Outdoor Journal

The sociability of the long-distance runner: Interested in making your long runs in the company of others? Henderson County YMCA’s Greg Walker has organized Sunday runs at Lake Summit in Tuxedo. Join for fellowship and the support of fellow running styles: eight-minute, nine-minute and 10-minute mile pace groups are represented. Most of the running takes place on dirt roads. Contact Walker at gregw@ymcahendersoncounty.org or call him at 693-7669, ext. 11.

Whole lotta love: Asheville on Bikes, Arts2People and the French Broad Brewery will sponsor the 2nd annual “Bike Love” event on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Wedge Gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District. Performers will include Count Clovis (featuring members of Toubab Krewe), Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work and Red Dirt Floor. Proceeds go to support AoB’s bike-map and bike-locker projects, as well as other cycling advocacy efforts. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $12.

All this and tarps, too: Arden-based outfitter Diamond Brand Outdoors has earned a “Gold Level” partnership with The YMCA of Western North Carolina, by pledging more than $5,000 to the organization. As well as the much-needed funds, Diamond Brand has said it will also provide camping equipment and similar gear for the YMCA’s range of youth outdoor programs.

Farther along: The cycling world lost one of its more interesting voices last week with the death of Massachusetts-based bike mechanic Sheldon Brown. Part and parcel of the grassroots cycling resurgence of the 1960s and ‘70s, for a number of years Brown maintained a Web site (www.sheldonbrown.com) full of opinions on cycling technology and helpful users guides, all imbued with his off-center wit. He was 63.

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