Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Doughman Returns to Durham on May 25

For those whose idea of a good time includes team exercise and eating for a good cause, the DOUGHMAN is an interesting event, to put it mildly.  It's coming up again, so read on.  It was good enough for the Travel Channel to cover a few years ago, and it's only gotten better.

The DOUGHMAN relay race is back for its sixth year of running, biking, swimming and - most importantly - eating its way through the Bull City on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The event is designed to celebrate the community and give local charities a platform on which to raise money (dough) and to tell their stories. This year's DOUGHMAN goal is $60,000.

In 2013, The DOUGHMAN dough-nation will support a new project launched by the Durham Public Schools (DPS), the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm.  The Hub Farm's mission is to sustain an active educational hub that grows, feeds and nourishes young minds through the active engagement in environmental stewardship, agricultural production, the local food system, and career development opportunities.

Registration for the DOUGHMAN is limited and costs $180 for a four-person team. Registration is available in the following ways:
  • Guerrilla Registration, Sun., March 3: Throughout the week of Feb. 25, DOUGHMAN organizers will send out clues about the 2013 restaurant line-up. Guerrilla registrants can to visit each Durham-area eatery and take a picture with their sign.  Organizers will be waiting for you at the final clue on Sunday, March 3. Guerrilla registration enables participants to get a leg up on other competitors and earn a guaranteed registration spot.
  • eBay Auctions, week of March 4-9: For those who miss out on guerrilla registration but still want a guaranteed spot in the 2013 race, there will be a three team slots  auctioned the week of March 4-9. Every dollar over the $180 registration fee counts toward the team fundraising goal, and there are bonus incentives.
  • Open Registration, Sun., March 10: A registration link will be posted on the DOUGHMAN website during the next week. Space is limited.
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About The Hub Farm

The Hub Farm is an emerging project within DPS, spearheaded by Career-Technical Education and guided by values of community and collaboration. The Hub Farm engages DPS students and teachers, as well as the greater Durham community, in all aspects of the local food system, environmental stewardship and career development. Supporting this mission, The Hub Farm site will include food production gardens, all-ages educational gardens, outdoor classrooms, ecological study areas of forest, pond, wetland and stream, cooking facilities, a student-run farmers market, and robust network of community and institutional partnerships that leverage this physical resource for the health and nutritional development of Durham's youth. We envision The Hub Farm as a central component in a healthier local food system for Durham, where hands-on learning across all areas of study will coincide with greater physical activity, food awareness, and outdoor experiences.


The DOUGHMAN is raced with a 4-person team in a relay format with each team member performing an individual eating+athletic leg culminating in a final team eating+sprint leg to the finish line. The race comprises 1 bike leg, 1 aquatic activity leg (requires some running), and 2 run legs. One vegetarian and one vegan can be included per team. Non-vegans should assume they are eating eggs and cheese.

The two running legs are normally 1.75 to 2.5 miles, the "swim" leg is a run followed by an activity in the water (not a lap swim), and the bike route is less than 10 miles. Here's the breakdown by food type: Running: meat; Running: vegetarian; Bike: meat; Swim: vegan.

During its six-year history, the DOUGHMAN has raised more than $100,000 to support Durham organizations, while bringing national exposure to the causes through a variety of stories and articles.

The DOUGHMAN - yet another reason why Durham, NC is wacky, fun, and worth a visit.

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