The Burn: Labor Day 5K

Join us for the 4th Annual YMCA Labor Day 5K: The Burn!

Monday, September 4th@ 8:00am

Accept the challenge this Labor Day, September 4th, by taking on the Tower Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park. This up and back race will begin at 8:00 am at the Linwood Road access and follow the winding gravel road just past the 1.5 trail marker. Space is limited.

Parking: All parking will be available at Karyae Park, 4227 Linwood Road (0.7 miles away) and shuttle service will be provided.


Click below for:

Course map and elevation

Crowders Mountain State Park Map



  • $25 through August 28th
  • $35 until September 3rd.
  • Space is limited and this race is amazing!
  •  There is no race day registration

Other Details:

Awards will be given to the first overall male & female runners, and  five year increments for male and female runners.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

Is there early packet pick up?

Yes! You can pick up your race packet at the Central YMCA, 615 W. Franklin Blvd.
  • Friday, September 1 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 2 from 9:00 – 11:00 am

When and where is  early packet pickup?

Information to follow.

Can I walk the 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. Pets and strollers are not permitted.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Sign up by contacting Candace Hyde at or 704.865.8551. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

What does this race support?

Your fees support  the YMCA Annual Campaign. Through public support and contributions to the Gaston County Family YMCA and its branches, we are able to provide access to quality programs and services to everyone regardless of ability, gender, age, or socio-economic status. We thrive on serving as many people in the community as possible, but cannot do so without your help. Every day nearly 100 programs and services help shape our neighborhoods, but the call for assistance keeps growing.

2017 Race Sponsors

PHS Solutions, LLC

Piedmont Commercial Roofing, Inc.