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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 11/20-23

Festivals, Events, & Outings

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Pete's Pick: A Thanksgiving Drumstick Dash

Drumstick DashWhere does the time go?!?! It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week, or that the holiday season is around the corner, or that 2015 is within sight. But these are the facts, and the facts don't lie. 

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for what we have, celebrate with friends and family and to eat a lot of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry. But also a time to reflect on those less fortunate, and possibly a time to think about renewing that New Year's resolution about trying to eat less, and stay more active. 

This Thanksgiving, take the time to help yourself and those less fortunate by running in the Union Bank Drumstick Dash 5k on Thanksgiving morning at 9:00 a.m. Not only will you work up a sweat before chowing down, you will also be helping the Rescue Mission feed more than 300,000 meals a year to hungry families. The race motto says it all: "Move your feet so others can eat."

The Drumstick Dash is the largest 5k race in the Roanoke Region, drawing over 15,000 to the starting line, and is open to everyone from elite runners to kids to strollers and dogs. And as you can see from last year's race in this gallery, the race gets festive with costumes of all kinds. 

Register online or sign up on race day. The race starts in downtown Roanoke, and winds its way through the city before finishing at the historic City Market. There will be water and music stations throughout the course as well as a medal ceremony and continental breakfast following the race.

Find more details and registration >>>

Take part in one of the region's biggest races while helping to feed the hungry this Thanksgiving.

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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Eat a Burger, Win a Snowboard at Block Party

Jack Brown's Block Party with Never SummerWhen is a block party more than just a block party? When Jack Brown's is hosting!

This Friday, November 21, Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint will be shutting down Market Street to host a block party featuring beer, burgers, Breckenridge Brewery, and boards...snowboards that is. 

Not only will Breckenridge be on hand supplying their award winning beers, Jack Brown's will also be raffling off a Never Summer snowboard valued at over $600. Never Summer boards are bomber and manufactured right here in the U.S. Reps from both Colorado companies - Never Summer and Breckenridge Brewery are both based in Breckenridge, CO - will be on hand with swag, as well. 

All you have to do to enter the raffle is spend at least $5 at Jack Brown's before 9 p.m. on Friday. That's it: buy a burger or a couple of beers and you're in. 

Along with the Breckenridge brew on draft and a cash bar outside, and the raffle, Shorefire will be playing until 2 a.m.

This is a downtown beer bash not to be missed. 

Stay updated on the event and find more details >>>

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You've Never Seen Riding Like This

If you attended this year's Anthem Go Outside Festival, you more than likely caught Jeff Lenosky showcasing his skills on a bike. Lenosky specializes in what's known as trials riding, which is basically using your bike to hop across obstacles, balance on super skinny peices of metal, and basically use the world as your own personal bike playground. 

Lenosky is a great trials rider, and an amazing showman during his live show, but the undisputed king of trials riding is Danny Macaskill. The things this guy can do with a bike are simply amazing. The term "mind blowing" has lost a lot of its punch in this era of internet click bait, but is fitting when watching his latest video, The Ridge. 

Actions speak louder than words, so take it away Danny:

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Winter Clinics Take the Paddle to the Pool

SUP Yoga with Play RoanokeJust because winter is moving in does not mean you have to ditch paddling until Old Man Winter retires. The Roanoke Parks and Recreation department is opening the pool and hosting clinics, classes, and workshops all winter long. 

If you have a kayak and want to work on your roll technique in the comfort of a pool, sign up for Open Kayak Roll Sessions. The latest session is taking place on Sunday, November 23 from 6-8 p.m. No formal instruction or equipment will be provided, but professional staff will be on hand to assist, and there will be others from the kayaking community in the pool as well.

Prepare to hit the SUP scene next summer by enrolling in a Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard clinic on December 7. You'll learn the fundamentals of SUP, basic river safety, and other techniques to make the most of your time on the water in this beginner clinic. 

Once you have the basics down, take a shot at SUP yoga, one of the most popular activities utilizing a stand up paddleboard. Combine the health benefits of yoga with the unique experience of SUP. Prior yoga experience is not necessary. The Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Series has five sessions: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 22. 

All the above activities take place at the Gator Aquatic Center. 

Find out more and register >>>

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 11/13-16

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, November 13

Friday, November 14

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Tuesday, November 18

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Pete's Pick: Help Improve GO Fest, Win Gear

This year's Anthem GO Outside Festival was a huge success with more attendees, vendors, activities, and smiling faces than ever. GO Fest has grown every year since the inaugural event four years ago, and we expect the trend to continue for 2015 and beyond.

With GO Fest expanding every year, we are constantly striving to keep the pace and continue to make the festival the best it can be. That's where you come in. We want to hear from you, the people who attend, on what works, what doesn't work, and what we can improve to make each GO Fest as awesome as possible. 

Please help us by filling out this quick survey. Not only will you be assisting in improving GO Fest, you'll also have the chance to win some sweet gear.

Anyone who fills out the survey before November 21 will be eligible to win one of two great prizes. The first is a Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2 Tent & Footprint valued at $450, and the second is a $100 gift card to Walkabout Outfitters

So that's it. Take a couple of minutes to let us know how we can improve GO Fest in the future and you'll get a shot at winning some awesome prizes. 

Here's the survey link again >>>

Thanks and good luck!

P.S. We'll be getting our first real taste of winter temperatures this weekend so make sure your bundle up when you head out for your adventures. 

Get outside!

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
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VA Endurance Series Wraps With Patterson Creek Epic

The Virginia Endurance Series will be holding its 15th and final event of the year with the Hoop Hole + Patterson Creek Epic on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. 

If you are not familiar with the Virginia Endurance Series, allow us to enlighten you on this very cool idea. In a nutshell, the Virginia Endurance Series is a series of free monthly backcountry adventure mountain bike rides crafted and organized by volunteers and a growing group of long-ride loving mountain bikers. Rides range in distance - they are usually around 40 miles give or take - but have numerous length options, and are led by local endurance riders. 

"'The Legend' Kyle Inman and a bunch of Moonstompers helped get the series off the ground in 2013 and in no time we came up with, and people sent us, a bunch of killer ride ideas," says VES organizer Rob Issem. "It became very obvious really quickly that a full calendar of Virginia Endurance Series rides could happen and be a blast."

The rides aim to expose and celebrate the very best backcountry mountain biking destinations in Virginia, so the rides are free, maps and cue sheets are provided, and with numerous length options, meaning there is usually something for every rider, even if you can't do 40+ miles in a day. 

This year's series concludes with the Hoop Hole + Patterson Creek Epic, a 41 mile route with 8,000 feet of elevation gain, and a post-ride gathering at the Town Center Tap House. 

"This final ride is a true backcountry gem," says Issem. "The Roaring Run / Hoop Hole section is stellar and new life has been given to the Patterson and Price Mt Trails thanks trail clearing and improvements by Roanoke IMBA and Stephen Johnson. The ride features both breathtaking climbs and views, and there are a bunch of length options so everyone should be challenged and thrilled with the riding. It promises to be a great finish to a fantastic year of rides ... and afterward we're all going to head over to the Town Center Tap House in Daleville!"

Find out more about the Virginia Endurance Series and the epic ride >>>

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Hollins Places 2nd at ACA Championships

Hollins University again showed its collective skill on the river at the American Canoe Association (ACA) Collegiate Race Series National Championship earlier this month. 

The Whitewater Racing Team claimed second place at the Women's Championships, topping teams from Warren Wilson College, the University of Alabama, and Sweet Briar College. Albion College came out on top.

This is another strong showing for the team. They finished third at the National Championships in March - the championships were moved to the fall this year. The team result was highlighted by a second place finish by Carmella Glazier on the Single Open Canoe category, who also teamed up with Devon Dovgan to place second in the Double Open Canoe category. Jessica Michaels also placed third in the K1 Short category. 

The Championships were held on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Virginia and included the rapids First Drop (II+), Target Rock (II), and Washing Machine (II).

Congrats to Hollins University and the Whitewater Racing Team!

See the full results >>>

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2015 RNUTS Race Schedule Released

Start shaking out those legs, Mountain Junkies has released the 2015 schedule for its Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series (RNUTS) races. 

The RNUTS series was started in 2009 as a way to make Mountain Junkies races part of something bigger. The concept is simple: a point system is assigned to each race in the series and the total points are added up at the end of the spring. The longer, harder races will earn you more points, and you must finish at least four races to qualify for the series awards.

The RNUTS series is a great way to stay focused on your training during the cold of winter, and how you stack up against other runners over a longer period of time. It is also a great way to meet new competitors and the larger trail running community.

This year's series includes six events. The season kicks off at the Frozen Toe 10K on January 10, and concludes with the Conquer the Cove 25k and Marathon on March 31.

Bonus points are awarded if you complete all six races. 

Find out more about the RNUTS race series and register >>>

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