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Triangle close to 50 miles of connected greenway

The Triangle’s greenway system is a tiny step closer to becoming a complete network. Joe Godfrey, parks planner with the Town of Cary, tells GGNC that a 1.3-mile missing link of the Black Creek Greenway should be finished mid-April. The stretch would extend the existing 5.6 miles of Black Creek Greenway running south from Lake Crabtree to Chapel Hill Road on to Maynard Road. A short stretch of the sidewalk/greenway…

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DST: Let the after work fun begin

Sunday, one of the kids asked how Daylight Saving Time came to be (a disgruntled kid, I should add, since she’d be waking for school an hour earlier the next morning). I spared her my discourse on a subject I’m peculiarly fascinated by and gave her the short version: Several countries adopted it in World War I as a way to save coal for the war effort. Most dropped it…

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Seven habits of people who lose weight (and keep it off)

Who better to listen to when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off than people who have lost weight and kept it off. The National Weight Control Registry was started in 1994 to identify adults who have lost weight and kept it off. Specifically, the registry’s 6,000-plus members have lost at least 30 pounds and kept if off for at least a year. Recently, they were asked how…

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Cancer pushes Gerald Babao to the finish

This is the fourth of four stories this week on triathlons, specifically the increasingly popular sprint variety. Tuesday: Triathlon by the numbers Wednesday: The growing popularity of sprint triathlons Thursday: Kim Feth’s story: From walking around her living room to finishing her first sprint tri eight months later. Today: Gerald Babao’s story: Trying to out swim, out bike, out run cancer. Gerald Babao is matter-of-fact about what motivated him to…

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An unorthodox approach to the sprint triathlon

This is the third of four posts this week on sprint triathlons. Tuesday: Triathlon by the numbers Wednesday: The growing popularity of sprint triathlons Today: Kim Feth’s story: From walking around her living room to finishing her first sprint tri eight months later. Friday: Gerald Babao’s story: Trying to out swim, out bike, out run cancer. At first, it seems like curious logic: A marathon is too much, I’ll do…

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Tri this: A sprint to fitness

I wrote the following story for The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer; It ran in both papers March 8. It’s rerun here with links, and is one of four posts this week on triathlons, specifically the increasingly popular sprint variety. Tuesday: Triathlon by the numbers Today: The growing popularity of sprint triathlons Thursday: Kim Feth’s story: From walking around her living room to finishing her first sprint tri eight…

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Triathlon by the numbers

Today begins a series of four sprint triathlon posts pegged to a story I wrote that will appear tomorrow, March 8, in The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. (That story will rerun in this space tomorrow with links.). Today: Triathlon by the numbers Wednesday: The growing popularity of sprint triathlons Thursday: Kim Feth’s story: From walking around her living room to finishing her first sprint tri eight months later….

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Spring into stretching

Saturday morning I woke up and immediately realized two things: One, I’d slept really well, since it was more than an hour later than I’m used to waking up on the weekend. And, two, I was intensely sore, all, as Maud Frickert used to say, over my body. Not a flu sore. Rather, an I’ve-done-something-my body’s-not accustomed-to-doing sore. In this case, diving for softballs. Fortunately, I had a cure. In…

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‘Backpacking North Carolina’ — Why you need this book

I’m not comfortable with self-promotion. Usually. I make an exception today because the book I worked on for two years is finally in bookstores, and I figure two years worth of work is worth a little self-indulgence. I cut myself some slack, too, because the book — “Backpacking North Carolina” — is pertinent to our mission here at GetGoingNC.com. I wrote “Backpacking North Carolina” because UNC Press asked me to….

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Pre-spring fever: catch it this weekend

This weekend: Learn how to use a map and compass, learn how to play golf with a disc, learn your strengths as a hiker. Coast Ever wonder what happens when the battery in your GPS dies? You wouldn’t have to, nor would you care, if you were skilled in the art of orienteering. Orienteering: the ancient (pre 2000) art of wayfinding with map and compass. In fact, even if you’ve…

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