Run, Bike, Race your way through 2020!
If your New Year’s Resolution was to be more active, we can help you keep it going or get you back on track. Waynesboro is a natural home base for races and outdoor adventures in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The Blue Ridge Mountains are calling and we’ve got some great ideas for you to run and bike your way to an active lifestyle in 2020!
Pound the pavement through Waynesboro while wearing your most rad neon gear or dive into a mud bath of epic proportions. The options are plentiful and there’s even a race for kiddos. Let’s do this.
Run the Valley
“Go big or go home,” some say, and that easily applies to the task of conquering the Run the Valley race series. Kick off a year of running with the first race, the Mad Anthony Mud Run, on February 29, 2020. It’s a cold, wintry battle for glory with temperatures having ranged from 9 to 60 degrees in years’ past. Navigating the swamps will prove your mettle and earn you respect even if you don’t take home the top prize.
The 12th annual 13.1 Park to Park from Stuarts Draft to Waynesboro will be held April 25, 2020. It’s a great half marathon featuring rolling hills and river views, and the timing usually coincides with beautiful blooms and brilliant greenery along the way. Spring is a phenomenal time to be in Waynesboro.
June 2020 brings the Fun 2 Run Mud Run & Fun Dash, a race experience built just for kids. Ages 5 to 12 compete in the 1.5-mile mud run while the younger bunch (ages 3 to 5) race in their own half-mile fun dash. Their obstacles are fun and include a mud pit, balance beams, and a giant slip n’ slide. Afterall, why should adults have all the fun?
The Summer Extravaganza 5K and 10K starts and ends at Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park on July 11, 2020, but the fun starts after the run. Cross the finish line and the spend the day enjoying the festivities. Browse and shop the vendors, ride the rides, and sing along or dance with the bands. An evening fireworks display sends the day out with a bang.
Get your neon ready for the Totally 80s 8K in August 2020! The race begins and ends at Ridgeview Park and overdoing your costume is encouraged. Think you can run with a boombox? Have at it, dude, and don’t miss the post-race party loaded with your favorite 80s music. Come on, Eileen, it’ll be fun to cut footloose.
The Shenandoah Valley’s fall foliage makes other destinations jealous, so leaf peepers who love to run will certainly want to register for the Fall Foliage Race, a 5K and 10K race/walk on October 10, 2020. The course winds through the color-filled neighborhoods of Waynesboro near peak foliage season. It’s perfect timing.
Bike the Valley
Perhaps there is no more bucolic a place to ride a bike than the Shenandoah Valley. With the Blue Ridge Mountains rising to the east and the Alleghany Mountains rising to the west, the Valley is lush, fertile, and simply beautiful. Pick a Waynesboro route and pedal on…
The Waynesboro Dooms Day Loop is 12.4 miles and follows the South River north to the North River. The loop gets its name, in part, by tracing Dooms Crossing Road in the four square-mile Dooms neighborhood of Waynesboro.
The Grottoes Gravel Grinder is an aptly named 41-mile mostly gravel loop that begins and ends at Harriston United Methodist Church in Grottoes. It traverses farms and National Forest near Port Republic and Weyers Cave, just north of Waynesboro. After your ride, drive Route 340 south into Waynesboro for nourishment and refreshment.
A nearly level route, the 35.1-mile Waynesboro to Grottoes Loop is a great, longer ride for relatively new road cyclists. Start your ride at Constitution Park in downtown Waynesboro and keep an eye out for points of interest like Grand Caverns. Perhaps plan for an almost-there lunch stop at The Green Leaf Grill or Basic City Beer Company as you make your way back to Constitution Park.
You’ve got this!
Grab a buddy, and make this year the year of running strong!