From Staff Reports
A possible record crowd of participants is slated to leave the starting line of the ninth annual Gristmill Grinder Trail Run at 10 a.m. (walkers at 10:10 a.m.) this Saturday, April 13 at Babcock State Park.
Donnie Hudspeth, the race director, said the maximum field of 300 was reached several weeks ago, and he has been turning people away since then.
The rugged half-marathon event is once again in Trail Runner Magazine’s “Trophy Series.”
Racers can pick up their race packets on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Hudspeth urges participants to take advantage of early pick-up from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Waterstone Outdoors beside the courthouse in downtown Fayetteville. Race-day morning packet pick-up will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the start/finish area.
To alleviate overcrowding in areas of the park that aren’t host to a large number of parking spots and/or are still under construction, Hudspeth stresses available spectator access sites along the course, including the Mann’s Creek Gorge Overlook and a later picnic area/overlook at about mile 6.
For more, visit www.gristmillgrinder.com, e-mail Hudspeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 304-575-3294.
For lodging reservations at the park or more information, contact the park at 800-CALL-WVA or go to http://www.babcocksp.com/.