This is an interesting and reasonably challenging course. The portion of the course that passes directly through the active quarry makes one feel wee tiny with the gigantic backdrop of the quarry. Very cool.
FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS
Locally owned and operated Grove Stone & Sand Company is proud to host the 12th annual Rock the Quarry Trail Challenge 5K and Kids Fun Run in the heart of the Swannanoa Valley. Rock the Quarry 5K Challenge is a foot race with a mission to bring our community together to celebrate good health in our beautiful surroundings while supporting our neighbors. All proceeds from the event benefit Grove Stone’s neighbor, the Black Mountain Home for Children, and long-time partner, Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS).
Course-Boasting some of the best views in all of Western North Carolina, this challenging course combines scenic views, private trails, multiple stream-crossings, and a 1/2 mile span through Grove Stone’s active quarry.
RACE SHIRT: If you’re able to select your shirt size during the registration process, you’re guaranteed a shirt! There are limited quantities to people that register after the Sept 3rd shirt deadline. Feedback from last year’s race is that the RTQ shirt will be your new favorite running shirt! Shirt sizes are all uni-sex sizes this year.
KIDS FUN RUN: Rock the Quarry is excited to continue the Kids Fun Run (ages 10 and under). The Kids Fun Run ($5 per participant) is 1/4 of a mile – and each participant will receive a ROCK headband! The Kids Fun Run will start at 9:15am before the 5K.
PACKET PICK UP: Grove Stone & Sand Company (842 Old US Highway 70 entrance) at the scale house on Friday (9/13) from 4:00 – 6:00pm or you can pick up the packets the morning of the race from 7:30am – 9am (please come early!) in the picnic shed near the race starting line.
AWARDS: Trophies for top finishers for the 5K age/gender categories. CASH PRIZES to the 1st ($200), 2nd ($100), & 3rd ($50) place overall finishers. Masters Division (40 and over) overall male & female will receive a gift card from Vertical Runner in Black Mountain!
All participants will receive a Rock the Quarry T-Shirt (Shirts only guaranteed to runners that register before September 4th)
Age group awards will go to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd male and female finishers in the following age groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20 -29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,60-69, 70 & Over. Masters Division (40 and over) – 1st place men and women. No double dipping on awards.
Race starts at 9:30 AM.