Outdoor Journal

There’s a trail in them hills: The Carolina Mountain Club needs help completing a stretch of the Mountains-To-Sea-Trail. Join members for a day in the woods on Saturday, Nov. 10. Bring hiking, boots, lunch, and plenty of water.

The trail-building detail will depart from the Moose Café (next to the WNC Farmer’s Market) at 9 a.m. and carpool to the worksite. Contact Les Love at 658-1489 for more information.

Tie your shoes: As part of its “Day After Thanksgiving” sale, the specialty shoe store Foot Rx will offer a free training workshop on Friday, Nov. 23, beginning at 2 p.m.

Foot Rx co-owner Aaron Saft will lead the class, which caters to runners of all abilities. Participants will get the chance to learn how to improve race performance, whether their tastes lead them in the direction of a 5K, 8K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon. Foot Rx is located on Hwy. 25 in south Asheville, three-quarters of a mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway overpass. Call 277-5151 for more information.

You’ve paddled it, now clean it: Diamond Brand Outdoors will join with RiverLink on Sunday, Nov. 25 for a French Broad River cleanup. The event will convene at noon at Ledges Whitewater Park, located at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Goldview Road in Asheville. The public is encouraged to show up in droves.

Diamond Brand’s James Trombley says the cleanup is necessary because of the behavior of “repeat dumpers” along this stretch of the river.

Volunteers should wear long pants and long sleeves, and bring their own water. Equipment will be provided. To get involved, call James Trombley at Diamond Brand Outdoors, 251-4668, or just plan on showing up at Ledges Whitewater Park with a willing attitude the day of the cleanup.

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