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Throw water on the heat this weekend

It’s something of a conundrum: It’s the weekend, you want to get out, you ache to get out — yet it’s so debilitatingly hot out! (Lordy, I was heading out for a run this morning and it was already 85 by 9 a.m. I’m usually not one to hide in the air conditioning, but … .) We have two options to help you beat the heat and a third that…

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Digging a volunteer weekend

We stood in a circle, this group mostly in our 50s, 60s and 70s, but I couldn’t help feeling like I was 8 again, shuffling nervously in a schoolyard playground. Our team leaders were choosing work crews, but it had the unmistakable feel of picking teams for a pickup football game. “Do you want to take Steve?” John Lanman asked. “I don’t want Steve,” Bruce Wisely replied. Fortunately, Steve didn’t…

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A performance enhancer that’s hard to beet

The next time you hear about an athlete “juicing,” he may be beetroot juicing. A pair of recent studies have found that athletes who throw down some beetroot juice before an event tend to do better from an endurance standpoint. In November, a study appearing the Journal of Applied Physiology found that runners who beetroot juiced increased their endurance by 15 percent during high intensity running. And a study just…

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90 Second Escape: Price Lake

Price Lake is one of those rare mountain trails accessible to a wide range of pedestrians. It’s 2.3-mile length may seem intimidating to the non-hiker: Rather than 2.3 miles, think of it as 25 100- to 200-yard walks interrupted by pauses to oooh and ahhh. Price Lake, located at Milepost 296.7 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, was once the private retreat of Greensboro insurance poobah Julian Price. About 4,200 acres…

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35 places to rent a canoe/kayak in North Carolina

It’s one of the cheapest recreation deals going: for as little as $5 an hour you can captain your own ship on any number of waterways throughout North Carolina. These bargain basement deals are offered at various county, municipal and state parks throughout the state. We ran a preliminary list of such places in June; today, we offer a significantly more comprehensive listing (though if you notice an omission, let…

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Kowabunga! It’s a great weekend to be outdoors

This weekend, there’s inspiration by the surf, less perspiration in an evening run, more inspiration (not to mention answers to vexing questions of the great outdoors). Coast Sometimes watching can be as inspiring as doing. Case in point: This weekend’s 7th Annual Reef/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest at Wrightsville Beach. Some of the best pro and amateur surfers in the world will descend on Wrightsville in one of the largest surfing…

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It’s hot. Drink!

I was emailing with a fellow runner in Charlotte earlier today and happened to mention that I went for a run at 9:30 this morning and it was already unbearably hot/sticky/miserable. “I don’t know how you did it at 9:30!,” she wrote back. “I ran this morning at 5:30 and it was already 80 degrees!” Who’s crazier — the person who slept in and ran at 9:30 or the one…

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90 Second Escape: Last Call at Lake Crabtree

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast, especially come summer. 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, at least during the summer, 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…

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Welcome to a ‘greener’ GetGoingNC.com

A decade ago, there were perhaps 50 miles of greenway in the Triangle. Small stretches of mostly 1- and 2-mile paths that offered recreation for the immediate neighborhood, but not much more. Certainly nothing to throw the bikes on the roof rack and drive across town for, let alone rely on as a secondary transportation network for commuting to work or getting groceries. Today, the Triangle has nearly 200 miles…

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This weekend: Run, ride, hike wet

Explore Wilmington — quickly — by foot; explore the Triad at 18 mph by bike; or take a mountain hike frequently interrupted by plunges into a cool mountain pools. Those are but three of your options for getting out and exploring North Carolina this weekend. Coast Downtown Wilmington is a swell place to take in the sights: the Cotton Exchange, the waterfront, the historic homes built for sea captains. Imagine…

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