Aug. 7, 2012. Since 2010, Cooper’s Farm in Brownwood in Todd has dished-out a beast of a running course. (Don’t let the beauty of the New River Valley fool you, because there is a beast). Now in 2012, athletes can test their moxie on foot, on wheels, and in the water. Yes, the grueling 5-mile Gauntlet has returned, but now with its big brother in tow… the Cooper’s Farm Half Marathon.
With a few modifications a beast of a cyclo-cross venue has been roused… And there’s more at the farm…a bike-run-kayak tri (off road) and a run-bike-kayak tri (for the road savvy). But FIRST, the weekend will start with a Friday evening attack on the Monster, an approximate 1-mile running loop for some serious first night bragging rights. And FINALLY, the weekend wraps up with a classic 10-mile time Trial along Railroad Grade Road (Fleetwood to Todd).
The Blue Ridge Mountain Throwdown is a 3-day weekend of 7 races, based at Cooper’s Farm on the New River. The Riverside Restaurant will serve as race headquarters and the fields surrounding this historic building will play host to the start/finish venue of the majority of the races. Athletes could compete solo in any of the races. Team relay options are also available in the Cooper’s Farm Half Marathon, Cooper’s Farm Mountain Cross (cyclo-cross), New River Triathlon and the High Country Triathlon.
“The response from the athletes in the past 2 years has been that The Gauntlet serves up the most challenging course they’ve ever run. We’ve heard comparison’s to mud runs and trail races and the overwhelming opinion is that this is as tough as it gets,” stated Ken Sevensky, Race Director. The weekend of races creates opportunities for athletes to select a single race, or multiple races. For those athletes looking for and even greater challenge, the 3-day Ultimate Throwdown is a combination of 4 races: The Mountain Mile, The Gauntlet run, Cooper’s Farm Mountain Cross (bike), and the on-road High Country Triathlon (run-bike-kayak)
Race Schedule for Blue Ridge Mountain Throwdown, September 21-23, 2012.
|The Mountain Mile (run)
|Cooper’s Farm Half Marathon (run)
|Cooper’s Farm 5 (The Gauntlet) (run)
|10:30am 1st wave
|Cooper’s Farm Mountain-Cross (bike)
|2:00pm 1st wave
|New River Triathlon (bike, run, kayak off-road)
|New River Triathlon Team
|High Country Triathlon (run, bike, kayak on-road)
|High Country Triathlon Team
|Railroad Grade Time Trial (proposed)
This will be a family friendly weekend with live music, great food from the Riverside Restaurant, challenging races, and even races for athletes under age 12 (The Mountain Mile and Cooper’s Farm Mountain Cross). Even if you’re not racing come-on out with your cowbells and noise makers and cheer on the athletes.
For additional information, please visit www.MountainThrowdown.com.