Ache Around the Lake has become known as one of the ‘biggest little races’ on the Upstate SC and Western NC racing circuit – boasting gorgeous mountain lake views and a challenging USAT&F-certified course. Local elites, power walkers and weekend racers looking for a PR enjoy this challenging race in the foothills each fall.

More importantly, The Ache benefits local St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds for non-profit St. Luke’s Hospital. St. Luke’s Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited hospital providing primary and acute healthcare services to Polk County, North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina.

Since 1991, The Foundation has raised funds for patient room renovations, hospital beds, heart monitors, automated medication dispensing, central registration and emergency room waiting area and adding digital mammography to the radiology department.

The Ache is an 8-K USATF (4.97 miles) certified course with varied terrain. There are many inclines and switchbacks but the last half mile is relatively flat. Scenic views of this hidden mountain lake are visible throughout much of the race. A challenging course for runners and walkers.

The Ouch is considered a “fun run” and is NOT USATF-certified.

Pre-registration for the Ache & Ouch: $25

Family Rate: $ 20 per person
(Minimum of three people registering at once. Great for large families, groups of friends, or businesses. Choose the “Family Rate” pricing option for this.)

Race Day and Late Registration (after September 17, 2018) for the Ache & Ouch: $30

Race day registration is located at the Tryon Antique Mall parking lot from 6:30 AM until 7:30 AM: 1005 South Trade Street, Tryon, NC 28782. We accept cash and checks. Sorry, NO credit cards! Only the 1st 200 are guaranteed t-shirts.

Call (828) 894-2693 or visit