This weekend, there will be many outdoor activities, both in Lynchburg and elsewhere. There are several events for runners of all ages.
The Run For Their Lives 5K and 10K will be be held at Heritage High School on Saturday, Oct. 20. The 1K youth run will be held on campus starting at 8:15 a.m.
The 5K walk/ run and 10K run will be out and back, starting at the school at 9 a.m. and taking place on Leesville Road. You can register for this event at the website.
All events support Freedom 4/24, whose mission is to bring awareness to the plight of women and girls who live in slavery and fight against sexual slavery throughout the world.
The 22nd Annual John A. Stephenson Memorial Youth Run will be held on Saturday at Riverside Park. This event, once the only children’s run in Lynchburg, has been joined by the Ducky Derby and the Amazing Mile Children’s Fun Run.
The Youth Run actually consists of six different races of four different lengths for kids up to age 13. The 1/8 mile run is for kids under age 3. Ages 4-5 will run the 1/4 mile run. Ages 6-7 will run the 1/2 mile and the 1 mile run will be broken down by age group with 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13 year old races.
You can register your children for this event at Riverside Runners, 2480 Rivermont Avenue. There is no race day registration for this event.
In Roanoke, there are many special events being held as part of the Roanoke GO Outside Festival, also known as GO Fest.
GO Fest starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and ends at 5 p.m. on Sunday; however, there is free tent camping on a first come, first served basis all weekend on site.
One of the events is the Into the Darkness Night Trail Run, a 4-mile trail run held at Explore Park on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m.. This running event is fun for the entire family. You can register at the GO Fest website above.
Other events at GO Fest include slacklining demonstrations all three days, the Subaru Ultimate Air Dog Show, bike demos, kayak and canoe demos and guided trips, hiking, a climbing wall, many demos and workshops of all types, an inflatable stand up paddle board for all to try, and much more.
Outside is the word of the day at this fun festival, which offers something for outdoor lovers of all ages. Bring the kids and the dogs and enjoy a great time.
You can view the entire schedule at the website above. It’s always a good day for hiking in the fall. You can check out the links below for more information about hiking in the area and many other outdoor events. Have a great weekend outdoors in central Virginia!