Bikes N Beers sponsored the First Annual Mudder’s Day Madness 5K in Maryville. The inaugural event put on by the Harmony Family Center was well laid out and well run with lots of mud for the more than 200 participants! The course was fast and challenged the BNBers to keep up to capture the video of all the obstacles and stages of the race. The course started with a run through a wildflower decorated meadow (cue Sound of Music) and ended with a chest deep plunge in the lake. In between were a few mud pits, pipe slides, mud mounds and log hurdles. We don’t often see chip timing in the early offerings of most events but chips were offered and demonstrated the desire for Harmony to do things right. Live music was provided by the Dishwater Blondes and yummy BBQ was available for those who ordered it with their registration.
Of all the races BNB has seen over the years this one ranks right up there for beautiful setting, great people and a good cause. The dedication of the staff and volunteers to provide a family atmosphere and a challenging course was apparent and we predict this race will continue to grow in the years to come.
Montvale is the former YMCA Camp and is located eight miles from Maryville TN. Nestled at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain adjoining Great Smoky Mountains National Park the woods are beautiful the trees are huge and there is plenty of water features to wash off in. Harmony plans to use the 364 Montvale acres for a broad range of uses. Therapeutic programs began with the Barn – Harmony’s program of equine assisted psychotherapy, and this summer Harmony held the first therapeutic family camps for families of children adopted from foster care. Plans are currently underway for a program of leadership development and an environmental learning center.
BNB’s sponsorship included providing the deuce, which was a a popular backdrop for the Mudder banner and participant pictures, capturing the video of the day, and producing one of our world class videos. We are already planning to sponsor next year, if Mike, Eric, Robert, Brenda and the gang will have us back…here is that awesome video we promised…