Yesterday’s sunset was at 7:52 p.m.; today’s will be at 7:51 p.m. Can you feel it? The long, languid days of summer are now behind us. At the same time, the local pace becomes harried, the parking’s less plentiful, and the pulse of the community quickens.
More to do ... and less time to do it.
Here’s a primer on some notable dates this fall for recreation around Chapel Hill, Carboro and the county to help you make use of every minute.
Carrboro Recreation and Parks recreation supervisor Charles Harrington said his agency’s fall registration was starting soon.
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“For Carrboro residents, (fall/winter) registration starts on Sept. 2 at 8:30 a.m., with all others on Sept. 3,” Harrington said, “and registration’s either at the Carrboro Century Center or online at carrbororec.org.
Harrington said new programs will include girls’ volleyball and field hockey.
“The previous fall volleyball class will be a league now, and we have a girls’ field hockey instruction program on Sundays,” he said, “and we’ll also have adult men’s and women’s basketball.”
Carrboro’s annual Punt, Pass and Kick football skills competition, open to boys and girls 6-15, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13 this year.
Carrboro, along with the Durham-Orange County Tennis Association will again stage their Hispanic Tennis Carnival on Sunday, Oct. 11.
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation athletic specialist Mike Troutman said his agency would open registration for basketball and other winter programs on Sept. 8 for Orange County residents and Sept. 21 for all others. Those interested can register at townofchapelhill.org/register or in person at most agency facilities.
“We’re already heavily involved with youth football right now,” Troutman said. “We’ve got one youth football team in each age group, and our numbers have gone up. Also, we’ve got FestiFall coming up on Sunday, Oct. 4.”
Hit the ground running
Here are some of the prominent local races scheduled this summer and fall:
Sept. 12: fifth annual Trooper Challenge Mud Run in Saxapahaw (www.trooperchallenge.com)
Sept. 13: the Lerner School Apples & Honey 5K trail run at Chapel Hill’s Southern Community Park (https://runsignup.com)
Sept. 27: Kilometers for The Kids 5K, 10K, and fun run at UNC (http://carolinaftk.org/race)
Oct. 3: Cardinal Track Club’s annual Carrboro 10K (www.cardinaltrack.com), marking the second race in the 2015 Tour de Carrboro series;
Oct. 3: The Eve Carson 5K (http://evecarson5k.com/) on the UNC campus
Oct. 3: Super Cooper’s Rockin’ Run and Family Fun event at Southern Village (http://supercooperswagon.org/)
Oct. 24: the Pumpkin Run 4K at 5 p.m. on Carolina North Forest trails in Chapel Hill (fleetfeetcarrboro.com/racing/premier-events)
Nov. 7: New Hope Turkey Run (newhopeimprovement.com/turkey-run/)
Nov. 8: 12th annual Southern Village 5K (http://sv5k.com/)
Nov. 21: Sixth Camp Chestnut Ridge 4 and 6-mile Trail Runs in Efland, NC (http://www.campchestnutridge.org/)
Nov. 26: Gallop and Gorge 8K (www.cardinaltrack.com) on Thanksgiving morning, marking the last Tour de Carrboro series event.
To the starting line
Lochill Farm on St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough will be hosting its fifth American Competitive Trail Horse Association Competitive Trail Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 20. Registration for the ride is at www.actha.us/ride/7397.
The final registration is open through today (Aug. 26) for the fall season of Girls on the Run of the Triangle, which gives girls in third-through-fifth grade a running momentum. Scholarships are available at all locations. The fall season will run Sept. 21 through Dec. 17. For more information, call Girls on the Run at 919-401-6307.
Fleet Feet Carrboro’s Mini-milers youth running program runs Sept. 8 through Nov. 12 at Glenwood Elementary School in Chapel Hill. The program runs 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for boys and girls, 6-12-years old. For information, visit the “Training” link through fleetfeetcarrboro.com.
Registration has already ended for the Chapel Hill / Carrboro Pacers Youth Running Club fall cross-country program. For a list of volunteer roles, and more information on the Pacers program, please call head coach Harold Hill at 919-260-5340 or visit their website: ccpacers.org.
Teens in training
UNC Faculty Staff Recreation Area (a.k.a., the FARM) is starting its new “Teens in Training” program to teach lessons of lifelong fitness and featuring instruction by Sophie Baer and students from UNC. The program eight-week program is open to the general public and will teach the fundamentals of sustainable fitness training and conditioning geared toward teens. For more information, contact program coordinator Becky Woodruff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-923-7448
Northern (Orange) exposure
Registration is currently open for the 2015 / 16 Hillsborough Aquatic Club Team at the Orange County SportsPlex, with an open house scheduled at the facility this coming Saturday, Aug. 29.
Also this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the SportsPlex will host Active Families Day event with inflatable bounce house for the kids, a family fun run, public skating with free lessons, street hockey drills, massage, crafts, and food trucks.
Registration for the Chapel Hill / Carrboro YMCA’s popular fall soccer leagues for youngsters typically runs through the first week of public school. The fall season begins in September. The Y already is accepting registration for the spring season on both soccer and volleyball.
Registration can be processed online (at ymcatriangle.org/) or in person at the YMCA (980 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.) Those interested in more information can call Randy Smith at 919-442-9622 or email Randy.Smith@YMCATriangle.org.
The local YMCA also invites the public to join them in honoring the local community in service on Sept. 11 through volunteerism at the Goodwill Community Foundation in Durham. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Donna Williamson before Sept. 9, or call the branch at 919-442-9622.
So make hay while the sun shines, as it will stop shining another minute earlier tomorrow.
For more information:
- Cardinal Track Club: cardinaltrackclub.com/
- Carolina Godiva Track Club: carolinagodiva.org/
- Carrboro Parks and Recreation: 919-918-7364 (or visit the “recreation” link at townofcarrboro.org)
- Chapel Hill / Carrboro Pacers Running Club: coach Harold Hill at 919-260-5340), www.ccpacers.org
- Chapel Hill / Carrboro YMCA: 919-442-9622 or ymcatriangle.org
- Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation: 919-968-2784 or www.chapelhillparks.org
- Girls on the Run: 401-6307, email email@example.com or visit gotrtriangle.com
- Orange County SportsPlex, call 919-644-0339, or see trianglesportsplex.com/