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Get Outside Weekend Update July 23-26

Festivals, Events, & Outings

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Pete’s Pick: Float the James and Enjoy Reggae by the River

We’re going to be at FloydFest this week, so if you are in for the music or outdoor festivities, stop by and say hello.

If not … there’s great music happening along the James River in Buchanan this weekend, too! Here’s how to make the most of the day.

james river music

Start with a great float down the James River. (Just make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and pack a lunch.) After your float, head over to Town Park for Reggae by the River with a concert by Shorefire and The Lazy Man Dub Band, beginning at 5 p.m.

There will be plenty of food by Toasted by Casey and soft pretzels by Roanoke Bagel Company as well as plenty of brews to sample. And it’s all by the river.

There will be plenty of other activities as well in this kid-friendly family event.

Admission is $3 (a real steal) and kids under 12 are free.

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Let’s Go For a Run

we run roanoke

Running is one of the most popular sports in the United States, and that’s also true in the Roanoke Region.

Our area is home to America’s Toughest Road Marathon, you can find a 5K or trail race on the calendar almost any weekend of the year, and area pub runs are growing by leaps and bounds.

So, let’s go for a run.

One of the appeals of running is that is something almost anyone can do and you can put as much or as little time into it as you like. Been thinking about running, but not sure where to start? Roanoke is home to plenty of groups to help you find support, training, and even just good conversation.

“We are here to support one another and our passion,” says Marion Childress, founder of C&C Runners.

Here’s a look at running groups, when they meet, and how you can get involved. There’s something for every skill level from walker to marathoner.

The Original Pub Run Roanoke

pub run roanokeThe the first Pub Run Group in Roanoke is a group that likes to socialize after runs. The pub run has been taking place weekly since 2008. Find each week’s run on Facebook.

  • Activities: Meets weekly for 3-5 mile run/walk in the Grandin Road. Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Village Grill.
  • Who should join: For running, jogging, and walking; pace for everyone with no one left behind.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact info: John Park,

C&C Runners

c&c runners roanokeFor runners of like passions who like to share their adventures and photos. We love info on running, racing, encouragement, family functions, and info on upcoming races. The running team has been participating in events together since 2010. Each team member is assigned a unique team ID, such as those used by running groups such as Marathon Maniacs.

  • Activities: Team running at various events; great place to find running partners or buddies. Walking groups on Tuesday and Thursdays; keep up with events on Facebook.
  • Who should join: For running, jogging, and walking; team includes runners that are “slow, fast, and everything in between” says founder Marion Childress, who noted that the group is great for beginners.
  • Cost: Free, C&C logo can be added to shirts for $3
  • Contact info: Marion Childress on Facebook page

Runabout Sports Training Group

pub run roanokeRun with a casual group of runners and train for events. “Our group is very low key and laid back,” says Ed Shepherd. “We get together on Saturdays but we also try to run together a couple of times during the week utilizing some of the other organized runs as our venue.”

  • Activities: Meet on Saturdays at 7 a.m. as a group for our long runs; other shorter runs throughout the week. All group runs can be found in the Runabout Sports Roanoke calendar.
  • Who should join: Anyone that wants to run longer distances with a group of friends.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact info: Ed Shepherd at RunAbout Sports Roanoke, 540-989-2064

Fleet Feet Pub Runs and Training Programs

pub run roanokePub runs are designed for runners who want to get out for 3 to 5 miles and join the group for food or drink afterward. Runs are designed for fun. Training groups happen throughout the year to prepare runners for specific events or goals. Learn more about training programs, including Zoomerangs for Kids, the Summer Speed Series, and the No Boundaries Path to 5K Running Program.

  • Activities: Weekly pub run along the Roanoke River Greenway starting and finishing at the Wasena City Tap Room; begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. “It’s a great way to meet people,” says Saralyn Hamilton of Fleet Feet Sports, who noted that some pub runs drawn more than 200 people. Vendor partners also come for the pub runs and allow runners to test new gear or learn about upcoming events.
  • Who should join: Pub runs are a fun activity for runners of any level. Training programs are designed for different activity levels from couch to 5K all the way to marathons.
  • Cost: Pub runs are free (shirts are available for sale); training varies in cost by program
  • Contact info: Saralyn Hamilton at Fleet Feet – Roanoke, 540-777-1166

Roanoke Valley Trail Runners

roanoke trail runWith three different types of groups, run follow a no runner left behind mindset and will stop and wait on runners to catch up. Start as a group, finish as a group. Formal and informal runs can be found on the Facebook page.

  • Activities: Three weekly trail run groups and informal meetups. The Turtles group is designed for beginners or for runners who like to run/walk the trails with group leader Paula Laag. Second group is No Runner Left Behind which is geared for beginners who want to work on getting their miles up and all other runners who like working on their pace. This group will stop and wait at intersections and on long climbs. Will have a short break to let everybody catch their breath with group leader Doug Falls. The third group is the Non Stop Group (who likes to stop and talk?). This group is geared for the runners who like to run at a faster pace. Will stop at some intersections and at the turn around spot with group leader Tabitha Walker.
  • Who should join: Anybody who enjoys running local trails
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact info: Facebook group

Body by Parkway Runner’s Club

pub run roanokeThe running group is a “ great place to make new running pals and ‘earn’ your favorite craft brews," says Keno Snyder, owner/manager of Parkway Brewing Company. Get your card punched after each run and with three finishes, earn a pint for a penny.

  • Activities: The weekly 5K run starts at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at Parkway Brewing, follows the greenway and comes back to the brewery, which is open for tastings and will have food options from an area food truck.
  • Who should join: Anyone who enjoys a good run (and a good brew)
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact info:

We Run Roanoke

run roanokeExplore Roanoke with a running group that mixes it up with two group runs each week. The catch is that you never know where the run might take you because the location moves before each run and is announced on Facebook the day before. Recent runs have include 3- to 5-mile runs through Downtown Roanoke at night with glowing gear, runs along the greenway, and around the track at Hidden Valley High School. The group is large enough that every runner is sure to find a pace partner.

  • Activities: Group runs on Mondays and Thursdays (usually at 6:30 p.m.); location announced the day before on Facebook.
  • Who should join: Open to all runners
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact info: Facebook group

Star City Striders

run in roanokeVolunteer organized group of active individuals who celebrate a running and walking lifestyle. We welcome all speeds, levels of competitiveness (and non-competitive) and fitness levels to take part in races, fun events, and group runs for our health and well-being. Members participate in individual running activities, races, and as volunteers at area events and has been active Roanoke since the 1970s. The group also maintains a calendar of all of the races happening in the area.

  • Activities: Group runs and event planning across the region. Check the “Run with Us! page for the group run schedule (varies by season), including weekend group runs. Monthly meetings and social events throughout the year, as well.
  • Who should join: Runners of all levels.
  • Cost: Membership is $15 per year, and comes with a race discount
  • Contact info:
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Get Your Aquathlon On

splash and dash roanokeAttention swimmers and runners the first Splash & Dash Aquathlon is designed just for you.

The Aug. 15 event features a 2.5K run, then 700-meter swim, and finishes with another 2.5K run. Splash & Dash provides a great chance for racers to experience one of the hidden gems of Roanoke’s park system, Washington Park. Aside from the running portions of the race that follow the greenway, the whole event is centered on the park’s scenic backdrop.

The event is the second installment in the Roanoke Triumph Multisport Series this summer, which also includes the Off the Rails Triathlon and On the Rails Duathlon (Nov. 1). Finish all three events for a medal set that locks together like a puzzle.

Registration is open and is $50 for individuals and $70 for team relay.

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Every Weekend Should Be an Adventure

adventure weekendZip lining, climbing, canoeing, or mountain biking. You can choose your adventure this weekend at Wilderness Adventure.

Pick an adventure or two, pack a lunch and make a day of it. Participate in an activity you already love or try something new. With two adventures daily – at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – this is a great way to spend time with friends and family. (You can come at one or both times.)

But you must have reservations. Adventures are $15 to $25 per person with group rates available. Call 540-864-6792 to learn more and book your weekend adventure.

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Happy National Hammock Day!

National Hammock Day is July 22. We love the idea of taking the afternoon off work and kicking back in a hammock in the outdoors.

We like the idea so much that we have teamed up with Walkabout Outfitter to give one Roanoke Outside fan an ENO SingleNest Hammock. Not only are these hammocks some of the most comfortable around, they are lightweight and easy to transport, with each hammock folding into a ball-sized bag that you can toss in your pack.

Here’s all you have to do to win.

  1. Follow or Like Roanoke Outside and Walkabout Outfitter on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram).
  2. Comment on any of our posts with the images below: Where would you go with your ENO?

national hammock day

The contest starts Sunday and we'll pick a winner at the end of the National Hammock Day on Wednesday. And if you already have an ENO, make sure to share your photos with us using #roanokeoutside. Good luck!

Just in case you aren't already following us:

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Get Outside Weekend Update July 16-19

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, July 16

Friday, July 17

Saturday, July 18

Sunday, July 19

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

Wednesday, July 22

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Pete’s Pick: Catch an Outdoor Film and Expo

An event Thursday is combining two of our favorite things – the outdoors and a good craft beer.

The Think Local Outdoor Expo is designed to promote the outdoors and is a collaboration between Walkabout Outfitter and Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers.

The event will feature an outdoor gear expo, plenty of brews from Soaring Ridge, eats from an area food truck, and the showing of a great outdoor movie, “180° South: Conquerors of the Useless.” The film follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. And there are plenty of adventures along the way as he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life, and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado.

There will be plenty of great outdoor items for sale (all purchases have one beet included) and Walkabout and Soaring Ridge will have door prizes and giveaways throughout the event and after the movie.

Think Local Outdoor Expo

  • When: Thursday, July 16 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Where: Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, 523 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke
  • RVSP: On Facebook
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Disc Golf and Events for Everyone in Commonwealth Games

Disc Golf Roanoke

The Subway Commonwealth Games are back this weekend and if you play disc golf, this is an opportunity to show off those skills at one of the area’s newest courses.

The site for this year’s statewide competition the new Greenfield Disc Golf Course. The course has 18 scenic holes, and you can preview each before the event online.

The event is open to any amateur disc golfer with divisions for juniors (under age 16), amateurs, advanced amateurs, and masters (over 35), but is limited to 72 participants. Registration is $32 and you can register online or in person before the event.

Disc golf is not the only event taking place in the Roanoke Region this weekend. The Commonwealth Games lineup includes more than 50 events for athletes of all ages. Among the outdoor events lineup are BMX, canoeing, kayaking, running, and paddleboarding.

The weekend of sports kicks off with the opening ceremony on Friday at Salem Red Sox Stadium and continues throughout the weekend. Registration for many of the events is still open.

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Show Your Love for Roanoke Outside

Roanoke Outside shirtSince you are reading this newsletter, chances are you believe in the outdoors as much as we do.

So why not show off your love for Roanoke Outside with a t-shirt? With two different quirky catchphrases to choose from, there’s a version that’s sure to tickle your fancy.

Shirts are available at local retailers chocolatepaper and Walkabout Outfitter in Downtown Roanoke and we’d love to see just as many of you sporting Roanoke Outside shirts as we see stickers on your cars.

With that idea in mind, we are hosting a little contest to see just where you can find Roanoke Outside.

  • Snap a photo of anything Roanoke Outside related and share it with us on Instagram or Twitter using #roanokeoutside (your settings must be public so we can see it) for a chance to win some cool outdoor prizes. (You can also share photos on our Facebook page.)
  • Bonus points for anything featuring the Roanoke Outside logo.
  • We’ll randomly choose some winners over the next few days.
  • Plus, every time a #roanokeoutside social media post hits 50 likes, follows or shares, we’ll pick a bonus winner.

If you don’t win this time around, don’t worry. You can always nab one of our shirts. (We know you’ll look amazing in it!)

And here’s how proceeds from shirt sales can help the whole region. Roanoke Outside is a charitable organization working to make your region the capital for world-class, outdoor fun. We started, Get Outside Weekend Update, Blue Ridge Marathon, and GO Fest. Plus, we’ve been the advocate for the many changes that are making this place more awesome than ever.

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