Outdoor Journal

Tag along: Any reader of the Mountain Xpress letters to the editor knows that cyclists and car drivers don’t always get along. For those of us who would rather bike but have to drive sometimes anyway, there’s a good way to send a signal that you’re bike-friendly. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles’ Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation now offers a “Share the Road” speciality license plate. Fees for the plate are $60 (regular plates run $30), and $20 from each one will go to support the division’s bike-safety initiatives. For applications and further information, visit this site.

Work it on the AT: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently announced openings for seasonal jobs, including “ridgerunners” and “caretakers,” whose duties include greeting hikers, disseminating literature and working to make sure that the trail is well cared for by both hikers and neighbors. For more info, visit www.appalachiantrail.org.

On the run: Start stretching now for what’s justly billed as “one of the most beautiful runs in the Southeast” — the Bent Creek Classic, which includes both 5K and 10K races. The event takes place at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville on Saturday, June 17. Best to show up early — late registration starts at 6:30 a.m., with both races starting at 8 a.m. Then, for those who want to take it at a lighter pace, there’s a fun run at 9. For registation information, visit www.Active.com.

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