The Blue Ridge Bucket List

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

February 2016

“Make 2016 the year of no excuses. Check out these 41 regional events that are sure to make your quads crumble, your forearms scream, and your sides cramp. But no pain, no gain. No excuses.”

 

Men’s Journal 2015 Adventure Race Calendar

October, 2014

Men’s Journal

“In this kayak-and-bike duathlon you’ll kick things off kayaking four miles down the Green River, through the Class-V Narrows Section, then ending at a bridge. From there, you’ll jump on a bike for a 26-mile loop, starting with a 1,000-mile climb out of the Green River Gorge, circling through historic downtown Saluda, North Carolina, then finishing back to the bridge where you’ll relax listening to live music and stuffing yourself at the race festival. Located about an hour and a half from Charlotte, this unique race started in 2006 to honor paddler and cyclist Jerry Beckwith, who succumbed to ALS.”

 

Local Duo Places First in Annual Jerry’s Baddle

Tryon Daily Bulletin

April 21, 2015

“Two Polk County athletes combined their respective talents to win the team division in Saturday’s annual Jerry’s Baddle, an event that combines two of the area’s best-known physical challenges.”

 

Jerry’s Baddle Set for April 19th in Green River Gorge

Blue Ridge Now

April 11, 2014

“Competitors in the extreme biathlon begin in Henderson County and must navigate through roughly four miles of class IV-V rapids in the Green River Gorge before transitioning to their bikes for a grueling 26 miles of steep climbing through Polk County.”

 

Teens Take On Jerry’s Baddle

Blue Ridge Now

April 21, 2013

“Steely determination guided every pedal stroke as 15-year-old Kristian Gaylord paced reigning champion Mefford Williams through the steep terrain comprising the 26-mile cycling course during Jerry’s Baddle on Saturday.”

 

Jerry’s Baddle and the Clean Plate Club of Life

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

August 1, 2010

“When Jerry Beckwith was asked how he succeeded in winning multiple marathons and triathlons across the Southeast, he answered, “I learned how to suffer.” Every April, at the peak of the spring bloom, a group of kayakers and road bikers gather near Saluda, N.C., to honor Jerry in a race that epitomizes these words.”