Alpine Gran Fondo

Harrisonburg, Va.

September 25, 2016

alpineloopgranfondo.com

Stokesville Strade Gravel Grinder

Stokesville, Va.

March 5, 2016

mtntouring.com

Gravel Race Up Spruce Knob

Circleville, W.Va.

July 16, 2016

spruceknobcycling.blogspot.com

CLIMBING

Triple Crown Bouldering Series

Horse Pens 40, Alabama, Stone Fort, Tennessee, Hound Ears, North carolina

October–November, 2016

triplecrownbouldering.org

In 2002, regional climbers Jim Horton and Chad Wykle simultaneously latched onto an idea that would unite the Southeastern bouldering community and challenge the way climbers view access—they called it the Triple Crown of bouldering. Located on alternating weekends throughout October and into early November, the three-part competition takes place at boulderfields once closed off to the public altogether. Through no shortage of communication, negotiations, and a successful decade-plus of landowner-climber relationships, the bouldering series has flourished.

Craggin Classic Dyno Comp

Fayetteville, W.Va.

September 17, 2016

cragginclassic.com

Dominion Riverrock

Richmond, Va.

May 20–21, 2016

dominionriverrock.com

The Big Lick Showdown

Roanoke, Va.

TBD 2016

riverrockclimbing.com

MULTISPORT

Green River Games

Saluda, North carolina

May 21–22, 2016

greenrivergames.com

The Silverback, more than any other race in the region, is the ultimate multisport event. For the past three years, an increasing number of competitors have been tackling this beast of the East in the dead of summer, when the humidity, let alone the 24-plus miles of technical class V paddling, mountain biking, and trail running, is enough to make you crumble. This year, however, the Green River Games is slated for late May. Instead of stifling heat, racers may now be faced with high flows and muddy trails. Despite its reputation as a sufferfest, the Silverback is growing in popularity. Think you have what it takes?

Key to success: “Start training early and train specifically on going from kayak to bike, bike to run. On day of, get a good start on the kayaking event and don’t blow out on the mountain bike. Save some for the run.” —John Grace, Race Director, Green River Games

Captain Thurmond’s Challenge

Fayetteville, W.Va.

early August 2016

nrgorgegames.com

Russell Fork Baddlun

Elkhorn City, Ky.

early October 2016

rfbaddlun.blogspot.com

Jerry’s Baddle

Saluda, N.C.

April 30, 2016

jerrysbaddle.org

WHITEWATER KAYAKING

The Green Race

Saluda, North carolina

November 5, 2016

facebook.com/thegreenrivernarrowsrace

What started in 1996 as a grassroots race organized by the Green River Narrows’ most core paddlers has since emerged into the Superbowl of kayaking. Held the first Saturday of November, more than 500 spectators alone hike or paddle their way down to witness one of the world’s most action-packed sections of whitewater. Of course, navigating one half mile of class V whitewater at race pace lends itself to no shortage of memorable moments that are part brilliant athleticism, part carnage. Nonetheless, the Green Race remains a Southeastern staple in the world of whitewater, so come out and spectate or spank the Monkey for yourself.

Key to success: “Get a long boat and get as many days on the river as you can.” —John Grace, Race Director, Green Race

Great Falls Race

Mclean, va.

July 9, 2016

facebook.com/greatfallsrace

Upper Yough Race

Friendsville, Md.

October 1, 2016

fallsrace.com

Lord of the Fork

Elkhorn City, Ky.

October 22, 2016

russellfork.info

SUP

NRG SUP Race

Fayetteville, West virginia

September 18, 2016

adventuresonthegorge.com

Initially regarded as nothing more than a boaters’ hobby, the sport of stand up paddleboarding has seen an evolution unto its own in the last five years. Hosted the Sunday of Gauley Fest, the New River Gorge SUP Race pays homage to SUP’s grassroots beginning and tightknit community. Divided into two races, Attainment and Downriver Whitewater, this event is welcoming to paddlers of any ability level and provides free drinks and tacos to all of its racers. Make the most of your next Gauley Fest weekend and check out the free demos and instruction available prior to the race.

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Key to success: “The key to success in this race is getting in some practice laps to know the upstream eddies for the attainment race and the downstream choices in lines for the whitewater race. Another key to success is board choice. Racers are required to use the same board for both races so choose a fast attainment board that will also offer stability in the downriver rapids.” —Melanie Seiler Hames, Race Organizer, NRG SUP Race

Tuck Fest SUP Cross/Enduro/Flatwater

Charlotte, N.C.

April 22–24, 2016

tuckfest.org

Battle of the Broad

Asheville, N.C.

TBD

battleofthebroad.com

6th Annual Golden Nugget Paddle N’ Party

Mount Pleasant, S.C.

May 21, 2016

paddleguru.com

JUST FOR FUN

Cupid’s Undie Run

Atlanta, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., Pittsburgh, Penn., Raleigh, N.C., Virginia Beach, Va., Washington, D.C.

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TBD 2016

cupidsundierun.com

Not everything has to be hardcore. Push beyond your comfort zone by stripping down to your undies with thousands of total strangers! The best part about the humiliation? You’ll be parading your bad self downtown (or uptown if you’re in Charlotte), in the middle of winter. Okay, maybe that is hardcore. No matter, the run is “brief,” and dancing is encouraged. Even if your boss does see your tighty-whities on the local news station, at least you can say it was for a cause. Proceeds from Cupid’s Undie Runs support the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a non-profit aimed at fighting neurofibromatosis (NF).