July 2004

Running in Reverse: The Benefits of Backwards Running

By Graham Averill | 01 Jul 04
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Timothy “Just Call Me Bud” Badyna is probably the most famous backward runner in the world, He has held world records in the 5K, 10K, 200 yard, and marathon for running backward, making him the man to beat in the world of reverse running.

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Rails-to-Trails Roundup

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Jul 04
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Call it land recycling at its finest or the industrial revolution in reverse—taking abandoned railroad corridors and turning them into trails. The practice actually started in the mid-1960s, but lately the development of Rail Trails is exploding.

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Training for Your First Ultra

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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Ever think about running beyond the traditional 26.2? Here’s a crash course in getting your body ready for a one-day test of endurance.

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A Hike Beneath the Hemlocks

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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A wonderful hike in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest is the Bear Creek & Pinhoti Trails, near the Cohutta Wilderness Area

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In Praise of the Triple Ring

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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Road bikers scoff at my triple ring. They tell me that the quickest way to lose strength is to use a triple. On one ride it was announced to all riders that I had a triple ring so that we would keep “that kind” of a ride in mind…

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By Gauley! Classic Runs and Timely Tips for Gauley Season

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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It’s September, and that most Blue Ridgy of Blue Ridge paddlesports diversions is upon us: Gauley Season! This is when boaters from Alabama to Ontario make their annual pilgrimage to the bustling metropolis of Summersville, WV…

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Yonder Mountain String Band

By Jedd Ferris | 01 Jul 04
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Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band has been doing it right through the grassroots grind—big festival bills, theatre sell-outs, and their own indie label. Apparently, though, they don’t feel like resting on their laurels.

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John Cowan Band: New Tattoo

By Dave Stallard | 01 Jul 04
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John Cowan’s status as a bluegrass legend was established long ago. Possessing perhaps the most distinctive voice in acoustic music…

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Cool Haunts

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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Atmosphere can certainly make or break your musical experience. Fortunately in the Blue Ridge to complement our burgeoning acoustic music scene we have some of the best intimate listening rooms in the country…

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Mtn. Stage Happenings

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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A September calendar of music events in the southeast.

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Casey Driessen; 3D

By Dave Stallard | 01 Jul 04
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Casey Driessen has established himself as one of the premier fiddlers on the acoustic music scene. The Minnesota native and current Nashville resident has scored tours and session gigs with acoustic heavyweights Bela Fleck, Steve Earle, Tim O’Brien, and Darrell Scott.

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Hump Mountain, TN

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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Hump Mountain sits on the end of a series of bald beauties in the Roan Highlands along the North Carolina/Tennessee border. The best way to take in the Roan experience is…

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Blackwater Canyon: Our Next National Park?

By Graham Averill | 01 Jul 04
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Apparently, death threats aren’t that big of a deal in West Virginia. When a state senator claimed certain environmentalists threatened to kill her and three other people over a piece of legislation that would fund a National Park feasibility study in the Highlands of West Virginia, nobody seemed too concerned.

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Deep Creek Lake, MD

By BRO Staff | 01 Jul 04
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The Deep Creek Lake area of Western Maryland is a largely undiscovered cornucopia of natural beauty nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. It’s a little sliver of that West Virginia high country that extends over the Maryland border in Garrett County, centered around the 3,000-acre Deep Creek Lake (the state’s largest) and Wisp ski resort.

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Great Eastern Trail: An A.T. Alternative?

By Graham Averill | 01 Jul 04
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The Great Eastern Trail (G.E.T.), a 1,600-mile footpath that will stretch from the Alabama/Florida border all the way to the Finger Lakes of New York, will offer an alternative to the well-traveled Appalachian Trail.

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