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Jill Hudgins November 18, 2011 TWEET COMMENTS 0

The Uwharrie Experience

Bigfoot, banjos and bedlam on the trails of Ophir, North Carolina

When race director Kim Page issued this pre-race warning, "Watch out for Bigfoot and military men ...

Photo by Shannon Johnstone

When race director Kim Page issued this pre-race warning, "Watch out for Bigfoot and military men carrying automatic weapons," runners suspected they were in for an adventure at the Uwharrie Mountain 40-, 20- and Eight Mile Runs on February 5th. The cable channel Animal Planet had sent film crews to Uwharrie in the hopes of capturing Bigfoot on video, after a Salisbury, North Carolina, man claimed to have made a local sighting. Meanwhile, United States Army Special Forces were also in the forest, performing intensive military exercises. "I was shocked to see three guys in camouflage carrying automatic weapons three feet away on the first hill," says Alicia Parr of Durham, North Carolina.

And then there was the banjo player, Bruce "Goofus" Wilks, whom 20-mile racer Annette Bednosky of Jefferson, North Carolina, describes on her blog as "a magic man, working his mouth over a harmonica" while strumming a banjo. Goofus was perched on a log near the 40-mile turnaround, picking and singing:

Going to Uwharrie,

Fall on my face,

Going to Uwharrie,

Run a race,

Going to Uwharrie,

Break my neck,

Going to Uwharrie,

Run like heck!



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