Economic downturn be damned. People will still be ready to get outside and rage this spring. That’s why it was great to see three new adventure events announced this week in Virginia.

 

On March 28 a new mountain biking race will start at the Devil’s Backbone Brewery, located near Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County. The race will have categories for all abilities and feature a starting climb up Brents Gap before winding through a 700-acre course in the woods. Crushed quads will be relieved by Devil’s Backbone’s dozen-plus local drafts. Get more info here

 

The Commonwealth will also get a new half-marathon on May 16 in Waynesboro, located among the stunning scenery of the base of Shenandoah National Park. The Park to Park Half Marathon will connect Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park to Augusta County’s Stuarts Draft Park through a course of rolling hills and river crossings. 

 

The same weekend some of the city of Richmond’s favorite events will be consolidated into a new festival dubbed Riverrock. In addition to the popular James River Scramble 10K trail run and Urban Assault mountain biking race, the weekend will also include kayaking, a Mud Run, a high-flying Big Air dog jumping competition, and an acrobatic freestyle bike competition. Tunes will be offered by old school jam band outfit Rusted Root. More info