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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 3/5-8

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, March 5

Friday, March 6

Saturday, March 7

Sunday, March 8

Monday, March 9

Tuesday, March 10

Wednesday, March 11

Thursday, March 12

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Bikes, Brats, and Beers for Beginners

Underdog Bikes in Roanoke is hosting a new bike maintenance class that is definitely BYOB: Bring Your Own Bike. 

But you could also call this course BYOBAWBTBAB: Bring Your Own Bike And We'll Bring The Brats And Beer. 

That may be a mouthful, hence the acronym, but those are the facts when Underdog holds their Bikes, Brats, and Beer maintenance class on Thursday, March 12. 

This two-hour class is geared toward beginners and will cover basic bicycle maintenance and skills like fixing a flat, lubrication, minor adjustments, and safety inspections. Bring you own bike to work on, and Underdog will provide the brats and the beer. 

Get down to the Three Bs and learn how to protect your big bike investment with the experts at Underdog. 

Registration ends on March 10. 

Find out more about the course and how to register >>>

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Win Tickets to FloydFest!

FloydFest 14 is right around the corner!

This year's festival will take place July 22-27, 2015 and is an event with something for everyone, including families. Along with music from Grace Potter, Drive-By Truckers, Trampled By Turtles, 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 draws you to attend FloydFest 14: Fire on the Mountain?" for your chance to win. 

How the winner is chosen:  Every person that enters is assigned a number (1, 2, 3....).  We then use to choose the winning number.  If you want to enter our April and/or May giveaway you must re-enter again, your entries do not carry over.


  1. Fill out the form below answering this question: What draws you to attend FloydFest 14: Fire on the Mountain?
  2. One entry per person (and yes we can tell if you enter multiple times).
  3. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, March 17, 2015.
  4. One winner will receive a pair of five-day passes to FloydFest. 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.

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

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Have Your Marathon Story Told By WDBJ-7

Tell Your Marathon Story on WDBJ-7As many of you are aware, local CBS Station WDBJ Channel 7 provides live television coverage of the Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon, or Star 10K.

However, you may not know that they also profile interesting human interest stories during the weeks leading up to race day.

Do you know a runner with a unique story to tell?  Nominate a fellow runner (or yourself…we’re fine with that too)!  They’re not just looking for fast runners, they’re looking for runners with a “story”. So, if you know someone who should be considered send our event manager, Julia Boas, an email.

The runner featured in the profile needs to live relativley “local” (within a 1-2 hour drive), so that camera crews can get video footage about the story within the next couple months.

A few examples of 2014 profiles include a couple tying the knot on race day, dramatic weight loss, battles with addiction, bios on returning champions & challengers, and people running for a charitable cause. Let WDBJ7 tell your marathon story and together we can inspire future generations of runners.

Email Julia for more details >>>

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 2/26-3/1

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, February 26

Friday, February 27

Saturday, February 28

Sunday, March 1

Monday, March 2

Tuesday, March 3

Wednesday, March 4

Thursday, March 5

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Pete's Pick: Free Yoga Sampler

With all the snow we've had in the past week or so, one can be forgiven for not getting outside as much as usual. But we like to see the silver lining in everything, and winter weather is no exception.

Now is the time to try something new to stay healthy. This can be a tweak in the diet, mixing up sleep patterns, or finding a new exercise routine for when you can't get out on the trail (or even the pavement). One of the best ways to keep your mind and body active while stuck inside is yoga.

If you have never tried yoga, consider participating in the Uttara Yoga Studio Free Yoga Sampler on Saturday, March 7. The program runs from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. and features a new style each hour. The 45 minute classes will cover the basics of each practice and no experience is necessary. 

Uttara was recently voted the "Best Yoga Studio in the Blue Ridge" by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine readers, so you know the instruction will be top-notch.

The course list is as follows, so you can choose the class that's right for you, or stay for all five:

1:00 p.m. - Hatha 1-2 with Jill Loftus
Hatha yoga focuses on flow and breathing technique as well as poses that awaken the body/mind connection. 

2:00 p.m. - Vinyasa Flow with Sarah Bunger
Vinyasa is a dynamic flowing class that challenges the breath and mind to work together, creating self-awareness and peace of mind. 

3:00 p.m. - Beginners Yoga with Grace Hicks
Yoga for every body. Give yoga a chance to change your life. 

4:00 p.m. - Yin/Yang Yoga with Kimberly Vest
Yin/Yang is designed to combine passive ad active asanas with pranayama to assist the student in deepening their practice. 

5:00 p.m. - Power Yoga with Steve Hetherington
Connect the postures with movement in this athletic vinyasa class.

Find out more details >>>

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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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New Outfitter Hiring in Roanoke

Full-service outfitter Roanoke Mountain Adventures (RMA) is nearing its grand opening date, and is looking for employees. Roanoke Mountain Adventures is slated to begin operations this spring and has openings available in the shop as well as in the field.

RMA will offer mountain biking, SUP, and kayaking guided trips, rentals and shuttles, along with other outdoor activities. 

RMA is looking for individuals who have a passion for the outdoors, like to teach and guide others and are looking to work in the area of outdoor recreation. Prospective employees should have good communication skills, be leaders, work well with others, have good human relation skills and be enthusiastic.

Shop Manager
Responsibilities will include managing shop, taking reservations, renting equipment, helping customers, driving shuttles, possible guiding opportunities, etc…

Part time Guides
Responsibilities will include guiding either Mountain Biking, Kayaking or Paddleboard trips, renting equipment, driving shuttles and teaching basic skills.


  • Excellent driving record and current driver’s license.
  • High School diploma


  • Mountain Biking, Kayaking or Paddleboarding experience and skills.
  • Experience leading or teaching others in outdoor recreation.
  • First Aid/CPR Certification, Wilderness First Aid Certification.
  • Other certifications such as Swift Water Rescue, ACA teaching certifications or similar.

RMA may help employees obtain certifications as needed.

If interested, send cover letter and resume to:

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Roll, Roll, Roll Your Boat...In a Pool

Keeping your skills sharp during the winter months is hard. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and even fishing all have their off-season, but there are ways to keep them relevant during the down time: tuning gear, winter hikes, and tying flies all come to mind.

Kayaking, however, is different. Padding during the winter is mainly for the most diehard boaters. The whitewater may be similar, but the cold and wet river has the ability to scare off novices and beginners. Advancing and enhancing paddling skills during the winter is usually not an option.

Until it is.

The Franklin County Parks and Rec Department is hosting Open Pool Kayak Roll Sessions at the Rocky Mount YMCA Pool throughout the winter and early spring. The sessions run from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday's through April 26. 

The best part? The sessions are FREE. 

This program is entirely self-supported. Paddlers should bring their own kayaks and paddles, and no formal instruction will be given. But the paddling community being as tight-knit as it is in the Roanoke region, there will certainly be some paddlers there to help out the beginners.

This leads to another great aspect of this program: the opportunity to join the paddling community, network, and find river buddies to hit the river with. If you are interested in taking your kayaking to the next level, or just want to paddle around the pool and meet some people, make this your Sunday routine.

Find out more details >>>

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Bands Announced for Down by Downtown

Big Head Todd and the Monsters roanoke va Blue ridge marathonThe Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, America's Toughest Road Marathon, has teamed up with Roanoke's Down by Downtown Music Festival to bring concerts to Elmwood Amphitheater on April 17 and April 18.

The Blue Ridge Marathon will take place on Saturday, April 18, but the festivities kick off the Friday night before the big race. The Down by Downtown Music Festival will hold a free concert featuring MarchFourth!, a 20-member music and performance art troupe, at the Elmwood Amphitheater. There will also be over 30 acts at 12 venues throughout the weekend.

Then, following the Blue Ridge Marathon on April 18, Big Head Todd and the Monsters will perform at the amphitheater. This ticketed show will begin around 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30.

Tickets can be purchased at a discounted price if you are running any of the races on Saturday: the Blue Ridge Marathon, half marathon, or Anthem Star 10k.

More details on the shows, the bands, and how to purchase tickets is available at >>>

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 2/19-22

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, February 19

Friday, February 20

Saturday, February 21

Sunday, February 22

Monday, February 23

Tuesday, February 24

Wednesday, February 25

Thursday, February 26

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