New Year’s Day track events
The Godiva Track Club’s New Year’s Day 8K Run on Wednesday, January 1 will start at 1pm at the Duke School for Children (3716 Erwin Rd) (registration begins at noon). This will be a fun but challenging run on a hilly course through single-track trails and service roads through Duke Forest. Contact race director Patrick Bruer at email@example.com or 919-260-7980, or visit the website for more info.
The Carolina Bowl
The Carolina Bowl, featuring top student athletes from the 5th through 8th grades, will be held on Saturday, January 4, at Wallace Wade Stadium (110 Frank Basset Dr, on Brooks Field). The 5th-graders will start at 10am, the 6th-graders will play at 1pm, the 7th-graders will start at 4pm, and the 8th-graders will play at 7pm. Cheer on your favorite young football players from North Carolina and South Carolina; this event will also include youth bands and cheerleaders. Tickets are $30, $20 in advance; click here for more info and click here for tickets.
Wintertime 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.
YOUTH BASEBALL FUNDAMENTALS (ages 8–12); $9
DPR ENO RIVER SPRING 18+ TENNIS LEAGUE (leagues for ages 18+, 40+, 55+, and 65+). Participants must become members of the United States Tennis Association and all fees are paid on the USTA’s TennisLink website. The season runs from March through June, but registration ends on Tuesday, January 28. Click here for more info and to sign up. [activity code 11674].
DURHAM GIRLS SOCCER LEAGUE (ages 6–8, 9–10, and 11–13). The spring season starts in March, and there will be one practice during the week and games on Saturdays. The cost is $39, and registration is open through Friday, February 7. [activity code 11721 for ages 6–8, 11722 for ages 9–10, and 11723 for ages 11–13].
YOUTH BASKETBALL SKILLS ACADEMY: SCRIMMAGE (ages 5–8); $4.50
YOUTH BASKETBALL SKILLS ACADEMY: ADVANCED BALL HANDLING (ages 7–12); $6
NIGHT FLIGHT TEEN BASKETBALL LEAGUE (ages 13–18); February 14–April 24, Fridays 6:30–8:30pm; free
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 free with valid photo ID
CHINESE SHOTOKAN KARATE: BEGINNERS
TAE KWON DO: BEGINNERS
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, January 14, 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, January 21, 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, January 22, 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 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.
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 Day is Saturday, February 22 at Bethesda Park (1814 Stage Rd); three sessions: 12:30–2pm [activity code 11946], and 2–3:30pm [activity code 11947], in Bethesda Park (1814 Stage Rd, 919-560-4355). 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.