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Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5k
Sat., Sept. 14
Registration: 7 a.m.
Competitive 5k: 8 a.m.
2-mile walk: 10:30 a.m.
Sanderson High School,
5500 Dixon Dr., Raleigh


This year's Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run, which is the only ovarian-cancer walk in the state, features a marketplace with a variety of vendors and a silent auction with 100 items.


Fifteen thousand people have participated over the past decade, raising $2 million for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at Duke Cancer Institute.


March of Dimes 5k Run for Healthier Babies
Sat., Sept. 28
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
5K: 9 a.m.
Kids Fun Run: 10:30 a.m.
Perimeter Park, 5200 Paramount Parkway, Morrisville


Runners from around the Triangle gather for the 5k Run for Healthier Babies of the March of Dimes. This event, which includes a variety of family-focused activities, includes both the 5K and a 1-mile run for kids.


Dirty Dancing in the Mountains

Lake Lure, a hamlet in the Blue Ridge foothills of Rutherford County, N.C., takes great pride in being the backdrop for the movie "Dirty Dancing." The cult classic about a girl who falls in love with a boy from the other side of the resort was filmed in many locations around the area.


Last month, the town did a stellar job of hosting the fourth annual Dirty Dancing Festival. This month, autumn abounds in a destination of simple pleasures, where nature (check out Chimney Rock State Park) delivers the greatest adventures.