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Run828 Foundation supports Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina


ASHEVILLE, NC (January 18, 2024) The Run828 Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and outdoor opportunities in Western North Carolina, announced its support of and partnership with Girls on the Run Western North Carolina. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be healthy, joyful and confident. Girls on the Run Western North Carolina and the Run828 Foundation will work collaboratively to help encourage youth in running and make the sport accessible to families.

The Run828 Foundation is supporting Girls on the Run as a program sponsor for the 2023/2024 seasons and by providing scholarship funds to help Girls on the Run keep the promise that no girl is turned away from the program due to her family finances. Girls on the Run will be supporting Run828’s Hellbender 100 with volunteer support and the Run828 Foundation is supporting the season-end, celebratory 5Ks for the Girls on the Run Fall and Spring Season. The two organizations are working together to develop additional Girls on the Run and youth running opportunities that will directly impact girls across 14-counties in Western North Carolina.


“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Run828 Foundation to help further the goal of youth running and healthy living in Western North Carolina”, said Nicole Lowery, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Western North Carolina. “This partnership will help the 500 girls we will serve over the next year activate their star power, build their confidence, and set a foundation for the love of physical activity.”

Girls on the Run uses running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage a lifelong appreciation of health and fitness and help them build confidence through accomplishment. The organization envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Girls on the Run of WNC is a non-profit council of GOTR International. Founded in 2002, GOTR WNC provides a physical activity-based positive youth development program with the mission to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include AdventHealth Hendersonville and Hunter Subaru. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Nicole Lowery at 828-713-4290 or visit

Announcing 2024 Partnership with McDowell County Tourism Development Authority



The Run828 Foundation is very excited to announce our newest Partnership for the 2024 Hellbender 100 with the McDowell County Tourism Development Authority. 


The McDowell County Tourism Authority was created as a non-profit, government authority in 1985 to promote the county as a tourism destination.  Located in western North Carolina, between Asheville and Hickory, the Blue Ridge Parkway borders our northern communities between Milepost 316 and Milepost 350.  


These Parkway communities feature one of North Carolina's oldest vacation colonies, Little Switzerland, with neighboring attractions including The Orchard at Altapass, Emerald Village, the NC Minerals Museum and Linville Caverns. Some properties operate seasonally, their elevation is approximately 3,600 feet above sea level, with many individually owned lodging properties are open year-round.  


Marion is the county seat, located in a thermal belt, enjoying moderate temperatures in the foothills region.  Marion is approximately 1,404 feet above sea level, with a quaint historic downtown region with locally owned shops and the McDowell Arts Council Gallery and Shops.  Marion is also close to the Lake James community, with two state parks, hiking and mountain biking trails.    


The Town of Old Fort is situated close to the Eastern Continental Divide at approximately 1,440 feet above sea level.  Surrounding Old Fort, is the Pisgah National Forest.  As you explore its waterfall trails, hiking and mountain biking trails, you will experience an increase in elevation.  Our visitor center is located in Mill Creek Village at 91 S. Catawba Avenue.


For more information on places to stay during race weekend please visit


To learn more about the McDowell County TDA please visit them at


They are a tremendous source of information for the area!



McDowell County Tourism Development Authority 

91 Catawba Ave. 

Old Fort, NC. 28762

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