New partnership creates new opportunities to give to the community
BLOWING ROCK, N.C. – Blue Ridge Mountain Club, a 6,200-acre community in the heart of North Carolina’s High Country between Blowing Rock and Boone, N.C., is pleased to host The 2015 Blue Ridge Ascent, in conjunction with the Blood, Sweat & Gears’ Blowing Rock Fall Classic, the weekend of September 26-27. The weekend presents not only a challenge to cyclists and other athletes, but also the chance for participants to give back to the local community in a significant way. Proceeds from both events will be donated to different charitable organizations in North Carolina’s High Country by BSG Events, a 501(c)3 foundation.
In sponsoring The Blowing Rock Fall Classic, The Blue Ridge Mountain Club is excited to fulfill their mission to build a strong community with the surrounding areas. This partnership creates the opportunity for tremendous impact in the High Country.
“Blue Ridge Mountain Club is thrilled to partner with BSG in efforts to support our community,” Director of Hospitality Erica Lackey said. “We feel BSG’ mission, ‘Helping our community one revolution at a time,’ is the perfect complement to our goal to ‘Build Community.’ These cohesive missions produce a great opportunity to work on behalf of the High Country.”
Blue Ridge Mountain Club and BSG have teamed up to provide a two-day event for athletes and spectators that highlights the importance of giving back to the community by experiencing the High Country in its most picturesque season.
The Blowing Rock Fall Classic kicks off the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 26 with a 72-mile ride along Highway 181 and US 221, including the scenic stretch along the base of Grandfather Mountain. The Fall Classic course tests riders with a 13 mile climb of 2,700 foot elevation change climbing up Hwy 181 and ends in Blowing Rock. Registration is $70 per cyclist and is open now online (www.bikereg.com/blowing-rock-fall-classic).
The Blue Ridge Ascent will begin the following day at 9 a.m. and features several options to participate. Options include the duathalon, consisting of a 5.6-mile ride from BRMC lower gate to Watson Gap and a 3.7-mile run from Watson Gap to the main gate. Participants can also choose to register for the more moderate ride or run individually. Athletes completing the full ascent will conquer 9.2 miles while ascending more than 3,200 feet. Registration is available online (racesonline.com/events/blue-ridge-ascent) for the duathalon and individual races.
About Blue Ridge Mountain Club
In the heart of the High Country of North Carolina, The Blue Ridge Mountain Club is, literally and figuratively, a community on the rise. Founded in 2008, it spans more than 6,200 acres and offers a sanctuary of picturesque mountaintop living amid the highest ridgelines at the crossroads of Blowing Rock’s charm and Boone’s conveniences. The mission of Blue Ridge Mountain Club is to continuously nurture the spirit of community by creating meaningful places that facilitate authentic family experiences that become the hallmarks of heritage and tradition across multiple generations. To learn more, visit www.BlueRidgeMountainClub.com, call 828.414.3949, or visit the Blue Ridge Mountain Club Trailhead Welcome Center at 1116 Main Street, in downtown Blowing Rock, N.C.