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En Route to Mayview Madness

Article Published: Sep. 22, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 22, 2011
En Route to Mayview Madness

The 12th annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K and Fun Run will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, in Blowing Rock.

New this year is a separate fun run/walk/stroll, where participants can take in the scenery at their own pace, as well as the one-mile kids’ run.

“Thanks to Bistro Roca, everyone who signs up can learn from some of America’s top runners at a series of free training sessions at Bass Lake every Wednesday night from now until race day,” a spokesperson for the event said.

Each clinic offered by ZAP Fitness begins at 5:30 p.m. with a training run, followed by a coaching session.

Four clinics remain. ZAP Fitness coaches will cover a different topic each week to help participants get ready for the Mayview Madness race: Sept. 28, proper running form; Oct. 5, nutrition for performance; Sept. 12, injury prevention and rehab; and Oct. 19, race day preparation and strategy.

The Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K and Fun Run benefits the Blue Ridge Conservancy, which works 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.

Sign up for the race at, or go to to learn more about the beneficiary. Register at before Oct. 1 for only $20.

ZAP Fitness (, located just outside Blowing Rock, offers a variety of camps for adult recreational runners, such as a women’s minicamp, one-week training camps and a marathon prep minicamp.

Set in a tranquil environment near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the camps center around runs at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Moses Cone park, education about the sport of running and how to best train for events.

Through the ZAP Fitness Foundation, ZAP sponsors 11 professional distance runners who live full time at the ZAP facility in Blowing Rock.

“These are some of the best runners in the country, focusing on events from the 5K to the marathon, who train here in the High Country as they work toward their goals of representing the USA on future Olympic and world championship track and field teams,” a ZAP spokesman said.

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