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Tri it, you may like it

  I wrote the following for the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh; it appeared in both papers yesterday, Tuesday, June 12. It appears here, with links. The idea of getting someone with zero interest in running to up and do a 5K seemed crazy not that long ago. But in the past several years, 12-week programs designed to do exactly that — the so-called zero-to-5K programs…

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Triathlon support groups help you try one, or get better at it

In today’s Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer, I write about a Charlotte group (about to expand into the Triangle) called TriItForLife. The nonprofit’s goal is to take not particularly active women and make triathletes out of them. In six years, it’s produced more than 700 triathletes. But it is limited to women and until next year, only those in the Charlotte area. So what are the rest of…

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90 Second Escape: A Day On (and In) the Water

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb. Today’s…

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25 North Carolina hikes tailor-made to beat the heat

Come summer, with its 90/90 days (heat/humidity) the last thing on most of our minds is a long hike in the woods. Oceans of sweat, acres of trail-clogging cobwebs, no hydration pack big enough to sate your insatiable thirst. Very understandable, this hike aversion — if you don’t know where to go. For if you do, there are plenty of trails — from North Carolina’s steamy coast, to the stuffy…

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This weekend: On the trail of a paddle race, a river tour, a mountain run

It’s paddler’s choice this weekend in North Carolina. Don’t like to get wet? Then make a run for the hills. Coast Pine Knoll Shores is the place to be along the coast this weekend is you like to paddle or pedal. The weekend’s Kayak for the Warriors highlight is a 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board race that begins in Bogue Sound,  follows canals inland through town, then pops back out…

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Tour de Yadkin an 18-day paddling adventure

If you like to paddle, plan on calling in sick for most of June. And if you think you might like to try paddling, plan to take at least a day. This morning at 10 a.m., the Tour de Yadkin got underway on the Yadkin River, from the base of W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir. The Tour continues daily through the 23rd, with daily paddle trips led by Yadkin…

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90 Second Escape: Waiting for Diane

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb. Today’s…

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Diane Van Deren’s MST Endurance Run: The end is near

Elite Colorado ultra runner Diane Van Deren enters day 22 of her MST Endurance Run, an attempt to set a new record for trekking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in less than 24 days. I’m on the Outer Banks covering her remaining 63 miles, and will be filing periodic reports throughout the day on the MST Endurance Run blog, which you can find here.

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This weekend: Celebrate National Trails Day

National Trails Day is non-denominational: you can celebrate on a paddle trail, a bike trail or a hiking trail. Come one, come all. Coast Most ranger-led paddle trips are quick one-hour affairs. This Saturday at Lake Waccamaw State Park you’ll have a full half day to explore this Carolina Bay in the wake of a knowledgeable lead. The paddle starts at 10 a.m. Logistics: Free, but preregistration is required, by…

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Saturday is National Trails Day: Get out and celebrate

There are roughly 200,000 miles of trail in the United States, according to the American Hiking Society. Of those that came about over the past couple of decades, the vast majority were created largely by volunteers. And of those that existed beforehand, it’s a good bet they’ve been maintained by volunteers. Without volunteers we wouldn’t have the growing system of trails we now have. Saturday is your chance to become…

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