Get outside this weekend, August 8-10

Mountain Xpress employees holding paddles, on a float, floating.

If you’re looking to get outside this weekend — and you should be, there are some killer events taking place.  For the fun-loving, creative types the RiverLink “Anything that Floats” parade is launching from Hominy Creek Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday.  Build a float out of some spare furniture and old baby strollers and test it out on the French Broad.  There will be awards for the most creative, “greenest” and funniest, along with a judge’s choice award. In Black Mountain, the 26th annual Sourwood 5k will be taking over the streets, along with the Cheshire Pump & Run.   Participants in the Pump & Run can earn a deduction in their overall race time by doing bench presses.  The Pump & Run is not to be confused with Asheville’s Brew Pump, which involves drinking beer — although that does sound equally entertaining. If you have an event or outdoor activity that you would like to see posted just let us know at! Have a great weekend, Asheville! sourriver


  • 8/9 – Liberty Bikes – Saturday Bent Creek MTB Rides Beginner & Intermediate (Every Saturday) More Info
  • 8/9 – Bicycle Education – Traffic Laws 101 ($20) More Info
  • 8/9 – Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Road Ride (Every Saturday) More Info
  • 8/9 – Sycamore Cycles Spin & Grin Road Ride (Every Saturday) More Info
  • 8/9 – 8/10 – Southeast Regional Series (Road Cycling Race) More Info
  • 8/10 – Pisgah Area SORBA – Adopt-A-Highway (Wesley Branch Rd.) More Info


  • 8/7 – Hot August Night 5k – Early Registration Closes!!!! (Race is on 8/16) More Info
  • 8/9 – Sourwood 5k (Black Mountain) More Info
  • 8/9 – Asheville Track Club Saturday Group Run (Every Saturday) Contact information: 828-273-8860 or
  • 8/9 – Jus’ Running Saturday- Morning Group Run (Every Saturday) More Info


  • 8/8 – Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week (Beech, Birch, and Buckeye) – 10am – Easy hike lead by Rangers exploring various tree families and their native inhabitants. – Meet at Milepost 363 (Blue Ridge Parkway) at the Graybeard Mountain Overlook
  • 8/9 – Asheville Hiking Group -Buck Spring Trail – Shuttle Hike, 7.8 Miles Moderate Pace – Dinner @ Pisgah Inn More Info
  • The WNC Easy Hikers Club (Hikes posted daily) 8/10 – Vinyard Gap Loop! – More Info

Disc Golf / Ultimate

On the River

  • 8/9 – RiverLink – Anything that Floats More Info
  • Asheville Adventure Rentals – Tubes / Canoes / Kayaks More Info
  • Asheville Outdoor Center – French Broad River – Paddle/Tubing More Info
  • Zen Tubing – French Broad River More Info
  • Western Carolina Kayakers – Meetup More Info

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About Brad Messenger
@BradMessenger is one of the in-house web developers for the Mountain Xpress. When he's not sitting in front of a computer you can find him out in the woods on top of some knobby tires, on a road bike headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway, hurling tennis balls for his boxer pups or sipping on an Iron Rail down at The Wedge.

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