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Mayview Madness returns Sept. 22

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Article Published: Sep. 13, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 23, 2012
Mayview Madness returns Sept. 22

Contestants take off for the 2011 Mayview Madness 5K.

Photo by Katie Langley

The 13th annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22.
The race and one-mile fun run benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, helping to protect important land from development and providing public access in seven High Country counties.

The scenic 5K course starts adjacent to the American Legion Hall in Blowing Rock and finishes in front of Bistro Roca restaurant, where post-race food will be provided and awards handed out. The course winds through the historic Mayview neighborhood of Blowing Rock, 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, according to race officials.

Tracy Brown, executive director of the Blowing Rock TDA, welcomes the race to town. “We’re happy to host the Mayview Madness 5K, as we have for many years. The event continues to grow bigger and better, and we’re happy to provide hospitality to participants from around the region. Blowing Rock has always been a community that embraces a healthy lifestyle and outdoor activities, so the Mayview Madness fits right in.

“We’re also pleased to be assisting the Blue Ridge Conservancy. It’s important to protect land and water resources that are critical to our area and that ensure sustainable tourism for the region.”

Local businesses will donate prizes for the top three male and female finishers in eight age groups in the 5K race, plus masters and overall winners. Awards include a pair of Reebok running shoes for each age group winner, as well as locally roasted free trade coffee, pottery and gift certificates.
Preregistration is online at, along with information on fees and schedules.

About Blue Ridge Conservancy

Blue Ridge Conservancy is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization. Since its founding, it has protected more than 16,000 acres in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes and Yancey counties, partnering with private landowners to voluntarily protect farmland and lands with scenic and ecological value using conservation easements.

The conservancy also works closely with state, federal and private partners to expand the public’s access to land with significant recreational, cultural and ecological value. For more information visit

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