Health – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:02:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.14 Asheville Yoga Festival Announces 2018 Schedule http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-festival-announces-2018-schedule/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-festival-announces-2018-schedule/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:16:29 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11527 Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule. Taking place July 26th through 29th, the festival will feature over 30 presenters and 90+ offerings, ranging from yoga to music to meditation to outdoor recreation.

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 2018 Festival to Take Place July 26-29

Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule. Taking place July 26th through 29th, the festival will feature over 30 presenters and 90+ offerings, ranging from yoga to music to meditation to outdoor recreation.

Now in its second year under the ownership and direction of Asheville residents and veteran yoga practitioners Amanda Hale and Sara Levine LaStella, Asheville Yoga Festival aims to build on last year’s success and continue its growth toward becoming the Southeast’s preeminent yoga festival.

“This year’s festival feels even more thoughtful and impactful than our first year,” said LaStella. “We are bringing together an incredibly qualified group of instructors to teach traditional methods of yoga alongside some current topics that are close to our hearts, such as gender identity, diversity, body positivity and the yoga practice outside of the classroom. Our hope is that everyone feels as though this festival was created for them and that they walk away feeling filled up and more connected, inside and out.”

This year’s lineup again brings together many notable local and nationally recognized instructors to create an immersive experience and expose festival goers to a wide variety of yoga styles and philosophies.

  • 2018 Scheduled Presenters:
  • MC YOGI Sara Clark
  • Stephanie Snyder
  • Chelsey Korus
  • Michael Johnson
  • Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
  • Taylor Harkness
  • Jean Jacques Gabriel
  • Tymi Howard
  • Chelsea Jackson Roberts
  • Lillah Schwartz
  • Rusty Wells
  • Lisa Zahiya
  • Stephanie Keach

The Festival will again utilize indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Asheville, including Pack Square Park, the YMI Cultural Center, Hilton Garden Inn, and the Masonic Temple. New locations this year include the AC Marriott and The Asheville Social Hall. The footprint makes it easy for festival goers to walk from venue to venue, while being exposed to the vibrant culture of downtown.

The Mountain Air Market in Pack Square will be open to the public again this year, giving everyone the opportunity to listen to live music, view and participate in various demonstrations, and explore an exceptional mix of health and wellness businesses, both local and from across the country. There will also be a daily community yoga practice that’s open to the public at no charge.

Stretching beyond yoga practice, festival goers can participate in guided nature hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, educational workshops, evening concerts, and much more. The goal is to take advantage of as many experiences the Asheville area has to offer.

Giving back to the community is also a key component of Asheville Yoga Festival’s guiding philosophy. A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will be donated to local non-profit Light a Path. Light a Path’s mission is to create community and resilience in underserved populations of WNC through offering yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies at no cost. For more information visit lightapath.org.

Full information is available at ashevilleyogafestival.com. Follow @AshevilleYogaFestival on Facebook and Instagram.

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Mercy Urgent Care Offers $25 Sports Physicals to Student Athletes http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-offers-25-sports-physicals-student-athletes/ http://ashevilleblog.com/mercy-urgent-care-offers-25-sports-physicals-student-athletes/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:10:29 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11524 Mercy Urgent Care is offering a special rate of $25.00 on sports physicals for all elementary through high school students from now through May 31, 2018. Individuals may drop in to one of the four urgent care locations in Buncombe County or the one in Transylvania County at their convenience.

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Mercy Urgent Care is offering a special rate of $25.00 on sports physicals for all elementary through high school students from now through May 31, 2018. Individuals may drop in to one of the four urgent care locations in Buncombe County or the one in Transylvania County at their convenience.

Parents and guardians of student athletes should their school’s physical form with them for their physical. Students 18 years and older must present a valid photo ID. Students under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult with a valid photo ID. Payment can be made with cash, check, or credit card. Insurance will not be accepted for this special offer.

There are approximately 5,500 student athletes in the Buncombe County School System alone. Mercy Urgent Care hopes that the convenience and affordability of their sports physicals will ensure children who would like to participate are not deterred by the cost of a physical.

About Mercy Urgent Care: Mercy Urgent Care has served more than one million patients in the Asheville area since 1985. Providing, high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, the Buncombe County locations (three in Asheville, one in Weaverville) are open seven days a week, 362 days a year, except for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A fifth site in Brevard provides care for the residents of Transylvania County. The West location has the most extensive hours and is open Monday-Friday: 7 a.m-8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. More information about hours and locations can be found at www.mercyurgentcare.org

 

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Healthcare For All, Y’all (We’re Already Paying For It) http://ashevilleblog.com/healthcare-yall-already-paying/ http://ashevilleblog.com/healthcare-yall-already-paying/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:01:37 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11334 Please join us for a forum on the health, economic and social aspects of providing healthcare to all in the US. Joel R. Segal, who, as the senior legislative aide to Rep. John Conyers, was one of the lead staffers on the Affordable Care Act and co-authored HR 676, also known as “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All.” January 14th, 2018 at Blue Ridge Community College

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Healthcare For All, Y’all (We’re Already Paying For It)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2:00 – 2:30 Networking and Snacks

2:30 – 4:00 Presentation, Q&A

Blue Ridge Community College, Patton Auditorium, Patton Building

180 W. Campus Dr., Flat Rock, NC 28731

Please join us for a forum on the health, economic and social aspects of providing healthcare to all in the US. Joel R. Segal, who, as the senior legislative aide to Rep. John Conyers, was one of the lead staffers on the Affordable Care Act and co-authored HR 676, also known as “Expanded and Improved Medicare For All.”

According to Mr. Segal, “Millions of Americans are needlessly suffering because of our bloated, complicated, inefficient profit-driven healthcare system. Nothing is more important than being able to get the healthcare you need when you need it, without the fear that it will bankrupt you. For many, it is quite literally life and death. That is why in 2003, while working for Congressman John Conyers, I co-wrote a bill that offered real solutions.”

From 2:00 – 2:30 pm, we will network with our sponsors and other supporting organizations, listed below. Event flyer is attached. 

SPONSORS

~Our Revolution~

~NAACP   ~Progressive Women of Hendersonville ~Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

~TrueRidge ~Immigration Network ~Silent Vigil for Immigration Reform ~Freshman Year for Free ~Namaste

  ~Western North Carolina Green Party   ~Democratic Socialists of America, Asheville ~Henderson County Democratic Party

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Asheville Yoga Center Fundraises for Asheville on Bikes http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-center-fundraises-asheville-bikes/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-center-fundraises-asheville-bikes/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:55:54 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11332 Asheville Yoga Center is cycling into the New Year with Asheville on Bikes to help support eco-friendly transportation and bike safety in the community. Starting on January 1, there will be donation boxes in AYC’s studio and boutique locations for monetary contributions. On Thursday, January 25, 10% of drop-in and community-class sales will be donated to the charity along with a direct donation of $250.

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Yoga studio to donate 10% of proceeds on Jan. 25 to support local charity

Asheville Yoga Center is cycling into the New Year with Asheville on Bikes to help support eco-friendly transportation and bike safety in the community. Starting on January 1, there will be donation boxes in AYC’s studio and boutique locations for monetary contributions. On Thursday, January 25, 10% of drop-in and community-class sales will be donated to the charity along with a direct donation of $250.

“We realize the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and improving our sidewalks, greenways, and infrastructures to ensure the safety of community transportation. We are glad that we can support their efforts,” says Melissa Pennscott, General Manager of the yoga studio.

The nonprofit takes a three-pronged approach to achieving this goal: educating children and adults in the community about urban cycling; advocating for the advancement of transportation policies that meet the needs of all community members; and celebrations in the form of community bike rides and events designed to encourage participation. The signature celebration and fundraiser is Bike Love, which will take place on February 24.

“The goal of Asheville on Bikes is to make transportation safe and accessible for all people in the Asheville Community,” says Mike Sule, Director of Asheville on Bikes.

For more information on Asheville on Bikes, go to ashevilleonbikes.com.

About Asheville Yoga Center:

Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) is a leader in providing world-class instruction and support for personal growth through yoga. Founded in 1997, AYC offers classes, teacher training, and a retail boutique for yoga practitioners of all levels. Learn more at youryoga.com. 

About Asheville on Bikes:

Asheville on Bikes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating the culture of urban and commuter cycling in Asheville and Buncombe County through advocacy & celebration. Founded in 2006, Asheville on Bikes began as a group of 25 cyclists who dressed up and rode in Asheville’s holiday parade, winning a $750 prize for their spirited presence. That prize became the nest egg for Asheville on Bikes’ initial advocacy efforts, including community rides, bike corrals, and many, many emails to city and county staff.

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Bee City USA Asheville Program Now Led By Asheville GreenWorks http://ashevilleblog.com/bee-city-usa-asheville-program-now-led-asheville-greenworks/ http://ashevilleblog.com/bee-city-usa-asheville-program-now-led-asheville-greenworks/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:08:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11008 Asheville GreenWorks is pleased to announce that it is now the organizational home of the Bee City USA Asheville affiliate.

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Asheville GreenWorks is pleased to announce that it is now the organizational home of the Bee City USA Asheville affiliate.

Bee City USA is a national nonprofit launched in 2012 that galvanizes communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. It fosters ongoing dialogue in urban and suburban areas to raise awareness of the role and importance of pollinators.

“Bringing Bee City USA Asheville under our umbrella of programs is a natural fit for Asheville GreenWorks,” says GreenWorks Executive Director Dawn Chávez. “Our Green Communities program focus includes things like our Food Tree Project, which wouldn’t be possible without bees and other pollinators. We are proud to carry forward this important initiative in our community.”

Asheville was the nation’s inaugural Bee City, with its chapter established in 2012 by Bee City USA founder and director Phyllis Stiles. Today, there are sixty city and campus affiliates in 26 states.

“From the beginning, Asheville GreenWorks lent Bee City USA a hand, loaning us equipment for our launch party and meeting space for our steering committee,” says Stiles. “During their annual garden tour they let us highlight pollinator-friendly gardening principles. No other organization is better suited to facilitate Asheville’s Bee City USA program, in coordination with the Asheville Tree Commission, than GreenWorks. They are adept at mobilizing volunteers, including kids, to get their hands dirty for a great cause.”

While pollinators are responsible for 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat and the reproduction of 90% of the world’s wild plant species, many pollinator species are at risk due to habitat loss and misuse of pesticides.

Among many pollinator installation projects, GreenWorks/Bee City USA Asheville will be working this spring with Glen Arden Elementary School’s Eco Readers club to install a pollinator garden at the school with funding from a Project Learning Tree grant. Students learn as they work, with a series of outdoor programs and extensions that keep them engaged for long after the first planting. This year’s annual Pollination Celebration! will span the month of June with a series of events to celebrate pollinators, the benefits they provide, and the importance of protecting and creating pollinator-friendly habitat in Asheville. Partners from around the community will lead educational and interactive events to learn about bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Asheville GreenWorks welcomes past volunteers of local Bee City USA activities to continue working with the group in its new organizational home. To learn more or to get involved with Bee City USA Asheville, visit the chapter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/beecityasheville/. For more information about Bee City USA’s national efforts, visit beecityusa.org.

Established in 1973, Asheville GreenWorks inspires, equips and mobilizes individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. With thousands of volunteers, Asheville GreenWorks engages the community in grassroots projects including tree plantings, urban agriculture, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation of green spaces, and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.

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Goat Yoga at Franny’s Farm http://ashevilleblog.com/goat-yoga-frannys-farm/ http://ashevilleblog.com/goat-yoga-frannys-farm/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:45:45 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10906 From the farm that brings you the annual Goat Yoga at Franny’s Farm appeared first on Asheville Blog.

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From the farm that brings you the annual Barnaroo, introducing Farm Friend Bend: An interactive yoga class that gets you zen with new goat friends. The classes are all for beginners, and great for those new to yoga or those who need more baby goats in their life!

Yoga with cats took the country by storm recently with even local breweries getting in on the action. Now for something different: yoga with goats!

The event will be on April 30th, at Franny’s Farm: 22 Frannys Farm Rd, Leicester, NC 28748. There will be 4 different classes offered throughout the day: 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 4:00 pm.

Tickets are $18 dollars and go on sale today. You can grab your ticket at https://farmfriendbend.eventbrite.com

More about the organizers:
Taylon and Franny are neighbors and Leicester Lady Farmers. They have a mission to connect people with local farmers with fun events for adults and kids.

Contact: You may contact Frances Tacy at: franny@frannysfarm.com or 828-708-5587 and Taylon Breeden at Taylon.breeden@gmail.com or 828-424-8678

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Asheville Yoga Festival Scheduled for July 27-30 http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-festival-scheduled-july-27-30/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-festival-scheduled-july-27-30/#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:18:51 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10896 Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce its dates for 2017. The Festival, formerly Asheville YogaFest, is in its fourth year and is now under the ownership and direction of Asheville residents and veteran yoga practitioners Amanda Hale and Sara Levine LaStella. The festival will feature over 30 presenters and 70+ offerings, including yoga, music, outdoor activities, and unique health & wellness vendors. 

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Newly Redesigned Festival to Include Internationally Acclaimed Presenters

Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce its dates for 2017. The Festival, formerly Asheville YogaFest, is in its fourth year and is now under the ownership and direction of Asheville residents and veteran yoga practitioners Amanda Hale and Sara Levine LaStella. The festival will feature over 30 presenters and 70+ offerings, including yoga, music, outdoor activities, and unique health & wellness vendors.

“Asheville has long been a place for healing, where people come to nourish their bodies and spirits,” said Amanda Hale, Festival Co-Director. “The city is also deep in the practice of yoga, with more studios and practitioners than most cities of similar size. It is well known in the yoga community across the country that there is something special happening here, and Sara and I hope to create a space for soulful connection to take place, both with self and others, in the midst of the some of the oldest, most beautiful mountains on earth.”

Yoga Journal has also recognized Asheville’s restorative vibe, “Since the 1700s, folks have flocked here for the healing powers of the crisp mountain air and nearby mineral springs, and today’s plethora of yoga studios, spas, and holistic treatment options bolster the health-conscious culture.”

There are many changes in store for the Festival this year. The location of the festival has transitioned from the Montford neighborhood to the heart of downtown Asheville. The increased footprint utilizes multiple indoor and outdoor venues, including Pack Square Park, the YMI Cultural Center, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place, the Masonic Temple and the AC Marriott.

Additionally, the Festival will offer a variety of experiences and personal enrichment opportunities beyond intensive yoga practice, like guided nature hikes, a farm to table dinner, and evening concerts. There will also be a Vendor Village that will be open to the public, allowing everyone to explore an exceptional mix of health and wellness businesses, both local and from across the country.

It is important to Hale and LaStella that Asheville Yoga Festival is a catalyst for change, and their desire is to offer a space for convergence to happen on a personal, social and energetic level. “We acknowledge that life is messy and uncomfortable,” said Hale, “and to do this work requires us to be bold and courageous. The invitation is to join us on a pilgrimage to reconnect and receive, so that when you return home, you will be inspired to put your yoga in action and be of service, that what you have received will ripple out.”

“Asheville has long been a place of convergence in so many ways – geographically, philosophically, creatively,” continued Festival Co-Director LaStella. “The city itself was founded on land where two Native American trails crossed, or converged, and it’s where the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers come together, so the concept seemed to us the perfect theme for Asheville Yoga Festival. And after a year of extreme divisiveness, we wanted to focus on bringing people together.”

Asheville Yoga Festival continues its evolution into the preeminent yoga festival in the Southeastern United States. The Festival will continue to highlight many of the amazing local teachers, while also bringing in more nationally recognized presenters to offer new perspectives on the practice of yoga. Notable Asheville presenters include Stephanie Keach, Adi Westerman, Michael Johnson, Sierra Hollister, Shala Worsley, Brooke Tyler, Joe Taft, and Cat Matlock, who will align with many of the country’s best: Rusty Wells, Chelsey Korus, MC YOGI, Anton Holmes Mackey, Krista Cahill, Taylor Harkness, and Chelsea Jackson Roberts. The objective is to create an immersive experience and expose festival goers to a wide variety of yoga styles, while also taking advantage of the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture of Asheville.

Giving back to the community is also an important component of Asheville Yoga Festival’s guiding philosophy. A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will be donated to local non-profit Light a Path. Conceived as an “expression of service” by a group of Asheville-based yogis and other practitioners, Light a Path’s mission is to create community and resilience in underserved populations of WNC through offering yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies at no cost. For more information visit lightapath.org.

Full information is available at ashevilleyogafestival.com. Follow @AshevilleYogaFestival on Facebook and Instagram.

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25th Annual Frostbite Run http://ashevilleblog.com/25th-annual-frostbite-run/ http://ashevilleblog.com/25th-annual-frostbite-run/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:07:10 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10822 As the mercury drops and Old Man Winter comes sneaking in, we’re ready for all those awesome winter activities that turn cold weather into COOL weather: hot chocolate, snowball fights, and sledding included! In addition to these almost universal ways to chill when it’s cold, Henderson County has its own unique winter tradition: two and a half decades of memories in Henderson County’s annual Frostbite Races, at the Leila Patterson Fitness & Aquatics Center and presented by Trace and Company.

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25th Annual Frostbite Run Celebrates Oldest & Largest Footrace in Henderson County

As the mercury drops and Old Man Winter comes sneaking in, we’re ready for all those awesome winter activities that turn cold weather into COOL weather: hot chocolate, snowball fights, and sledding included! In addition to these almost universal ways to chill when it’s cold, Henderson County has its own unique winter tradition: two and a half decades of memories in Henderson County’s annual Frostbite Races, at the Leila Patterson Fitness & Aquatics Center and presented by Trace and Company.

Race Start: Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00pm
Location: Lelia Patterson Fitness & Aquatics Center, 1111 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher, NC
Race Day Information: The oldest and largest footrace in Henderson County, the Frostbite races, begin and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center located at Howard Gap Road & Naples Road in Fletcher, N.C. The distance events provide views of Hutch Mountain and are on hilly to challenging terrain, with some steep inclines on both the 10k and 5k courses.

The flat and fast, 1 mile course, makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages. A Kids Running Phenomenon is taking our country by storm from coast to coast, and participating in this exciting tradition is an excellent opportunity for you and your kids to get in on the action. Race day awaits, extending the promise of a great experience to competitors of all ability levels, ages, and walks of life.

Registration:  For generations this event has been a family tradition and this year is no different. Registration is now open at https://racesonline.com/events/frostbiteraces. For the 25th Annual running of the events, we are cordially inviting all past participants to join us for this special commemorative event.  Those who register 3 or more family members online (at one time) get 15% off your entries!

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
A portion of event proceeds will be used for the benefit of Big Brothers, Big Sisters and their mentor programs for underprivileged kids in our area. A United Way agency, they have been serving young people in Western North Carolina since 1982, and in that time have created over 11,712 life-changing matches. Currently serving nine WNC counties, they match children aged 6-14 from single-parent homes with caring, adult mentors. More mentors are needed in the nine counties, so to help out or find out more, visit http://www.bbbswnc.org/.

Our Race Host: The LPC
For years now, the Lelia Patterson Center has offered great deals on memberships and fitness services in their advanced facility. With aquatic areas, cardio and weight equipment, group sessions, and individualized training programs, the LPC brings a professional yet personal approach in helping locals achieve their respective fitness goals. The LPC’s personal fitness offerings are surpassed only by what they offer to the local community as a whole, promoting athletic events such as this one and encouraging locals to get out, get going, and get connected with others through competitive, wholesome, family-friendly fun.

For more information, or to volunteer to help out with this traditional and largest Henderson County event, contact events@idaph.net, or check out our race website at http://idaph.net/events/frostbite-races/. We hope you choose to join us as we carry on a Western North Carolina running tradition for a quarter-century in the making.

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2nd Annual Trick Or Trail 5 Mile Run October 22nd, 2016 http://ashevilleblog.com/2nd-annual-trick-trail-5-mile-run-october-22nd-2016/ http://ashevilleblog.com/2nd-annual-trick-trail-5-mile-run-october-22nd-2016/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:05:41 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10585 This Halloween, a ghoulish parade will set out into the dark depths of DuPont Forest in the 2nd Annual DuPont Trick or Trail 5 Mile Run and One Mile Spooky Sprint Fun Run. As the only nighttime trail race around, this event is sure to impart lasting memories on participants for many Halloweens to come.

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2nd Annual Trick or Trail 5 Mile Run & One Mile Spooky Sprint returns to DuPont Forest on October 22nd

This Halloween, a ghoulish parade will set out into the dark depths of DuPont Forest in the 2nd Annual DuPont Trick or Trail 5 Mile Run and One Mile Spooky Sprint Fun Run. As the only nighttime trail race around, this event is sure to impart lasting memories on participants for many Halloweens to come.

Date– Saturday, October 22nd at 6:30 pm

Location- Guion Farm at Dupont State Forest, 3045 Sky Valley Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28739

About the Race– Runners will experience the beauty of DuPont Forest in a unique nighttime racing format. The only race of its kind in the region, participants will strap on headlamps and light up the night as they duke it out in the dusk. The twists and turns of DuPont’s famous trail system will dare them to push forward, not knowing what bogies and specters might lurk around each corner!

Headlamps are required for the event, and will be available for purchase online at time of registration. The One Mile Trick-or-Trail Fun Run will have Halloween theme, so it will be a great chance for kids and kids-at-heart alike to break in their costumes a day early!

Registration– The race is set to be capped at 300 participants, so interested runners are encouraged to secure their spots as soon as possible if they don’t want to miss out on the first edition of the event. Registration is now available here. 

DuPont State Forest– Formerly a part of land holdings surrounding now discontinued industrial facilities of chemical giant DuPont, this 10,000 acre tract of natural beauty was purchased by the state of North Carolina in 1996-1997 with the help of national and regional environmental and conservation working groups. Large portions of the forest have been designated as ecologically significant areas, and therefore serve an important function in maintaining the environmental integrity of the Transylvania-Henderson County area, all the while providing an excellent venue for local and tourist sportsmen, equestrians, hikers, mountain bikers, and nature lovers of all sorts!

For more information on the event, please contact events@idaph.net.

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Walkers Take To the Street To Fight Suicide http://ashevilleblog.com/out-of-the-darkness-walk-asheville/ http://ashevilleblog.com/out-of-the-darkness-walk-asheville/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:30:19 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=10534 Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. It is estimated that 85% of people in the United States alone will know someone who has died by suicide, and that one out of every five of those losses will be a close friend or relative. 

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Hundreds of Walks Being Held Nationwide

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. It is estimated that 85% of people in the United States alone will know someone who has died by suicide, and that one out of every five of those losses will be a close friend or relative.

More than 300 people from throughout Asheville are expected to participate in the annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk at 2:00p.m., Sunday, October 9th at Carrier Park. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide 20 percent by 2025.

“We walk to support those who suffer from mental health conditions and raise the money for research and prevention programs that will save lives,” said Bree Charlier Pulliam, AFSP North Carolina Board Member and Walk Chair.

The Asheville Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 360 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this fall. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts. We are excited to once again be at Carrier Park this fall and have a great program of speakers lined up.

“These walks are about turning hope into action,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “Suicide is a serious problem, but it’s a problem we can solve. The research has shown us how to fight suicide, and if we keep up the fight the science is only going to get better, our culture will get smarter about mental health, and we’ll be able to save more people from dying from depression and other mental health conditions.”

Local AFSP sponsors for the Asheville Out of the Darkness Community Walk include: Park Ridge Health, Mosaic Realty, The Pat and Donna Team – Keller Williams, Stop the Pain Concert, and Haywood Comics.

To make a donation, for more information, or to register in advance, please visit: Asheville Out of the Darkness Walk Link 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube

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