May 23, 2020 - May 23, 2020

Ridgecrest Conference Center is proud to present the third Downhill at Dusk 5K.  Runners will run a course from Ridgecrest to Black Mountain that drops over 200 feet in elevation. This is one of most unique races of the year and without doubt the fastest.  Earlier that day, the Downhill at Dawn Half Marathon will take runners from Ridgecrest to Old Fort on a combination of paved and gravel roads.




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 1.800.588.7222.

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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


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.

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Friday, May 22, 4-7 PM - ARC on the Ridgecrest Campus
Saturday, May 23, 5:00-6:30 PM - 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!


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.  This was the award in 2017. 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 pm. 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, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 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 21.If you canceled your entry for the 2017 race, you must use the code you received in your cancellation confirmation email from IMAthlete to receive your 2019 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




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