Friday, August 21, 2015

Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games

The Bluegrass State’s many outdoor recreational activities will be highlighted this October during a series of competitive events called the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games, First Lady Jane Beshear announced recently. 

The 13 events will be held in locations across the state and include fishing tournaments, archery, paddling, mountain biking and more.

“The varied events featured in the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games will showcase outdoor recreation venues and events that promote good health and adventure tourism in Kentucky,’’ Mrs. Beshear said. “I invite Kentuckians and our out-of-state guests to attend and experience these games so they can learn more about the Commonwealth’s exciting adventure opportunities.” 

The Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games are being promoted by the Kentucky Sports Authority and the Office of Adventure Tourism. Other partners include the Kentucky State Parks and the Bluegrass Sports Commission. 

“These events represent both the quality and quantity of outdoor adventure opportunities available throughout Kentucky,” said Elaine Wilson, director of the Office of Adventure Tourism. “From eastern Kentucky to western Kentucky and all points in-between, there are numerous locations to experience the vast natural resources Kentucky has to offer.  We hope these events will inspire Kentuckians to get out and try new adventures or visit a new place.” 

Here is a list of the events. More information is available at:

United States Adventure Racing Association National Championship
Oct. 1-3 at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville

Riverthon (paddling events)
Oct. 3, Louisville (Ohio River)

History Half Marathon
Oct. 3, Frankfort
Sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society

Cloudsplitter 100 Oct. 3-4 - Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail, Elkhorn City

Oct. 9-11, Red River Gorge
Presented by the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition

Thriller Ride (cycling)
Oct. 10, London
Sponsored by the London/Laurel County Tourist Commission

Kentucky Archery Games 3D Archery Tournament
Oct. 17, London
Sponsored by the London/Laurel County Tourist Commission

Race to the Canal (mountain biking)
Oct. 18, Land Between the Lakes
Presented by Endurance Racing

Orienteering USA Meets
Oct. 23-25, Taylorsville Lake State Park, Taylorsville; and Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union
Presented by Orienteering USA

Lord of the Fork
Oct. 24-25, Breaks Interstate Park, near Elkhorn City

Rayovac FLW Series Championship
Oct. 29-31, Paducah
Sponsored by FLW and Rayovac

Crappie USA Tournament at Lake Cumberland
Oct. 30-31, Somerset
Sponsored by Crappie USA and Lake Cumberland Tourism