Gristmill 5k, a New Catawban Tradition


For the third consecutive year, Murray's Mill Historic District is the picturesque setting for the Gristmill 5k hosted by the Historical Association of Catawba County (HACC).

The race will take place on Saturday, November 4, at 9 a.m. at Murray's Mill off Highway 10 East. Pre-register at RunTimeRaces' website: www.runtimeraces.com/grist-mill-5k. Register before October 24 and receive a free long-sleeve race shirt.

"Participants can be assured this 5K will be well organized and leave you with an awesome race experience," said RunTimeRaces Founder Kelly Stewart.

The course is off-road and consists of mostly non-technical trails with a few footbridges that cross surrounding waterways. The route ultimately leads competitors by the mill pond and the 1913 waterwheel.

After the race, competitors who place in their age bracket will be presented a unique oak leaf ornament. Inspired by the historic Weidner Oak, the leaves represent the Catawban "family tree."

For the remainder of the day, the Association encourages visitors to tour the 1913 Mill and check out the Murray & Minges General Store to stock up on local goods.

"We are happy families come out each year to explore the landscape through this unforgettable event," said HACC Executive Director Dr. Amber Clawson Albert. "None of this would have been possible without the RunTimeRaces production team and our lead sponsor, Promise View Acres Farm, LLC."

Other sponsors include:

Newton Vision Center, Hickory Saw & Tool, Newton Family Physicians, and Ms. Casey Reid of Newton.

Race Day Registration will open at 7:45 a.m. (NO race tee with race day registration). You must have the proper amount for cash payment on race day, no checks accepted.

About:

The Historical Association of Catawba County is a non-profit organization that offers heritage programming and preserves four historic sites - The Catawba County Museum of History, the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge, Murray's Mill Historic District, and The Harper House/Hickory History Center. Contact: Amber C. Albert (828) 465-0383 cchadirector@gmail.com

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