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Your weekend: A sprint pent, a night run, a hike for good

This weekend, we’ve got something for folks in OK shape, folks looking to beat the heat, folks looking for a reason to do good. Coast You’re in pretty good shape; maybe not midseason form, but you feel you could take on a good challenge. The Carolina Beach Double Sprint 2016, perhaps? It’s a pentagon, of sorts: swim 375 meters in the Atlantic, run 1.5 miles, bike 11 miles, run another…

Your weekend: Water and dark — the keys to beating the heat

The heat, as Glenn Frey once declared, is on. Temperatures this weekend could hit triple digits, meaning one of two things for the outdoor inclined: play on the water or play during the cool of the night. Coast Forecast high Sunday for Spring Lake in the coastal plain: 101. Lordy! At 9 a.m., however, it will only be 83, which in our book is good paddling weather. Good enough, certainly,…

Your weekend: Frogs, flowers, fleet feet

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park celebrates the frog, Haw River State Park celebrates wild flowers, and Asheville celebrates the fleet of foot with a trail run. It all happens Saturday, your last chance to celebrate April. By Emily Reeves, intern Coast: Save the Frogs April 30 — Saturday — is International Save the Frogs Day; Cliffs of The Neuse State Park near Goldsboro promises a hopping good celebration in…

Your Weekend: Stalk a plant, learn the burn, eye the sky

It’s a good weekend to stalk carnivorous plants in a coastal forest, to learn what we’re doing — and what more we can do — to save our animal friends, or, cloud cover permitting, to check out the night sky. Coast: Carnivorous Plant Hike Carolina Beach State Park offers its Carnivorous Plant Hike frequently, but when are you going to find a better weekend to finally take it? Forecast: High…

Your Weekend: Learn your snakes, spot eagles, whitewater

You have no excuse not to learn about snakes the next couple of months, thanks to Lake Waccamaw State Park. Meanwhile, on Sunday morning there’s a good chance to spot eagles at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, for enthusiasts of wicked whitewater, there’s a release this weekend on the Cheoah River. Coast: The Snakes of North Carolina Lake Waccamaw State Park hosts this series daily through June 18. Learn about…

Your weekend: Hike the coast, clean a lake, ride the mountains

Looking for motivation to get your youngsters outside? How about a meat-eating plant! Meanwhile, there’s a lake in the Triangle that could use your TLC, and a ride in the mountains that promises to be just plain fun. Also: Next Wednesday, April 6, is National Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Learn more here. Coast What motivates us to be active is an individual thing. Some folks are…

Your Weekend: Celebrate, take a dive, forage

It’s Cliffs of the Neuse State Park’s turn to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina State Parks system this weekend, with everything from a paddle to a fun run to an interpretive hike. Or, you can forage in a forest or take a dive. Coast: Centennial on the Neuse Cliffs of the Neuse State Park is holding a centennial celebration, in honor of the 100th anniversary of North…

Your weekend: A bi, a hike, a rare learning opportunity

There’s a standup paddleboard/beach run at the coast, a dog-and-kid-friendly hike in the Piedmont, and the opportunity to learn key backcountry skills — from axe-slinging to tree felling — in May by spending a few minutes in front of your keyboard between now and Sunday. Coast: Wrightsville Beach Biathlon The Wrightsville Beach Biathlon: get ready for the only race of its kind on the East Coast. A typical biathlon includes…

Your Weekend: Love frogs, Love running, Love a deal

Happy Valentine’s weekend! Whether you are married to a human or the outdoors, this weekend is full of festivities surrounding the holiday of love. Coast: ‘We LOVE Frogs!!!’ For everyone who is either boycotting the spirit of this weekend’s holiday, or who is single and ready to mingle, hop on over to Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, and take part in the kick-off event of the Disappearing Frogs Project. This…

Weekend Plans: Spend time with a critter

Celebrate MLK weekend with a trip to Bald Head Island, Apex, or Asheville to learn about saltwater creatures, take an educational hike on the American Tobacco Trail, or hike with a rescue dog. This is a great weekend to spend with the entire family, or perhaps a canine that you might even get to take home! Coast: Critters and Cocoa Looking for an excuse to travel to Bald Head Island,?…