Burkes Garden is the location of a scenic half-marathon called "The Varmint." The race is named after a peculiarly large coyote that was killing sheep in the valley in 1952. As the story goes, this varmint was difficult to catch or kill, so a professional big game hunter was called in to get the beast. They eventually did get it. The coyote itself can be viewed at nearby Crab Orchard Museum.
This is the 24th annual half marathon and 5K that runs through beautiful Burkes Garden, VA. It begins at the Burkes Garden Community Center. Only pre-registered runners are guaranteed a shirt. Pre-registration is by May 26th.
Contact Charity McDaniel for more information. Registration forms can be found on the website.