If you haven't yet picked up your free copy of the January Blue Ridge Outdoors, go get one right now. Seriously, right now. Not only does the magazine feature a special advertising section of Virginia destinations, it is also the annual Best of the Blue Ridge issue with the results of the votes of the readers.

The readers have spoken. It turns out that they really like our clients.

• Best Campground, Winner: Douthat State Park. The park actually straddles the border of Alleghany and Bath Counties, both of which are clients

• Best Triathlon, 3rd Place: Alleghany Highlands Tri.

• Best Kid-Friendly Destination, Winner: Virginia Creeper Trail. The western terminus is located in beautiful Abingdon, Virginia, which is ideal because after riding you'll be ready for some great food, which Abingdon certainly has plenty of.

• Best Marathon, Winner: Blue Ridge Marathon. That's no surprise. The scenic course goes up Mill Mountain, onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and then up Roanoke Mountain. The course is tough as Hell but the scenery is Heavenly.

• Best Biking Trail, Winner: The Gauntlet at Carvins Cove. I don't know how they chose one trail because all the trails are Carvins Cove kick butt.

There were also a slew of other events or businesses in the Virginia's Blue Ridge region that were runners up in their categories.

These results show that our clients are pretty cool places to go and have some fun. It also reminds me how fortunate I am to live in such a great place. All of these and so many more awesome outdoor opportunities are located within several hours. Don't you wish you were here. You can always come visit these places.


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