TODD — For the sixth time, runners from all parts of the United States will travel to Todd for the annual New River Marathon on May 7.
“From the conception, we wanted the runners and their families to have a great experience, to experience the beauty of our New River Valley, Ashe County and North Carolina’s High Country, and to enjoy a taste of mountain hospitality,” said race director Ken Sevensky.
According to Sevensky, about 900 runners take part in the New River Marathon each year.
Runners have a choice to compete in four different events: A full marathon, half marathon, 5K and a one-mile fun run. All races will be held on Saturday morning except for the fun run which will take place during the pre-race dinner on Friday evening.
Since the New River Marathon is certified by USA Track and Field, it serves as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.
For the most part, the 2016 races will follow the same roads, but there are some changes being put in place to improve runner safety.
At the finish line, bluegrass band Amantha Mill will be performing and awards will be handed out to age group winners.
Runners will be treated to some of the best scenery around, one of the reasons the race continues to be one of the most popular events in the area.
“We know that we live in a truly special place and it’s fun to share the beauty of the place we call home with other runners. We know and appreciate that the New River between Todd and Fleetwood is one of the most spectacular venues,” said Sevensky. “It’s always a thrill to see the runners’ appreciation and to hear their comments about the beauty of the North Carolina mountains and this New River Valley.”
For more information on the New River Marathon, visit their website at www.newrivermarathon.com or call Ken Sevensky at 336-877-8888.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87