Bull City Futsal Academy
The fall season of the Bull City Futsal Academy will begin on Wednesday, November 3. (Futsal is a fast-moving game that looks a lot like soccer; it’s played 5 on a side on a smaller court.) Eastway Elementary, Neal Middle, Githens Middle, Merrick Moore Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, and Southwest Elementary are participating in this free program. There are a few limited spots for students from other schools if they’d like to play in this recreational league. This season, the skill-development sessions will be held at Twin Lakes Park (439 Chandler Rd) on Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 7:30 to 8:30pm. (The time for the November 24 session might change.)
The Bull City Futsal Competitive Program is for young people born between 2007 and 2013 and who are ready to play at a competitive level. There is a sliding-scale fee set up so that the families can pay whatever they can (between $0 and $60). Games will be played in Twin Lakes Park on November 3, 10, 17, and 24. Click here for more info and to sign up.
Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo
The 9th annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo will begin in Diamond View Park (318 Blackwell St, on the American Tobacco Campus) and end on nearby DPAC’s lawn on Sunday, October 17. Enjoy an early-morning run through downtown Durham and nearby neighborhoods—the half-marathon will start at 7:30am, the 5-mile run at 8am, and the 1-mile run at 8:05am. The post-race festival will feature food trucks. Click here to register online (pay $20 for the 1-mile untimed race, $75 for the 5-mile race, and $105 for the half-marathon). Wheelchair users are also encouraged to participate. This year for $50 you can be a “shadow runner” and run virtually in your own home/area. All runners receive a tee shirt and medal. free admission to the after-race festival. Click here for more info, to order your shirt, and to make your payment.
DPR fall events and athletics
Register for these upcoming fun events and programs:
Police Athletic League
The Police Athletic League (PAL, sponsored locally by the Durham Police Department) holds several fun activities for young people:
The fall season of Durham Softball is underway. Games are held on Sundays starting at 10am in Pineywood Park (5999 Woodlake Dr). Admission is free for these fun outdoor games, and player/team registration fees plus donations from the fans help local nonprofit partners (teams). Here’s the game schedule for the last day of the regular season, October 17:
Click here for more info.
East Durham Run Club
Runners, both beginners and experienced, are invited to join the East Durham Run Club, a weekly event cosponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing Durham and Fleet Feet Carrboro/Durham. The untimed run sessions kick off at 6:30pm every Tuesday from Hi-Wire (800 Taylor St, on the far northwest corner of Golden Belt; enter on Taylor off N Alston St or off Main St near Fayetteville St and drive around). Join your group of 10—depending on whether you choose to run 3 or 5 miles and also your pace (running speed). Afterwards, physical therapists from Upright Athlete will be available in the massage and recovery area. Click here to sign up for this free event and to be added to the email list.
The weekly Pony Run starts at and returns to Ponysaurus Brewing (219 Hood St) every Thursday from 6:15 to around 8:15pm. You can choose either the 3-mile or 5-mile route and run at your own pace during this free event. Click here for COVID info and click here to sign up.
Bridge II Sports
news from BRIDGE II SPORTS, 3729 Murphy School Rd, 866-880-2742, bridge2sports.org:
Bridge II Sports is a nonprofit that introduces sports to people with physical disabilities of all ages (kids, adults, and veterans). Have fun and add to your quality of life by participating in the activities they offer in Durham (at their facility except where noted otherwise):
Running on Saturday mornings
The Bull City Running Co will host the Saturday Morning RunClub from 8 to 10am; runners are encouraged to meet at either store (501 Washington St or 202 W Hwy 54). Participants of all ages and running at all paces are welcome to join in, and they can choose routes of 3 to 10+ miles. Be ready to wear a face covering before and after the run and whenever you’re at least 6 feet away from other people. Visit the Facebook event page 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 email@example.com 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.
Did you know that Durham Parks and Recreation has a Weather Line at 919-560-4636? If you’re planning to attend an outdoor 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 ActiveNet account: Click here to get the ball rolling.