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Flash forward: the fall is approaching fast

The Gallop & Gorge on Thanksgiving Day draws a big crowd every year and is the final race in the Cardinal Track Club’s Le Tour de Carrboro.
The Gallop & Gorge on Thanksgiving Day draws a big crowd every year and is the final race in the Cardinal Track Club’s Le Tour de Carrboro. Photo by Jim Kenny

“In the blink of an eye,” lasting up to 0.4 seconds, isn’t really that quick, relatively speaking. “Quick as a flash” — a lightning bolt, for example — travels at around 3,700 miles a second, and light speed is 50 times faster than that: about 186,000 miles a second. Stephen Hawking’s theories aside, nothing is faster than light, with the possible exception of a summer in Chapel Hill.

It seems like area children were just streaming joyously out of classrooms, and, nanoseconds later, we’re eying back-to-school sales flyers and filling out autumn calendars. Here’s a primer on some notable dates so as to help you not waste any more time, even if it is all relative.

“Youth football has already started,” Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation athletics specialist Mike Troutman said. “We didn’t have enough 11-12-year-olds, so Carrboro’s running that team locally, but Carrboro didn’t have enough of the 7-8s and 9-10s, so we’re running those teams, and we also have a 5-6 flag team.”

Troutman said Chapel Hill begins registration for fall / winter programs on Sept. 8 for Orange County residents. Those interested can register at Parks and Recreation offices or online by visiting For further information, visit

“We’re starting to take registration for basketball and other winter programs,” Troutman added.

Carrboro Recreation and Parks recreation administrator Dennis Joines said online registration for his agency’s fall / winter programs through begins Aug. 27 (8:30 a.m.) for Carrboro residents and Aug. 28 for non-residents.

“That’s the registration for everything starting up in September and into the fall and winter,” Joines explained. “We’ve got our S.N.A.G. (Starting New at Golf) instruction program starting Sept. 17 and running four weeks for kids aged seven through 12. Then there’s also a First Tee Core program that runs for eight weeks.”

Carrboro’s annual Punt, Pass and Kick football skills competition is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 17 this year, and Triangle Youth Ultimate League-sponsored ultimate Frisbee youth clinics will run for five weeks beginning Sept. 28.

Joines said special parent-child programs included free youth disc golf clinics on Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 and fishing clinics on Oct. 11 and Nov. 8.

“Those fishing clinics are free,” Joines said, “but participants need to call our office in advance to register.”

Carrboro, along with the Durham-Orange County Tennis Association (DOCTA) will again stage their Hispanic Tennis Carnival on Sept. 14.

“That’s always a really nice program that draws a great crowd,” Joines said, “and we also offer some following up classes with that.”

Lace ’em up

The fall season is again rife with runs, among which are the following favorites:

The fourth annual Trooper Challenge Mud Run kicks off the fall running season on Sept. 6 in Saxapahaw. For more information, email

Survivors may wish to take on the following day’s Tar Heel Trot on Sept. 7, staged by Chapel Hill’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Online registration is closed but more information on race-day registration will be available soon. For more information, visit

On Sept. 14, Carrboro plays host to the inaugural running of the Not So Normal 5K ( The race is a non-timed three-mile(ish) run, providing support for local non-profits.

On Sept. 20, Southern Village hosts Super Cooper’s Rockin’ Run and Family Fun event ( The event includes a chip-timed 5K run, a family bike race, and festival activities. Also on Sept. 20, runners can opt for the seventh annual Cleft Palate Gallop 5K run / walk. All proceeds will benefit UNC Dentistry School’s Craniofacial Center. For more information, visit

On Oct. 4, it’s Cardinal Track Club’s annual Carrboro 10K (, marking the second race in the 2014 Tour de Carrboro series.

Runners have a choice on Oct. 25, beginning with the third annual Eno River Run at 8 a.m., offering six and 11-mile single-track trail runs at Eno River State Park in Durham ( The Eve Carson 5K is scheduled on the UNC campus on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. 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.

On Saturday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m., it’s the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students’ Aging in Stride 5K at the UNC Bell Tower, benefiting the Orange County Aging in Place fund.

Alpha Delta Pi sorority’s 8th annual Ron-a-thon 5K ( on Nov. 8 runs through the UNC’s campus. On Sunday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., Chapel Hill’s Southern Village hosts the 11th annual Southern Village 5K (

Finally, the Gallop and Gorge 8K will be on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27 at 8 a.m. The event marks the last event in the club’s annual Tour de Carrboro series.

A Running Start

Registration is open through Friday, Aug. 29 for the fall season of Girls on the Run of the Triangle (, which helps girls aged 8-12 gain a running momentum. Scholarships are available at all locations. The fall season will run Sept. 15 through Dec. 11. For more information, call Girls on the Run at 919-401-6307.

Fleet Feet Carrboro’s Mini-milers youth running program runs Sept. 2 through Nov. 6 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 the Fleet Feet Carrboro website:

Registration has ended for the fall Chapel Hill / Carrboro Pacers Youth Running Club program, which starts its fall cross-country program in September. For a list of volunteer roles, and more information on the Pacers’ program, please visit their website:

Some Y’s choices

Registration for the Chapel Hill / Carrboro YMCA’s popular fall soccer leagues typically runs through the first week of public school. All registrations can be processed online (the “register” link is at the top of or in person at the YMCA (980 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

So don’t delay: fill in your calendars as quick as a wink, or a flash, or ... well, you get the picture.