The 17th Annual Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run takes place here on Saturday, September 3, right in the heart of a fun- and activity-filled Labor Day weekend. The 5k run starts at 8:30 a.m. adjacent to the American Legion Hall and finishes in front of Bistro Roca restaurant, where post-race snacks will be provided and awards presented. The 1-Mile Fun Run presented by Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine starts in the same location at 8:00, so parents can accompany their kids and still make the 5k start time.
Both runs benefit Blue Ridge Conservancy’s work with willing landowners and local communities to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value in northwest North Carolina.
“Blowing Rock is excited to again host the Mayview Madness 5k. Last year we had about 300 runners come to town and enjoy the views and our hospitality. This year should be even more exciting, since the run will take place during the Labor Day weekend. This will allow for visitors staying in Blowing Rock over the holiday weekend to join in on the fun while raising funds for Blue Ridge Conservancy, which helps makes the High Country a great place to visit,” said Tracy Brown, Blowing Rock TDA Executive Director.
The Mayview Madness 5k is run on a course that winds through the historic Mayview neighborhood, with magnificent views along the route. For a map of the route, visit blueridgeconservancy.org/news-events/annual-events/mayview-madness-run/race-map-2/
For those participants living in or near Blowing Rock, ZAP Fitness Running Center is offering three weeks of free training runs and clinics in advance of the events, including a session for children planning to participate in the 1 Mile Fun Run. The adult training runs are open to all ages and abilities and will range in distance from 2-7 miles. Runners will meet each week at 5:45 p.m. at the dirt parking lot on Highway 221 adjacent to the entrance to Moses Cone Park. Sessions are as follows: August 17: Proper Running Technique; August 24: Using Speed to Your Benefit; August 31: Race Strategy.
The 5k will have prizes donated by local businesses for the top three male and female finishers in each of ten age groups, including a separate category for master runners. Reebok running shoes will be awarded to the male and female first place finisher in each category. Details and registration at register.chronotrack.com/r/22542.
For other events taking place in and around Blowing Rock over the Labor Day weekend, visit blowingrock.com/calendar. For more information on the Blue Ridge Conservancy, visit blueridgeconservancy.org.