Godiva’s New Year’s Day Run
Start off the new year with the Godiva Track Club’s New Year’s Day Run at the Duke School for Children (3716 Erwin Rd) on Monday, January 1. Registration begins at noon and the nearly-5-mile race starts at 1pm and consists of a challenging, hilly course through Duke Forest. It’s free; click here to see the map of the course and click here for more info.
Winter sports with DPR: Kids
This is just a tiny sample of the sports activities offered by Durham Parks and Recreation. Click here to see the online version of the Play More catalog. You can sign up for activities online or by stopping by the DPR office (400 Cleveland St); call 919-560-4355 for more info.
Youth Basketball Fundamental clinics will be offered at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd) for boys and girls ages 5–8 on Tuesdays 6–6:45pm, October 10–31. The clinic for those ages 9 through 12 will be held on Tuesdays from 7 to 7:45pm. There’s a fee of $4; call 919-560-4355 for more info.
Youth Basketball Fundamental clinic will be offered at IR Holmes/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave) for boys and girls ages 8–12 on Wednesdays from 6 to 7pm, November 8–December 13. There’s a fee of $9; call 919-560-4355 for more info.
Adult Open Gym Basketball features pickup games for players age 18 and up at the following parks:
Winter sports with DPR: Adults
This is just a tiny sample of the sports and fitness activities offered by Durham Parks and Recreation. Click here to see the online version of the Play More catalog. You can sign up for activities online or by stopping by the DPR office (400 Cleveland St); call 919-560-4355 for more info.
DPR Fit & Fun Week
January 8–14 is DPR Fit & Fun Week. Adults and kids can try out various activities free of charge at recreation centers across the city (Edison Johnson at 500 West Murray Ave, Holton at 401 North Driver St, IR Holmes/Campus Hills at 2000 S Alston Ave, Lyon Park at 1309 Halley St, WD Hill at 1308 Fayetteville St, and Walltown at 1308 West Club Blvd). Try your hand at martial arts, racquet sports, snorkeling, fitness workouts, water aerobics, and much more. Click here to see the full schedule. Don’t forget—it’s all free. This is a nice introduction to the Durham Parks and Recreation experience, so get out there and have fun!
Heart & Sole Mall Walkers
Lots of folks join the Heart & Sole Mall Walkers Club and walk at their leisure in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) anytime between 7am and 9pm Monday through Saturday and between 9am and 6pm on Sundays. Stop by the Food Gallery on Tuesday, January 9, 8:30am, for the free monthly breakfast and info session about the Durham YMCA before starting your morning walk. Call 919-286-4400 or click here for more info.
Basketball JAM/Basketball Camp for Kids (ages 5–12) is being held January 10–February 21 (Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30pm) at Durham Memorial Baptist Church (133 Robbins Rd). Boys and girls can learn the rules of the game and develop (or improve) basic skills. After the workout, they’ll have a snack while the children’s minister relates a story of Jesus to the game of basketball. This camp is open to all kids regardless of religious beliefs. Parents are free to hang out and watch the session or they can attend Wednesday service in the sanctuary. It’s all free; call 919-596-7350 for more info.
Bullseye Bicycle’s End-of-the-Month Cruise will take place on Thursday, January 28. Everyone will meet at the shop (102 Morris St) at 7pm for socializing and last-minute bike adjustments. The 8- to 15-mile ride will start at 7:30pm and will continue at a casual pace. Dress warmly and take whatever safety gear you believe you’ll need. Click here to visit the Facebook event page.
LCHC Walk Club
The Lincoln Community Health Center Walk Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–10am, at WD Hill Recreation Center (1308 Fayetteville St). Call 919-956-4000 for more info.
Durham NC parkrun
If you like to run for fun, join Durham NC parkrun. Once you register, you can take part in timed 5k runs on Saturdays starting at 8am in Southern Boundaries Park (100 Third Fork Dr). Print out your barcode from the website so the officials can give you your time. Check out the course here, and click here to sign up/print out your barcode. It’s free; click here to see typical questions asked of the volunteer organizers (or simply write to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. Some of the runners relax after the weekly run at Foster’s Market in Durham (2694 Durham–Chapel Hill Blvd (aka Hwy 15-501))—if you have the time, feel free to join them.
Heels in Motion mall walkers
Start your walking routine by joining Heels in Motion, the mall-walkers at Streets at Southpoint Mall (6910 Fayetteville Rd). The mall opens for walkers Monday–Saturday at 8am (and closes at 9pm), and Sundays at 10am (closes at 7pm). Stop in at the Food Court on Wednesday, January 25, 8am, for the free breakfast and health talk before starting your morning walk. Call 919-572-6450 or click here for more info; sign up at any time at the Welcome Center on the ground floor. They keep a notebook on the desk where you can keep track of your mileage every day.
Did you know that Durham Parks and Recreation has a Weather Line at 919-560-4636? If you’re planning to attend a DPR event and the weather’s iffy, just call the DPR Weather Line or visit their Facebook page to see whether the event has been cancelled.
Sign up for programs online first by opening an account: Go to DPRPlayMore.org, click on “Register Online,” and then click on “Request New Account” in the upper right-hand corner.