New Trail Races At Brushy Hills Set For Oct. 21

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Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Brushy Hills is one of Lexington’s best-kept secrets, but race directors for the inaugural Nasty 9 Trail Run and 4-Mile Challenge hope to change that with a first-of-its-kind event at the 600-acre mountain property.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, runners from across the region and as far away as New Jersey will travel to Lexington for a challenging trail race, with the proceeds benefiting the Rockbridge Area Relief Association and the Friends of Brushy Hills. Runners will choose between two distances, the 9-mile “Nasty 9” and the “4-Mile Challenge.” The 9-mile race will start at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 4-mile at 9.

Race director Peter Jetton hopes to attract both new and experienced trail runners to the event at Brushy Hills, which boasts some of the best single track trail in the area, he said.

“Brushy Hills is a treasure, for runners, hikers and anyone who likes to get outdoors,” Jetton said. “This event will be a great opportunity for experienced runners to test themselves on a challenging course and for runners new to trails to get a taste of what mountain trail running is all about. And 100 percent of the race proceeds go to our benefiting organizations.”

Located a few miles outside of Lexington, Brushy Hills is home to a spring that once served as the water source for the city, which still owns the property. The Friends of Brushy Hill, a group of volunteers affiliated with the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, builds and maintains the trails on the property and also restores the forest health for the area by eradicating invasive species.

“This race simply would not be possible without all the hard work the Friends of Brushy Hills have poured into the area,” Jetton said. “I am also grateful to the City of Lexington, Lexington Fire and Safety, and our sponsors Devils Backbone, Cornerstone Bank, Walkabout Outfitters, W&L Law, the W&L Outing Club, and the Hardenbergh law firm for their support of the race.”

Jetton said there is still plenty of time to sign up for the race, which runners can do through the race website at www.nasty9trailrun.org. Registrations will be accepted online until a few days before the race and afterwards in person at packet pickup at Walkabout in Lexington and on race day at Brushy Hills. The deadline to guarantee a t-shirt is this Thursday.

Anyone interested in running, sponsoring or volunteering for the race can contact Peter Jetton at pjetton@gmail.com or 540.461.1326.

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