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VALLEY LIFE

Recreation

The Carilion Clinic IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon coming to the
valley on June 7 is a swim-bike-run event expected to draw
several thousand participants. Athletic running shoe/apparel
outlets like Fleet Feet Sports and Runabout Sports offer
training courses for those new to the triathlon world - much
like they do for runners.
There are footraces - road or trail - almost every weekend
except during some the coldest times of the year, from the
Blue Ridge Marathon weekend in April to the more typical 5k
and 10K runs. Check out the Star City Striders group, Mountain
Junkies and Run Roanoke online for schedules.
Visit with C&C Runners on Facebook - more than a
thousand people (and growing) who support each other at
group runs and with updates on races. The informal, free group
is now routinely offered race discounts. Roanoke Valley Elite
(also on Facebook) is focused on runners that are fast enough
in some cases to qualify for the coveted Boston Marathon.
There's also the Crooked Road Running Club based in Rocky
Mount.
The Roanoke River Blueway initiative encourages people to
paddleboard, tube, canoe or kayak through the heart of the
valley. You can also 'yak or take part in other watersports/
recreational activities at Carvins Cove, Smith Mountain, Claytor,
Leesville and Philpott Lakes. Head to the James or Cowpasture
rivers nearby if battling whitewater rapids is desired.
A number of area outfitters can get you geared up for river
floats or biking adventures with a rental. Needless to say,
hiking opportunities abound on the Appalachian Trail, in
national forests, along the Blue Ridge Parkway and elsewhere.
Or just walk the growing greenway network in the valley.
Recreation can also mean indoor activities like Salsa Noke,
a dance instruction and social organization now a decade old
(connect on Facebook). There's yoga, swimming or a myriad
of fitness classes at venues like YMCA of Virginia's Blue Ridge,
Green Ridge Recreation Center, Carilion Wellness, Carter
Athletic Center, CrossFit, etc. Check out the Roanoke City,
Roanoke County and City of Salem websites for links to youth
and adult recreation league opportunities, or independent
organizations like the Valley AFC and Virginia Blue Ridge
Soccer clubs.
So pick your poison when it comes to recreation and related
social opportunities in the Roanoke Valley: you will find them
right here. -GM
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"That's going to be the future of trail
development," contends McCormick.
A conversation McCormick had at an IMBA
conference several years ago about ride centers led
to the Silver-Level designation.
"It was definitely a community project," she is
quick to add, with local governments and the U.S.
Forest Service at the table.
That process also led to a first time trail inventory
for the entire region. Now, she has become Director
of Marketing for the national IMBA organization
based in Boulder, Colorado (another favorite outdoor
destination).
As for new mountain bikers, McCormick says the
fire road at Carvins Cove that is accessible from the
boat launch area is a good beginner trail.
"That's an excellent place to start if you've just
bought your first mountain bike."
After that, some of the lower trails accessible
from the Bennett Springs parking lot are a good
next step, she says.
Happy Valley and Brushy Mountain are other
good starter trails at the Cove as you work your
way up to "Black Diamond" routes like Hi-Dee-Hoe
and The Trough. Watch out for runners, hikers - even
horseback riders - on these shared-use paths.
Closer to downtown Roanoke, Mill Mountain
offers about 10 miles of trails ranging from easy
to "most difficult." Some of these are favorites
for McCormick, who can use the Roanoke River
Greenway from her home in Grandin Village to reach
trails in the shadow of the famed Mill Mountain Star.
"That's my favorite ride [and] I never get in my
car." She calls the trails on Mill Mountain underrated
and "a gem."
She stitches together many of those short trails
- as do others, for a loop run. Speaking of the
Roanoke River Greenway, there's now a one-mile
starter mountain biking trail just off the greenway
in Morningside Park at 9th Street Southeast, adjacent
to the Boys & Girls Club and open to all. McCormick
calls it a "flow and jump trail."
As part of its "Adventure Plan" for Explore Park,
Roanoke County will expand on the 10 miles of
dedicated trails already available to mountain bikers
there. A park in the works at Explore where mountain
bike skills can be developed has her excited.
McCormick also hopes that "roadies" will try a
trail when they become wary of distracted drivers
or crowded greenways. "I think that's already
happening."
Check out Jefferson National Forest for rides on
the Glenwood Horse Trail, the Arcadia Loop and



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