Weekend Pick: Russell Fork BADDLUN Adventure Race

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The 6th Annual Russell Fork BADDLUN event takes place this Saturday, October 12th in Elkhorn City, Kentucky. Wondering what in the world that stands for? It’s a blend of the words bike, paddle, run. BADDLUN. Get it?

The course consists of a 13 mile bike ride, 8 mile paddle, 3 mile run, and a 20 yard swim. Unlike every other race in the world, BADDLUN doesn’t have an entry fee. With that, there are also no teams, aid stations, or prizes. It’s all for fun, people! Imagine that. The folks who started the event want to keep things carefree with a focus on the sports involved. You can read the hilariously honest course guide on their website for more details. I think it’s fair to say this is not for beginners.

This year, the event will be raising money for ALS research. Keep a look out for ways to donate once you’re there.

As far as sign up goes, you can register around 11:00am at the Ratliffe Hole. There will be shuttle info as well. The race will start a little after noon.

The rules are simple: don’t die, don’t be weak, help others in need, have a good time, and be safe.

If BADDLUN is a bit too extreme, lace up your kicks and run the Odyssey Autumn Faire 5K in Asheville, N.C. on Sunday. The rolling 3.1-mile run traverses Montford, Asheville’s most beautiful and historic neighborhood, and prizes are awarded to the best costumed runners as well as the fastest finishers. Stick around for the festival and chili cook-off afterward. More info and registration can be found here.


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