Outdoor Journal

On your mark: Get ready for the Bele Chere 5K and Fun Run, setting out from McCormick Field in Asheville at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. For registration information, contact the Asheville Track Club at 252-7867 or visit the club’s Web site, www.ashevilletrackclub.org.

And speaking of running: The Asheville Track Club’s July newsletter is available online in PDF form. Chock full of tips, event schedules and updates on local runners, the bulletin is well worth the five seconds it will take you to download it. Visit www.ashevilletrackclub.org and get your copy today.

Ten and two: Diamond Brand Outdoors will host a series of fly-casting clinics at Fletcher Park on Wednesdays this month, beginning at 6 p.m.

The store’s fly-fishing experts will guide participants through the latest in casting techniques sure to enhance their fly-fishing experiences. Equipment will be provided by the store, but attendees are also welcome to bring their own. For more information, call the Arden store location at 684-6262.

Try before you buy: Diamond Brand will also offer on-water Mini Demo Days every Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lake Julian Park, now through the end of summer. Customers can try the best in recreational and whitewater kayaks and canoes from manufacturers such as Native Watercraft, Hobie Kayaks, Wilderness Systems, Hurricane, Mad River, Liquid Logic and others. A certified kayak instructor will be on hand to assist participants in finding the ideal boat.  The events are free, but please register by calling Diamond Brand’s Asheville store at 251-4688.

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