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Tar Heel 10 Miler Discount Code


The Tar Heel 10 miler is a great local race with a course that showcases downtown Chapel Hill, the UNC Campus and some nice surrounding historic neighborhoods. The 2019 race will take place on Saturday, April 13th. The registration fee is currently $65 but you an  use the discount code THJOHN and save an $5 on your race registration.


I’v run the Tar Heel 10 Miler three times now and I’m looking forward to doing it again in this year. A ten mile race is a great distance to train for especially if you are looking for something a bit longer than a 5k. It is long enough that it’s challenging yet not so far that you need months and months to prepare like you might with a full or half marathon. There is also a 4 mile option if you are looking for a shorter distance race. The course is really nice and you will have lots of support along the way. Keep an eye out for the folks playing the Alpenhorns along the course!


Of course there are some hills, but that comes with the territory when running in a place named Chapel Hill. With approximately 6,500 runners this is a nice size local race with good energy and has become one of the premiere races in the Triangle. It’s one of my favorites and a must do if you area a local runner. Hope to see you out there on the course!

Race Details:
Date: Saturday April 13, 2019
Tar Heel 10 Miler Discount Code: THJOHN (Saves you $5)
Race Website:


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Triangle Guide: Where to buy Thanksgiving Day Pies


My favorite thing about Thanksgiving besides spending time with family is dessert. Yes I love the turkey too, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a fresh baked apple pie? I have never met a dessert I didn’t like and a great slice of pie and ice cream is probably one of my all time favorites. As you plan out your Thanksgiving day meal here is a list of local bakeries that are now taking orders for Thanksgiving day pies.

Make sure you get your orders in early! While a few are first come first serve many of these places require orders to be in by next week. In addition to pies, several of the local businesses below offer fresh baked breads, rolls, tarts, pastries and other delicious confections to help round out your feast.

If you need some great locally roasted coffee to serve your guest along with dessert I recommend picking up a bag of coffee beans from 4th Dimension Coffee at Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham or Black & White Coffee Roasters in Wake Forest. Both of these roasters offer excellent fresh roasted coffees that will go perfect with a slice of pie or make for the perfect party host gift.

Here are some great places to get your Thanksgiving Day pies around the Triangle:

East Durham Bake Shop
Rose’s Sweets
Jack Tar
Bean Traders

Angus Barn
Union Special Bakery
Boulted Bread
Raleigh Night Kitchen
Share The Pie

La Farm Bakery
Triangle Pastry Company
Slice Pie Company





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Oakwood Halloween House!

Today I made my annual visit to the scariest Halloween House in Raleigh. Located in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood on the corner of Oakwood Avenue and East Street, this house is definitely one of the best places to visit to get into the Halloween Spirit.

There is a great story by the N&O from 2013 with more info about the owner, Jesse Jones, and his inspiration for the the haunted house. I swung by during the day to check out all the detail and grab some decent photos, but it is even spookier to stop by at night when it is lit up.

As you can imagine it gets VERY busy at that intersection on Halloween. But  here is a map to the exact location in case you want to check it out. Hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Wegmans is coming to Wake Forest!

Some welcome news for everyone looking for more grocery store options in northern Wake County. On Thursday Wegmans announced plans to build a store in Wake Forest off the 98 bypass just east of Capital Boulevard.

No opening date has been set for the Wake Forest locatio at this point as they work through the planning and approval process with the town. Meanwhile progress at the Raleigh Wegmans site off Six Forks road is moving along with a scheduled opening date of sometime in late 2019.

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“Choir of Man” The Upbeat Pub Sing-A-Long comes to DPAC October 27th!

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The Choir of Man

The Choir of Man has traveled across the pond from the UK and rolls into DPAC for an evening of song and dance next Saturday, October 27th. It’s a party. It’s a concert. This show is a pint-filled good time set in a working pub that combines great singing, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. Check out the clip below for a taste of the show and grab your tickets now. I’m really looking forward to this show!

Presented by the team behind The Magnets and the Soweto Gospel Choir, The Choir Of Man are nine men welcoming you to their local pub with a great communal vibe, lots of positive energy, and infectious music.


Mark Loveday – Choir of Man

The multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sing everything from pub tunes, folk, Broadway, and classic rock.. I had a chance to speak to Mark Loveday, who plays the bartender of the pub in the show. Mark is former chorister of ‘Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal Choir’ at St James Palace and a graduate of Drama Studio London. He has been a member of the Choir of Man since 2016 and recently featured in the British independent film ‘Rise of The Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story’.

How is Choir of Man Different From Other Shows?
There is no wall between us and the audience. It is a very interactive show. We are speaking directly to the audience. We even go out into the audience and will even bring people up on stage for part of the show. If your lucky we may even pour you a pint!

Why does the entire show take place in a pub?
A pub is like a church. It is a communal place where people come to socialize, share their highs and their lows. But mostly they come to be with others. The stage is set up as a pub, but really it can be anything to the audience where they go for community – where they go for special connections.

With such a small cast do you all get along?
Oh yes, we are a tight crew and have all grown as friends as we have traveled all over the world with the production. You have to be. It is a close knit group on the road. That sense of community translates well onto the stage too.

What’s the funniest thing that has  happened inviting audience members on stage?
Oh we love to interact with the audience and invite folks up on to the set. Sometime we even go out into the audience to give people a pint. I’ve even gone crowd surfing. I have to say it has been a bit of a laugh when we bring somebody up on stage and we realize they may have had a few drinks ahead of time. Its all good though and we always have a wonderful time!

Why do think people love Choir of Man so much?
This is a positive show, at a time I think it is really needed. This is a show about  compassion, friendship and brotherhood. It shows the positive side of men and will leave the audience singing and feeling good. It’s something the world really needs right now, to see the positive side of things and know that we can all count on one another.

“Choir of Man” will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 pm. For tickets visit



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