Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run
Sat., Sept. 13
Sanderson High School/Shelley Lake Greenway, Raleigh
Compete in a 5K run or stroll 2 miles on the Shelley Lake Greenway. With your registration fee, you'll receive a T-shirt and a delicious breakfast. All money raised goes for ovarian cancer research at the Duke Cancer Institute.
Sat. and Sun., Sept. 6 & 7
Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride is more than a two-day dash – it's camaraderie, personal accomplishment and the knowledge that you're changing lives. Help those struggling with MS while enjoying the scenery of Union Point Park.
We live just a few hours away from the breathtaking landscapes that set the scene for bestselling author Nicholas Sparks' world-famous works.
Now, we can take a long weekend to tour the North Carolina coast with a Sparks-inspired itinerary from the state's tourism folks.
Here are a few of the towns to visit that inspired the page-turners:
"The Rescue" was set in the water-crossed area between the Chowan River and Albemarle Sound known as the "South's Prettiest Small Town."
Sparks' historically rich hometown boasts major locations from "A Bend in the Road," "The Wedding" and his most popular novel, "The Notebook."
Southport and Wilmington
The district's beachy beauty has been featured in "Safe Haven," "Dear John," "Message in a Bottle" and "The Last Song."