Posts Tagged ‘5K’

This weekend: A prolific paddle, a beastly run

Perhaps you like the intimacy of paddling, just you and several hundred closer friends. Or maybe you haven’t felt challenged in your last few 5Ks. Or it could just be you’re curious about exploring new places. If you identified with any of the above, read on … . Coast One of the things we love about paddling the eastern part of the state is the intimacy. Swamps and waterways rimmed…

This weekend: Run, hike, run

It’s shaping up to be good weekend for getting out in North Carolina. Saturday might be a little wet, but warm; Sunday cool and mostly sunny. Plan to take advantage. Coast Hooch wants to get out more, you need to get out more: what better opportunity for mutt and master to bond and fulfill a mutual want/need than Saturday’s paws4people Run Walk on the UNC Wilmington campus. If you two…

This weekend: Need incentive? We’ve got plenty

Sometimes you need a little motivation to jump-start your adventure engine. For those times, we’re here for you. Coast The best incentive to train for a marathon? Sample the atmosphere of a race. The live music (often), the camaraderie and support (always), the adrenaline, which gets you past “the wall” at mile 20. But GetGoingNC, you ask, how do you sample a marathon without actually running in one? By finding…

This weekend: Spring from winter

The pending changing of the seasonal guard is evident this weekend. At the coast we have a sweaty 5K that ends with a bracing dip in the brisk Atlantic Ocean; in the Piedmont, the Eno River Association’s weekly Winter Hike Series is drawing to a close; and in the mountains there’s the opportunity to hike in snow — in 50-degree temperatures. Coast Imagine a 5K where a major shock awaits…

This weekend: Waterfowl watch, wilderness run

Resolved to get out more in 2014 but need to ease into it? We’ve got two birding programs that promise a mix of mellow movement and awesome outdoor exposure. And if you’re looking to up your competitive resume in the year just begun, we’ve got a run in the mountains in a lesser-known natural area. Regardless of where you currently fit into the movement spectrum, it’s a good first weekend…

This weekend: a Labor of Fun

  Water is the theme this Labor Day weekend, with a 5K you can jump into a lake after finishing, a festival that lets you take your chances on Class III water in a boat you build, and a triathlon that kicks off with a swim in a 72-degree mountain lake. Coast Go Jump in the Lake 5K isn’t a derisive suggestion; rather, it’s a thought on what you might…

This weekend: downtown runs, a marsh paddle

This weekend you can race early through the streets of Asheville or late through downtown Durham. Not a city person? Fret not: there’s a marsh paddle near Wilmington that goes nowhere near concrete or traffic lights. Coast There are lots of paddling options at the coast. My favorite: riverine and salt marsh habitats. That’s the destination Saturday of a trip sponsored by New Hanover County Parks & Gardens and Hook,…

This weekend: Keep running, start paddling

Spring race season is in full swing across North Carolina while the paddling season is just getting underway. Weatherwise, we’re looking at pretty good weather for both. Coast Distance runners, sprinters, fun runners — Saturday’s 4th Annual Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon has ‘em all covered: full and half marathons, marathon relay, 5K, 1-mile fun run for kids. Racing starts on Wrightsville Beach, then, depending how far you’re going, heads into…

This weekend: We’ve got the runs

It’s a big weekend in North Carolina for runs, especially those of the trail variety. Coast One thing runners love about trail races is that natural surface trails are easier on the body, especially everything from the waist down. One thing runners aren’t always crazy about: the races tend to be in hilly areas where the prospects of a PR are slim. That’s not an issue with Saturday’s Roanoke Canal…

This weekend is a fall classic

A 5K  through an old plantation at the coast, a paddle on a Piedmont river, a waterfall hike through the Pisgah National Forest. A weekend doesn’t get much more North Carolina than that. Coast Chances are you aren’t familiar with the Abbey Nature Preserve just north of Wilmington. Chances are you don’t know that in addition to the preserve, there’s the historic Poplar Grove Plantation and a museum documenting the…