On Sept. 16, a crisp, foggy September morning in the quarry at Grove Stone & Sand, runners of all skill levels anxiously paced and stretched as they awaited the start of the 10th annual Rock the Quarry Trail Challenge 5K and Kids Fun Run.
The 350-plus participants was a record crowd for the race, as was the amount of money raised to benefit the Black Mountain Home for Children and the Asheville Museum of Science.
The event, held each year by Hedrick Industries (owner of Grove Stone & Sand) and presenting sponsor Asheville-based Carolina CAT, raised between $60,000-$70,000.
"We were blessed with a beautiful day and a bunch of smiling faces," said Jon Neumann, one of the many Hedrick employees in charge of organizing the race.
Prior to the 5K, dozens of kids participated in the fun run, which loops around a small pond. As the children finished hundreds of runners took on the quarry itself.
Will Norris was the top overall finisher with a time of 18:00. He was followed by David Short and Jonathan Ibach, who rounded out the top three overall. Anna Wheatly was the top finisher among women with a time of 20:31.