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It’s our mission to get as many people outside as possible October 16-18. Use this schedule to plan outings with our region’s businesses, clubs, and outdoor organizations. Be sure to tag @roanokegofest when you share photos of your adventures.


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Fri, Oct 16 9:00 AM – 10:00 AMC&C Go Fest 5K RunThe run will start on the Roanoke River Greenway at the River’s Edge Park.

C&C Go Fest 5K Run

This 5K run will be held on the Roanoke River Greenway, starting at the River’s Edge Park. Runners will head toward Wasena Park, and the turn-around point is at the bottom of the pedestrian bridge, which connects Wasena Park and Vic Thomas Park. No runners left behind.

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Fri, Oct 16 5:00 PM – 8:00 PMRooftop Barre at Center in the SquareCenter in the Square Penthouse Rooftop

Rooftop Barre at Center in the Square

Join Pure Barre Roanoke for a free outdoor workout up at the Penthouse of Center in the Square and stay for the party! Three Notch’d Brewery has partnered with Pure Barre to throw a birthday celebration like no other! Registration is required as space is limited. A suggested donation of $10 will reserve a space in the class, 1 free drink ticket, and give you admittance to our birthday celebration with light fare and incredible views! Please bring a mat, water, and a mask for when 6ft of distance cannot be maintained. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Center in the Square to support their community based programs and museum!

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Fri, Oct 16 6:30 PM – 10:30 PMAndy Frasco & The U.N. Benefit ConcertsMaher Field (230 Reserve Ave., Roanoke)

Andy Frasco & The U.N. Benefit Concerts

Andy Frasco & The U.N., who performed at GO Fest in 2019 and has been an internet sensation with streaming concerts during COVID-19, will headline an IRL double-feature concert Oct. 16 and Oct. 17.

Taking the stage ahead of the main event will be popular regional acts Empty Bottles on Friday night, and Lazy Man Dub Band on Saturday night. Gates will open at 5 p.m. both nights with ticket holders assigned an arrival time for socially-distanced check-in. Regional acts will take the stage at 6:15 and Andy Frasco & The U.N. will be on stage from 8-10 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit Project Outside, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the Roanoke Region’s outdoor assets, maintenance, and small businesses.

Both concerts will be at Maher Field on Reserve Avenue, which provides ample space for the concerts and ability to maintain a strict social distancing policy for attendees on event grounds. All ticket holders will be required to wear masks and remain six feet apart until they are ushered to their reserved box for the show.

Instead of buying individual tickets, quarateam, and household members will purchase a 12×12 area (or party pod) for up to six people. Using apps and volunteer runners, food and canned beer will be delivered to each party pod so that the only time attendees move outside of their designated area is to use the restroom.

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Sat, Oct 17 8:00 AM – 9:00 AMSpartan SGX Adventure CourseFerguson Fitness Studio. 2020 Brambleton Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24015

Spartan SGX Adventure Course

Say yes to adventure. Join us for a Spartan-style workout led by our Spartan SGX-certified coaches where you will take on obstacles and complete fun challenges both indoors and out. Spots will fill up fast so make sure and reserve your spot!

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 11:00 AMPop up WorkoutCore Life Eatery
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Pop up Workout

Free H.I.I.T. Workout by the trainers of PlayFITStayFIT with free refreshments provided by Core Life . Following the workout we’ll get discount vouchers for lunch at Core Life.

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMFree CPR and AED and AED TrainingRoanoke Go Fest

Free CPR and AED and AED Training

Please join The Compress and Shock Foundation for a FREE CPR and AED training on Saturday 10/17/20. 60 minutes to learn how to save a life. Some classes also include infant and child CPR and offer free flu shots! Multiple locations and times in and around Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Vinton. Completely free and open to all ages 13 and up! COVID safety protocols will be in place.

More details: www.compressandshock.org

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMDownshift Bikes Waffle RideDownshift Bikes
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Downshift Bikes Waffle Ride

Join Downshift Bikes & Brews for a brunch ride on Saturday, October 17 from 9am-12pm. The ride will take place on the Lochaven Loop and then head back for rooftop waffles and drinks.

The ride is $15 and proceeds go to benefit Project Outside and the Roanoke Outside Foundation in honor of GO Fest weekend.

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 10:00 AMSpartan SGX Adventure CourseFerguson Fitness Studio. 2020 Brambleton Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24015

Spartan SGX Adventure Course

Say yes to adventure. Join us for a Spartan-style workout led by our Spartan SGX-certified coaches where you will take on obstacles and complete fun challenges both indoors and out. Spots will fill up fast so make sure and reserve your spot!

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMFood Forest Tree Planting Fun!333 Tinker Creek Ln NE Roanoke, VA 24012

Food Forest Tree Planting Fun!

You’re invited to make the Earth a little greener, Roanoke a little more food resilient, and your hands a little dirtier!

Nestled in the foothills beneath Read Mountain, Outback Orchards welcomes you to help plant a range of food producing trees such as hazelnuts, elderberries, and peaches. We’ll also be planting native perennial plants, as well as flower and garlic bulbs to support local bees. Your help will contribute to the farm’s overall effort to plant a community food forest. We will send you home with some freshly laid eggs as a thank you and a food voucher to come back and enjoy the ‘fruits’ of your hard work!

You will are also welcome to check out the farm’s various permaculture projects underway, our colorful array of chickens, and enjoy the many baby calves and their mama cows roaming the surrounding fields.

Bring your closed toe shoes, water, good attitude and we’ll provide the tools, plants, and all the guidance you’ll need to plant a tree, or two. Whether this is the first tree or plants you’ve planted or your 100th – all are welcome!

This event will also be mindful of the COVID-19 safety precautions and require all participants to have a face mask on their person at all times. We will practice the proper spacing to avoid having to wear masks while doing the actual planting.

Select from a range of times to partake in the tree, native plant, and bulb planting throughout the weekend. We look forward to meeting you and working along beside you!

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 3:00 PMWaid Park Sprint Enduro and Short Track XC State ChampionshipWaid Park 701 Waid Park Rd. Rocky Mount VA

Waid Park Sprint Enduro and Short Track XC State Championship

Franklin County Parks and Recreation and the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (SMLRCC) have partnered to bring you a new Waid Park Sprint Enduro and VA Short Track XC championships race scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Waid Park in Rocky Mount. Proceeds from this event benefit the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce and serves as Franklin County’s contribution to a re-imagined and socially-distanced Go Fest weekend.

A beer garden with food and FREE kids bike events all day on Franklin County’s new skills challenge loop are among the non-racing activities.

Proceeds from the onsite beer garden and food sales will benefit the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Registration includes a custom logo t-shirt and neck buff. COVID-19 measures will be implemented to ensure state guidelines are maintained throughout race day. If you are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 please stay at home. No day of registration – You must Pre-register. (This event will be limited to 100 riders and not exceed 250 total attendance)

The day starts at 9 a.m. with a fast and furious short track cross country race on the Shinerunner trail. Jumps, berms, balance features and two really STIFF climbs pack a whole lot of action into a short event. Race distances will be short, at either 2.5 or 5 miles- but the action will be non-stop! The Short Track race is sanctioned under USAcycling, $10 one day licenses will be available to purchase online.

Categories for Short Track: Intro, Sport(Cat2) and Open(Cat1,Pro), Open Ebike

Maximum field size per class is 20 riders and masks are mandatory in the staging area. Multiple classes will have the same start times and be scored separately for maximum bar to bar action!

Our main event is the inaugural Waid Park Sprint Enduro!

Expect at least 4 stages(6 for our open racers!) utilizing the newest and most progressive features we’ve built in our trail network(and maybe some race-day only surprises?!). A medium travel trail bike or maybe even a beefed up XC race bike will be fastest across these stages- but be ready for rock gardens, man-made jumps and sections with fast back to back corners, and yes quite a bit of sprinting if you want to win!

Timing will be manually operated via Webscorer Pro. No USAC license is needed for this event. No waiting in line to start a stage, just drop in and go!

Enduro Categories: Intro, Open, Open Ebike

Enduro Age Groups: 12 and Under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-34, 35-44 and 45+

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 4:00 PMGuided Fishing TripRiver put-in; specific location will be determined with you prior to the float.

Guided Fishing Trip

Join Virginia Outside for a guided fishing trip on an area river (James, Jackson, Maury, or Roanoke) All equipment provided.

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 10:00 AMBird Watching on Mill MountainMill Mountain

Bird Watching on Mill Mountain

Join knowledgeable birders from the Roanoke Valley Bird Club in a bird walk around the top of Mill Mountain. Bring your own binoculars. All ages welcome but note that strollers are not advisable. Numbers limited so to register, send an e-mail to this address: rvbc2015@outlook.com. We will get back to you to let you know if there is space and exactly where to meet.

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 AM – 5:00 PMCyclocross Laps for Roanoke OutsideFallon Park 2116 Dale Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24013

Cyclocross Laps for Roanoke Outside

I am teaming up with the MFG Cyclocross to supplement the CX season with a call to action.

We (everyone and anyone who wants to participate is welcomed) are taking over the Fallon Park Cyclocross course from 9am-5pm and going to try and complete 500 laps on a taped 6min CX course.

We are asking people across the country to buy laps as a way to donate to our effort. 1 lap = $5. Thus, the goal is to raise $2500. But the more laps y’all buy the more laps we are going to try and do. We won’t stop at 500 if y’all buy 600 and if we have to push into overtime we’ll do it and get the laps done!

Also, I will be offering 3 skills clinics throughout the day (3 separate 2 hr time frames, limited to 10 people per group). We will get together and turn laps for 2 hrs. Along the way we will be going over CX skills (dismount, remount, barrier suitcasing, and barrier hopping for those interested, shouldering, cornering, etc). These will cost the same as a typical race reg $35.

All the money raised will be going directly to the Roanoke Outside Foundation who is a huge backer of Go Cross and other outdoor events such as Go Fest. They are an outdoor-oriented organization looking to spread the love and knowledge of access and opportunity for outdoor recreation in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.

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Sat, Oct 17 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMOutdoor Trails – Backpacking and hiking food samplesOutdoor Trails of Daleville. Only 200 yard from the Appalachian Trail on Rt 220.
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Outdoor Trails – Backpacking and hiking food samples

Come by Outdoor Trails in Daleville for a free sample nuun, CLIF bar or Backpackers Pantry freeze fried meal. Then hit the Appalachian Trail, only 200 yards from the shop, for a day hike or overnight adventure after shopping our 20th Anniversary Sale. Sample limited to 1 per person.

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Sat, Oct 17 10:00 AM – 2:00 PMNature Art Activity and ContestRoanoke Mountain Adventure’s Storefront Outdoor Space
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Nature Art Activity and Contest

Stop by Roanoke Mountain Adventures for an activity for all ages. Use our array of natural materials to create a sustainable masterpiece. Express what wild means to you. We will photograph your arrangement and you can submit your masterpiece in our art contest.

We will have plenty of outdoor space to complete the project and warm drinks available to enjoy while you make your art.

Prizes will be given for participation and contest winners.

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Sat, Oct 17 10:00 AM – 10:30 AMRiver hazards and rapid characteristics.Near the Beach at the waterfront.
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River hazards and rapid characteristics.

We will be covering the different features that can be fun or hazardous during river trips.

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Sat, Oct 17 10:00 AM – 3:00 PMUsed Sports gear and clothing2265 Catawba Dr. Salem VA. Just before Carvins Cove

Used Sports gear and clothing

This year the used gear sports clothes will be in Just The Right Gear’s parking lot. On 311 near Carvins Cove.

There is a big selection of used outdoor wear clothes, for women, men and kids. The biggest selection is womens.

Many items from patagonia, North face Prana and Mountain hardwear, and many more.

Saturday 10/17/2020 10:00-3:00

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Sat, Oct 17 10:00 AM – 6:00 PMGirls & GhoulsCamp Icimani – 5488 Yellow Mountain Rd – Roanoke, VA 24014
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Girls & Ghouls

Girls & Ghouls 2020 is an outdoor Girl Scout Halloween party like no other! This event is open to current Girl Scouts as well as non-members of all-ages! There will be three separate 2-hour time slots: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM will be for Daisies & Brownies (K-3rd graders). 1:00-3:00 PM will be for Juniors (4th & 5th graders). 4:00-6:00 PM will be for Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors (6th-12th graders). Younger and older girls will have different activities, with younger Girl Scouts painting pumpkins and older Girl Scouts pumpkin carving! You can expect a few other traditional Girls & Ghouls activities like Halloween SWAPS and a fun craft, plus all girls will receive a take home an edible snack! New this year, we are also offering the option of “Girls & Ghouls in-a-box” for those who cannot attend in-person. Choose a free box pickup for everything you would receive in-person, or select for your box to be mailed for a $10 shipping fee (mailing will include everything but the pumpkin).

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Sat, Oct 17 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMIntro to SUPClaytor Lake Rockhouse Marina
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Intro to SUP

Learn to Stand-up Paddleboard with the pros at Mountain 2 Island.

Reach out to register via phone or email: 540-230-2023 or michael@mountain2island.com

Ages 12+ Limit 4 per session.

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Sat, Oct 17 11:30 AM – 12:00 AMRiver safety and throw rope use.At the waterfront near the beach
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River safety and throw rope use.

We will be covering safety precautions to take including proper sizing of life jackets. What to do in case of a swim and throw rope use.

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Sat, Oct 17 12:00 PM – 12:45 PMBoat Design/characteristics & reasons for each typeLoch Haven Lake waterfront near the Beach
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Boat Design/characteristics & reasons for each type

We are going to detail the different parts of a boat and how each has its own characteristics to what type of water you would enjoy to be on.

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Sat, Oct 17 1:00 PM – 2:00 PMIntro to SUPClaytor Lake Rockhouse Marina
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Intro to SUP

Learn to Stand-up Paddleboard with the pros at Mountain 2 Island.

Reach out to register via phone or email: 540-230-2023 or michael@mountain2island.com

Ages 12+ Limit 4 per session.

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Sat, Oct 17 1:00 PM – 1:45 PMVarious paddle strokes and proper formLoch Haven Lake waterfront near the Beach
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Various paddle strokes and proper form

We will go over a few of the basic strokes for use with canoes and kayaks and how they should be performed properly.

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Sat, Oct 17 1:00 PM – 4:00 PMFood Forest Tree Planting Fun!333 Tinker Creek Ln NE Roanoke, VA 24012

Food Forest Tree Planting Fun!

You’re invited to make the Earth a little greener, Roanoke a little more food resilient, and your hands a little dirtier!

Nestled in the foothills beneath Read Mountain, Outback Orchards welcomes you to help plant a range of food producing trees such as hazelnuts, elderberries, and peaches. We’ll also be planting native perennial plants, as well as flower and garlic bulbs to support local bees. Your help will contribute to the farm’s overall effort to plant a community food forest. We will send you home with some freshly laid eggs as a thank you and a food voucher to come back and enjoy the ‘fruits’ of your hard work!

You will are also welcome to check out the farm’s various permaculture projects underway, our colorful array of chickens, and enjoy the many baby calves and their mama cows roaming the surrounding fields.

Bring your closed toe shoes, water, good attitude and we’ll provide the tools, plants, and all the guidance you’ll need to plant a tree, or two. Whether this is the first tree or plants you’ve planted or your 100th – all are welcome!

This event will also be mindful of the COVID-19 safety precautions and require all participants to have a face mask on their person at all times. We will practice the proper spacing to avoid having to wear masks while doing the actual planting.

Select from a range of times to partake in the tree, native plant, and bulb planting throughout the weekend. We look forward to meeting you and working along beside you!

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Sat, Oct 17 1:00 PM – 5:00 PMAirsoft Pistol Challenge @Roanoke Airsoft Battlefield4715 Rucker Road Moneta VA 24121

Airsoft Pistol Challenge @Roanoke Airsoft Battlefield

Target shooting Experience for three levels

Novice

Intermediate

Marksman

No experience necessary

Prizes for top categories

Vendors at this event

Schult’s Dogs

Twin Creeks Brewery

Culligan Water

Bedford County SWAT (antique squad car)

Franklin County SWAT

VA State Police TAC team

More to come

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Sat, Oct 17 2:00 PM – 5:00 PMCanoe & Kayak demoLoch Haven Lake waterfront near the Beach

Canoe & Kayak demo

If you’ve ever wanted to try out different types of canoes and kayaks including sit on tops this is your chance.

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Sat, Oct 17 3:00 PM – 4:00 PMIntro to SUPClaytor Lake Rockhouse Marina
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Intro to SUP

Learn to Stand-up Paddleboard with the pros at Mountain 2 Island.

Reach out to register via phone or email: 540-230-2023 or michael@mountain2island.com

Ages 12+ Limit 4 per session.

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Sat, Oct 17 6:00 PM – 9:00 PMYoga in the OutfieldSalem Red Sox Stadium, Check in and register at the Welcome Table

Yoga in the Outfield

Join The WellNest and Erica Austin from Roanoke Yoga as they present yoga in the outfield. The practice will be welcoming to all skill levels and novices are encouraged to join! Many in our family of wellness businesses and providers will be in attendance so you can learn more about your wellness options, win prizes, and participate in different types of holistic experiences!

The cost is only $20 per person and each paid adult can bring one child for free.

Be sure to stay afterwards for a socially distant social at the Salem Red Sox Grill.

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Sat, Oct 17 6:00 PM – 7:30 PMWalkabout Outfitter- Intro to Backpacking ClassDowntown Walkabout – 304 Market St SE, Roanoke, VA 24011

Walkabout Outfitter- Intro to Backpacking Class

Spend the evening with Brian and Ruby, our Roanoke stores managers as they discuss the technical details of backpacking equipment, skills, food and water logistics, as well as local hikes to help you feel more comfortable and prepared for your next backpacking trip! Food and drink will be provided. Located at our Downtown Roanoke store on Market St.

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Sat, Oct 17 6:30 PM – 10:30 PMAndy Frasco & The U.N. Benefit ConcertsMaher Field (230 Reserve Ave., Roanoke)

Andy Frasco & The U.N. Benefit Concerts

Andy Frasco & The U.N., who performed at GO Fest in 2019 and has been an internet sensation with streaming concerts during COVID-19, will headline an IRL double-feature concert Oct. 16 and Oct. 17.

Taking the stage ahead of the main event will be popular regional acts Empty Bottles on Friday night, and Lazy Man Dub Band on Saturday night. Gates will open at 5 p.m. both nights with ticket holders assigned an arrival time for socially-distanced check-in. Regional acts will take the stage at 6:15 and Andy Frasco & The U.N. will be on stage from 8-10 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit Project Outside, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the Roanoke Region’s outdoor assets, maintenance, and small businesses.

Both concerts will be at Maher Field on Reserve Avenue, which provides ample space for the concerts and ability to maintain a strict social distancing policy for attendees on event grounds. All ticket holders will be required to wear masks and remain six feet apart until they are ushered to their reserved box for the show.

Instead of buying individual tickets, quarateam, and household members will purchase a 12×12 area (or party pod) for up to six people. Using apps and volunteer runners, food and canned beer will be delivered to each party pod so that the only time attendees move outside of their designated area is to use the restroom.

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Sat, Oct 17 7:00 PM – 9:00 PMC&C Go Fest Night RunThe run will start on the Roanoke River Greenway at the River’s Edge Park.

C&C Go Fest Night Run

This Night Run, which will be around five miles in length, starts on the Roanoke River Greenway at the River’s Edge Park. Runners will head toward Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on the Roanoke River Greenway, continue up the “New Road,” making a right onto the Star Trail, and ascend to the Mill Mountain Star. The descent will be run on either the “Old Road” or the “New Road,” returning to the start at the River’s Edge Park. No runners left behind.

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Sat, Oct 17 9:00 PM – 1:00 AMIsaac Hadden Project5 Points Music Sanctuary – 1217 Maple Avenue SW, Downtown Roanoke

Isaac Hadden Project

Join 5 Points Music Sanctuary for a $5 Frasco Afterparty with Isaac Hadden Project featuring Paul Tressel, Jay Gladden, and Matt Leonard. 5 Bucks gets you in the door and $5 beers will be flowing all night. Capacity is VERY LIMITED so grab a table today.

DOORS: 9:00pm | SHOW: 11:00pm | $5 Admission | $5 Beer

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Sun, Oct 18 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMFood Forest Tree Planting Fun!333 Tinker Creek Ln NE Roanoke, VA 24012

Food Forest Tree Planting Fun!

You’re invited to make the Earth a little greener, Roanoke a little more food resilient, and your hands a little dirtier!

Nestled in the foothills beneath Read Mountain, Outback Orchards welcomes you to help plant a range of food producing trees such as hazelnuts, elderberries, and peaches. We’ll also be planting native perennial plants, as well as flower and garlic bulbs to support local bees. Your help will contribute to the farm’s overall effort to plant a community food forest. We will send you home with some freshly laid eggs as a thank you and a food voucher to come back and enjoy the ‘fruits’ of your hard work!

You will are also welcome to check out the farm’s various permaculture projects underway, our colorful array of chickens, and enjoy the many baby calves and their mama cows roaming the surrounding fields.

Bring your closed toe shoes, water, good attitude and we’ll provide the tools, plants, and all the guidance you’ll need to plant a tree, or two. Whether this is the first tree or plants you’ve planted or your 100th – all are welcome!

This event will also be mindful of the COVID-19 safety precautions and require all participants to have a face mask on their person at all times. We will practice the proper spacing to avoid having to wear masks while doing the actual planting.

Select from a range of times to partake in the tree, native plant, and bulb planting throughout the weekend. We look forward to meeting you and working along beside you!

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Sun, Oct 18 10:00 AM – 5:00 PMFun with boats.Loch Haven Lake waterfront
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Fun with boats.

Come on down to the waterfront for a day of fun including everything from pop-up paddling classes to answering questions concerning boats, trips and even safety. Come and pick the experience minds with your questions. Boat will be on hand for you to take a spin around the lake if you so desire.

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Sun, Oct 18 11:00 AM – 1:00 PMFly Fishing Meet-Up & DemonstrationRoanoke Mountain Adventures outdoor patio
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Fly Fishing Meet-Up & Demonstration

Curious about fly fishing and/or fly tying? Looking for information on local waters or to connect with local anglers? Just enjoy talking about fishing?

Local fly fisherman Kyle Chantiz of Dead Drift Outfitters will join RMA’s staff from 11am to 1pm for a casual and open-ended info session. Kyle is an expert fly tyer and avid angler who is passionate about bringing others into the sport.

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Sun, Oct 18 11:00 AM – 1:00 PMGirl Gang Dirt Church – Charity RideDownshift Bikes

Girl Gang Dirt Church – Charity Ride

Virtual Chair Lift! This is a shuttled ride to the top of Mill Mountain where Madi Stueber will be leading a Women’s only mountain bike ride. The ride will start at Downshift and begin at the Mill Mountain Star. A $10 ticket gets you a ride to the top of Mill Mountain and a guided trip down, followed by a beverage on the Downshift Rooftop!

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Sun, Oct 18 1:00 PM – 4:00 PMFood Forest Tree Planting Fun!333 Tinker Creek Ln NE Roanoke, VA 24012

Food Forest Tree Planting Fun!

You’re invited to make the Earth a little greener, Roanoke a little more food resilient, and your hands a little dirtier!

Nestled in the foothills beneath Read Mountain, Outback Orchards welcomes you to help plant a range of food producing trees such as hazelnuts, elderberries, and peaches. We’ll also be planting native perennial plants, as well as flower and garlic bulbs to support local bees. Your help will contribute to the farm’s overall effort to plant a community food forest. We will send you home with some freshly laid eggs as a thank you and a food voucher to come back and enjoy the ‘fruits’ of your hard work!

You will are also welcome to check out the farm’s various permaculture projects underway, our colorful array of chickens, and enjoy the many baby calves and their mama cows roaming the surrounding fields.

Bring your closed toe shoes, water, good attitude and we’ll provide the tools, plants, and all the guidance you’ll need to plant a tree, or two. Whether this is the first tree or plants you’ve planted or your 100th – all are welcome!

This event will also be mindful of the COVID-19 safety precautions and require all participants to have a face mask on their person at all times. We will practice the proper spacing to avoid having to wear masks while doing the actual planting.

Select from a range of times to partake in the tree, native plant, and bulb planting throughout the weekend. We look forward to meeting you and working along beside you!

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Sun, Oct 18 1:30 PM – 4:00 PMTrail RunExplore Park Welcome Center
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Trail Run

Come on out and join the Roanoke Valley Trail Runners at the Explore Park for a comfortable and leisure 4 mile trail run. Discover some of the trails, camping, rope courses, tubing and brewery pub that Explore Park has to offer. Runs will be group lead on a well marked course. Please bring your own water. This event will be weather permitted.

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Sun, Oct 18 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMBig Lick Roadkill ClassicDowntown Roanoke

Big Lick Roadkill Classic

RACE RULES

In order to maintain safe social distancing, the exact starting and finishing locations will not be disclosed until the race begins.

The starting location will be posted on the Facebook event page at exactly 2:00 PM on the day of the race. The start will be somewhere within a 1 mile radius of downtown Roanoke.

Racers must arrive at the start on a bike – You cannot drive to the race start. The race clock begins as soon as the starting location is announced at 2:00 PM.

Riders must complete a registration and waiver form once they arrive at the starting location. Racers can leave the start as soon as they complete the registration.

Racers must arrive at the starting location no later than 2:15 PM. Registration will close at 2:15.

There is no official registration fee, but we ask that each racer make a donation of $10.00 or more to Project Outside. Please bring cash or checks.

Each racer will receive a list of checkpoints at registration. There is no specified route, and riders can complete the checkpoints in any order they choose. It is the racer’s responsibility to figure out the shortest/fastest way to reach each one. The first rider to navigate to all the checkpoints and reach the finish location is the winner.

Racers can ride individually or in small groups, but will be scored individually. There will be prizes for the first place male and female finishers.

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Sun, Oct 18 3:30 PM – 12:00 AMWomen’s Mountain Bike RideRoanoke Mountain Adventure Storefront
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Women’s Mountain Bike Ride

This event is a no-drop social mountain bike ride for women. Meet at Roanoke Mountain Adventures to ride Mill Mountain to the Star and back. Meet fellow riders and hangout post-ride on the patio.

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Wilderness First Aid Skills Video

Do you enjoy being outside? Are you prepared in the event of an accident or emergency? As medical professionals, we encourage everyone to take a first aid and cpr class before venturing out into the wilderness. However, we realize courses are costly, time consuming and can be difficult to find, especially with COVID. 3 fourth year medical students at VT Carilion put together this 2 hour and 45 minute course for VT Wildlife and Fish Graduate students. It’s got lots of great information for all outdoor enthusiasts and is FREE – so please enjoy – and feel free to contact us to set up a certification course or to ask any questions you make have. In support of Project Outside by Roanoke Outside Foundation if you watch the video and find it useful we encourage you to make a donation to Project Outside to help support our outdoor resources in the region.

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OngoingWilderness First Aid SkillsOnline wilderness first aid educational program
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Wilderness First Aid Skills

Do you enjoy being outside? Are you prepared in the event of an accident or emergency? As medical professionals, we encourage everyone to take a first aid and cpr class before venturing out into the wilderness. However, we realize courses are costly, time consuming and can be difficult to find, especially with COVID. Three 4th year medical students at VT Carilion put together this 2 hour and 45 minute course for VT Wildlife and Fish Graduate students. It’s got lots of great information for all outdoor enthusiasts and is FREE – so please enjoy – and feel free to contact us to set up a certification course or to ask any questions you make have. In support of Project Outside by Roanoke Outside Foundation if you watch the video and find it useful, we encourage you to make a donation to Project Outside to help support our outdoor resources in the region.

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OngoingNRVBA Fall Gravel SeriesRising Silo Brewery
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NRVBA Fall Gravel Series

Our Spring Gravel Ride was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, so we are opening the routes up for a virtual event this fall!

There are three route options – 20mi, 32mi, and 58mi. All are on mixed terrain and begin and end at Rising Silo in Blacksburg. Tires intended for gravel are preferable but road bikes will be suitable.

As this is not a club event with a ride leader, it is not covered under the NRVBA insurance. Since it is not covered by insurance, it is open to members and non-members alike. If you intend to ride with a small group vs alone, we encourage you to practice the COVID-19 safety guidelines we released earlier this year.

Registration is not required, you’re encouraged to make a donation to the organization of your choice that supports the outdoor community.

The virtual event runs Oct. 16-18. Tag us in your photos on Facebook if you participate!

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19418147

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27259262

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27259285

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OngoingHike to Stiles Falls @ Camp Alta MonsCamp Alta Mons; 2842 Crockett Springs Road Shawsville, VA 24162
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Hike to Stiles Falls @ Camp Alta Mons

Alta Mons is home to Stiles Falls, a beautiful 40 foot waterfall. Hiking to the falls is open to the public everyday, except during summer camp, winter camp and bad weather (snow and ice). We do ask that visitors park at the front of the property and walk to the trail head. From the parking area to the falls and back is about 3 miles round trip. There are directional signs around camp and the trail is blazed in white. The trail crosses the creek 3 times and ends with a rock scramble. Dogs are allowed, but please keep them on a leash and clean up after them. Pack out what you pack in from the trail, and pick up any extra trash that you may find. ​

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OngoingSilverbirch Canoes & Tootega demo funLoch Haven Lake at the Waterfront

Silverbirch Canoes & Tootega demo fun

Silverbirch canoe lineup will be available to demo. Everything from Whitewater canoes to some of the best tripping boats out there. Tootega sit on tops will also be available for you to have some fun in also.

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OngoingUpgrade Your Bike Trade-In EventCardinal Bicycle: 2901 Orange Ave NE. Roanoke, VA 24012

Upgrade Your Bike Trade-In Event

Take your old bike (or just bike parts and/or accessories too) to Cardinal Bicycle 10/15-17 and trade them in for store credit . . . or donate the amount to Project Outside.

Here’s how it works: Reserve a time slot via the form at the bottom of https://thetradeinguys.com/cardinal/. Then, gather up your bike stuff and head to Cardinal Bicycles (10/15-17). A represenative from The Trade-In Guys will meet you are your car to evaluate your stuff and give you a quote. If you like the quote Cardinal Bicycle will issue you a gift card for the amount quoted or you can donate it to Project Outside. It costs nothing to get a quote…if you don’t like the quote just drive away :). It’s that simple.

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OngoingNRVBA Fall Gravel SeriesRising Silo Brewery
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NRVBA Fall Gravel Series

Our Spring Gravel Ride was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, so we are opening the routes up for a virtual event this fall!

There are three route options – 20mi, 32mi, and 58mi. All are on mixed terrain and begin and end at Rising Silo in Blacksburg. Tires intended for gravel are preferable but road bikes will be suitable.

As this is not a club event with a ride leader, it is not covered under the NRVBA insurance. Since it is not covered by insurance, it is open to members and non-members alike. If you intend to ride with a small group vs alone, we encourage you to practice the COVID-19 safety guidelines we released earlier this year.

Registration is not required, you’re encouraged to make a donation to the organization of your choice that supports the outdoor community.

The virtual event runs Oct. 16-18. Tag us in your photos on Facebook if you participate!

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19418147

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27259262

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27259285

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OngoingMaster NaturalistsWasena Park near the Green Goat
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Master Naturalists

Learn more about invasive Species in our area starting at Wasena Park near the Green Goat.

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OngoingTree TalksWe will meet at the footbridge. 15 minute walk.

Tree Talks

For a number of years I have lead tree talks at GoFest. I would like to continue these.

Typically I lead three walks. On Saturday I lead two, 1 and 3 PM. Sunday one at two PM.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is Open for Outdoor Fun!

Come hike, picnic, bike, walk, run, or have a beautiful fall drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway right here in the Valley. The Chestnut Ridge Trail (mile marker 120.5) access at the Chestnut Ridge Overlook, is the closest to Roanoke City. Many others are nearby. Check out this listing. https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/hiking/

The picnic area at Roanoke Mountain up the road from the Mill Mountain Star and has many tables and restroom facilities. It is near the Chestnut Ridge Overlook, and has a paved loop for running, easy walking, or wheelchairs.

NOTE: At the time of this writing, there are some road closures on the Parkway. The section between Explore Park and US route 220 is currently closed may be open by mid-October. The section of the Parkway between US 220 and Bent Mountain/Adney Gap is closed for the foreseeable future. Roanoke Mountain Road Loop with a overlook of the Roanoke Valley is closed for the foreseeable future.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Parkway see: https://www.blueridgeparkway.org

For information about the Roanoke Chapter, or general information about the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway contact staff@friendsprb.org

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Shop & Support Project Outside at Fleet Feet

SHOP & SUPPORT PROJECT OUTSIDE AT FLEET FEET

During GO Fest Weekend, October 16-17 (we’re closed on Sundays), we will be donating 10% of our sales to Project Outside. We’ll be donating an additional 10% of our Local Merch sales as well for a total of 20% of Local Merch sales going to Project Outside.

We’re launching NEW Local Merch and NEW HydroFlask that weekend! Come snag the latest and greatest, and help us give back to Project Outside.

DONATE & ENTER TO WIN HUGE RAFFLE PRIZES – ALL MONTH LONG!

Come shop with us during the month of October, and donate to Project Outside! When you check out you will have the option to donate $5, $10, $15, $20, and so on. Each $5 you donate gets you 1 raffle ticket into our HUGE Prize Raffle! The more you donate, the better your chances are of winning. And you are definitely going to want to win one of these prizes.

The prizes are HUGE! Check them out…

– Hyperice Hypervolt Plus with Bluetooth (percussion massage device) – $399 value!

– Hyperice Hypersphere (vibrating massage therapy ball) – $149 value!

– 2 pair of Aftershokz Bone Conduction Wireless Headphones – up to $150 value each!

We’ll be raffling off each prize separately at the end of October. Come shop with us to support local AND support Project Outside on GO Fest Weekend and the entire month of October. Let’s support our outdoors!

Follow us on Facebook/Instagram (@fleetfeetnoke) for updates.

Fleet Feet Hours:

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Sun CLOSED

Fleet Feet is located at 4347 Franklin Rd. Roanoke, VA 24018 on 220 S. in front of Lowe’s and across from Home Depot/Starbucks.

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OngoingThe Project Outside Run presented by Fleet FeetRun or walk anywhere you choose for this virtual event!

The Project Outside Run presented by Fleet Feet

Introducing The Project Outside Run presented by Fleet Feet!

This is a 100% virtual run – but it’s not your average virtual run. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Project Outside AND you have the chance to win a $600 Ultimate Runner Prize Pack from Fleet Feet.

Registration is only $5 – which will be donated directly to Project Outside. Extra donations to Project Outside are encouraged if you’re able (pretty please, our outdoors need your help!).

RUN or WALK ANYWHERE during GO Fest Weekend, Friday-Sunday. Take a picture on your run to get entered to win the insanely awesome $600 Ultimate Runner Prize Pack from Fleet Feet! Prize pack includes head-to-toe outfit + shoes from Brooks, 6-pack of socks from Balega + the ultimate VIP fit experience at Fleet Feet.

More info on how to sign up + enter to win on The Project Outside Run website.

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OngoingVirginia Outside- Guided Fishing TripRiver put-in; specific location will be determined with you prior to the float.

Virginia Outside- Guided Fishing Trip

Join Virginia Outside for a guided fishing trip on an area river (James, Jackson, Maury, or Roanoke)! All equipment provided. Just email ben@virginiaoutside.com to set up your trip or visit our website for details.

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OngoingCamp Bethel’s Self-Guided AdventuresCamp Bethel Summer Camp and Event Center; 328 Bethel Road Fincastle, VA 24090

Camp Bethel’s Self-Guided Adventures

Camp Bethel is glad to offer you this opportunity to get outside and explore creation. We have provided two types of adventures, Compass Trails and GPS Trails. Compass Trails (or Letterboxing) use clues and a compass to find each destination. GPS Trails (or Geocaching) use a GPS device (Google Maps) and GPS Coordinates to find each destination. Each adventure ​has a theme, a color code (so you don’t get mixed up in your wanderings), an estimated time to complete, and a brief

description of activity level. The Compass/GPS Trails are open to the public June 10 through November 1. For more information go to: CampBethelVirginia.org/self-guided-adventures

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OngoingSelf-Guides Mountain Bike RidesThese are self-guided adventures…you’re on your own!

Self-Guides Mountain Bike Rides

Virginia’s Blue Ridge is the only East Coast community with a Silver-Level Ride Center designation by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA); come see why we’re the Mountain Bike Capital of the East.

The Blue Ridge Mountains have produced the best mountain biking trails in the East Coast. Whether you are into single speed, downhill, or cross country you will be spent after a day on these trails.

The region is home to multiple trail systems — Mill Mountain Park, Explore Park, Douthat State Park, and Carvins Cove to name a few — that include multiple ride options that can give you a short half-hour ride or occupy you all day long. Add each of these areas to your bucket list, check them off one at a time, and be prepared to come back again and again.

And we’re not ashamed to say the region is home to a few stand-alone epic trails as well. These are classic Roanoke mountain bike rides and not for the faint at heart. Some are one-way rides, so consider a shuttle and plan in advance. These adventures include the Patterson Creek Trail System, Arcadia Up and Over, Dragon’s Back and Dody Ridge.

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OngoingRoanoke Stormwater GeocachingRoanoke City Greenways

Roanoke Stormwater Geocaching

Explore at your own pace and test your sleuthing skills: try geocaching! Roanoke Stormwater has 3 adventures along the greenways to highlight interesting aspects of stormwater and our local waterways. Search for “High Water”, “Long Live Log Perch”, and “Do Your Doody” and test your knowledge of Roanoke’s great outdoors. It’s fun, free, and great for families too!

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OngoingSelf Guided HikesChoose from dozens of nearby hikes. These are all self-guided trips, so you are on your own.

Self Guided Hikes

Find a new hike GO Fest weekend!

Leave the asphalt, cars, and noise behind and lose yourself while taking a walk in the woods. From the well-known Appalachian Trail and its most photographed point, McAfee Knob, to some hidden gems such as Harkening Hill or Hoop Hole Trail, there’s a hike that suits every type of adventurer.

Each of the hikes listed include trail information, tips for parking, what you should look for along the way, and how tough (or easy) the hike will be.

So lace up your boots, grab a bag and hit the trail. You won’t be disappointed.

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OngoingPopular Dog Walking SitesAt any dog friendly site
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Popular Dog Walking Sites

October is adopt a shelter dog month! Come on over to the Roanoke Valley SPCA and adopt your new best friend! Then, bring them on an exciting walk or hike at one of these awesome locations!

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OngoingMountain Shepherd Adventure School CoursesMountain Shepherd Adventure School – Catawba, VA

Mountain Shepherd Adventure School Courses

Mountain Shepherd is keeping the spirit of GoFest going for the rest of 2020! All courses are 10% off for you and an additional 10% donation given to Project Outside. Visit mountainshepherd.com for more information about our courses, choose your adventure, and use the promo code GoFest2020! Course size is limited to 10. Covid safety procedures in place.

September 26-27 – Survival 101 (adult course)

October 3-4 – Women’s Survival 101 (adult course)

October 16-18 – Wild Comforts 2.0 (family course)

October 24-25 – Wild Comforts (family course)

October 29-Nov 1 – Peak Performance (women adventure course)

November 7-8 – Survival 101 (adult course)

November 7-8 – Wilderness First Aid

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OngoingLewisGale Salem Half MarathonRunners have the option to run anywhere they chose. This is a virtual race.

LewisGale Salem Half Marathon

The City of Salem, known as “Virginia’s Championship City”, has hosted numerous NCAA National Championships as well as many other national and international sports tournaments. In 2016, we decided to branch out and bring that “Championship” mentality to running! Our races start and finish at the Salem Farmers Market in downtown Salem, VA and takes you on a scenic tour of Salem through neighborhoods, Roanoke College, and the Roanoke River Greenway.

We have partnered with Blue Ridge Racing, the area’s leading road race management organization to produce these events. In addition to managing the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia’s Blue Ridge 8K, and the G&H Contracting Kids Run, Blue Ridge Racing handles the race management for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, also known as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”.

As an added bonus to running our Salem Half Marathon, you will have the opportunity to win the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Triple Crown race medal if you also complete the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Full or Half Marathon (in April) and the Star City Half Marathon (in November) within the same year. This exciting race series rewards runners in the valley with some serious race medal bling and bragging rights!

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OngoingInlet Art People’s Choice AwardRoanoke Go Fest

Inlet Art People’s Choice Award

People’s Choice Award

Which stormdrain inlet artwork is your favorite? Vote on October 16 by clicking “like” on the one you love the most! The winning artist will receive a People’s Choice Award and $200. Second place will be awarded $100.Voting on Roanoke Stormwater Facebook will begin Friday, October 16 at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23.

Enjoy these public art pieces at the following locations:

– “Keep it Blue” by Andrew Teates in front of William Fleming High School

– “A Clean River is a Happy River” by Elanie Fleck at the intersection of Melrose Ave and 29th St

– “We all share the Water” by Elanie Fleck at Vic Thomas Park

– “What goes ‘round, comes ‘round” by Hunter Bell at Indian Village and Wise Ave

– “School’s Out” by Nikki Pynn at Colonial Ave

– “Nature” by Renae Dower at Garden City Elementary

By voting in this contest, each participant agrees that they hereby waive, release, and forever discharge, the City of Roanoke, Virginia, and Facebook, Inc., from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, actions, and causes of action of every nature and kind, arising out of their use of Facebook in this contest. This contest is sponsored solely by the City of Roanoke, Virginia, and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Inc.

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OngoingBanff Mountain Film FestivalFrom the comfort of your own home.
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Banff Mountain Film Festival

Host a Watch Party!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has been providing outdoorsy folk from around the world with mountain culture for over 40 years. The films shown as part of the traveling world tour are inspiring, adventurous, and thought-provoking, created for like-minded audiences in cities, mountain towns (like Roanoke), and villages in over 40 countries.

Due to COVID, this year’s event will take place from the comfort of your own home!

Proceeds will go toward Project Outside – our community fund created by businesses, governments, and individuals to support outdoor capital improvement projects, maintain key outdoor assets, and help launch and support businesses in the outdoor sector.

HOW IT WORKS:

There are three different programs/groups of films. Choose one program or a bundle of all three. Films will be streamed to your computer, smart TV, or smartphone via Vimeo OTT.

After you make your purchase, you have up to 72 hours to watch all the films in an individual program; you have 7 days to watch the films if you purchase the entire bundle.

The films are available Sept. 16 through Oct. 17.

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OngoingGo QuestRoanoke Go Fest

Go Quest

This is a brand new 2020 event created as a unique way to challenge and bring friends together, when they might not be able to physically be near one another. Teams of up to eight individuals will have exactly 72-hours, October 16-18, to complete 40+ missions. Some of these missions are specific to the Roanoke Region of Virginia, but others can be done anywhere in the world – so your team members don’t all have to live locally.

Feel the GO Fest spirit as you venture from one mission to the next. You’ll keep up with competitors on the social feed and track your progress on the GO Quest leader-board, all on the app.

Find up to 7 other people (8 including you!) to form your team. These can be your quaranteam here in town, or you can team up from afar! These missions can be completed together or separately. Pick a team captain who will create the team in the registration portal, but each of you will need to register separately and “join” the appropriate team.

The missions will range in difficulty level and point value. Examples of missions include hiking/running the Roanoke 7 Summits, participating in a GO Fest scheduled activity like a bike clinic, completing your own beer mile, trash tag, or cooking a tasty treat out of something you find in nature.

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Wilderness First Aid Skills Video

Do you enjoy being outside? Are you prepared in the event of an accident or emergency? As medical professionals, we encourage everyone to take a first aid and cpr class before venturing out into the wilderness. However, we realize courses are costly, time consuming and can be difficult to find, especially with COVID. 3 fourth year medical students at VT Carilion put together this 2 hour and 45 minute course for VT Wildlife and Fish Graduate students. It’s got lots of great information for all outdoor enthusiasts and is FREE – so please enjoy – and feel free to contact us to set up a certification course or to ask any questions you make have. In support of Project Outside by Roanoke Outside Foundation if you watch the video and find it useful we encourage you to make a donation to Project Outside to help support our outdoor resources in the region.

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OngoingWilderness First Aid SkillsOnline wilderness first aid educational program
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Wilderness First Aid Skills

Do you enjoy being outside? Are you prepared in the event of an accident or emergency? As medical professionals, we encourage everyone to take a first aid and cpr class before venturing out into the wilderness. However, we realize courses are costly, time consuming and can be difficult to find, especially with COVID. Three 4th year medical students at VT Carilion put together this 2 hour and 45 minute course for VT Wildlife and Fish Graduate students. It’s got lots of great information for all outdoor enthusiasts and is FREE – so please enjoy – and feel free to contact us to set up a certification course or to ask any questions you make have. In support of Project Outside by Roanoke Outside Foundation if you watch the video and find it useful, we encourage you to make a donation to Project Outside to help support our outdoor resources in the region.

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OngoingNRVBA Fall Gravel SeriesRising Silo Brewery
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NRVBA Fall Gravel Series

Our Spring Gravel Ride was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, so we are opening the routes up for a virtual event this fall!

There are three route options – 20mi, 32mi, and 58mi. All are on mixed terrain and begin and end at Rising Silo in Blacksburg. Tires intended for gravel are preferable but road bikes will be suitable.

As this is not a club event with a ride leader, it is not covered under the NRVBA insurance. Since it is not covered by insurance, it is open to members and non-members alike. If you intend to ride with a small group vs alone, we encourage you to practice the COVID-19 safety guidelines we released earlier this year.

Registration is not required, you’re encouraged to make a donation to the organization of your choice that supports the outdoor community.

The virtual event runs Oct. 16-18. Tag us in your photos on Facebook if you participate!

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19418147

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27259262

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27259285

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OngoingHike to Stiles Falls @ Camp Alta MonsCamp Alta Mons; 2842 Crockett Springs Road Shawsville, VA 24162
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Hike to Stiles Falls @ Camp Alta Mons

Alta Mons is home to Stiles Falls, a beautiful 40 foot waterfall. Hiking to the falls is open to the public everyday, except during summer camp, winter camp and bad weather (snow and ice). We do ask that visitors park at the front of the property and walk to the trail head. From the parking area to the falls and back is about 3 miles round trip. There are directional signs around camp and the trail is blazed in white. The trail crosses the creek 3 times and ends with a rock scramble. Dogs are allowed, but please keep them on a leash and clean up after them. Pack out what you pack in from the trail, and pick up any extra trash that you may find. ​

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OngoingSilverbirch Canoes & Tootega demo funLoch Haven Lake at the Waterfront

Silverbirch Canoes & Tootega demo fun

Silverbirch canoe lineup will be available to demo. Everything from Whitewater canoes to some of the best tripping boats out there. Tootega sit on tops will also be available for you to have some fun in also.

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OngoingUpgrade Your Bike Trade-In EventCardinal Bicycle: 2901 Orange Ave NE. Roanoke, VA 24012

Upgrade Your Bike Trade-In Event

Take your old bike (or just bike parts and/or accessories too) to Cardinal Bicycle 10/15-17 and trade them in for store credit . . . or donate the amount to Project Outside.

Here’s how it works: Reserve a time slot via the form at the bottom of https://thetradeinguys.com/cardinal/. Then, gather up your bike stuff and head to Cardinal Bicycles (10/15-17). A represenative from The Trade-In Guys will meet you are your car to evaluate your stuff and give you a quote. If you like the quote Cardinal Bicycle will issue you a gift card for the amount quoted or you can donate it to Project Outside. It costs nothing to get a quote…if you don’t like the quote just drive away :). It’s that simple.

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OngoingNRVBA Fall Gravel SeriesRising Silo Brewery
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NRVBA Fall Gravel Series

Our Spring Gravel Ride was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, so we are opening the routes up for a virtual event this fall!

There are three route options – 20mi, 32mi, and 58mi. All are on mixed terrain and begin and end at Rising Silo in Blacksburg. Tires intended for gravel are preferable but road bikes will be suitable.

As this is not a club event with a ride leader, it is not covered under the NRVBA insurance. Since it is not covered by insurance, it is open to members and non-members alike. If you intend to ride with a small group vs alone, we encourage you to practice the COVID-19 safety guidelines we released earlier this year.

Registration is not required, you’re encouraged to make a donation to the organization of your choice that supports the outdoor community.

The virtual event runs Oct. 16-18. Tag us in your photos on Facebook if you participate!

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19418147

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27259262

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27259285

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OngoingMaster NaturalistsWasena Park near the Green Goat
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Master Naturalists

Learn more about invasive Species in our area starting at Wasena Park near the Green Goat.

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OngoingTree TalksWe will meet at the footbridge. 15 minute walk.

Tree Talks

For a number of years I have lead tree talks at GoFest. I would like to continue these.

Typically I lead three walks. On Saturday I lead two, 1 and 3 PM. Sunday one at two PM.

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The Blue Ridge Parkway is Open for Outdoor Fun!

Come hike, picnic, bike, walk, run, or have a beautiful fall drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway right here in the Valley. The Chestnut Ridge Trail (mile marker 120.5) access at the Chestnut Ridge Overlook, is the closest to Roanoke City. Many others are nearby. Check out this listing. https://www.blueridgeparkway.org/hiking/

The picnic area at Roanoke Mountain up the road from the Mill Mountain Star and has many tables and restroom facilities. It is near the Chestnut Ridge Overlook, and has a paved loop for running, easy walking, or wheelchairs.

NOTE: At the time of this writing, there are some road closures on the Parkway. The section between Explore Park and US route 220 is currently closed may be open by mid-October. The section of the Parkway between US 220 and Bent Mountain/Adney Gap is closed for the foreseeable future. Roanoke Mountain Road Loop with a overlook of the Roanoke Valley is closed for the foreseeable future.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Parkway see: https://www.blueridgeparkway.org

For information about the Roanoke Chapter, or general information about the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway contact staff@friendsprb.org

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Shop & Support Project Outside at Fleet Feet

SHOP & SUPPORT PROJECT OUTSIDE AT FLEET FEET

During GO Fest Weekend, October 16-17 (we’re closed on Sundays), we will be donating 10% of our sales to Project Outside. We’ll be donating an additional 10% of our Local Merch sales as well for a total of 20% of Local Merch sales going to Project Outside.

We’re launching NEW Local Merch and NEW HydroFlask that weekend! Come snag the latest and greatest, and help us give back to Project Outside.

DONATE & ENTER TO WIN HUGE RAFFLE PRIZES – ALL MONTH LONG!

Come shop with us during the month of October, and donate to Project Outside! When you check out you will have the option to donate $5, $10, $15, $20, and so on. Each $5 you donate gets you 1 raffle ticket into our HUGE Prize Raffle! The more you donate, the better your chances are of winning. And you are definitely going to want to win one of these prizes.

The prizes are HUGE! Check them out…

– Hyperice Hypervolt Plus with Bluetooth (percussion massage device) – $399 value!

– Hyperice Hypersphere (vibrating massage therapy ball) – $149 value!

– 2 pair of Aftershokz Bone Conduction Wireless Headphones – up to $150 value each!

We’ll be raffling off each prize separately at the end of October. Come shop with us to support local AND support Project Outside on GO Fest Weekend and the entire month of October. Let’s support our outdoors!

Follow us on Facebook/Instagram (@fleetfeetnoke) for updates.

Fleet Feet Hours:

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Sun CLOSED

Fleet Feet is located at 4347 Franklin Rd. Roanoke, VA 24018 on 220 S. in front of Lowe’s and across from Home Depot/Starbucks.

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OngoingThe Project Outside Run presented by Fleet FeetRun or walk anywhere you choose for this virtual event!

The Project Outside Run presented by Fleet Feet

Introducing The Project Outside Run presented by Fleet Feet!

This is a 100% virtual run – but it’s not your average virtual run. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Project Outside AND you have the chance to win a $600 Ultimate Runner Prize Pack from Fleet Feet.

Registration is only $5 – which will be donated directly to Project Outside. Extra donations to Project Outside are encouraged if you’re able (pretty please, our outdoors need your help!).

RUN or WALK ANYWHERE during GO Fest Weekend, Friday-Sunday. Take a picture on your run to get entered to win the insanely awesome $600 Ultimate Runner Prize Pack from Fleet Feet! Prize pack includes head-to-toe outfit + shoes from Brooks, 6-pack of socks from Balega + the ultimate VIP fit experience at Fleet Feet.

More info on how to sign up + enter to win on The Project Outside Run website.

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OngoingVirginia Outside- Guided Fishing TripRiver put-in; specific location will be determined with you prior to the float.

Virginia Outside- Guided Fishing Trip

Join Virginia Outside for a guided fishing trip on an area river (James, Jackson, Maury, or Roanoke)! All equipment provided. Just email ben@virginiaoutside.com to set up your trip or visit our website for details.

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OngoingCamp Bethel’s Self-Guided AdventuresCamp Bethel Summer Camp and Event Center; 328 Bethel Road Fincastle, VA 24090

Camp Bethel’s Self-Guided Adventures

Camp Bethel is glad to offer you this opportunity to get outside and explore creation. We have provided two types of adventures, Compass Trails and GPS Trails. Compass Trails (or Letterboxing) use clues and a compass to find each destination. GPS Trails (or Geocaching) use a GPS device (Google Maps) and GPS Coordinates to find each destination. Each adventure ​has a theme, a color code (so you don’t get mixed up in your wanderings), an estimated time to complete, and a brief

description of activity level. The Compass/GPS Trails are open to the public June 10 through November 1. For more information go to: CampBethelVirginia.org/self-guided-adventures

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OngoingSelf-Guides Mountain Bike RidesThese are self-guided adventures…you’re on your own!

Self-Guides Mountain Bike Rides

Virginia’s Blue Ridge is the only East Coast community with a Silver-Level Ride Center designation by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA); come see why we’re the Mountain Bike Capital of the East.

The Blue Ridge Mountains have produced the best mountain biking trails in the East Coast. Whether you are into single speed, downhill, or cross country you will be spent after a day on these trails.

The region is home to multiple trail systems — Mill Mountain Park, Explore Park, Douthat State Park, and Carvins Cove to name a few — that include multiple ride options that can give you a short half-hour ride or occupy you all day long. Add each of these areas to your bucket list, check them off one at a time, and be prepared to come back again and again.

And we’re not ashamed to say the region is home to a few stand-alone epic trails as well. These are classic Roanoke mountain bike rides and not for the faint at heart. Some are one-way rides, so consider a shuttle and plan in advance. These adventures include the Patterson Creek Trail System, Arcadia Up and Over, Dragon’s Back and Dody Ridge.

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OngoingRoanoke Stormwater GeocachingRoanoke City Greenways

Roanoke Stormwater Geocaching

Explore at your own pace and test your sleuthing skills: try geocaching! Roanoke Stormwater has 3 adventures along the greenways to highlight interesting aspects of stormwater and our local waterways. Search for “High Water”, “Long Live Log Perch”, and “Do Your Doody” and test your knowledge of Roanoke’s great outdoors. It’s fun, free, and great for families too!

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OngoingSelf Guided HikesChoose from dozens of nearby hikes. These are all self-guided trips, so you are on your own.

Self Guided Hikes

Find a new hike GO Fest weekend!

Leave the asphalt, cars, and noise behind and lose yourself while taking a walk in the woods. From the well-known Appalachian Trail and its most photographed point, McAfee Knob, to some hidden gems such as Harkening Hill or Hoop Hole Trail, there’s a hike that suits every type of adventurer.

Each of the hikes listed include trail information, tips for parking, what you should look for along the way, and how tough (or easy) the hike will be.

So lace up your boots, grab a bag and hit the trail. You won’t be disappointed.

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OngoingPopular Dog Walking SitesAt any dog friendly site
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Popular Dog Walking Sites

October is adopt a shelter dog month! Come on over to the Roanoke Valley SPCA and adopt your new best friend! Then, bring them on an exciting walk or hike at one of these awesome locations!

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OngoingMountain Shepherd Adventure School CoursesMountain Shepherd Adventure School – Catawba, VA

Mountain Shepherd Adventure School Courses

Mountain Shepherd is keeping the spirit of GoFest going for the rest of 2020! All courses are 10% off for you and an additional 10% donation given to Project Outside. Visit mountainshepherd.com for more information about our courses, choose your adventure, and use the promo code GoFest2020! Course size is limited to 10. Covid safety procedures in place.

September 26-27 – Survival 101 (adult course)

October 3-4 – Women’s Survival 101 (adult course)

October 16-18 – Wild Comforts 2.0 (family course)

October 24-25 – Wild Comforts (family course)

October 29-Nov 1 – Peak Performance (women adventure course)

November 7-8 – Survival 101 (adult course)

November 7-8 – Wilderness First Aid

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OngoingLewisGale Salem Half MarathonRunners have the option to run anywhere they chose. This is a virtual race.

LewisGale Salem Half Marathon

The City of Salem, known as “Virginia’s Championship City”, has hosted numerous NCAA National Championships as well as many other national and international sports tournaments. In 2016, we decided to branch out and bring that “Championship” mentality to running! Our races start and finish at the Salem Farmers Market in downtown Salem, VA and takes you on a scenic tour of Salem through neighborhoods, Roanoke College, and the Roanoke River Greenway.

We have partnered with Blue Ridge Racing, the area’s leading road race management organization to produce these events. In addition to managing the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, Virginia’s Blue Ridge 8K, and the G&H Contracting Kids Run, Blue Ridge Racing handles the race management for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, also known as “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”.

As an added bonus to running our Salem Half Marathon, you will have the opportunity to win the Virginia’s Blue Ridge Triple Crown race medal if you also complete the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Full or Half Marathon (in April) and the Star City Half Marathon (in November) within the same year. This exciting race series rewards runners in the valley with some serious race medal bling and bragging rights!

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OngoingInlet Art People’s Choice AwardRoanoke Go Fest

Inlet Art People’s Choice Award

People’s Choice Award

Which stormdrain inlet artwork is your favorite? Vote on October 16 by clicking “like” on the one you love the most! The winning artist will receive a People’s Choice Award and $200. Second place will be awarded $100.Voting on Roanoke Stormwater Facebook will begin Friday, October 16 at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23.

Enjoy these public art pieces at the following locations:

– “Keep it Blue” by Andrew Teates in front of William Fleming High School

– “A Clean River is a Happy River” by Elanie Fleck at the intersection of Melrose Ave and 29th St

– “We all share the Water” by Elanie Fleck at Vic Thomas Park

– “What goes ‘round, comes ‘round” by Hunter Bell at Indian Village and Wise Ave

– “School’s Out” by Nikki Pynn at Colonial Ave

– “Nature” by Renae Dower at Garden City Elementary

By voting in this contest, each participant agrees that they hereby waive, release, and forever discharge, the City of Roanoke, Virginia, and Facebook, Inc., from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, actions, and causes of action of every nature and kind, arising out of their use of Facebook in this contest. This contest is sponsored solely by the City of Roanoke, Virginia, and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Inc.

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OngoingBanff Mountain Film FestivalFrom the comfort of your own home.
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Banff Mountain Film Festival

Host a Watch Party!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has been providing outdoorsy folk from around the world with mountain culture for over 40 years. The films shown as part of the traveling world tour are inspiring, adventurous, and thought-provoking, created for like-minded audiences in cities, mountain towns (like Roanoke), and villages in over 40 countries.

Due to COVID, this year’s event will take place from the comfort of your own home!

Proceeds will go toward Project Outside – our community fund created by businesses, governments, and individuals to support outdoor capital improvement projects, maintain key outdoor assets, and help launch and support businesses in the outdoor sector.

HOW IT WORKS:

There are three different programs/groups of films. Choose one program or a bundle of all three. Films will be streamed to your computer, smart TV, or smartphone via Vimeo OTT.

After you make your purchase, you have up to 72 hours to watch all the films in an individual program; you have 7 days to watch the films if you purchase the entire bundle.

The films are available Sept. 16 through Oct. 17.

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OngoingGo QuestRoanoke Go Fest

Go Quest

This is a brand new 2020 event created as a unique way to challenge and bring friends together, when they might not be able to physically be near one another. Teams of up to eight individuals will have exactly 72-hours, October 16-18, to complete 40+ missions. Some of these missions are specific to the Roanoke Region of Virginia, but others can be done anywhere in the world – so your team members don’t all have to live locally.

Feel the GO Fest spirit as you venture from one mission to the next. You’ll keep up with competitors on the social feed and track your progress on the GO Quest leader-board, all on the app.

Find up to 7 other people (8 including you!) to form your team. These can be your quaranteam here in town, or you can team up from afar! These missions can be completed together or separately. Pick a team captain who will create the team in the registration portal, but each of you will need to register separately and “join” the appropriate team.

The missions will range in difficulty level and point value. Examples of missions include hiking/running the Roanoke 7 Summits, participating in a GO Fest scheduled activity like a bike clinic, completing your own beer mile, trash tag, or cooking a tasty treat out of something you find in nature.

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