Outdoor Journal

Fill ‘er up: Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company is seeking sponsors for its second annual “Night of the Ninja” 5K race. Proceeds from the event, planned for May 24, 2008, will go in part to support a local nonprofit. (Last year’s recipient was the Asheville Humane Society.) Sponsorship levels run from $100 to $2,000, if you’re feeling especially generous. To help out, e-mail sponsorship coordinator (and Xpress contributor) Jonathan Poston at info@prnut.com.

Ya dig?: The Pisgah area chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association has adopted a mile-long stretch of Wolf Branch Trail in the Bent Creek area.

That’s all well and good, but the trail has known a rough history of logging and skidding. Add to that its ongoing popularity with a broad swath of bikers, and you’ve got a trail that could use a heap of tender loving care. Visit www.pisgahareasorba.org to find out how you can help. If you’re hungry for fellowship, you might consider dropping in on the organization’s Wednesday, Dec. 12, meeting, to be held at Suspension Experts Inc. (at 89 Thompson Street near Asheville’s Biltmore Village), starting at 7 p.m.

Whose boats these are, I think I know: Newbie outfitters Green River Adventures, located in Saluda, has a hefty stock of used boats for sale to the more budget-minded paddlers among us. (Not to mention paddles, skirts and helmets etc.) The company’s nicely done Web site is located at www.greenriveradventures.com, in case you haven’t checked it out yet. Or you can call 749-2800 to yak with a real human being.

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