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Weekend Plans: Run, paddle, hike

It’s October, and last we checked the forecast called for true fall-like weather in North Carolina. Weather that would be a shame to waste … . Coast Two reasons to do Saturday’s Twin Bridges 8K Road Race in Morehead City. One, you get to run over two bridges. Starting in Beaufort (at the drawbridge) you get to run to neighboring Morehead City, go over both the city’s high-rise bridges, then…

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First 8 miles of Neuse Trail 20 feet from ‘officially’ opening

To follow along with the trails mentioned below, download a copy of the Raleigh greenway map here. The first 8 miles of the the Neuse Greenway Trail is all but 20-feet finished. That’s the official word this morning from Raleigh Senior Greenway Planner Vic Lebsock. Officially, there’s only 20 feet left to finish, on a boardwalk a little over two miles south of the northern trailhead (off the old Falls…

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Hey, you! Take your kid outside

This is Take A Child Outside Week, a week that, for reasons that escape me, we must force ourselves to force our kids outside. Not to sound like an old crank, though I will, back in the day our parents used to boot us outdoor first thing in the morning every day. Then, come sunset, they’d open that door and start yelling for us to come in. That was a…

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90 Second Escape: An evening paddle on Jordan Lake

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 this trying transition, we’re running a new feature every Monday called 90 Second Escape. Essentially, it’s 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 in the…

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Welcome fall, take a hike!

Wednesday evening, three of my Ultimate Hikers and I met for a hike under the headlamps. It was a little after 7 p.m. as we gathered at the trailhead. Unfortunately, we weren’t the only ones gathering. “I think it’s staying to the west of us,” Robert optimistically offered. Ka-BOOM! “I think you’re — ” Ka-BOOM! “ — right,” I agreed. Undaunted, enthusiastic and acting much like the skink who pretends…

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This weekend: walk the coast, paddle the Piedmont, get educated in the mountains

The headline says it all. Without further adieu … . Coast Last year we drove through Elizabeth City on the way to New Jersey. We stopped, walked around for about an hour, wished we had more time. We vowed to look for a reason to return, a reason such as this Saturday, when there’s not one, but two walks, both of which provide an opportunity to explore Elizabeth City, stretch…

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Group exercise lineups are constantly changing

I wrote the following story for the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer in Raleigh; it appeared in both newspapers on Sept. 20, 2011. It appears here in expanded form, with links. Check out yesterday’s post for a first-hand account of the CXWORX class. If you don’t like the lineup of group exercise classes at your health club, wait a month or two. Odds are you’ll see some new…

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Coming, to a gym near you

Today, I have a story in both the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer in Raleigh on fitness clubs rolling new classes into their group exercise lineups. That story will run here tomorrow in expanded form and with links. Below, a look at one of those new classes, CXWORX, which I’ve spent some time in over the past three weeks. It was the kind of candid honesty I thought…

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90 Second Escape: That first cool hike of fall

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 this trying transition, we’re running a new feature every Monday called 90 Second Escape. Essentially, it’s 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 in the…

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Run and shoot

I’m big on goals, big on cross-training as well. Occasionally, these dual objectives create conflict. For instance, come autumn, the goal-oriented runner in me gets excited about the Second Empire Fall Grand Prix Series. The series consists of eight races, starting with this Sunday’s Magnificent Mile in downtown Raleigh and including five 5Ks, an 8K, and a 10-miler. I like the series in part because of the race variety, in…

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