Runners, ASU Students and High Country Kids are invited to “Run the Gauntlet”

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Daniel Boone was made to “Run the Gauntlet” in order to survive capture by the Shawnee Indians. Running the Gauntlet involved passing through a long line of warriors who then beat at him with “clubs, hoe handles, tomahawks, and butcher knives.” Many men die after Running the Gauntlet just once but Daniel Boone, though badly beaten, survived.Kids, Students, High Country running

This historical account of Boone, who actually Ran the Gauntlet eight different times, is setting the stage for an exciting new off road race in the High Country.

Run the Gauntlet will take place the Saturday before Labor Day – September 4, 2010.

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, on Saturday, September 4, with start times varying for individual, 2-person, and 3-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 Rd. 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, and is a great stopping point for hungry cyclists.

The start and finish line area of Run the Gauntlet will be very family friendly and will offer a Mud Puppy Challenge for children ages 6 – 13 years. The Mud Puppy Challenge will be a short run and obstacle course incorporating the finish line mud pit.High Country Running race

Run the Gauntlet is being produced by Blue Ridge Endurance, the organizers and promoters of the 208-mile Blue Ridge Relay, which hosts approximately 1,000 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.

The charitable partner will be local High Country Volunteer Fire Departments.

For additional Run the Gauntlet information, registration, and sponsorship inquiries please visit or call 336-877-8888..