Runners terrain on Elkin
by Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter
A joint run sponsored by the Elkin Running Club and the Elkin Valley Trails Association will take place this weekend in Elkin.
The race is called “Insane Terrain” and will feature runners in the 5K and 10K category.
The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and 10K runners will start at 8:45 a.m.
“Road traffic will not be closed, but motorists are asked to use extra caution,” said Chief Monroe Wagoner of the Elkin Police Department.
According to Elkin’s top cop, joining police will be the Elkin Rescue Squad and Elkin Fire Department. Four off-duty Elkin police officers also will be assisting in the race.
Race day registration and bib pickup is 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of The Liberty located at 222 E. Main St.
Race officials stated that an early packet pick up for advanced registered runners will be held at the Elkin Recreation Center on Friday from noon to 7 p.m.
“The Elkin Running Club and the EVTA has been surprised and very appreciative of all the registrants and sponsors for the insane terrain road race,” said race organizer Robert Ball. “We have 108 award medals to give away.”
Overall winners male and female for both 5K and 10K for first, second and third are awarded. Additionally, male and female age divisions for both races, first, second and third, are awarded by age groups: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and up.
According to Ball, swag bags will be distributed and they’ll have additional items to pass out including a pair of running socks donated by Renfro in Mount Airy, a small first aid kit, suntan lotion, hand sanitizer, bag clip donated by Hugh Chatham Hospital and a technical T-shirt for all who registered before Oct. 5. Road ID has donated the race bibs and $15 gift certificates that will be given away as door prizes. Bridge Street Pharmacy will be donating two pairs of compression running socks with a retail value of $49 per pair for additional door prizes.
Dustin Transou will be playing music during the event.
222 Public House will be assisting in the beer tasting. All participants for this portion of the event must be over the age of 21 and may taste three different beers from Blowing Rock Brewery and Foothills Brewery. Full bottles will be available for purchase.
Chill on Main is supplying coffee to all volunteers.
According to race officials, all volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.
For this race, a committee was formed around April of 2013 to kick off the concept.
“Several members wanted to have a non-traditional kind of race and thought of all the hills in Elkin and the downtown described as being the bottom of a bowl. We went out and searched for some of the most challenging hills in Elkin and created the two courses. There are a few hills (James Street and others) that were left out because we do want participants to return a second time,” said Ball.
“Other characteristics of the race experience is to have something above and beyond for the participants, something that is not expected at a typical running event like our beer tasting option, live music, unique awards, door prizes and great cause to raise money for the construction of bridges on the local trails,” he said.
Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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