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“GNAR” Gnarliest Kid’s Adventure Race Celebrates 8 Years!

Now celebrating our eighth annual, the Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race (a.k.a. THE GNAR presented by Providence Construction Group, offers kids ages five to fourteen the opportunity to experience adventure racing, alongside all of its thrill! This race is meant to expose kids to multisport events in a fun manner, while teaching invaluable lessons about teamwork, sportsmanship, and working to achieve goals in a suitable manner that they can bring with them for the rest of their lives. All proceeds from the race will benefit The Mountain Community School in Hendersonville, NC.

Event DateSunday May 5, 2019

The Race- This race allows the entire family an opportunity to participate together in teams of two, making a family fun race day environment. GNAR Competitors will be divided into waves of starters released at set intervals based on age and placed in either competitive or noncompetitive categories. Once off and running, two-person teams will work together to navigate a variety of challenges on the GNAR’s ‘Top Secret’ course. Challenges may include mountain biking, running, low ropes, problem solving, and climbing walls, all leading up to a grand finale obstacle.  This is guaranteed to leave a grin for the ride home so endearing parents will hope their kids’ faces really DO get stuck that way forever!

NEW in 2019 – A new category, Competitive Division No Bike, is a great addition for experienced racers and competitive kids.  Though all kids will receive a finisher medal regardless of competitive or non-competitive category!

Registration – Registration is now open for the Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race Ever presented by Providence Construction Group!  This fun race will be held on May 5th at Camp Ton-a-Wanda and is a benefit for The Mountain Community School, a public charter school located in Hendersonville.  The GNAR offers kids ages 5-14 the chance to participate as a 2 person team with a partner (either an adult or a child) on an adventure course tailored to their age and ability. The GNAR is created to challenge kids and encourage teamwork while promoting an active healthy lifestyle.  To register, go to school’s website:  themountaincommunityschool.com and find us on Facebook for updates and more information. Race organizers anticipate this event to sell out early, so prospective racers should call dibs and sign-up today!

Backing a Good Cause- Located at 613 Glover Street in Hendersonville, NC, the mission of Mountain Community School, the GNAR’s beneficiary, is to create an educational environment where students are inspired to academic excellence and discovery. Herein, teachers, parents, students, and community work together to honor individuality and diversity, nurture respect for self and others, and foster life-long love of learning. By participating in the GNAR, adults and kids alike can demonstrate and appreciate such values alongside teammates and competitors, all the while helping to support the school’s operations financially. For more information on the Mountain Community School, check them out online at themountaincommunityschool.com.

Awards– GNAR Finisher awards will be given to all participants. Pottery awards given for the top winners in the competitive category. (Team age group will be determined by age of the oldest teammate)  

Our gnarly course may be ‘Classified’, but more information about this event is just a click away! For more information please visit the GNAR Website

For more information please e-mail support@idaph.net.

About Daphne Kirkwood

Daphne Kirkwood is founder of iDaph Events. iDaph Events designs, manages, and produces premiere running, cycling, and multi-sport events in Asheville and surrounding Western North Carolina areas


In the time that iDaph Events has been organizing run, cycling and multi-sport events in Western North Carolina, a footprint has been made, a reputation earned, and an identifiable mark left. But we will not simply settle for being at the forefront of the race scene. No, my friends, “good enough” just isn’t good enough for us as organizers, nor for you as participants. We hope you continue to BE INSPIRED and DO SOMETHING GREAT!