Amazing Outdoor Events Happening in March
You know what they say; March comes in however it wants and leaves the same way. Whatever weather finds its way to your doorstep this month, rest assured whether snowfall or sunshine, there are a lot of awesome outdoor activities to do in the month of March. And whether you check out a rotating film festival or a mountain celebration let this list of 10 awesome outdoor activities help you find something fun to do in March:
The Iditarod – Iditarod Trail, Alaska – March 7th
Touted as the Last Great Race, the Iditarod has been mushing through the back regions of Alaska since 1967. With an emphasis of celebrating the old ways of the far, far west, the Iditarod to this day has dog teams spanning the historic 979 mile trail. More so the “Spirit of Alaskan Wilderness” than an event, the Iditarod conjures images of man versus nature, and this year’s race is looking to be a wild one.
Red Bull Double Pipe – Aspen, Colorado – March 12th-14th
What’s cooler than cool? How about taking a half-pipe and adding another, not to make a whole-pipe, but instead some back-to-back gauntlet of 2 half-pipes lined against each other. If you’re looking to get your spectator adrenaline rush this winter, head to Aspen, Colorado (where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano) and check out this big thrill event.
Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour – Various Locations – All Month Long
Feeling a little closed in by the ice and snow out your door? Then get your whitewater paddling fix at the touring Reel Paddling Film Festival. Featuring some of the best footage from anglers, SUP’ers, and white water searchers, with the tour spanning from Asheville, North Carolina to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, there is no reason not to check it out.
Pain McShlonkey – Squaw Valley Ski Resort, California – March 14th
It’s all in the name with the Pain McShlonkey at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California. Named after Shane McConkey, the funniest man on the mountain you’d ever meet, this philanthropic event has a lineup including the Hot Dog Downhill and Snowblade Invitational to win the coveted Golden Saucer Trophy. An event where costumes are expected you’ll want to be sure to get dressed up and take in some of the fun at Squaw Valley this season.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parades – Various Cities – March 17th
Saint Patrick’s is upon us and across the nation big cities are getting ready for some big parades. And whether you find yourself in Chicago, New York, or Boston, be sure to celebrate by checking out some of the brilliant displays these parades have to offer. And regardless of the validity of your “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” t-shirts, remember that Saint Patty’s is a perfect day to get outside and celebrate being alive.
GoRuck Tough (The Original Challenge) – Various Locations – All Month Long
An interesting approach to teamwork, the GoRuck is a unique activity that’s sweeping the nation. Like your typical obstacle race, you sign up for this event as an individual, but once you register you’ll be placed on a 30-person team. From there, your Special Operations Cadre will help your team work together, become stronger, and get through the many physical and demanding challenges that will be thrown at you. For other obstacle races happening across the country this month, check out the calendar section at Mud Fun Run.com.
Jackson Hole Rendezvous – Jackson Hole, Wyoming – March 19th-22nd
Jackson Hole is hitting it hard this spring with their annual Jackson Hole Rendezvous lifestyle festival. This four day extravaganza will be celebrating both the skiing and subtle hints of spring by adding a little music to the air. All four days will feature big stage concerts with acts including Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys and Robert Earl Keen, and the best part? It’s all free, so check it out if you’re in the neighborhood.
Adventure Camp & Lightning Strikes Adventure Race – Mt. Carrol, Illinois – March 20th-22nd
A premier event for both the seasoned adventure race athlete and athletic individual interested in the sport, Lightning Rolls, Thunder Strikes Adventure Race and camp features two distinct days of practice and application. March 21st will be all about sharpening the AR hard skills including orientation, paddle strokes, and rope use. On March 22nd, you can put those new skills to the test and compete in the 12- hour adventure race. And with the friendly value placed on the weekend with the low price tag, this is a great event to get you more interested in adventure racing. And to check out other adventure races happening across the country, follow the calendar link at United States Adventure Racing Association.com.
The Antelope Island Buffalo Run – Syracuse, Utah – March 20th – 21st
Whatever length you choose of the Antelope Island Buffalo Run (100 mile, 50 mile, 50k or 25K), be sure to bring some comfortable running shoes. This long distance event has the laid back atmosphere of your local running club, with enough organization to include some finisher prizes (handmade mugs) and rock and roll music. A great way to explore the Utah scenery, if you want to find other runs near you this month, check out Trail Runner.com.
Chickasaw Trace Classic Mountain Bike Race – Columbia, Tennessee – March 22nd
Start looking for your extra tube and padded underwear, for those of us under the snow, mountain biking weather can be seen at the end of the month. Since 1996, the Chickasaw Trace Classic has been taking place on the 9-mile Chickasaw Trace Mountain Bike Park trail and hosting every level of rider. Sanctioned as a American Mountain Biking Challenge, this race is geared towards providing everyone a top-tier event experience and can add to your national rankings. For other bike series and events, check out USA Cycling.org.
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