Want to jump on Bridge Day? Sign up TODAY for a chance to win a tandem BASE jump! Click the link in our bio for more information. #bridgeday #westvirginia #basejump #basejumps #skydive

Want to jump on Bridge Day? Sign up TODAY for a chance to win a tandem BASE jump! Click the link in our bio for more information. #bridgeday #westvirginia #basejump #basejumps #skydive

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Ready to fly? Try your luck when you enter to win our tandem BASE raffle!

If a tandem BASE jump at Bridge Day is on your bucket list (why wouldn’t it be?!), now is your chance to fly! We’re raffling off one tandem BASE jump at this year’s Bridge Day, and tickets are now on sale. If you’re chosen, you can jump off the New River Gorge bridge with the other BASE jumpers at America’s biggest BASE jumping festival!

There’s a few rules you’ll need to consider before purchasing a ticket:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must weigh less than 180 lbs.
  • You must be in good health.

That’s it! Tickets are $25 each. Now all you need is a little cash and some luck.

What is tandem BASE jumping?
If you’ve been to Bridge Day before, you know that hundreds of folks fly and rappel off the New River Gorge Bridge. Both are done solo by experienced adventurers.

But did you know that it’s also possible to go BASE jumping with a professional jumper? It’s a great way to fly for the first time. You gear up with a pro, walk onto the ledge of the 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge and leap into the gorge.

Spots for this exciting experience sell out quickly. In fact, only a few are left for this year’s Bridge Day.

But if you’d rather save some money and are feeling lucky, get a raffle ticket instead. Who knows, maybe you’ll be in line at Bridge Day with the other BASE jumpers.

Important dates
Raffle tickets are on sale until October 1, 2018 at 5 p.m. That’s not much time – what are you waiting for? Good luck! And don’t forget, this year’s Bridge Day will be held October 20, 2018.

Win that tandem BASE ticket!

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Registration is open for Bridge Day 5k

There’s no other race like it. Dramatic and unusual, Bridge Day 5k begins on America’s third highest span. Want a piece of the action?

On your marks, get set, register! 
Every October, Bridge Day attracts hundreds of BASE jumpers, hundreds of rappellers, and thousands of onlookers. It’s the world’s most extreme sports event. Since 2016, Bridge Day 5k has launched the festival at sunrise.

This year’s race (and Bridge Day, of course) are on Oct. 20, 2018. It may seem far away, but Bridge Day 5k registration is officially open. Spaces go quickly, too. After all, this is the only chance you get to jog on the 876-foot-high New River Gorge Bridge!

Active Southern West Virginia, the race organizer, has just 400 slots available. Entry fees are $50 per person from now until August 31. After that, the price raises by increments, so it’s worth registering soon. What’s more, you’ll receive a commemorative shirt and participatory medal. Those perks are no longer guaranteed after Oct. 10.

The course
Now for the fun part: the New River Gorge Bridge. At 876 feet high and 3,030 feet long, it’s quite a monument. The views are stunning, too. Deep canyon ridges spread in either direction. So does the mighty New River. Brilliant autumn forests, gauzy fog, and pink early light make the event even better.

Against this backdrop, racers start from the north end of the bridge and jog towards Fayetteville. Much of the course is on open roads through the historic district. At other times, you’ll go through the town park—a picturesque setting with fields and woods. The race eventually finishes by the Fayette County Courthouse.

Incentives
As if scenery and venue aren’t enough, Bridge Day 5k has some nifty benefits. For one thing, it’s a real race. Runners get official chip timing, race photos, and snacks at the finish line.

For another, Bridge Day 5k has multiple categories based on age. The top finishers from these divisions receive special medals. If you’re a competitive runner, now’s the time to start training.

Bridge Day 5k also benefits local kids’ running clubs. When you register, you’re helping the community.

See you at the finish line!

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Can you tackle these pizzas?

Fire up that appetite. Fayetteville’s newest colossal pizzas aren’t for sissies.

Big Dam Pizza
Better believe it. At Big Dam Pizza, owner Kellie Villenave and her team make 28-inch-wide pies. It’s the maximum size allowed by current take-out boxes. Maybe that’s a good thing. These pizzas are a force of nature— almost as mighty as the nearby Summersville Dam, which inspired the restaurant’s logo. So unless you own a truck, expect to fold someseats in your car.

Of course, slices are another option. These don’t require any reorganization with your car. But Big Dam Pizza treats its slices pretty seriously, too. In fact, just one piece fills two paper plates! So unless you’re ravenous, bring a buddy. You might want to divvy it up.

Toppings
Freakish sizes are great for the camera, but flavor has to count. After all, pizza is meant to be eaten!

To that extent, Big Dam Pizza keeps things basic. Just four permanent pies line the menu; each one is made from scratch with fresh ingredients, many of which are sourced locally.

Here’s what you can get whole or by the slice:

  • Cheese
  • Pepperoni and cheese
  • Sausage and cheese
  • Mushrooms, garlic, and cheese

Big Dam Pizza also has daily specials. Thus far, chefs have experimented with one-offs like meatball-parmesan and pineapple-porchetta with red onions.

Big Dam temptations
Not everybody is into pizza. If that’s you, it’s still worth a visit. Big Dam Pizza has appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pasta and homemade desserts.

No party can do without Big Dam Nachos. It’s a crowd pleaser with generous servings ofshredded chicken, jalapenos, black-bean-corn salsa, cheese and tortilla chips. Other starters include turkey wings, pepperoni rolls, fries and hummus, most of which are stamped with the “big dam” label. You’ve been warned!

Joking aside, Big Dam Pizza offers half-sized portions for most meals. They won’t charge full price, either. Just ask if you want something trimmed down.

You can also order sandwiches. These arrive at 4, 8, or 16 inches long— also known as The Whole Dam Thing. Options include French dip, meatball and chicken pesto. They even have a Big Dam Dog.

Save room for dessert, too. It’s worth it. Pies and cheesecakes are made locally, while a Virginia creamery supplies the ice cream. Big Dam Pizza sweetens the deal with à la mode chocolate chip cookies and apple dumplings. Go “dam” big or go home, right?

Bon appetit!

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Pulse-pounding adventures for Valentine’s Day

February 14 doesn’t have to be sweet n’ mild. Live a little! Go beyond those candy hearts … and make your real ticker pound with action-filled dates.

A walk like no other

Ever gone on a catwalk that’s 876 feet high and 3,030 feet long? Bridge Walk tours of theNew River Gorge Bridge are like nothing else!

It’s also where you can get an incredible Valentine’s Day deal. On Feb. 14, the Lansing-based company will have two-for-one deals. Reserve those tickets and go! The stupendous views and unbelievable height are unforgettable. Can’t make it that day? Bridge Walk has daily tours that fit your schedule.

Dramatic yet safe, these hikes never fail to stir your heart. How perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Pedal Power

Chase after love through the New River Gorge. The region has outstanding bike trails, most notably Arrowhead. It’s a stacked-loop system with easy and difficult paths. Flowy and invigorating, they appeal to riders of all levels.

Kaymoor Trail is another hit. If you’re comfortable with “moderate” workouts, this 8.6-miler has intriguing mine sites, old roads, and forest scenery.

On the other hand, there’s something to be said for leisurely rides. The Park Loop Trail is perfect for chatting while pedaling. It’s 1.1 miles long (total) and goes through a forest. As another bonus, it’s minutes from downtown Fayetteville. When you’re done biking, venture in for dinner or coffee!

Rentals and gear are available in town. Marathon Bicycle Co. has top-of-the-line mountain bikes you can borrow for the day. Another option is New River Bike, which has trips. They have part-day and full-day outings for everybody: beginner, intermediate or advanced. It’s a great way to tour the gorge outback.

Solve a mystery—together

Teamwork makes the dream work. How about love? Find out at Epic Escape Game: New River Gorge in Fayetteville.

Three interactive mysteries are yours to solve. Each one has an atmospheric setting with clues, riddles and a “locked” door. You only have 60 minutes to solve the puzzle. Try to beat the clock and escape in time! Win or fail, one thing’s for sure: your heart will definitely race.

Bend a little

Love and yoga? They’re more compatible than you might think. Come to New River Yoga in Fayetteville for a class (or classes!). Friendly teachers offer everything from power workouts to vinyasa flow. Beginners are more than welcome, too.

As a special tribute to Valentine’s Day, New River Yoga will have an “Open Your Heart” workshop on Feb. 10. Bend that back, free your chest and bring your favorite quote about love. The class is $25 for non-members or $20 for members.

Regardless of your experience, yoga is great for the heart. It’s a gentle exercise that strengthens muscles, improves flexibility and eases stress. You’ll also learn how to meditate. Drop by for a class! Lessons are available all week.

Happy Valentine’s Day! What moves your heart?

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