We've been asked, "Why are you called 'Mountain Run Disc Golf Club'? Why not 'Culpeper Disc Golf Club', or 'Virginia Piedmont Disc Golf Club'?" A valid question, to which I have a (fairly) succinct answer (depending on your definition of "succinct"). Of course, we considered both of the possibilities listed above, as well as several others, but dismissed each in its turn: even though we're currently based in Culpeper County, we knew that it wasn't just our county that was suffering from a lack of disc golf courses, but also the four counties on each of the four sides of the diamond that is Culpeper County (Stafford and Spotsylvania border Culpeper as well on the eastern tip of the diamond, but they are well represented when it comes to disc golf courses and players). We decided we wanted a name that was more geographically inclusive. We considered using the phrase Virginia Piedmont, since it exactly defines the five counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock (http://thevirginiapiedmont.org/), but it turns out that another club had used the word "Piedmont" in their name at some point, so we didn't want to be confused with them.
Now, if you're familiar with Culpeper at all (or familiar with Google Maps and have looked up Culpeper), you know that there's a tributary called Mountain Run that runs through the heart of the town of Culpeper and eventually joins the Rappahannock River. This same tributary is what feeds Mountain Run Lake, a man-made reservoir just east of town. I could tell you that this is the reason we chose our name and that would probably answer the mail in most people's minds. But there's more to the story.
Yes, Mountain Run "runs" through the middle of the county seat, but if you check the map, you'll find that "Mountain Run" is a common name for several, well, mountain runs, around the state. So, in that sense, it's a more universal moniker that extends our reach beyond Culpeper, which has always been part of our mission and purpose - to bring disc golf to this whole region, not just the County of Culpeper. But the final defining factor that lead us to choose Mountain Run Disc Golf Club as our name comes into focus when you go back to Google Maps and study the boundaries between these five counties. All four sides of the Culpeper County diamond, and therefore all five counties in this region, have boundaries that are defined by, partly or in whole, rivers. Specifically, the Rappahannock, Rapidan, Robinson, and Hughes Rivers, and Crooked Run. These "mountain runs" not only give shape to the counties, but are instrumental in the design of the terrain in the Virginia foothills, "Piedmont", and give disc golfers the kind of challenging vistas that we like to traverse while flinging plastic.
So there you have it - how Mountain Run Disc Golf Club got its name. As a small afterthought, it doesn't hurt that there are three public parks that sit alongside the actual Mountain Run in Culpeper County at various points that would benefit greatly from the addition of disc golf in some form or fashion...
Time to Play!