ACE gearing up for big summer of events

May 14, 2019 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

OAK HILL, West Virginia - ACE Adventure Resort is getting cranked up for the season and has set its spring and summer big events calendar.

Here’s a look at some of the big weekend planned from its epic Mountain Music Festival, now in its sixth year, to a host of other runs, races and other events.

Saturday, May 25

Wonderland Mountain Challenge

Join ACE Adventure Resort for a demanding trail run through the beautiful mountains in West Virginia on Memorial Day weekend. Choose between a half-marathon, 10K run, or a 5 mile walk. These distinctive race routes will take racers through the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. After grabbing your medal at the finish line a burrito buffet awaits to tame the appetite you have developed. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers, plus you get bragging rights for tackling the Wonderland Mountain Challenge on May 25th, 2019. Go online at https://aceraft.com/event/wonderland-mountain-



May 30-June 2

Mountain Music Festival

West Virginia’s best music festival, Mountain Music Festival at ACE Adventure Resort is gearing up for its sixth year. Featuring more than 25 bands on a beautiful mountaintop including Tyler Childers, The Floozies, Big Something, The Wooks Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Werks, People’s Blues of Richmond, Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and more. Plus tasty food, creative vendors, visual artists, workshops, camping, and epic adventures in the New River Gorge. This is an Appalachia destination for music festivals featuring outdoor adventure paired with distinct sounds. Go online at http://mountainmusicfestwv.com.

Saturday, June 22

Gritty Chix Mud Run

Gritty Chix Mud Run is the largest mud run in West Virginia, and a great weekend with the girls. Get excited and test your own limits in the time and space you’re comfortable with, while gettin’ as Gritty as you wanna be on an untimed 5K Tenacious Trail or 1 Moxie Mile run and mud obstacle course. Walk, sprint, skip, jog or dance through trails, over walls, through tubes, and mud pits with names like Commando Crawl, Over-Under Logs, and Slickey Slide. Go online at https://aceraft.com/event/gritty-chix-mud-run.

Saturday, July 6

Big Air Blob Competition

Gather at Wonderland Water Park for the Ninth annual Big Air Blob Competition. Fireworks won’t be the only thing rocketing skyward on Independence Day. Teams of two will compete for the most outrageous blob of the day. Judges will score up to 10 points per blob based on form, height or just sheer craziness. Cash prizes are awarded for the first, second and third place winners. When you check-in be sure to ask for details at the ACE Welcome Center. It’s free to those playing at the waterpark on July 6. Go online at https://aceraft.com/event/big-air-blob-competition.


Summer - July 13

Thurmond Ghost Hunt

Join ACE Adventure Resort’s Thurmond Ghost Hunt and experience a paranormal investigation in the New River Gorge. Visitors can tour one of the most haunted places inside the park, Thurmond. Here, spend much of your evening exploring the ruins of this old railroad town. This is your chance to investigate the paranormal side of the old train depot, Main Street on the tracks, The Lower End, the Dun Glen Hotel site, and the Ballyhack district. Use paranormal equipment such as K2 meters, spirit boxes, and SLS cameras. A second ghost hunt is scheduled to take place in the Fall and run until Sept. 21. Go online at https://aceraft.com/event/thurmond-ghost-hike.

Saturday, Aug. 17

New River Gorgeous Trail Run

Join ACE Adventure Resort for the 17th annual New River Gorge-ous Trail Run & Walk. Choose between three race options including a half-marathon, 10K run, or a 5 mile walk. All the courses wander through deep hardwood forests and offer spectacular views of the New River and the historic town of Thurmond. And yes, prizes are awarded. Go online at https://aceraft.com/event/new-river-gorgeous-trail-run-2.

Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

Nightmare in the Gorge

Explore southern West Virginia’s scariest haunted house attraction, Nightmare in the Gorge. The Mad Butcher and his friends are coming back to the New River Gorge this fall for more terrifying thrills. Find out why folks love flying into the darkness on ACE’s Night Zip Line trips. After your spine tingling night of fear guests can visit The Lost Paddle Bar And Grill for food, drinks, and live music. Go online at www.NightmareintheGorge.com.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Nightmare in the Gorge

Are you brave enough to do it in the dark? For one night only they are turning all the lights off at southern West Virginia’s scariest haunted house attraction. Each group is armed with just one glow stick to find their way through the terror created by the Mad Butcher. The monsters will have plenty of places to hide when you can’t see anything. Go online at www.NightmareintheGorge.com.