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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 4/10-4/13

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Pete's Pick: High School Mtn. Bike Racing

For the first time ever, one of the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series races will take place in the Roanoke Region. The series is open to any high school, middle school, or elementary school student in Virginia, and you do not have to be on a team to participate.

This Saturday racers will take to the trails of Explore Park for the 2nd race of the series. Many local riders will be involved, including the entire East Coasters Junior Cycling Team (check them out if you have a child interested in mountain biking – they’d love for them to join the team). 

This single-track trail race consists of multiple laps which provides for a spectator-friendly experience. Check out the course map and note the “spectator hotspots.” 

Races start at 10am.

So pack a bag and head to Explore Park for a few hours in support of local mountain bike racing. Who knows, one day we may be home to some high school mountain bike champions.

And if you've already graduated be sure to join in on one of the Wednesday Night Disco Mountain Bike Races (April 23, May 7, and May 14).

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Pete Eshelman (friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter)
Director of Outdoor Branding
Roanoke Regional Partnership

Check out the Outdoor Calendar for upcoming events
you need to keep your eye on!

 
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Region's Newest Triathlon is Off the Rails

Off the Rails TriWhen a person gets the itch to start participating in triathlons - that is, to become a triathelete - those around that person may accuse them of being off their rocker, or possibly going off the rails. This is an appropriate idiom for triathletes in the area, given the rich locomotive history of the Roanoke Region that has recently given some cultural room to outdoor recreation as a major focus of the people. 

The term is so appropriate in fact that it is the name of the region's newest race, the Off the Rails Triathlon scheduled for May 31, 2014. Off the Rails is a sprint length triathlon consisting of a 300 meter swim, a 15 kilometer bike ride, and a 5 kilometer run. The race will be staged from Fallon Park and trace some of Roanoke's most scenic railway sections. The Fallon Park pool will be utilized for the swim before participants hop on their bikes for a ride across town on Campbell and Shenandoah avenues along the rail corridor. The run will then take off in the opposite direction along the beautiful Tinker Creek Greenway before circling back and concluding at the Fallon Park finish. 

USE CODE "GETOUT10" for a $10 discount.

Organizers say the event is appropriate for all ages and abilities, and with a relatively flat course, this is a great opportunity to get into tri if you have never "tri-ed" it - get it? 

The USA Triathlon sanctioned race is being put on by Roanoke Parks and Rec and benefits the PLAY Scholarship Fund. The fund provides financial aid for City of Roanoke youth and supports persons with disabilities, allowing all individuals to participate in all activities sponsored by Roanoke Parks and Rec. 

So, what do you say? Are you ready to go Off the Rails?

Learn more about the race and registration >>>

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Hollins Racers Take Third at ACA Championships

Hollins Paddling TeamSome area whitewater racers made a splash at the American Canoe Association (ACA) Collegiate Race Series National Championships last month.

The team from Hollins University traveled to the Tuckaseegee River in Dillsboro, North Carolina over March 29-30 to face Warren Wilson College, Albion College, and the University of Virginia in the Women's Championship Division. The team consisted of Tegan Harcourt, Jessica Michael, Valerie Harrison, Jentry Campbell, and Ashleigh Mae Leas competing in K1 Long, K1 Short, and single and double Open Canoe (OC). 

The ACA Championships were held on the Tuck Gorge section of the river and included Railroad (class II), Prudential Roack (II+), and Double Drop (II+). 

Congratulations to the Hollins University paddling team for their awesome performance. 

Founded in 1880, the ACA is a national organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation. The ACA sponsors over 4,300 events each year, including 200 races.

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 4/3-4/6

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April Giveaway: Win FloydFest Tickets

FloydFest 13 is coming up!

This year's festival will take place July 23-27, 2014 and is an event with something for everyone, including families. Along with music from Ben Harper, Ray LaMontagne, The Duhks, and more than 100 other bands playing on 10 stages, FloydFest also features craft workshops, kids' universe, puppetry, artisans, mountain biking and even babysitting. 

Here's your chance to go to FloydFest for FREE! Roanoke Outside is again teaming up with FloydFest to give away free pairs of four-day passes to the festival. 

All you have to do is enter below by answering the question, “What is your favorite outdoor activity?” for your chance to win. 

Congratulations to our April winner Adam Hendrick. We'll have one more chance to win in May, but you must enter again to be eligible.

ENTER THE ROANOKE OUTSIDE FLOYDFEST 13 GIVEAWAY

  1. Fill out the form below answering this question: What is your favorite outdoor activity?  
  2. One entry per person (and yes we can tell if you enter multiple times).
  3. Deadline to enter is Sunday, April 13th.
  4. One winner will receive a pair of four-day passes to FloydFest 13. Passes are transferable to another party if you can’t attend.
  5. Winners will be notified via email.
  6. By entering, you agree to share your email address with FloydFest and Roanoke Outside.
  7. Want to increase your odds of winning? Enter again on Facebook and receive more entries the more you share.

There will be more chances to win. Roanoke Outside is giving away a pair of passes each month through May. Enter this month and if you don’t win, make sure to enter again in May.

Good luck!

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Pete's Pick: Spring Cleaning

This Saturday (April 5) marks the 36th year of a valley-wide effort to keep our region clean.  Twice a year the Clean Valley Council organizes a trash cleanup of our parks, trails, and rivers. Last year more than 1,400 volunteers collected 34 tons of trash and 430 tires.

This valley-wide clean up promotes respect and care for the beautiful community we share. It's great fun and a team-building opportunity for corporations, civic organizations, youth and church groups and families and friends.

Here’s how you can get involved:

1). Pick your spot - a park, playground, roadside, stream bank or your very own neighborhood and help get rid of the litter and make it a cleaner, healthier place for all .

2). Register (in advance) with Clean Valley Council.  This is an important step as it allows them to track how much trash is collected.

3). On Saturday (or Sunday) go visit your spot and fill as many trash bags as possible

Let’s do our part to keep the outdoors beautiful.

PS:  If you’re in the market for a new mountain bike, be sure to check out the Free Giant Bicycles Demo at Carvins Cove on Saturday.

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Pete Eshelman (friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter)
Director of Outdoor Branding
Roanoke Regional Partnership

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Taste the City on Le Tour de Roanoke

le tour de roanokeThe annual summer cycling spectacular, the Tour de France, is the greatest show on two wheels. The showcase of the world's best talent waging war in the Alps. Regardless of the status of doping in pro cycling, the Tour is always full of drama, excitement, and the gorgeous French countryside. The Tour always wraps up in Paris to cheering crowds, but the breakneck speed and team strategies belie the true essence of cycling in the Old World.

You see, cycling culture in Europe is a little different than it is here in the states. Sure, they have the Lycra and the kits and the spin classes, but they also have casual stops at the cafe for a coffee or a pint. This type of culture is gradually taking hold here in the U.S. - I mean, who doesn't want to take a break at the bar mid-ride? - and you have the opportunity to get a taste (literally!) next week.

Roanoke Parks and Rec is hosting the Le Tour de Roanoke on April 9, 2014. Over the course of the evening you will ride a sectional tour of the city stopping along the way to grab a bite at Roanoke's greatest local eateries. Pop into River & Rail for an appetizer, hit Wasena City Tap Room for an entree, then head over to Viva la Cupcake for dessert. 

The Tour is BYOB - Bring Your Own Bike - but you can also rent from UnderDog Bikes at a discounted rate. If you are a cyclist, a foodie, or both, make sure you taste Roanoke in the style of an Old World cycling tour. 

The deadline for registration is April 7.

Find out more and register >>>

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Get Limber With Yoga Workshop for Runners and Cyclists

Yoga for Runners and Cyclists WorkshopWith temperatures in the 70s - and possibly topping 80 - this week, we can definitively say that spring has finally sprung here in the Roanoke Region. Not a moment too soon in our opinion, but this sudden switch from cold to warm comes with underlying danger: too much, too soon.

It is easy to get jazzed up by the nice weather and blast out of the gate, trying to make up for time lost to freak spring snow storms. If you are a runner or a cyclist, this can lead to disaster in the form of an injury due to not properly allowing your body to build up the necessary muscle to sustain vigorous activity over the long term. 

This is doubly true if you are trying to ramp up your training for an upcoming race, such as the Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon, or StarK (April 26, register here). You want to be in top form come race-day, and yoga may be the answer.

This Friday, April 4 from 6-8:00 p.m., Uttara Yoga Studio will be hosting a Yoga for Runners and Cyclists Workshop with Richard Gartner. Gartner is a Prajna Yoga instructor who specializes in maximizing athletic performance through the practice of yoga. He will provide a guide to warming up, address common running injuries and how to avoid them, guide athletes through the anatomy of the breath, and help decompress over-taxed joints. 

No previous yoga experience is necessary. 

More information and registration on the Uttara Yoga Studio website >>>

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 3/27-3/30

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