Kanuga Bike Park opens in Hendersonville, NC July 25
Mountain bike aficionados—mark your calendars! A new mountain bike park opens in Hendersonville, NC on July 25 and features directional, bike specific trails that are e-bike friendly, as well as bike rentals. The park is running an early-bird special on season passes for $349 (a full-price season pass will run you $399.)
According to AVLToday, the park is founded by world-champion downhill racer Neko Mulally. There are 12 downhill-specific trails with a variety of skill levels available by reservation for individuals and teams for practice and competition.
Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to host virtual 5K
Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) is getting a new name (the Department of Wildlife Resources is their updated moniker,) and to celebrate the change, the agency invites the public to Run for the Wild, a virtual 5K run/walk supporting their mission to keep Virginia’s wild places wild.
Registered participants can run or walk a route of their choosing on July 17, 18, or 19. Registration deadline is July 16 and all proceeds will go toward DGIF’s Restore the Wild initiative to support habitat projects vital for the survival of Virginia’s wildlife. As a bonus, each participant will receive fun goodies and can sign up to participate in unique challenges to compete for fun prizes. Learn more here: https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/run-for-the-wild/
Pack maker Gregory to release a line of plus-sized products
The first plus-size backpacks will hit the shelves next spring. Backpack maker Gregory will introduce the industry’s first dedicated line of plus-size backpacks, SNEWS reports. The line will include 20 items across dayhiking, hydration, multi-day backpacking, and lifestyle categories.
“People of diverse body sizes and shapes have had to make it work with gear that wasn’t made for us for too long now,” said Jenny Bruso, founder of the group Unlikely Hikers, which calls itself a “diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community.” “We’re out here. We’re climbing these same mountains, we’re thru-hiking these same trails and our money spends the same way.”
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