The 18th Annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness Returns to the High Country, Sept. 30

The 18th annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, September 30th in Blowing Rock.  Along with the 5K run, there will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids sponsored by Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Last year, a mix of cool mountain air and sunny skies brought over 320 runners out to enjoy the scenic views of the Blue Ridge as they climbed Wonderland Trail Road early Saturday morning.  They welcomed the challenge of a steep run through the Mayview neighborhood knowing that sticky buns, coffee, and even beer awaited them on the other side of the finish line.

The proceeds from this annual event benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, which works with willing landowners and local communities to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value in northwest North Carolina.

To register online, follow this link:  https://register.chronotrack.com/r/32088. Or pick up a paper registration form at Stick Boy Bakery or Stick Boy Kitchen. (Register by September 8th to reserve a race t-shirt in your size!)

Registration for the 5K is $25 per runner if registered by September 27th. Registration the day of the race will be $30 per participant. Registration for the 1-mile kids’ race is $15 per runner if registered before September 27th and $20 per participant on the day of the event.

The race will have prizes for the top three men’s and women’s finishers in each age group. The age groups are 13 and under, 14-18, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and up, masters 40 and up and overall.

ZAP Fitness Running Center is offering 4 weeks of free training runs / clinics at Bass Lake in Blowing Rock in preparation for the Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k. The training runs are open to all ages and abilities and will range in distance from 2-7 miles. The training runs will begin on September 6th and continue each Wednesday evening until race day.  Runners can park and meet at 5:45 p.m. at the dirt parking lot on rt. 221 adjacent to the entrance to Moses Cone Park.

The schedule for the event on September 30th is as follows:

7 a.m. – Registration and packet pick up at Blowing Rock Recreation Center located at 145 Park Avenue
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
8 a.m. – 1 Mile Kids Fun Run
8:30 a.m. – 5K run/walk
9:30 a.m. – Awards ceremony


The awards ceremony will be held at Bistro Roca in downtown Blowing Rock, where snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers for this event are crucial to its success.  Volunteers will help register runners, set up the signs along the course and assist with logistics at the finish line.  Volunteers get a race shirt and can enjoy Stick Boy treats and run in the race if interested.  Those who would like to volunteer can contact Nikki at nikki@blueridgeconservancy.org.

The event was started 18 years ago as a small fundraiser for what was then known as the High Country Conservancy. The race was originally established by a small group of people on the board of the High Country Conservancy as a fun way to raise money and also to highlight the scenic Mayview neighborhood in Blowing Rock.


For more information about this event, click here. https://blueridgeconservancy.org/new-events/annual-events/mayview-madness-run

To register online, follow this link:  https://register.chronotrack.com/r/32088. Or pick up a paper race registration form at Stick Boy Bakery or Stick Boy Kitchen.

Nikki Robinson