Outdoor Journal

No phone booth required: Asheville Brewing Company will host its “Super Hero 5K” on Saturday, Nov. 10. Runners are encouraged to wear capes, tights and other accoutrements, and prizes for the best superhero costume will be awarded. The race starts at 5 p.m. at the Coxe Avenue location and weaves through downtown Asheville, into Montford and back. Proceeds benefit Asheville’s fire and rescue and police departments. Free pizza. Free beer. Kryptonite and pets should be left at home. Visit www.ashevillepizza.com for registration information.

Wasted away again: The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is determined to keep Chronic Wasting Disease from infecting the state’s resident deer population. Afflicting cervids (deer, elk and moose), CWD is a spongiform encephalopathy, similar to the so-called Mad Cow Disease, that is transmissible from animal to animal.

To prevent its spread to the Old North State, the commission reminds hunters to use caution when bringing deer bagged elsewhere across state lines.

“This is a devastating, always fatal disease, and this warning is another precaution the commission has taken to minimize the chances of CWD entering the state and becoming established in North Carolina,” says Evin Stanford, the commission’s deer biologist. Visit www.ncwildlife.org to learn how to deal with out-of-state deer.

The agony and the ecstasy: Runners should apply now for a slot in the 18-mile Shut-In Ridge Run, which sets out from Bent Creek on Saturday, Nov. 3. The event will celebrate “a quarter century of pain” this year. Don’t miss it. Visit www.shutinridgerun.com for contacts and to register online.

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