The Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) and the Elkin Running Club announced on Oct. 24, it will hold its third annual INSANE TERRAIN 5K Trail Race benefiting the Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA). All trail runners, runners, hikers and walkers are encouraged to register by Oct. 14 to be guaranteed a technical shirt. The goal of the event is to raise $5,000 which will be used to help build the last bridge over Big Elkin Creek, which is essential in order to create a continuous trail from Elkin Municipal Park to Stone Mountain State Park.
“This is not your typical flat and fast race,” said Robert Ball of the Elkin Running Club and EVTA. “We will be utilizing the new trail and parts of the new and ‘under construction’ mountain bike trail on the east side of the Big Elkin Creek. Part of the course includes crossing Big Elkin Creek. Shoes will get wet and probably muddy so be prepared. New for this year is a cash prize of $125 for the first place overall female and overall male winner. We will also have age group awards for first, second and third place.”
The 5K trail race starts at 8 a.m. on Oct. 24 behind the Elkin Recreation Center 399 N.C. 268 West in Elkin. The event welcomes all runners, hikers and walkers and includes snacks and awards after the race. Advanced registered participants 21 and older will receive two free beers Friday evening at Skull Camp Brewery. Go Sports Timing & Events of Mount Airy is providing all race logistics, including personnel to manage start and finish lines, race timing and scoring, and online posting of race results.
With the recent increase in popularity, 5K and 10K races are helpful in bringing awareness and raising money for organizations like the Elkin Valley Trails, an affiliate of the NC Rails to Trails.
Dr. Bill Blackley of the Elkin Valley Trails Association said, “We are excited about this event and are hopeful that it will raise $5,000 to help build the second bridge over Big Elkin Creek which is essential to create a continuous trail from Elkin Municipal Park to Stone Mountain State Park. Once completed, this trail will become a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail. Equally important, we hope this will continue to grow and be an annual event that will serve to bring awareness about the trails to a broader audience and further the fantastic support we’ve already received and continue to receive from our community, state and surrounding areas.”
Trails and greenways promote an array of outdoor activity, including biking, hiking, walking and running, all of which can have a positive impact on a community’s overall health and wellness. This is one reason why Yadkin Bank became the presenting sponsor of the event.
Research indicates trails and greenways stimulate the local economy by attracting and retaining small businesses, increasing tourism dollars and decreasing health care costs. In addition to these benefits, trails and greenways serve to enhance property values, provide alternative transportation options, create environmental benefits and increase social connectedness.
The EVTA and Elkin Running Club expressed thanks to this year’s corporate/individual sponsors for the INSANE TERRAIN race: Yadkin Bank, Dr. Charles Classen, Dr. Adrienne Classen, Renfro Corporation, Skull Camp Brewery and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.
The 5K course is an out and back trail run/walk beginning at the band shell behind the Elkin Rec Center and crossing the new bridge over the Big Elkin Creek. After the bridge crossing, the trail will turn and cross the Big Elkin Creek at the site of an old ATV trail with an all sandy bottom. After crossing the creek, the course will head south going under NC Hwy 268 By-Pass merging with the new mountain bike trails still under construction. The trail will meander through the woods to a hilly logging road opening up into a large field. From the field, the course will turn back down towards the Big Elkin Creek completing a large circle back to the first crossing at the Big Elkin Creek. After the second creek crossing, it will be a flat finish to the park while enjoying the views of the Shoe Factory waterfall, autumn leaves and the Big Elkin Creek.