May 4, 2012. The second running of the New River Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012. The family owned Riverside Restaurant, which sits on the banks of the New River in Brownwood, will again be hosting the start/finish line and the Friday night pre-race dinner.
The inaugural event in 2011 welcomed almost 800 runners to the Brownwood, Todd, and Fleetwood communities. “From the conception we wanted the runners and their families to have a great racing experience, to experience the beauty of our New River Valley, Ashe County, and North Carolina’s High Country, and to enjoy a taste of mountain hospitality. It was our desire to create a race festival that offered races that appealed to runners of all abilities,” said race co-director, Ken Sevensky. “We were thrilled with the success of last year. Our sponsors, the Fleetwood and Todd Volunteer Fire Departments and the community groups that worked with us at registration, the finish line and on the course rolled out the red carpet with their professionalism and courtesy. In addition, we know that we live in truly special place and it’s fun to share the beauty of the place we call home with other runners.”
“Our goal for 2012 is to improve on the success of last year. The runners, who currently more than double our numbers from this time last year, will enjoy one of the most spectacular venues at the Riverside Restaurant, which is surrounded by the New River valley. During and after the races, family and friends who aren’t running will be able to enjoy Amantha Mill, who will once again be serving up some of the High Country’s best bluegrass at the finish line. It is a pleasure to work with a variety of community groups that staff runner registration, the support station, and finish line. And we are extremely grateful for our sponsors support, which continues to grow enabling us to improve the quality of the race experience and offer an even more unique and valued slate of awards.”
Many thanks to our New River Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K sponsors:
Ashe County Chamber of Commerce
RiverGirl Fishing Co.
Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center
Elk Creek Mountain
Gum Ridge Mill & Flying Pig Furniture
St. Germaine Media Services, LLC
Meadowsweet Gardens Inn
Pleasant Ridge Nursery and Landscaping
Todd Community Preservation Organization
Fleetwood Falls, Inc.
Samaritan’s Purse, Team SP
Buffalo Tavern Bed and Breakfast
Heart of the High Country Real Estate and Rentals
Frasers Restaurantand Pub
Ashe County Cheese
Runners have a choice of 4 races: marathon, half marathon, 5K, and 1-mile fun run. Walkers are welcome in the half-marathon, 5K and 1-mile fun run. All races will be held Saturday morning, May 5. However, the 1-mile fun run will be held during the pre-race dinner Friday evening, May 4. The New River Marathon is certified by USA Track and Field and therefore serves as a Boston Marathon qualifying event. The half-marathon course is in the certification process.
To learn more about the New River Marathon, visit www.NewRiverMarathon.com or contact Ken Sevensky at 336-877-8888. The New River Marathon is produced by Blue Ridge Endurance, LLC, which also produces the Blue Ridge Relay, Southern Blue Relay, The Gauntlet Run, Throwdown at Cooper’s Farm, The Black and Blue, and The Mount Jefferson Challenge.