Inaugural Fairway 5K To Kick Off 2016 Pinehurst Concours

Release Date: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Contact Person:  Dave Droschak, Droschak Communications (919) 630-6656

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2016) – The inaugural Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Fairway 5K Presented by FirstHealth Fitness will be staged on Pinehurst Resort’s Course No. 1 on the morning of April 30, helping kick off the fourth annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance.

As many as 500 runners are expected to participate at 7:45 a.m. in the unique run – believed to be the first time a 5K has been staged on any of the iconic resort’s golf courses.

“One of our goals at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is to help make our state a better, healthier place to live,” said BCBSNC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alan Hughes. “We’re glad to have the chance to support this 5K run and help provide a great reason for North Carolinians to get outside and do something active. We look forward to a wonderful day of running and personal bests.”

“FirstHealth Fitness is proud to continue our leadership in supporting endurance sports in our region,” said John Caliri, director of the FirstHealth Centers for Health and Fitness. “Helping to facilitate and participate in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Fairway 5K presented by FirstHealth Fitness is another way FirstHealth hopes to encourage area residents to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Our goal is to help provide a safe and satisfying race experience. We are thrilled to be a part of the first Fairway 5K on the legendary Pinehurst courses and to support the success of the Concours event.”

Runners of the timed event can find out more information or pre-register at or

“The layout of Course No. 1 sets up for a great, fast race,” said run chairman Marcus Hanshew. “And having a chance to run on an historic Pinehurst Resort golf course will be a great experience for all of the runners.”

The cost to pre-register is $35; or $45 the morning of the event, which includes one ticket for each race participant to the vintage auto showcase and Commodores concert. Kids 12-and-under can run for free and are admitted to the Pinehurst Concours at no charge. Medals will be handed out to the winners in each age category, while kids receive participation awards.

“This partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and FirstHealth allows us to bring another element to our event weekend,” said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard. “Offering a variety of activities allows us to appeal to an even broader audience. We added a concert and moved the main event to Saturday last year, with both additions contributing greatly to our increased attendance. We expect the 5K to continue our tradition of creating new traditions in a Concours setting.”

Tickets to the 2016 Pinehurst Concours are now on sale online at at an introductory price of $30 per ticket, which includes entry into the post-awards concert by Motown legends The Commodores, a band which has recorded seven No. 1 hits over four decades. The 2015 Pinehurst Concours and concert by Three Dog Night drew in excess of 10,000 patrons. There are also four local ticket outlets in the Pinehurst and Southern Pines area.

Tickets will increase to $40 each on March 1. Gates to the Pinehurst Concours vintage auto showcase open at 9 a.m. to the general public.

As many as 300 vintage collector cars and motorcycles are expected on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort for the event. The Pinehurst Concours Best in Show winners have included a 1919 bright purple Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer (2015), a midnight blue 1931 Cadillac 452A (2014) and a rare 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster (2013).

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.


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