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Mr. Wuf, Swoops, Muddy and 45-degree water

Tags: 5K | event | Lake Raleigh | run

If you dare to Run 'N Plunge on Saturday, a few more things you should be aware of. One, there will be several local celebrities on hand. Mr. Wuf's people confirm that he will be in attendance. Ditto Swoops and Muddy the Mudcat . And, N.C. State football coach Tom O'Brien will be there to judge costumes, and N.C. State Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Tom Stafford will be on hand to offer moral support.

Perhaps of more greater interest to you plungers in the crowd, Special Olympics of North Carolina, beneficiary from the R'nP, tested the water at Lake Raleigh on Monday.

It's 45 degrees.


Lake Raleigh was perfect for kayaking last Saturday — but swimming?


Tonight at REI Durham: Basic Bike Maintenance

Tags: bike | event

Hour-long class should help make your ride glide.

Little River added to mountain bike night riding circuit

Tags: bike | event | night

First ride under the lights is Friday.

Look! Up in the sky! It's a ... hooded flycatching-warbler!

Tags: bird | event | nature

Great Ceasar's ghost, is it time again for the Great Backyard Bird Count? Indeed it is. This exercise in citizen science begins today and runs through Sunday. You can get full details here, but basically you stake out your own backyard for a minimum of 15 minutes on one or more of the days in question and record the birds that come your way. You then submit your findings to the GBBC people at the Cornell Lab of Orniuthology and they'll use them to track trends in the bird population. A good activity to do with the kids.

Again, go here for details.

This Valentine's Day, tell your sweetie to take a hike ...

Tags: event | hike

... with you, of course. Hiking: it's the perfect way to express
yourself to that someone special that doesn't involve flowers or a
heart-shaped box of chocolates or dinner at a really expensive
restaurant. Not that this has anything to do with money. But if you are
looking for such an alternative, here are three options all of which
involve getting laced up to show your sweetie a good time.

Tough enough?

Tags: event

So you do marathons and triathlons and 24-hour mountain bike rides and think you're pretty tough, eh? But are you this tough?

Eat and run

Love to eat and run. Then mark your PDAs, because ...

This fellow led at the mid-point of last year's KKC — and wasn't heard from again. 

Next Saturday, Feb. 7, is the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge, wherein upwards of 3,000 people (2,615 were signed up as of Thursday) will line up at the N.C. State Belltower, run two miles to the Krispy Kreme on Peace Street, consume a dozen donuts, run two miles back to the Belltower. Do it in less than an hour, keep all 12 glazed onboard and a certain type of notoriety/infamy is yours for life. And, do it this year and your feat will be captured on ESPN. (Hey, they show poker games, don't they?). And you will have done one of Sports Illustrated's 102 things to do before you graduate. (Read about last year's KKC here.)

It's $16 to enter, proceeds — totaling $20,000 last year — benefit the N.C. Children's Hospital. More particulars here.

And if you don't keep your glazed on board for the duration, worry not that you'll have to wait a year for redemption because May 23 is the second annual running of Durham's Doughman. GOGF covered last year's inaugural event, in which teams of four essentially eat their way through Durham, and it was something. Event organizers promise that this year's event will be "bigger, badder, doughier." Basically, the four-person teams run, bike and do a "water activity" through the streets of Durham, stopping along the way this year for a bite at Blu Seafood, Daisy Cakes, Four Square Restaurant, Dain's Place and Nosh.

The Doughman benefits the Durham Inner City Gardners program run by SEEDS. Last year's inaugural event raised $1,500. Details on the Doughman as they develop, here.

FREE BEER! (and a meeting)

I'll do just about anything to avoid a meeting, a word that does for me what "work" did for Maynard G. Krebs. But when they throw in free local beer and appetizers?

Heck, how bad could it be? Find out Feb. 10 when the Sierra Club's Capital Chapter holds its quarterly membership meeting at Mitch's Tavern, 2426 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. You needn't be a member to attend, says the Sierra Club's Chris Plummer (though I'm sure they won't mind if you sign on). Actually, that is one of the meeting's goals, says Plummer. They'll also be discussing volunteer opportunities and it's a chance for you to find out about some of the trips the club sponsors.

It's from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. RSVP at, or 833-8467.

Super (slow) hill climb

Tags: bike | event

Alas, every once in a while I'm privy to a new event that I am not at liberty to share immediately. Such is the case with this Sunday's inaugural "How Slow Can You Go?" Hill Climb, which —

Well dang, I just shared that, didn't I? OK, I reckon I'm not in trouble as long as I don't divulge the location. Suffice it to say that the event is "a timed bike ride featuring 80 vertical feet as slow as you can go without dabbing." (No doubt I was chosen to receive this email announcement via a very well-targeted mailing list.) This emerging event appears to be, in part, an attempt to fill the pre-Superbowl wacky bike event created when the annual Soup Bowl Duathlon folded a couple years back. A welcome addition, I say. (Provided it doesn't turn out like this.)

I'm off to practice my track stand. I'll report back on the HSCYGHC should I participate

Run-demption for the un-resolved

Tags: event | run

Two programs vow to turn non-runners into 5Kers in time for June's Komen Race for the Cure.

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