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Mountain Crawl approved to return to McMinnville
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McMinnville’s Mountain Crawl Adventure Race on Sept. 22 has received approval to utilize city streets for its fourth year.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved a request from Warren County Chamber of Commerce president Mandy Eller to support the event and provide it with police enforcement.

“We plan on keeping the same route as last year, starting at Cumberland Caverns then to Smooth Rapids via Dark Hollow Road to Highway 8, Highway 56 then on Durham Street,” said Eller. “We are requesting support of the police department during the race as needed. The proposed route provides a shoulder the entire route and at no time does a bike cross a street.”

Racers will still enjoy three legs of the race with caving at Cumberland Caverns, biking a 7.4-mile scenic route, and kayaking approximately six miles of the Barren Fork River. Kayaks are courtesy of Smooth Rapids.

The race, touted as a good test for the seasoned athlete, is gaining popularity.

“We grew from 38 participants in 2016, to 95 last year and 71 were from out of town,” said Eller. “We anticipate even more growth this year. New this year, we’ll split the competitive and non-competitive into different heats to keep the boats moving.”

Competitors can complete as individuals or as a team of three, splitting the legs between them – making the race accommodating for beginners.
As it has in the past, an abundance of prizes are up for grabs and race participants are urged to enjoy lunch refreshments at Smooth Rapids after the race.

Registration opened Thursday, May 31, on