NBMS – The rainy weather this past Saturday did not deter more than 250 runners from coming out for the 7th Annual North Buncombe Middle School Chilly Challenge 8K Race & 1-Mile Fun Run and Chili Cook-off! There were 450 event participants total including the runners and walkers, volunteers, chili cook-off entrants, plus spectators and supporters of the popular event.
After the race, runners and spectators warmed up in the cafeteria with a Luella’s BBQ chili lunch, live music from the NBMS jazz band, chili cook-off tastings, and award ceremony that included fantastic prizes from Jus’ Running and other local businesses, as well as handcrafted clay medals made by students and school volunteers.
The 8K winner was Liam Gayter from Asheville with a time of 29:35. The chili cook-off winners were Steve Metcalf for judged chili and Ginger Sineath for the taster’s choice award. A unique part of the event this year was a team challenge. The largest “Flock of Hawks” team, led by North Buncombe Middle School teacher and softball coach Chris Brown, was “8k the Coach Brown Way” with 57 participants! The most Spirited Team was “Team Todd Swifties” with 34 team members and matching T-shirts.
Hosted by the North Buncombe Middle School PTO and presented by TS Orthodontics, the event is the school’s largest fundraiser and has grown into a well-loved community event with a huge crowd lining the course to cheer on their friends and family! Money raised from past races has helped by improving the school’s outdoor classroom, purchasing technology in the media center and classrooms, and updating presentation equipment in the auditorium. The PTO hopes to use money raised from this year’s event to begin improvements to the school cafeteria. North Buncombe Middle School currently serves approximately 600 seventh and eighth-grade students.
To view race day pictures or get more detailed information about the event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/chillychallenge8k/or www.chillychallenge.com. Be sure to read the other article about the event in this week’s paper out Thursday.