ACCE is a public/private partnership that makes college available tuition-free to graduates from Giles County by covering the cost of tuition for two years at New River Community College.
If you head out to enjoy a football event this fall, you will likely see game-goers tailgating the event before the anticipated kickoff. The Muddy ACCE Race event has a friendly tailgating energy to it before, during, and after the race for participants and spectators! Plus free parking!
Held along the banks of the New River Water Trail in Giles County, this mud filled event will delight, challenge, and test our runners to the limits. The race is open to individuals and teams and comprised of the Main Course with over 25 obstacles with differing levels of difficulty, so runners can choose their limits as they run. The first heats of the day, between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., are for the hardcore runners wanting to test themselves and for fun competition between first responders and firefighters. After noon, teams, families, and individuals can run or walk the course and be as competitive as they wish. A Youth Mud Pit is also available for the youngsters. If running the race isn’t for some, spectating the race is always an option for joining in on the mud fun.
Before the race, runners can meet up with their team members to prepare for the race. Once together, they can go over strategies to complete the course, or they can get to know their competition a little before they all set off to begin the course. Hanging out in the Vendor Village will give you something to do and enjoy throughout the day.
During the race, the spectators can cheer on their favorite runners from the sidelines! Once the runners are out of view, spectators are invited to continue watching the muddy mayhem in the Vendor Village via Facebook Live streams. Food is always a central component of a tailgate, and at the Muddy ACCE Race food is available for spectators to enjoy while they root for the runner of their choice.
After the race, runners can then grab their much deserved bite to eat. Runners and spectators can come together to celebrate a job well done for helping raise funds for the Access to Community College Education (ACCE) Program.
The ACCE Program is a Giles County and New River Community College Partnership that makes college available to graduates from Giles County by covering the cost of tuition for two years at New River Community College. ACCE supports as many students as possible based on student needs and funds available for the program. The Muddy ACCE Race event is a premier fundraiser for the ACCE Program.
Overall, the race promotes a friendly competition among runners and spectators rooting for their favorite team or runner. Come early and hang out all day. We’ll see you at the Muddy Mayhem on September 16,2017 in Giles County, Virginia.
Giles County, Virginia is located in Southwest Virginia approximately 40 minutes south of Roanoke and just west of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. With easy access to the New River, world class dining and lodging properties, and historical attractions for the entire family, Giles offers adventure in Virginia’s Mountain Playground™. Come find your playground at our Visitors Center located at 203 N Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134 or find us online at gilescounty.org or by calling 540-921-2079.
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Date: October 4, 2016
Students are the winner at inaugural Muddy ACCE Race
Giles County, VA- 73 students came out true winners at the inaugural Muddy ACCE Race, held on October 1 in Giles County. Before the first wave of runners took off from the Caboose at the Glen Lyn Town Park sponsors and in-kind donations topped $76,000. The community support and Giles County staff efforts were noted throughout the day, with many touting the total volunteer and staff input that made the course top-notch for a first year event.
The Muddy ACCE Race was developed as the flagship fundraiser for the Giles County ACCE Program. Through New River Community College, graduating students from public, private, or homeschool are provided tuition free education for two years. The Access to Community College Education (ACCE) program will be entering its third year in Giles, with the first batch of students completing their involvement. For one-third of students from Giles this has been a stepping stone for their education and lives. Majority of the course volunteers for the Muddy ACCE Race were the program students who proudly wore “You are running the run for me” t-shirts.
Spectators, in the neighborhood of 500, enjoyed vendor row, a live DJ, and food from the Farm Table. Children under the age of 13 gave the Youth Course a try, some more than once. The start and finish line were easy to access for spectators and the crowd topped during the mid-morning hours. Preliminary numbers show approximately 320 runners and an approximate total of $85,645 raised to continue the ACCE program in Giles.
On October 20, Giles County Administration will be recognized during the Board of Supervisors meeting for their efforts relating to the Giles County ACCE program. A representative from the National Association of Counties will be in attendance to present the board with the 2016 Achievement Award in the category of Community/Economic Development. The Administration has also received the 2016 Community Colleges’ Chancellors’ Award for Leadership in Philanthropy on behalf of program partner, New River Community College. The program and the Muddy ACCE Race event would not have been possible without the dedication, support, and encouragement from business and industry partners, County staff, and those students and families in the ACCE program. Save the date for the 2nd Annual Event to be held the last Saturday of September 2017!
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The National Association of Counties (NaCo) is please to grant Giles County a 2016 Achievement Award for its program titled “Access to Community College Education (ACCE)” in the category of Community/Economic Development. Congratulations to everyone involved, who were able to help develop this innovative program! Your hard work will yield positive results for Giles County.
In addition to the above recognition, this past January, Giles was honored with the Virginia’s Community Colleges’ 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy on behalf of New River Community College.
ACCE enables any Giles County Student who graduates from high school with a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5, to attend New River Community College with no tuition expense; ACCE students must maintain this minimum 2.5 GPA during their time at NRCC. Up to 60 credit hours may be paid by ACCE and students may attend college for two years. In return, the student must provide 80 hours of community service to the Giles Community each year they attend NRCC.
ACCE is a product of collaboration and solely funded by the Giles County Board of Supervisors, New River Community College, Giles County School Board, Giles County Administrator, Superintendent of Schools, School Department Staff, ACCE Committee, Giles Community Service Coordinator, Giles Special Projects Coordinator, and the generous Giles County business community and citizens that contribute donations, along with various fundraising activities; including the upcoming Muddy ACCE Race.
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