west down old US 70 to Black Mountain, finishing at Black Mountain First Baptist Church. The course is USA Track and Field certified.  

Click HERE for the 5K course map.

RRCA and USA Track and Field Certification code for our half marathon is: NC-19009BDS.  See Certificate here. 


All participants will receive a short-sleeve, tech shirt. 

Downhill Double

Those who complete both the half marathon and 5K will receive a special award at the finish line of the 5K.  The deadline to register for the Downhill Double is April 15. Those who register for one race and then add a second after this date will not be eligible for the Downhill Double prize.


Post-race activities, including the award ceremony, will take place at Black Mountain First Baptist Church. There will be food, chocolate milk, water and Gatorade. Shuttles back to Ridgecrest will leave from the rear of the church.

Award Categories

Awards will be presented at the finish area in Black Mountain at approximately 8:15 p.m. Double dipping of awards will not occur. All finishers will receive a medal and the award categories include:

1-3 Male & Female
1 Masters Male & Female
1-3 male and female in the following age brackets:
12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 65-69, and 70 and over.


The race will utilize chip timing. Chips must be worn on your shoe in order for you to receive a time. The chips will be provided in the same envelope as your race bib.


The simplest parking is near Woodland (building on campus), the ARC and parking near the start of the race in Royal Gorge. Please follow the directions of our parking volunteers. Shuttles will provide transportation back to Ridgecrest after the race every 15-30 minutes as needed.


The Ridgecrest Conference Center has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discounts for those canceling during our cancellation periods. If the event is NOT sold out, a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days prior to the race date.

No discounts codes will be given within 7 days before the event if the event is not sold out. If the event IS sold out, a discount code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 5 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 5 days before the event if the event is sold out. Discount codes can be used to register for another Ridgecrest Conference Center race and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.

You may transfer your entry to another person by submitting the TRANSFER FORM. The deadline to transfer an entry is Monday, May 18. If you cancelled your entry for the 2019 race, you must use the code you received in your cancellation confirmation email from IMAthlete to receive your 2020 discount.


Unofficial results will be posted near the finish area.  Official results will be posted at this site by Sunday, May 24.


All of the volunteers are from the Ridgecrest Conference Center. Please thank them as you make your way through the course.


Please email general race questions to

Downhill@Dusk 5K

Request for Proposal

Important Update

The health and safety of guests and team members is of utmost importance. Even though no COVID-19 cases have been tied to Ridgecrest Conference Center at this point, we have made the decision to not host events and guests (including individual stays) through May 15, 2020. We will continue to monitor additional developments and reassess as appropriate.

Previously made reservations for stays before May 15th will be canceled and fully refunded. Please note that credit card refunds typically take several business days to process.

Planners of events scheduled at Ridgecrest before May 15th: A member of our sales team will contact you to discuss rescheduling possibilities.

In these unprecedented circumstances, please join our team in praying for our communities, our nation, and our world.

From Our Director