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Get Outside Weekend Update Aug. 27-30

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Pete's Pick: Find Perspective in Tough Times

Wednesday was a tough day for us, as is today. The WDBJ7 family has been a partner and supporter of Roanoke Outside since day one, and over the years I’ve gotten to know both Alison and Adam very well.

I associate Alison and Adam with 4 a.m. That’s the time I’d have to get up to meet them for a 5 a.m. live shot somewhere in the Roanoke Valley. I’m a morning person, but I’m not a 4 a.m. kind of guy, but there they were, always bright-eyed, chipper, and with huge smiles. From talking about training for the Blue Ridge Marathon, riding big wheels in preparation of the GO Outside Festival, to getting Alison on her first standup paddleboard, all with Adam behind the camera keeping us on task … the memories are strong. They will be missed.

Let’s not let this senseless and heartbreaking act of violence become a quick and distant memory. Talk about it with your family, friends, and coworkers, and find a way to honor the lives of Alison and Adam. I’ll be doing a hike in silence as I tend to find perspective when it’s just me and Mother Nature.

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Radical Reels is Coming

radical reels roanoke

Bike tough trails, paddle wild waters, and ski steep slopes. The Radical Reels Tour spans North America bringing a variety of mountain sport films to a wide range of viewers from hard-core outdoor adventurers to weekend warriors.

And it's coming to Roanoke on Sept. 16. You don't want to miss it.

Grab your seats and hang on as we present the world’s best action films on skiing, boarding, climbing, biking, kayaking, and more – on the big screen.

The event starts with an outdoor expo from 5-6:30 p.m. where you can meet local outfitters, stores, non-profits, and volunteer groups. Then join us for two hours of great outdoor adventure films.

Just $5 will get you in and includes a drawing in our raffle at intermission. Proceeds benefit the Roanoke Outside Foundation.

Radical Reels Film Festival and Get Outside Expo

  • When: Sept. 16, expo begins at 5 p.m.; films start at 6:45 p.m.
  • Where: Jefferson Center
  • Cost: $5
  • RSVP: On Facebook
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Cyclocross: Fast Pace and Big Fun

cyclocross roanoke bike race

Roanoke Parks and Recreation and the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club hope you are ready for SeptemberCross, a new fall cyclocross series at Fallon Park.

Cyclocross a sport for bikers and consists of plenty of laps on a short course. The course often includes obstacles and driving on both paved and trail surfaces. Cyclists may hop on and off the bike to get around obstacles while carrying the bike. Cyclocross was initially developed as a way for cyclists to stay in shape during the fall off season.

The Fallon Park cyclocross course loop extends more than a mile and winds through a combination of terrains including grass double-track, a gravel road, paved greenway, and a small section of widened single-track trail through a wooded corridor.

The SeptemberCross series starts Sept. 3 and continues each Thursday all month. Participation is free for BRBC members. (If you haven’t already joined, it’s just $20.) Register online or on-site the day of each event.


  • When: Thursdays in September (3, 10, 17 and 24)
  • Where: Fallon Park
  • Cost: BRBC members are free
  • Register online
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Try New Wingman Canoe Gear

wingman outfitterHave you ever left gear behind that you wanted to carry on a paddling trip? Have you ever flipped a canoe and lost gear?

Wingman Outfitter has the solution to your problem and is hosting a free demo day float so you can try their new cargo carrier prototype. And it’s a pretty cool item.

The patent pending cargo carrier provides extra room for all your stuff when you head out on the river. The design provides additional seating, room for coolers and gear, and a platform for fisherman to get a better point of view or for pets to sit. It also doubles as a camp table.

What’s even cooler is that this item is being designed and tested right here in the Roanoke Region by a pair of local entrepreneurs, Drew Arney and Austin Bousman. And you’ll get a chance to try out the first fleet of prototypes.

Come out to the Narrow Passage boat ramp on Sept. 5 for a group float and to try one for yourself. The event is free; just bring your canoe.

Wingman Outfitter Demo and Float

  • Where: Narrow Passage Boat Ramp to Springwood (about 2.8 mile float) 
  • When: Sept. 5, 9 a.m.
  • What to bring: Your canoe, drinks and snacks. Grilled hamburgers will be provided in Springwood
  • RSVP and reserve a carrier: Email
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Get Outside Weekend Update Aug. 20-23

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Thursday, Aug. 20

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Tuesday, Aug. 25

Wednesday, Aug. 26

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Pete’s Pick: I Need Your Help (Dancing, Drinking, and Pouring)

Come out and hear great music, enjoy a beer, and if you want volunteer with us at First Fridays this week. (It’s actually a third Friday, but who's counting?)

Roanoke Outside is a beneficiary this week and we’d feel super-special if you pack Franklin for this event. Local favorite Superhold will be on the stage with a mix of 80s rock and pop to keep you dancing.

roanoke outside volunteer

And we still need a few volunteers. You’ll get to hang out with us, hear some awesome tunes and feel that little pitter-patter in your heart for helping a good cause. Drop Julia an email if you want to help out.

First Fridays happens twice a month all summer long and has been going strong for more than 25 years. Each event sponsors a charity (hence the tagline “party with a purpose”). First Fridays will support 22 charities this year alone, including the Roanoke Outside Foundation.

So bring your ID – this is a 21+ event – and come ready to sample your favorite brews and get your groove on to start the weekend. See you there!

First Fridays with Roanoke Outside

  • When: Friday, Aug. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Where: On Franklin Road between Jefferson Street and Williamson Road
  • Cost: $5 admission, beer and wine $5 per ticket
  • Info: This is an over 21 event
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Turn Your Greenway Photo into $100

Roanoke River Greenway biking trail

It’s time to dig through all those photos on your phone because one of them might just be worth $100.

The Roanoke Valley Greenways Photo Contest is back for another year and you can submit images from any of the corridors and trails in the greenway network in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, Roanoke County, and Vinton for a chance at cash prizes.

The photo contest is open to photos taken between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 15 (so you still have time to frame the perfect shot).

Images may include:

  • Greenway users and activities
  • Wildlife
  • Plant life
  • Natural landscapes
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Weather
  • Architecture/structures
  • Or anything else happening on the greenway

Prizes will be awarded for the top three photos, which will also be featured on the Roanoke Valley Greenways website. Photos will be judged by Roanoke Valley Greenway Commission members based on originality, composition, overall impact, artistic merit, and technical excellence. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

So grab your camera, take a look at the rules, and showcase your best photos from the greenway. 

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Paddlers Can’t Stop Talking About This Topic


After being closed to paddlers since 1999, Johns Creek in Craig County is passable again.

A decision last week from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission re-evaluated the navigability of 14 creeks and rivers in the region, including waterways in Franklin, Botetourt, Alleghany, Rockbridge, Highland, Bath, and Craig counties and found that they are navigable and open to the public.

This is just one piece in an ongoing, and complicated puzzle. But it is a definite talking point among those who canoe and kayak in the region.

You can learn more about the state review from The Roanoke Times.

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Tackle a New Distance with an 8K

roanoke river run walk race 8kTry a new distance. Score an instant PR.

The new Roanoke River 8K is a run and walk on the Roanoke River Greenway that’s designed to help you finish with a great time (on the clock and in terms of fun).

The race takes you along the river for the entire way on an out and back course from the parking lot next to the Bennington Street Bridge to Piedmont Park. The course stays on the greenway for the duration of the race.

There will be awards for the top three male and female finishers as well as age division awards.

Registration is open and is $25 through Aug. 24 and $30 afterward. (On-site registration will be available on Aug. 28 during packet pickup at Fleet Feet Sports.)

And if you don’t plan to run, come spend the morning along the greenway cheering on the runners.

Roanoke River 8K

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