Giles County, VA- Come October 2 mayhem returns to Giles County, Virginia. The annual Muddy A.C.C.E. Race kicks off at 8am on the first Saturday of October along the New River in Glen Lyn. Muddy ACCE Race is a 5K, 20 obstacle mud obstacle course race designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. It’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line, but if you can handle the mayhem. A challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something. For the kiddos we also have the Youth Mud Run that includes the Children’s Mud Pit. Along the banks of the New River in Southwest Virginia, this race has a rope swing out onto open water and over 30 other challenges…think you can handle it?
Muddy A.C.C.E. Race has been developed to support the Giles County Access to Community College Education efforts. Giles County is the first locality in the New River Valley to participate in the “Access to Community College Education” initiative. ACCE is a public/private partnership that makes college available tuition-free to resident graduates from Giles County by covering the cost of tuition for two years at New River Community College. ACCE supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program. With your support, students will graduate from NRCC prepared to join the workforce or transfer to a four-year university without college debt. The successful program has garnered national attention for Giles County and has allowed over 350 students to further their education at New River Community College.
The MAR event was the first of its kind in Giles County and will be an event not to miss. Participants can sign up to complete the event as individuals or teams. The obstacles will include challenges like beams, a floating bridge, and the mud pits! Every registered participant will receive an event t-shirt to prove you attempted the challenge. Spectators are welcomed to enjoy the village of vendors, food, and entertainment.
All safety and physical distancing precautions are being thoughtfully planned for. Guests will be viewing the trail in groups of limited size. Sanitation stations will be on site and guests will have space to physically distance while waiting to begin the events. Some have even said they’ve seen Lord Castle floating around or putting on greens. Guests are encouraged to stay alert for him and his spooky (or sometimes goofy) counterparts!