More than 90 runners lined up at the base of Grandfather Mountain May 3 to participate in the first annual Critter Crawl: a 5K race to the summit of the nature attraction, just below the Mile High Swinging Bridge.
The purpose of the race was to help fund the upcoming eagle habitat renovation. Runners began the race with unseasonably warm weather in MacRae Meadows and ended at the top with a cool breeze.
With a commanding lead by the end of the race, the first place participant with a time of 21 minutes and 29.9 seconds was Jason Bryant of Elkin, NC. Bryant, 39 years old, is an experienced runner who has completed races all over the world including Europe and the Mt. Washington Road Race. He likes any race that goes uphill and says that Grandfather is one of the best in the area.
Sam Saulsbury of Burnsville, NC was the second to finish in 25 minutes and 7.1 seconds. Saulsbury is only 16 years old and ran near his home to prepare for the race. The highlight of the day for Sam was his impressive finish and his ability to keep his nervous stomach settled when he finally reached the mountain’s summit.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.