Lookin’ for a Cure 5K
The 4th annual Lookin’ for a Cure 5K will start at 9am on Sunday, November 10, 9–11am, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park (409 Blackwell St). Sponsored by A Cure in Sight, this event is a fundraiser for research to find a cure for ocular melanoma (cancer of the eye). Runners can choose whether to be officially timed or not. The fee to participate is $35, $15 for young people age 12 and under. Click here for more info and to register.
Veterans Victory Lap 5K
The 2nd annual Veterans Victory Lap 5K will start at noon on Sunday, November 10, on Duke University’s East Campus (712 Broad St). The cost to participate is $25 before October 11, $30 from October 11 to November 1, and $30 after November 1. Proceeds will benefit Bunker Labs, a nonprofit organization that helps military veteran entrepreneurs. Click here for more info.
Boys’ basketball camp
NC’s NEXT Top 100 Basketball Camp will be held at Southern High School (800 Clayton Rd) on Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24. This intense, competitive invitational workout will challenge the top 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade boys in the Bull City. Call Sherard Johnson at 202-617-1420 or click here for more info and to register (there’s a $100 entry fee).
Falltime fitness and fun
This is just a tiny sample of the sports and fitness activities offered by Durham Parks and Recreation. See the online version of the Play More catalog elsewhere on this page. You can register online at DPRPlayMore.org, at any recreation center, or by calling the phone number listed with each activity.
PICKLEBALL (age 16+); free for ages 16–18, $4 ages 19–54, $3 age 55+
TEEN OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 13–18); free with valid photo ID
YOUTH OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 7–12); free
YSBA: ADVANCED BALL HANDLING
CHINESE SHOTOKAN KARATE: BEGINNERS
PS4 NBA 2K19 TOURNAMENT
TAE KWON DO: BEGINNERS
GLOW IN THE DARK DODGEBALL
TAE KWON DO: INTERMEDIATE
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, October 8, 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.
The next Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 7pm, in City Hall’s 2nd-floor Committee Room (101 City Hall Plaza). Meetings are open to the public; click here for more info.
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, October 23, 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.
Line dance classes
If you want to get into shape, get ready for the upcoming wedding and family-reunion season, or just have fun with friends, you can join any of several line dance classes being offered around town:
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 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 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.
DPR’s High Ropes course
High Ropes Discovery Days are Saturday, November 16 and December 7 at Bethesda Park (1814 Stage Rd). Learn how to navigate the high ropes course, with some obstacles reaching 55 feet in the air. This activity is a real team- and confidence-builder. The fee is $8 and participants must be at least 7 years old; call Durham Parks and Recreation at 919-560-4355 for more info.