Run the Gauntlet



Article Published: Sep. 15, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 24, 2011
Run the Gauntlet

Run the Gauntlet — Throwdown at Cooper’s Farm hits the High Country with a vengeance Sept. 24.

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Run the Gauntlet — Throwdown at Cooper’s Farm will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, in the community of Brownwood, located between Todd and Fleetwood.

This will be the second running of Run the Gauntlet – Throwdown at Cooper’s Farm.

Run the Gauntlet is an intense, primarily off-road test of endurance, agility and grit. The 4.3-mile course incorporates man-made obstacles, numerous creek crossings, primitive logging roads, fields, extreme terrain challenges and a finish line mud pit.

Run the Gauntlet will be held in the community of Brownwood, located between Todd and Fleetwood.
Start times will vary for individual, two-person, and three-person teams.

The start and finish of Run the Gauntlet are being held in the fields adjacent to Riverside Restaurant, which is an approximate 15-minute drive from Boone. After its start on the banks of the New River, Run the Gauntlet will follow the rolling Brownwood Road for approximately 0.4 miles before the course enters 1.5 miles of primitive and frequently steep logging roads.

As the course progresses to the mostly rolling fields of Coopers Dairy Farm, runners will continue to face challenges including man-made obstacles, creek crossings, and a 211-foot, 33 percent grade climb.

After a brief return on Brownwood Road, runners will complete their final obstacles, including a mud pit, before their “sprint” to the finish line.

The family-owned Riverside Restaurant, which is housed in the National Register of Historic of Places former herb and root warehouse, will be serving lunch to competitors and spectators as they enjoy finish line festivities.

Sitting on the banks of the New River’s South Fork in the community of Brownwood on Railroad Grade Road, the Riverside Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

The start and finish line area of Run the Gauntlet will be family friendly and will offer a Mud Puppy Challenge for children ages 6 to 13 years. The Mud Puppy Challenge will be a short run and obstacle course incorporating the finish line mud pit, however, changes have been made to this event and it will be more intense for those children who choose the harder course.

Run the Gauntlet is being produced by Blue Ridge Endurance, the organizers and promoters of the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay, which hosts approximately 1,500 runners from throughout the country who come to the High Country to complete the race from Grayson Highlands State Park, Va., to the finish in downtown Asheville.

For additional Run the Gauntlet information, registration and sponsorship inquiries, visit http://www.TheGauntletRun.com or call (336) 877-8888.

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