PHOTO: Vulcan’s Franklin Quarry plant manager, Josiah Standridge, visits BrightStone to meet the adults with special needs who will benefit from this year’s Quarry Crusher Run on Nov. 9. / Photo submitted
Want to get an inside look at an underground mining operation while also benefiting a Franklin nonprofit that helps adults with disabilities?
Then the Vulcan Materials Quarry Crusher Run may be just the ticket. Designed to give Nashville-area runners and walkers the ultimate test of endurance, the unique race will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at Franklin Quarry on Downs Boulevard.
The high adventure 3.6 mile (single crusher) or 7.2 mile (double crusher) run/walk will take participants down through the quarry past towering limestone rock features, then back up to the finish line. Along the way runners and walkers will travel more than 440 feet of elevation change from the underground portal entrance to an overlook of the entire operation.
“While each race in the Quarry Crusher Run Series is unique, our race at the Franklin Quarry is the only one that is a surface and an underground mine,” said Josiah Standridge, Franklin Quarry plant manager. “We’ve designed the course to allow runners and walkers an opportunity to get up close to the portals of our underground mining operations.”
Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates that form the building blocks for the nation’s roads, bridges, homes, hospitals, schools, office buildings and places of worship. While running or walking the quarry, participants will gain a better understanding of where these essential materials originate.
Event proceeds will benefit BrightStone, a Franklin-based organization that provides adults with intellectual and developments disabilities with year-round vocational training and educational programs.
“It’s a great honor to have a partnership with such a world-class organization,” said Randy Elliott, BrightStone director of advancement. “We share Vulcan’s passion for investing in the lives of people and our community. For the past 20 years, BrightStone has been investing in the lives of adults with special needs who are so often overlooked. The financial support we will receive from the Quarry Crusher Run will provide the resources needed to help the adults we serve to live the very best life possible.”
Although the course is much more challenging than that of a typical road race, runners and walkers of all athletic abilities over the age of 12 are encouraged to participate. Awards will be presented to the first-, second- and third-place finishers in 13 age groups, from a 12-14 age group to a 70-plus group. The top three overall men and women will also be presented with an award.
The Quarry Crusher Run Series started in 2012 in Columbia, S.C., and has been expanding ever since. Vulcan Materials Company now hosts nine Quarry Crusher Runs in eight states.
To register, visit https://quarrycrusherrun.com/nashville/