Blue Ridge Outdoors is proud to present the top races and events from the Blue Ridge and beyond.

Festivals, Marathons, Mud Runs, Expos, Concerts, and more!


THE BLUE RIDGE TRAVELER’S
TOWNS AND TRAILS

Upcoming Events:

Marion, Little Switzerland, Lake James, NC

Upcoming events include the Bear Crawl OCR and Fonta Flora 50k in March, April’s Hellbender 100 trail race, and June’s Pisgah Enduro Mountain Bike Race. Details are online.

www.blueridgetravelers.com

VIRGINIA STATE PARKS
ADVENTURE SERIES

March 30 through October 12

Join us in Virginia State Parks for the 3rd year of our Adventure Series featuring various events ranging from Adventure Triathlons, Cyclocross and Mountain Bike races, distance runs and more. Unlike most series, the Adventure Series is based on participation, not time, and offers several ways to win. Check out our website for details and updates.
www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/adventure-series

KENTUCKY WATERMAN SERIES 2019

March through October

Now in its third year, KWS inspires paddlers of all skill levels to journey across Kentucky’s scenic waterways & lakes through several amazing events. Each one is put on EKI or a local organizer, joined together by a unified system, leaderboard, positive vibes, & passion for water conservation!

explorekentucky.us/kentuckywatermanseries

ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS SUMMER EVENTS

All Summer 2019

Alleghany Highlands, VA

This summer, it’s GAME ON. We are home to four of the most action-packed outdoor events in the Mid-Atlantic. Whether you run, bike, swim, all of the above, or simply enjoy great competition, don’t miss our on the fun. It’s uniquely Alleghany.

visitalleghanyhighlands.com/featured-events


FEBRUARY 2019

BATH COUNTY WINTER CHILL GETAWAY

February 14–18

Bath County, VA

The great outdoors meet the great indoors in Bath County. Hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. See natural beauty on a hike or on a bicycle. Then enjoy quaint lodging, exquisite dining, fun winetasting, local craft beer, and music. Chill out in Bath County!

discoverbath.com/winter-chill


MARCH 2019

BERMING MAN

March 2

Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, WV

Our banked slalom snowboard race returns for its third year. Technically challenging and exhilarating to watch, Berming Man features a carved course of steep turns and high speeds. Think you can conquer the mountain? Register online.

snowshoemtn.com

THE MARATHON OF THE TREASURE COAST

March 3

Memorial Park, Stuart, FL

The TC Marathon course features 26.2 miles of Treasure Coast beauty, loaded with the charm of southern Florida: water views, community involvment, a competitve and an interesting marathon race, with event party life to top it off at the Rock and Run party. If you’re searching for the ideal winter destination running event, you are going to love running the Treasure Coast!

treasurecoastmarathon.com

WINTERFEST

March 9

Bryce Resort, Basye, VA

Celebrate a great season with Bryce Resort at Winterfest! Festivities begin at 8am! Bring your best costume and an appetite for a fun-filled day on the

mountain. Events include a pancake breakfast, polar plunge, costume parade, pond skimming and live music.

bryceresort.com/events

BALLHOOTER

March 15–16

Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, WV

Our Ballhooter Spring Break will be wilder than ever this year with headliner Clutch and special guest CKY performing in the Village. On snow games, crazy competitions, yoga, and lots of other activities are being planned for the March 15-16 weekend. Check our website for more details.

snowshoemtn.com

TRANSYLVANIA ADVENTURE GAMES

March 16

Brevard Music Center, Brevard, NC

Transylvania Adventure Games is an annual outdoor family fun event. TAG is designed to get your heart pumping, your body moving, and your brain working…leaving you with a smile on your face! There is a local outdoor vendor festival, workshops, food, and more offered at the TAG event, so come on out even if you aren’t running!

mountainsunschool.org/events/transylvania-adventure-games


APRIL 2019

RAGNAR RICHMOND TRAIL

April 26-27

Pocahontas State Park, Richmond VA

Teams of 8 set up camp and conquer a series of three pristine trail loops, relay-style, complete with lake views and deep spring foliage. This unforgettable overnight trail adventure is like a summer camp for grownups, with lots and lots of running.

runragnar.com

DEVILS BACKBONE MOUNTAIN CROSS & BLUE RIDGE METRIC

April 27–28

Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Roseland, VA

Each ride will feature both the outstanding canyons of the Tye River and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. Saturday’s ride will utilize gravel roads to explore more remote sections of these two areas. Sunday’s ride will use all paved roads with an emphasis on scenic vistas.    

bikereg.com/devils-backbone-mt-cross-and-the-blue-ridge-metric


MAY 2019

SHAKORI HILLS GRASSROOTS
FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & DANCE

May 2–5

Pittsboro, VA

The 17th annual spring festival features 40+ bands on four stages located on 72 beautiful farmland acres in central North Carolina. The site is easily accessible from major airports in Raleigh and Greensboro and a short drive for Mid-Atlantic residents. Local and indigenous crafts, delicious food, kids’ activities, healing arts, music and dance workshops, and environmental sustainability forums augment a strong music lineup. Primitive camping, vehicle camping, and RV options are available at this family-friendly festival.

shakorihillsgrassroots.org

FRENCH BROAD RIVER FESTIVAL

May 3–5

Hot Springs Campground & Resort, Hot Springs, NC

22nd annual grassroots festival features outdoor adventure and great music in a beautiful setting.  Whitewater raft race, biking, hiking, kid’s village, outdoor vendors, music from Doom Flamingo, Acoustic Syndicate, Trongone Band, Lyric, Pierce Edens, Sol Driven Train and so much more!

frenchbroadriverfestival.com

DICK’S SPORTING GOODS PITTSBURGH MARATHON WEEKEND

May 3–5

Pittsburgh, PA

MOVE yourself, MOVE heartbeats, and MOVE barriers at the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend. With distances ranging from a 5K to the full marathon PLUS a kids marathon, toddler trot and pet walk, there is an event for every member of the family!

pittsburghmarathon.com

MUD ON THE MOUNTAIN

May 11

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, PA

Mud on the Mountain offers athletes a chance to get down and dirty across more than seven miles of body-breaking terrain you will traverse ponds, scale boulder fields, climb your way over obstacles and claw your way up impossible inclines, all on your way to a triumphant finish!

7springs.com/events/mud-on-the-mountain


JUNE 2019

WAR HAMMER 100

June 8–9

Natural Bridge Resort Park, Slade, KY

100 Mile Endurance Run.  The War Hammer 100 starts at the Natural Bridge State Park in the beautifully lush Red River Gorge and travels south to Wildcat Mountain – site of the Civil War Battle and the gateway to the Cumberland Plateau in Laurel County.

nextopportunityevents.com/warhammer100

2019 BIKE VIRGINIA TOUR

June 21–26

Woodstock, VA to Harrisonburg, VA

Bike Virginia BIKE O RAMA theme takes us back to the Shenandoah Valley and the 50’s. Bring your poodle skirts, white tee shirts and we will rock and ride around the clock.  Register for 6 full days or 3 day weekend/weekday.

bikevirginia.org


JULY 2019

ST. ELIZABETH TRIATHLON

July 20

Williamstown, KY

Swim in one of Northern Kentucky’s cleanest lakes, bike along picturesque hillsides and valleys and finish up with a run through the rolling hills of Grant County, Ky. – home of the Ark Encounter. The triathlon is an Olympic qualifying event. Go to www.visitgrantky.com to plan your visit.

stelizabeth.com


SEPTEMBER 2019

27TH ANNUAL TOUR DE CASHIERS

September 7

Cashiers, NC

Join us for the Tour de Cashiers across the scenic mountain by-ways of Western North Carolina, and complete one of the most challenging rides in the nation. 5k for runners. Book your accommodations with Gold Sponsor, Landmark Vacation Rentals 828-293-4499

tourdecashiers.com | landmarkletsride.com

KR255

September 16-21

Kentucky River, Bearryville, KY to Carrollton, Ky

Come join AUCAL & EKI for the KR255, the paddlesports endurance race of a lifetime. Competitors will start in Beattyville, KY in eastern Kentucky & finish (some of them anyway) 255 miles later in carrollton, KY where the Kentucky River confluences with the Ohio River.

explorekentucky.us/kentuckywatermanseries

NEW RIVER TRAIL CHALLENGE

September 21

New River Trail State Park, Max Meadows, VA

The penultimate race of the Virginia State Parks Adventure series, the “Challenge” is one of the oldest, largest and friendliest Adventure Triathlons in Virginia. The race features a 40-mile bike ride, 12.1-mile kayak and half marathon along the scenic New River. All ages and skill levels can compete solo or in teams.

dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/nrt-challenge

THE 30TH ANNUAL WORLD CHICKEN FESTIVAL

September 26–29

Downtown London, KY

Celebrate the life of Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Delicious fried chicken dinners are prepared in the world’s largest skillet.  Named a top event by the Kentucky Tourism Council and the Southeast Tourism Society. Voted Best Festival in State by Kentucky Monthly Magazine.

chickenfestival.com

CUMBERLAND RIVER CHALLENGE

September 28

Barbourville, KY

The Canoe and Kayak Race is an annual event, hosted by Union College, U Canoe and Barbourville Tourism. The race consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner-level rapids. It starts on the Knox County line bordering Bell County and finishes in Knox County at the Thompson R.V. Park.

barbourvilletourism.com/adventure/canoe-kayak-race


OCTOBER 2019

GAP RELAY

October 11–12

Pittsburgh, PA

Over the course of two days, you and your team will tackle 150 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage. Starting in Cumberland, Maryland, you’ll celebrate your adventurous spirit, wild stories, and incredible team accomplishments at the post-race party in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

gaptrailrelay.org

POCADVENTURE ADVENTURE TRIATHLON

October 12

Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA

Just a short drive from downtown Richmond, the final race of the Virginia State Park Adventure Series, highlights a 4-mile lake paddle, 12-mile Mountain Bike leg and a 5-mile trail run. All proceeds go to expanding and maintaining the 100+ miles of trails and fire road.

dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/adventure-series

MT. STERLING COURT DAYS

October 18–21

Mount Sterling, KY

Kentucky’s oldest festival began around 1794 with the annual trading day when the judge came to town to hold court.  Across four days, about 200,000 people come to shop with the 1,500 vendors who set up to sell—including a large selection of food booths.

mtsterlingcourtdays.com


NOVEMBER 2019

RICHMOND MARATHON

November 16

Richmond, VA

Haven’t #RunRichmond yet? What are you waiting for?! Each of our scenic courses showcases some of our RVA’s favorite attributes. With thousands of volunteers and spectators encouraging you, and more race perks than you can count, you’ll see why we’ve earned our rep as “America’s Friendliest Marathon”!

richmondmarathon.org