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Sign up now for Mountain Crawl race
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Sign up now for the second annual McMinnville Mountain Crawl slated for Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.
The unique race has participants climbing and crawling through Cumberland Caverns, then biking to the Barren Fork River and kayaking. The event is a production of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re excited to bring the race back this year,” said Chamber president Mandy Eller. “The Mountain Crawl highlights some of our best tourism assets. Nearly all of the participants last year were locals, but this year we are seeing the opposite. Most participants are coming from out of town. We attribute that to including the kayaks this year since it is easier to bring a group of friends with just bikes than it is to also carry kayaks.”
McMinnville Mountain Crawl can be completed as an individual or a relay team. The race starts at Cumberland Caverns at 2 p.m. Participants charge into the cave to the Ten Acre Room where they will be faced with climbing and crawling challenges.
When finished, they will bicycle nine miles to near downtown McMinnville, taking Highway 8 to Highway 127 with views of Ben Lomand Mountain and winding roads to Pepper Branch Park where kayaks await for the final leg, a race to Smooth Rapids on the Barren Fork River.
All kayaks are included for the race courtesy of Smooth Rapids.
This year racers will cross the finish line to enjoy the second annual Reggae at Smooth Rapids music festival. All participants will receive an event T-shirt, will be treated to pizza from Papa Johns after the race, and will receive a free month of visits from Carbide Crossfit.
Prizes include three Orion 45-quart coolers, a Yeti cooler courtesy of Towee Boats, Bluegrass Underground tickets, Adventure Tour tickets from Cumberland Caverns, and kayaking and camping packages from Smooth Rapids. All winners will receive three months of Carbide Crossfit visits.
All proceeds from the race fund the Warren County Chamber of Commerce to help with the administrative costs of such programs as the Foundation for Educational Progress in Warren County, which houses the Books from Birth program as well as the Citizens for Progress Scholarship fund, tourism initiatives, and other various programs that promote a strong, healthy business climate in Warren County.
For more information or to register, go to or call the Chamber of Commerce at 473-6611. Registration is $35 per individual and $100 per team prior to race day.