This weekend runs wild with options

Not the boat you'll be sailing in Adult Learn to Sail.

Sail the not-so-high seas, run with the lions and tigers and bears, take a long bike ride in the mountains. You’ve got all sorts of options in North Carolina this weekend.


You’ve taken the local learn-to-sail class on the local lake, and it was fun. It also made you wonder what it would be like to sail the high seas. Or if not “high” — because, frankly, that sounds a little scary — then at least the salty spray, because that taste in your mouth is what tells you you’re really sailing. Sunday, you have a chance to get a sense of that Columbusian sense of adventure at the North Carolina Maritime Museum’s Adult Learn to Sail program. “Learn the basics aboard stable sailboats” — doesn’t get much more reassuring than that. The course runs from 1-5 p.m. $95. Reservations are required.

Sign up or call for more info, at 252.728.7317.



Frankly (again), few things would give me more incentive to set a 5K PR than running amid lions

and tigers and bears. In this case, fortunately, the lions and tigers and bears and other denizens of the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will be unable to give chase as you make your way from the North America section then into Africa. According to the race organizers, “… you may hear the morning howls of our red wolves or the wake up roars of our lions.” Sub 20, here I come!
The race is Saturday, with onsite registration beginning at 6:30 a.m., the race at 7:30. $25 if you register online, $30 race day.

More info on the Run Wild 5K — a race that has been in hibernation since 1994 — here.

When it comes to “cycling events” (they aren’t races, really!) in the mountains, not everyone is up for a full century (100 miles), a metric (62 mile), or even a 40-mile ride. Sometimes, especially when big hills are involved, 24 is just right. That’s one of the nice things about Saturday’s Blue Ridge Breakaway out of Lake Junaluska — you have your option of supported rides, from the mellow 24-miler to the 100-mile assault-on-sanity. It’s a day of cycling that, depending on the distance you chose, will take in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Pisgah National Forest and, if you opt for the Century, 30 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Ride starts at 7:30 from the conference center. $54 for the Century, Metric and 40-miler, $35 if you’re going for 24.

More info here.

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Those are GGNC’s thoughts for an active weekend. Find out other ways you can get out this weekend by browsing our super calendar, a collection of events calendars from throughout the state, below.
Comprehensive calendar for the Cape Fear/Wilmington/southern N.C. coast searchable by date and event name.

Coastal Guide
Comprehensive calendar including nature programs from a variety of costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs. Covers the entire coast.

Crystal Cost Tourism Authority
Comprehensive calendar focusing on the Crystal Coast. Good source for programs offered by N.C. Coastal Federation, Cape Lookout National Park, N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve and other costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs.
Comprehensive calendar including programs for the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.

North Carolina Coast Host
Comprehensive calendar for the entire coast that lets you search for events by day, by region, by county, by city or by event (based on key word).

This Week Magazine
Primary focus is the Crystal Coast (North Carolina’s coastal midsection).


Asheville Citizen-Times
From the main page, click on “Outdoors,” then WNC Outdoors calendar.

Blue Ridge Outdoors
Searchable calendar lets you extend your reach to events throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast (or you can just limit it to North Carolina). Also lets you search a boatload of categories, ranging from Hiking, Mountain Biking and Climbing to Trail Running, Triathlon and Road Walking.

The Mountain Times
From the main page, click on “Calendars,” then Main Events.

Todd’s Calendar



Charlotte Observer events calendar
Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including Nature, Recreation, Recreation & Wellness, Running

Charlotte Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar includes a Sports & Recreation category.

Piedmont Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including: Birding, Boating, Cycling, Nature, Rec & Wellness, Recreation, Running, Swimming, Tennis, Yoga.

Carolina Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Office of Environmental Education
One calendar for the numerous Environmental Education Centers statewide.

North Carolina State Parks
Lets you search for programs at the state’s parks, recreation areas and natural areas by location, by month, by topic. To reach the calendar from the home page, click on “Education,” then “Fun & Free Programs at Parks.”

National Forests in North Carolina
From the home page, click on Carolina Connections for news updates on the state’s four national forests as well as hints on recreational opportunities and a detailed rundown of recreation areas and the amenities at each.

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