Mountain Challenge to host outdoor adventure festival Oct. 20

Mountain Challenge to host outdoor adventure festival Oct. 20

Sept. 30, 2013
Contact: Chelsea Morgan, Communications Assistant

Mountain Challenge is again hosting a festival aimed at getting people outside and getting them moving.

“Outdoor Adventure: A Celebration of Human-Powered Activity” will be held from 1 until 4 p.m., Sun., Oct. 20 at Crawford House on the Maryville College campus.

The festival, hosted by Maryville College, Mountain Challenge, Little River Trading Company and Cycology Bicycles, will highlight local providers of outdoor activities, outdoor equipment and local advocacy groups for the outdoors. Activities available to festival-goers include scaling the 60-foot Alpine Tower and Mountain Challenge climbing cave.

Music will be provided by “Common Man,” a local band.

“We thought this would be a great way to emphasize the importance of people being active and the importance of people being outside,” said Bruce Guillaume, director of Mountain Challenge.

Throughout the afternoon, vendors will offer various activities such as bicycle clinics and cornhole games. Businesses and organizations that have signed up to participate include the Foothills Striders, Runners Market, Eagle Rock Camp and Retreat Center, Little River Trading Company, Cycology Bicycles, Blount County Parks and Recreation, the Smoky Mountain Sugarlands Visitor Center, Big Frog Expeditions, Camp Wesley Woods, Blount BEneFITs, Foothills Land Conservancy, Tennessee Wilderness Campaign, Roane State Community College, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Aramark, Vienna Coffee House, Harmony Family Center, William Blount High School Culinary Arts and the MC Early Childhood Program.

In the event of rain, the festival will be moved to the Alumni Gymnasium on the Maryville College campus.

Founded in 1987, Mountain Challenge is the oldest outdoor team building company in South. It provides corporate development, team-building and outdoor activities for Maryville College students, as well as groups and organizations from fields such as health care, advertising, manufacturing, food service, banking and government.

Mountain Challenge played a major role in Maryville College being named a “Top Adventure School” by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine earlier this year.

For more information about the outdoor adventure festival, please contact Guillaume at 865.981.8126 or

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.