Article Published: Aug. 9, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 23, 2012
Stick Boy Bread Company and Bistro Roca will sponsor the
Blue Ridge Conservancy’s Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run for the fourth time Sept.
22 at 8 a.m. behind Memorial Park in Blowing Rock.
The 5K race was established in
2000 and has always been a benefactor toward protecting land in the High Country. The Fun Run is in
place for kids who want to participate.
But this year’s race is continuing a
newfound tradition: free training.
“In 2011, ZAP (Fitness) offered to provide free
weekly training sessions in Blowing Rock,” said Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) land protection
specialist Rob McCorkindale. “ZAP Fitness is the race coordinator for this year’s event, and they
will provide the same weekly training session to anyone that is
Assistant coach Ryan Warrenburg at ZAP Fitness will conduct
training exercises at Moses Cone Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway in a five-week, completely free
training program every Wednesday evening, starting on Aug. 22 before the 5K.
ZAP, our expertise is in training distance runners, and we bring that to the training clinics to
give people a better idea of what they should be doing to get ready for the race,” Warrenburg said.
“After the short talk, we go out for a training run, the last of which will be a preview of the
After each training clinic, Warrenburg said the group is invited
out to pizza and pint night at Bistro Roca, the business that offered ZAP Fitness the opportunity to
train runners for Mayview Madness.
As far as the rigor of the training clinics go,
Warrenburg said they are open to “all ages and abilities.”
“The training will
range from runs of two to seven miles, depending on your experience, and there will be some workouts
that will be targeted toward running a faster 5K for people that are looking to improve their
times,” he said.
After living in Boone for more than a decade, Stick Boy owner
Carson Coatney said the BRC wanted him and his business involved because of their known values
toward the respect of the land and the High Country.
“One of the reasons I live
here is because of all the outdoor activities and the great things to do, and to see lands being
preserved long term is something that Stick Boy definitely wants to be a part of,” he
Along with providing snacks and drinks from Stick Boy at the race, Coatney
and many employees will take place in the 5K, which he said has a greater potential this year with
the free training clinic attached to the race for the second time.
I’ll be surprised if we don’t set a record as far as the turnout,” he
Another change to this year’s race is that it is taking place at the end of
September, versus its usual time slot in November, on account of bad weather in the