2013 Kids StartThe 2014 running of the Stick Boy Mayview Madness drew more than 320 preregistered runners, ages 3 to 84, including more than 60 under 13. This year’s event takes place here on Saturday, September 19 on a course that winds through the historic Mayview neighborhood, with magnificent views along the route. With average race day high and low temperatures of 67 and 49 respectively, conditions should be perfect for running.

The 16th annual 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 starts in the same location at 8:00, so parents can accompany their kids and still make the 5k start time.

“It’s great to host the Mayview Madness annually.  For us, it means the start of fall, a truly magical time of year. Running has been a part of this area for a long time, and folks travel from out of town to be a part of it. The number of runners speaks to the success of the event organizers and to the welcoming spirit and hospitality of our town,” said Tracy Brown, Blowing Rock TDA Executive Director.

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 masters runners. Reebok running shoes will be awarded to the male and female first place finisher in each category. Details and registration at go.events.com/#/event/2115.

Proceeds 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. For more information visit blueridgeconservancy.org.

August 2015