Hiking/Backpacking Conditioning: Stadium Stairs at Duke


Let's keep up our training!  Are you trying to get into shape for that big backpacking trip?  Or do you simply want to get fit for all of summer's wonderful opportunities?  Whatever the reason, come on out and let's push ourselves...  we'll get the heart pumping, lungs breathing, and work up a sweat!

This is an ALL-SKILLS level event.  Everyone will go at their own pace.  You can walk the stairs as slowly or quickly as you wish.  Run them if you are able.  If you want, you can bring along a loaded backpack for a more intense training.  Finally, if you'd prefer, you can walk or run the track around the football field where you'll have a minimal elevation change.  Everyone will be working at their own level for their own personal gain.  Although we'll all be at the stadium together, I expect we'll be training solo.  For this reason, I'd recommend bringing an ipod/etc for your own entertainment.  

Parking for this event will be on Frank Bassett Drive in the Green Zone.  Drive Frank Bassett Drive to the very end near Wallace Wade Stadium/Sports Medicine Building.  Please note, there is another field with stadium seating right near Wallace Wade Stadium.  Be sure to go to the correct stadium (see photos above.)  After 5PM, parking is open to the public.  After parking, walk to the gate nearby (at the Sports Medicine building) and we'll be at the top of the stairs above the stadium.

Running late due to traffic or dealing with the boss?  No worries!!! The stairs will be here when you arrive!

Bring water/drinks since the water fountains are not turned on.  There aren't any decent bathrooms close by, so please keep this in mind.  A further distance away are some buildings (Cameron Stadium) where better bathrooms are available.

I'm looking forward to seeing you then!


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  • Paula

    Thanks for coming out tonight, friends, and braving the HEAT. Wow!!! It was a tough one for me. I hope you enjoyed yourselves and had a good training session. See you again soon!

    2 · May 12, 2014

    • Paula

      No one was a slacker, Ann. It was hot yesterday. Staying in the shade was a good choice. It's great you came out!!!!

      1 · May 13, 2014

    • Ann G

      Maybe next time I'll make it all of the way around. No pain...yet.

      1 · May 14, 2014

  • Leslie

    Frank, thanks for the pics!

    2 · May 12, 2014

    • Paula

      Frank's photos are great! Thank you Frank!!!

      1 · May 13, 2014

  • Teri

    Sounds like a brutal session this evening, you guys. Looking forward to joining you all next time (I hope :-).

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Leslie

    Thanks for organizing this. I'll see you again next week on those stairs!

    May 12, 2014

  • Richard

    Suitably energy absorbing

    2 · May 12, 2014

  • Danielle

    I am on my way. Running late. This is my first time.

    May 12, 2014

    • Paula

      It was great meeting you tonight, Daniel! I hope to see you next time!

      May 12, 2014

  • Frank W.

    My daughter got me out this afternoon for a 4 mile walk along the Eno River. If it wasn't for the 40lb backpack I carried, I really be looking forward to tonight. I'm coming anyway but I may not push as hard as I otherwise would have. See y'all tonight

    3 · May 12, 2014

    • Paula

      I'm glad you are still coming, Frank!

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone know if the public is allowed to run the steps at NC State's Carter-Finley Stadium or if there is another stadium in Raleigh to use? Duke is quite a trek for me. Thanks!

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • John D

      Aimee, I don't know the status of any other stadiums, but if you find any with public access, please let us know!

      1 · May 12, 2014

    • Paula

      Ditto! I would love to know of other stadium stairs to use in other parts of the Triangle. Please share anyone if you know! :)

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • Ann G

    The cycling trip that I took over the weekend made me realize how out of shape I have gotten this year. Anyone feel free to push me harder tonight.

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Leslie

      I'll push you if you push me!

      May 12, 2014

  • Paula

    Hey Friends, I'm looking forward to seeing you tonight at Duke's Wallace Wade stadium! The weather looks great! Bring extra water though since the forecast is for 90F. If you are running late, that's okay, but please sign in on the sheet near the right side of the stadium (in the THOG bin, on the ground at the top of the stairs in front of the Duke Sports Medicine building.) We'll be meeting very briefly at 6PM, then wrapping things up again at 7:30PM. See you soon!

    If by chance the weather changes and it rains, this event will be cancelled. The steps would be too slippery and I don't want anyone getting hurt. However, I don't think that will be an issue for tonight.

    May 12, 2014

  • Teri

    I'll going to skip this one because I'm running another half next Sunday and if it takes my calves as long to recover next week as it did this week... I won't be able to run. #icanfinallywalknormalagain. See you at the next one!

    1 · May 9, 2014

    • Paula

      See you next time, Teri!

      1 · May 9, 2014

    • Ann G

      Good luck. The stairs will always be here waiting for you.

      1 · May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm waiting to see how soon the soreness goes away. :)

    2 · May 7, 2014

    • Frank W.

      Good news... Almost back to normal.

      2 · May 8, 2014

    • Ann G

      I was only a little sore. I guess the Tuesday bike ride and daily lunch walks helped. I'm going to do more next week.

      3 · May 9, 2014

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