Young: falling for recreation

August 28, 2013 

The Cardinal Track Club's annual Gallop & Gorge -- the finale of Le Tour de Carrboro -- always draws a crowd on Thanksgiving morning.


  • For more Information:

    • Chapel Hill / Carrboro YMCA at 919-442-9622 or

    • Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation: 919-968-2784 or

    • Carrboro Parks and Recreation: 919-918-7364 (click on recreation link at

    • Chapel Hill / Carrboro Pacers Running Club, coach Meredith Bolon: 919-619-4565 or

    Cardinal Track Club:

    • Girls on the Run: 919-401-6307, or

In this academic community, Labor Day marks the New Year. There are a few new faces in town, but by and large, it’s a time of reunions, hugs, and friendships renewed, seasoned by time and the tales of a summer away.

And so it is with this season’s recreation schedules, with a few new events but, by and large, a lot of familiar faces. Many are old friends that leap off the calendar pages and both embrace us and challenge us every autumn.

Chapel Hill Park and Recreation begins registration for fall / winter programs 8:30 a.m. Sept. 3 for Orange County residents and 8:30 a.m Sept. 16 for nonresidents.

“That’s for youth and adult basketball, and we’ll be starting to offer year-round pickleball on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.,” Chapel Hill Athletics Specialist Mike Troutman said. “Adult softball starts play in September, and we’re still having some sign-ups right now for that.”

Troutman added that Chapel Hill youth football practices have already started, and Chapel Hill will start taking registration for basketball in September.

Those interested can register at Parks and Recreation offices or at For further information, visit

Carrboro Recreation and Parks recreation supervisor Charles Harrington said that online registration for fall / winter programs through begins Sept. 4 for Carrboro residents and Sept. 5 for nonresidents.

“The main registration we have coming up is basketball, and we’ve also got a volleyball classes on Sundays,” Harrington said. “We still have our First Tee golf instruction program in September, a field hockey clinic in October, and we’re also having registration for our regular tennis classes.”

Drop-in volleyball starts up again on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 3.

“We’re having fishing clinics, and our Punt, Pass, and Kick football skills competition ( will be on Sunday, Sept. 8,” Harrington added. “Our Hispanic Tennis Carnival will be on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. There’s our horseshoe tournament on Oct. 12, and we’re having disk golf clinics on Sept. 28 and Oct. 26.”

In addition to Chapel Hill Park and Recreation’s pickleball league, the Chapel Hill Tennis Club will now offer pickleball with the addition of three dedicated courts. The club will host a free kick-off event on Saturday, Sept. 28, with a free clinic at 1 p.m. and a free play mixer at 2:30 p.m. with the club staff.

In the Long Run

Runners best begin lacing’ em up now for the fall season, rife with runs, among which are the following favorites:

The running calendar leaves the starting line at 9 a.m. Sept. 14 with the Get Heeled 5K ( in support of UNC Lineberger’s Oncology and Hematology Clinic. But save an appetite for the following week, when the Dozen Donut Dash 4-miler begins from UNC’s Old Well at 9 a.m. (

UNC’s Kappa Kappa Gamma will present the 15th annual Tar Heel Trot at 9 a.m. Sept. 29, a 5K from UNC’s Old Well supporting Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test and the Carolina Parent’s Fund. For further information, visit

On Oct. 5, it’s Cardinal Track Club’s annual Carrboro 10K (, marking the second race in the 2012 Tour de Carrboro series. In Chapel Hill on that same date and time, runners can opt for the sixth annual Cleft Palate Gallop 5K run / walk. All proceeds will benefit UNC Dentistry School’s Craniofacial Center. For more information, visit

On Sunday, Oct. 13, the ninth annual Aging in Stride 5K begins at 9 a.m. at the UNC Bell Tower, benefitting the Orange County Aging in Place fund through the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students.

Next up, Southern Village hosts Super Cooper’s Rockin’ Run and Family Fun event on Oct. 19 ( The event includes live music, food, a giant slide, a surf simulator, mobile game unit, and live auction.

Oct. 26 begins with the second annual Eno River Run at 8 a.m., offering 6- and 11-mile single-track trail runs at Eno River State Park in Durham ( Later that same day, it’s the beloved Pumpkin Run 4K ( at 5 p.m. The Pumpkin Run is a 2.5-mile race through local forest trails in Chapel Hill.

The Eve Carson 5K is scheduled on the UNC campus on Saturday, Nov. 16, and the following day, Chapel Hill’s Southern Village hosts the 10th annual Southern Village 5K ( with activities beginning around 10 a.m. and the race starting at 2 p.m.

Finally, the “Double B” Gallop and Gorge 8K ( will be on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m. The event marks the last of three events in the club’s annual Tour de Carrboro series.

A Running Start

Aug. 28 is the final online registration day for Girls on the Run of the Triangle (, which helps girls aged 8-12. Numerous local sites offer training for girls this fall beginning in September. For more information on space availability and costs, call Girls on the Run at 919-401-6307.

Fleet Feet Carrboro is again sponsoring its Mini-milers Youth Running Program this fall 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, created to provide children aged 6-12 with running skills. For information, click on the Training link at

Registration has ended for the fall Chapel Hill / Carrboro Pacers Youth Running Club program, which starts its fall cross-country program in September under the tutelage of new head coach Harold Hill. Those interested can still sign up for the mailing list for the spring 2014 track and field season however. Visit for details.

Y’s Choices

Chapel Hill / Carrboro YMCA sports director Mike Meyen noted that the Y’s fall soccer leagues start up Sept. 7, with registration open at least through the first week of school.

“That gives everybody a last chance to sign up for 3-year-olds through seventh-graders,” Meyen explained. “Sept. 9, we’ll open up registration for our volleyball league for fourth- through eighth-graders on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and that runs mid-October through mid-December.”

Meyen added that YMCA youth basketball registration also starts Sept. 9, and the season begins in January.

All registrations can be processed at or in person at the YMCA, 980 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Young: 919-932-8743

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