Rock the Quarry Raises $45,000 For Local Organizations
Posted on November 2nd, 2015
There are a lot of things we love about Rock the Quarry: the great views of the Swannanoa River Valley that we get to share with participants, the enthusiasm of the children running the Kids’ Fun Run, the handmade “pet rock” awards, the friendly-competitive spirit, the dedicated sponsors and the gracious volunteers that make it all happen. The list goes on.
Our FAVORITE thing about Rock the Quarry is the contribution it brings to help two local beneficiaries: the Black Mountain Home for Children and Colburn Earth Science Museum. Thanks to our sponsors and record-breaking participation this year, we raised $45,000. We handed the Black Mountain Home for Children a check for $30,000, which will go towards their Everyday Fund to pay for food, water, electricity bills, and their overall ability to care for homeless and neglected children in Western North Carolina. Grove Stone & Sand is also a longtime partner to the Colburn Earth Science Museum, who received $15,000 for their capital campaign. As the museum is moving locations and transitioning into the Asheville Museum of Science, we are thrilled to support the work they do and the efforts made to provide educational programming to youth and adults.
We are planning an even more successful Rock the Quarry for 2016. Put Saturday, September 17th, 2016 on your calendar and help us continue to grow, so we can continue to give back to our community.
Official Asheville Spartan Video 2015
Posted on October 2nd, 2015
Hear what participants said about the Asheville Spartan and view actual footage from race day here: SPARTAN RACE 2015 | ASHEVILLE SUPER | OFFICIAL RACE VIDEO
Grove Stone & Sand Hosts Global Reebok Spartan
Posted on September 4th, 2015
Last Saturday, August 29th, Grove Stone & Sand Company (our mining location in Black Mountain, NC) hosted “one of the grittiest courses in the Spartan venue,” as described on the Reebok Spartan website. In deciding to host the race, Grove Stone knew that we had a unique opportunity to share our property with outdoor enthusiasts and provide a boost to the local economy. The race delivered on both accounts. Our mining quarry was a great venue for such an event because of the variety of washed and screened granite material on-site, which were used to design the challenges during the race. The steep slopes and rocky terrain added to the challenge.
5,725 daring participants finished the 8.5-mile race, complete with 30 obstacles, including a fire jump, barbed wire crawl, rope climb, spear throw, tire drag, wall traverse and more! Over all, the event was a blast for Grove Stone and for the community in which we work. Several of our employees and family participated in the event. Jon Neumann, our Western North Carolina Sales Manager and Race Director for the annual Rock the Quarry 5K coming up on September 19th reported, “The race went great. The course was perfect and very challenging!”
For more event photos, visit the Asheville Citizens-Times! webpage
For race results, visit Reebok Spartan! webpage
Saturday Practice Run
Posted on August 12th, 2015
Grove Stone & Sand Company had 65 runners come out for their last training run around the quarry, held on Wednesday, August 5th! With the Spartan run only two weeks away, we’re having another training run this Saturday, August 15th at 9 a.m. Come to the back entrance at Grove Stone, which is at the end of Lake Eden Road, past Owen High School and Camp Rockmont. Take a right when it dead ends and then a left onto the gravel road. Grove Stone will be open from 9-11, so come enjoy a run or walk with us! We’re looking forward to another big group!
Grove Stone & Sand Co. Training Run!
Posted on August 3rd, 2015
Grove Stone & Sand Co. is having another training run next Wednesday, August 5th at 5:45pm at the quarry. Whether you are training for the Reebok Spartan Race coming up on August 29th or Rock the Quarry 5K on September 19th OR BOTH, come tear up the trails and have fun with us!
We’ll meet between 5:15 – 5:45pm and will start the group run at 5:45pm sharp. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the terrain and property. Feel free to run at your own pace and we’ll have water available at the end of the run.
Directions: Take Lake Eden Road past Owen High School and Camp Rockmont until it dead-ends. The back gate to Grove Stone & Sand Co. will be on the right. Posted signs will point you in the right direction. Turn left on the gravel road once you pass thru the gate and you’ll run right into the starting line. Park on the side of the gravel road.
***Make sure you come around to the back gate at Grove Stone & Sand Co. at the end of Lake Eden Road, the front gate will be locked.***
If you have any questions, call Jon Neumann at 828-230-2774.