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Nearly 800 Cyclists Tackled The 44th Annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell & Marion

By BRO Admin | 05 Jun 19
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SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The 44th annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell & Marion, presented by Prisma Health, saw the ascent of nearly 600 cyclists on Mt. Michell and almost 200 riders on Marion on Monday, May 20. The 102.7-mile journey is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in the Southeast, known as “the Beast of the…

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WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY WINS TOP ADVENTURE COLLEGE CONTEST FOR THE FIFTH TIME

By Shannon McGowan | 12 Apr 19
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“Over a half-million votes poured into Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Adventure Contest — the most ever in its seven-year history. Once again, Western Carolina rallied its students, faculty, staff, and alumni to a decisive victory. WCU boasts a premier location for outdoor adventure—with world-class whitewater, climbing crags, and hundreds of miles of trails in…

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Female cyclist forced to stop and wait after catching up to male riders in a race

By Kim Dinan | 06 Mar 19
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Nicole Hanselmann, the former national road cycling champion of Switzerland, was participating in a one-day road cycling race in Belgium when she broke free from the women’s pack and built a two-minute lead. She was racing so fast, in fact, that she caught up to the last few vehicles from the men’s race. Although the…

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Public invited to review South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan + Road Salt and Waterways

By Kim Dinan | 04 Mar 19
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Public invited to review South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan The public is invited to review and provide comments on the draft 2019 South Carolina Draft Aquatic Plant Management Plan. Each year the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources staff and the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Council prepare a plan that identifies aquatic…

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Last Woman Standing

By Anna Katherine Clemmons | 26 Feb 19
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Courtney Dauwalter RAN 279 Miles in Big Backyard Ultra and outlasted all but one competitor. On the morning of the fourth day, Johan Steene and Courtney Dauwalter stood at Big Backyard Ultra’s start corral once again. The three whistles had blown, signaling the three, two, then one-minute countdown. The duo awaited the clang of the…

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Big Beasts of the Blue Ridge

By Ellen Kanzinger | 22 Feb 19
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The 8 Toughest Ultras in the South At one time, ultramarathons were a niche sport. They were ridiculously long distance races that only the craziest endurance athletes were willing to attempt. Today, several hundred ultramarathons occur around the United States every year. Although an ultramarathon is technically anything longer that 26.2 miles, the most extreme…

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Philadelphia nurse lands an Olympic ‘A’ marathon qualifying time

By Kim Dinan | 11 Feb 19
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Full-time Philadelphia nurse Samantha Roecker, 27, is making waves in the distance running world after a third-place finish at the California International Marathon in December. Roecker, who is unsponsored, finished the 26.2-mile race in 2:30:25, two minutes behind the winner. Her finish time smashed her previous marathon PR by nearly eight minutes and ranked her…

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The Goods: Trail Running Favorites

By Graham Averill | 04 Feb 19
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Shut-In Champs Reveal Their Go-To Gear The beauty of living in the Southern Appalachians is that it’s always trail running season. Aside from a few rogue storms, trail conditions are amicable year-round. Still, it’s safe to say that spring is prime time for hitting the dirt. You’re coming off of winter and looking to get…

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Quick Hits: Extreme Cold could kill off a Species, Shutdown Damage, and a Marathoner who ran with 30lbs of Garbage

By Kim Dinan | 30 Jan 19
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Extreme cold could kill off the emerald ash borer One positive to the extremely cold temperatures currently gripping much of the country is that the frigid temperatures could kill off many—though not eliminate– the emerald ash borer in some Midwestern states. The ash borer is native to northeastern Asia and feeds on ash trees. Accidentally…

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Back to the Track: 70 Year Old Runner Beats World Records

By Shannon McGowan | 25 Jan 19
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He beat the record fair and square. He just can’t hold it. Seventy-year-old Pennsylvania resident Gene Dykes beat the world record for his age group when he crossed the finish line of the Jacksonville marathon in 2:54:23 (averaging a 6:39 pace) on December 15, but due to a technicality, it doesn’t count. The Jacksonville marathon…

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House Republican files bill to ban fracking in Florida + Families in WV burdened with nearby drilling

By Kim Dinan | 18 Jan 19
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WV Supreme Court hears argument that families living near gas drilling operations are disproportionately burdened In one of a number of disputes between landowners and energy companies in West Virginia, a nuisance lawsuit by four Harrison County families claiming that they are disproportionatelyburdened by Antero Resource Corp.’s Marcellus Shale drilling is being heardby the state’s…

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Quick Hits | Outdoor News January 2019

By BRO Admin | 17 Jan 19
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Woman completes Triple Crown of hiking in a single year When Heather “Anish” Anderson’s boots touched the ground in Grants, New Mexico this November, it marked the first time a woman had completed the triple crown of hiking in a year. In just over 8 months and nearly 8,000 miles, Anderson walked the Appalachian Trail,…

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Cherokee, N.C

By BRO Admin | 17 Jul 14
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Population: 27,218 Public lands: Great Smoky Mountains Natinal Park, Nantahala National Forest Outdoor Highlights: Nantahala River, Fontana Lake, Clingman’s Dome, Appalachian Trail

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Shepherdstown, W.Va.

By BRO Admin | 15 Jul 14
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Population: 1,734 Public lands: Great Allegheny Passage trail, C&O Canal Path, Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers Outdoor Highlights: biking, hiking and paddling on the C & O Canal, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, river rafting in Harpers Ferry

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Summersville, W.Va.

By BRO Admin | 15 Jul 14
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Population: 3,572 Public lands: Gauley River National Recreation Area, Summersville Lake State Wildlife Area, Cranberry Wildlife Management Area Outdoor Highlights: Gauley River, Summersville Lake

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