Making Strides on the Field and at Home

By Laura Zolman Kirk | August 9, 2016

[quote_box_center]Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in McLean, Va., Catherine moved with husband Gordon Merklein and their boys – Sam, a junior at Carrboro High School, and Ethan, an eighth-grader at Culbreth Middle School – to Chapel Hill 12 years ago. The family, with their furry friends Izzy the dog […]

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Big Brother Becomes Hero When He Crosses Triathlon Finish Line with Sister in Tow

By Virginia Robinson | July 25, 2016

When Maddie Harrison crossed the finish line at the JUST TRYAN IT triathlon – just ahead of her older brother, William – she got quite a bit of attention from some adoring fans. Her 3-year-old sister, Emma; her father, Stuart; and her mom, Margarita Escaler, were joined by Maddie’s teachers […]

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Chapel Hill Mom Designs Fitness Apparel Geared Toward Girls

By Chapel Hill Magazine | May 31, 2016

Tired of shopping in the boys’ department for her athletic daughter, MaryAnne Gucciardi combined her business savvy and soccer-mom drive to create high performance, comfortable sports apparel just for girls. After extensive design and testing, Dragonwing girlgear hit the marketplace in 2013 with a specialized line of sports bras, camis, […]

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Race Against Childhood Cancer Comes to Chapel Hill

By Sophia Lucente | March 22, 2016

Over the past six years, Durham resident Carrie Norry has served as a fundraising champion for families battling childhood cancers. Her nonprofit JUST TRYAN IT is named for a friend’s son, Ryan Darby, whose leukemia diagnosis inspired her to make a difference while living in the DC area. She and […]

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Our Latest Obsessions: Beets, Biographies & Basketball

By Jenny Hunt | March 15, 2016

Assistant editor (and huge Tar Heel fan) Jessica got to enjoy the ACC championship game in person. And it was an epic game. Rory Gillis, publisher, loved her time with Yvette Navarro and Aimee Flynn, owners of The Parlour at Manns Chapel. We love Il Palio and their creative way of serving […]

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Blood, Sweat & Friends: Why 30+ Men Rise at Dawn to Work Out Around Town

By Jill Warren Lucas | January 21, 2016

It’s a cold, damp morning. There’s little sign of life on Laurel Hill Road, where homes are still dark and birds are just beginning to stir and sing with the rising sun. As the sky brightens with vivid stripes of orange and gold, some 30 men round the corner from […]

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Strength in Numbers

By Jessie Ammons | June 12, 2015

You might have seen them: A troup of moms pushing jogging strollers through Southern Village or Briar Chapel, music thumping. Before too long, they stop along a jogging path or green space and whip out exercise bands for a few strengthening moves. Then, it’s back to the pavement, off and running to the […]

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PopUp Workout

By Jessie Ammons | January 26, 2015

You know the drill: new year, new resolutions, etc. etc. For a fun fitness change of pace, try PopUp Workout – a fast-paced, high-energy, all-levels-welcome group fitness class. “What’s really great about it is there’s no membership,” says founder Katie Corley. That’s what sold me. As its name implies, PopUp […]

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The Fitness Fanatic: Susan Kitchen

By Amanda MacLaren | January 1, 2015

Susan was born in Winston-Salem; she moved to Chapel Hill in 1990 to get her master’s in public health from UNC. She’s been a registered dietitian since 1992 and a sports certified dietitian and U.S.A. Triathlon coach for swimming, biking and running for the past two years. She lives in […]

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Orange You Glad You Worked Out?

By Jessica Stringer | September 3, 2014

Confession: I’ve never tried CrossFit or Pure Barre. I’m not really into yoga. I’ve taken one spin class in my 20-something years. Other than recently starting to lift weights with my Incredible Hulk of a boyfriend, the only exercise I’ve stuck to is a good long walk, or when the […]

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