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Virginia's Blue Ridge Recognized
as a Premier Outdoor Destination

Readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine were asked to select their favorite regional races, faces and places in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic for over 60 award categories. Five thousand votes were cast over the course of four weeks. The most recent issue revealed the results of the "2015 Best of the Blue Ridge," recognizing Virginia’s Blue Ridge as a premier outdoor destination for biking, climbing, yoga, running and more.

The region has received numerous awards and accolades over the past few years.  With our outstanding quality of life, stunning natural beauty and wide variety of activities, the region constantly finds itself on different 'Top 10' Lists and other rankings from numerous publications and organizations.  Click here to view these awards and accolades.

Congratulations to the following winners!

First Place Winners in the following categories -

Best Biking Trail - The Gauntlet (Carvins Cove)
Best Blue Ridge Parkway Spot - Peaks of Otter
Best Climbing Gym - River Rock
Best Marathon - Blue Ridge Marathon
Best Outdoor Shop - Walkabout Outfitters
Best Yoga Studio - Uttara Yoga

Runners-up in the following categories -

Barbecue - Blues Barbecue
Blue Ridge Brew - Parkway Get Bent IPA
Coffee Shop - Sweet Donkey
Costumed Event - Superhero 5k
Sugar Fix - Pop's Ice Cream
Place for Outdoor Singles - Roanoke
Running Store - Fleet Fleet 
Sports Festival - GO Fest 
Triathlon - Off the Rails Triathlon
Urban Park - Mill Mountain

A copy of the January 2015 Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine can be found at the Roanoke Valley Visitor Information Center located at:

101 Shenandoah Avenue NE, Roanoke, VA 24016.

Open Daily 9am – 5pm.  (except Sundays in Jan/Feb open Noon–5pm)


Catherine Fox
Director of Public Relations & Tourism
(540) 342-6025, ext. 114

Virginia is for Lovers
The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

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