Department of Parks and Recreation. “It’s 100-percent free,” says Eshelman. “Its mission to move people to connect with the outdoors.” The festival attracted approximately 15,000 people last year, up from 4,500 its first year. There also will be local food vendors and local craft beers. This year’s activities, vendors and demonstrations are organized into three categories: Try It, Watch It and Race It. Try It will offer festival-goers opportunities to try out gear such as mountain bikes, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, slacklines and fly fishing rods. There also will be skills workshops and clinics, and fun activities such as a zipline and a portable bike pump track. Watch It will feature Jeff Lenosky Bike Trials Demos, a Pro Town BMX Stunt Show, Gibbon Slackline team shows, the Ultimate Air Dogs, Red Bull Extreme Films and live music. Race It offers a variety of racing and sports events, including a Star Cross exhibition event, a Go Cross Cyclocross Race, the Hometown Trust Superhero Fun Run/Walk (which benefits Family Promise of greater Roanoke), the Wild Gear Chase urban scavenger hunt, the Odyssey Mill Mountain Trail Half Marathon, the Bank of Fincastle Fall 5K and 10K run, the Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament and the Ultimate Frisbee Team Tournament. “The festival is structured so people can see what’s available, try it out and get more engaged,” Eshelman says. For more information, visit RoanokeOutside.com. Anne Piedmont is a writer and research associate based in Roanoke. For more information, visit PiedmontResearchAssociates.com.
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