March 2010

Should mountain bikes be allowed in wilderness areas?

By BRO Admin | 29 Mar 10
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Should lost or injured hikers be charged for backcountry rescue?

By BRO Admin | 16 Mar 10
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THE NEED FOR SPEED

By Jedd Ferris | 09 Mar 10
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Cyclists pursue ultramarathon speed records Last summer, when most guys his age were on the golf course, 64-year-old Gerry Eddlemon set 10 state cycling speed records. Eddlemon, an extreme road biker from Knoxville, Tenn., is part of a small niche of ultracyclists who like to post the fastest times for pedaling across states from one…

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RUNTOWN U.S.A.

By Graham Averill | 09 Mar 10
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These top Southeastern running towns elevate the sport from pastime to passion. WASHINGTON DC Click here to download route maps for the DC area. Politics may be D.C.’s business, but running is the city’s pleasure. Our nation’s capital has no less than 11 full-fledged running clubs, some of the region’s most popular races, a surprising…

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Cool Schools

By Beau Beasley | 09 Mar 10
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Click here to view our criteria and rankings for all the schools covered. BRO’S Honor Roll of the Region’s Greenest Colleges and Universities We did our homework for this assignment. Blue Ridge Outdoors researched, interviewed, and examined all of the region’s colleges and universities to determine which schools are not just teaching about a better…

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Adventure Running Company

By Graham Averill | 09 Mar 10
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Why pay to run epic trail races, when you can stage your own for free? Running one of the classic 100-mile ultra races seems like an impossible endeavor—and for most of us, it is—but what if you spread that distance across five days? The Minnesota-based Adventure Running Company is doing just that, taking small groups…

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Running Information

By Graham Averill | 08 Mar 10
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Dr. Stephen Pribut is a D.C.-based podiatric surgeon and an expert in running injuries. He advises a number of running magazines and operates a popular running injury website: drpribut.com. What running surfaces are worst? While we can adapt to almost anything, concrete is one of the most unyielding surfaces you could choose. The shock transmission…

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D.C. Runner Completes World’s Longest Race

By BRO Staff | 08 Mar 10
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54-Year-Old Suprabha Beckjord Runs 3,100 Miles Around Same Block D.C.’s Suprabha Beckjord is the only woman ever to enter and complete the Sri Chimnoy Self  Transcendence 3,100 mile race in Queens, N.Y., the longest recognized race in the world. A new documentary, The Spirit of a Runner, details Beckjord’s journey to this unlikely record, showing…

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Bikers on Capitol Hill

By Graham Averill | 08 Mar 10
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Get past your political biases and embrace a “bike-partisan” agenda. You’ll definitely hear that new outdoor buzz phrase at the National Bike Summit, which rolls back into Washington, D.C., for the tenth straight year from March 9-11. The League of American Bicyclists’ annual bike advocacy event combines two days of educational workshops on topics like…

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Fat to Fit

By Jospeh Alderson | 08 Mar 10
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Elite Ultra Runner Jeremy Ramsey sheds pounds to chase a legend “In all things, I try to practice moderation,” says Lynchburg ultra marathon runner Jeremy Ramsey, who during his peak training will log over one hundred miles a week. After finishing fifth at this year’s Mount Masochist 50 Mile Trail Run, Ramsey and I sat…

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What Now? Battling Post-Race Blues

By Jedd Ferris | 08 Mar 10
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In 2006, Jonathan Basham set the speed record for completing the 500-mile Colorado Trail. The monumental endurance accomplishment should have only been reason to celebrate. Basham had just run across the rugged Rockies at an average elevation of 10,000 feet for eight and a half straight days faster than anyone before him. But when he…

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Charlottesville’s New State Park

By BRO Staff | 08 Mar 10
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Biscuit Run—1,200 acres located in Albemarle County just south of Charlottesville’s city limits—was slated to become the largest planned residential development in the county’s history with 3,100 new homes. The state scooped up the idyllic swath of forested land—with the Biscuit Run stream as its centerpiece—for the bargain price of $9.8 million from developer Forest…

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Bluegrass by Bike

By Dave Stallard | 08 Mar 10
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Trent Wagler Tours on Two Wheels Take a look at Trent Wagler’s tour schedule and you can see that the talented Virginia-based singer-songwriter is going to be spending a lot of time in the van. In this energy-conscious age, that translates to a lot of carbon emissions. Inspired to lessen his footprint, Wagler and band…

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Matchmaker

By Graham Averill | 08 Mar 10
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10 kinds of runners, 10 different shoes Runners have strong feelings for their shoes. Love? Maybe. That’s why it’s so important to find the right shoe. Because, as in love, not just any shoe will do. BRO waded through the sea of new running shoe candidates to find the ideal shoe for you. Whether you’re…

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A Compromising Position

By Jeremiah Knupp | 08 Mar 10
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Shenandoah Mountain wilderness advocates and mountain bikers seek common ground for the common good. Shenandoah Mountain—a 73-mile ridge forming the easternmost part of the Allegheny Mountains—is one of the largest tracts of wild land left in the Eastern United States. For years, groups have squabbled over the best way to protect it. “Shenandoah Mountain is…

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