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On the run: Indoor and outdoor running tracks in Raleigh, North Carolina
Walking, jogging, or running are three of the easiest and cheapest ways to get fit this summer, or even all year round. In case there aren't any safe paths for jogging around your neighborhood, you can always jog at a local indoor or outdoor track. Some tracks may be part of a community center that charges a fee or membership. Other tracks may be outdoors at a local school that allows public use after school hours.
Listed below are a few indoor and outdoor tracks near Raleigh, N.C., to consider checking out.
1. Buffaloe Road Athletic Park
Among the great recreational amenities the Buffaloe Road Athletic Park has to offer, a 400-meter track is one of its highlights. Grab a pair of running shoes and hit this outdoor track located at 5812 Buffaloe Road in Raleigh. Make sure you pick a day when the track is not occupied. The Buffaloe Road Athletic Park's track is the home of the the City of Raleigh/Wake County Fitness Council Track Clinic and other track and field events and meets throughout the season.
2. Chavis Community Center
Located near downtown Raleigh is the Chavis Community Center. The Chavis Community Center has a lighted outdoor walking track. For the hardcore sprinters, the track has sprinting lanes for you. Feel free to relax on the benches, or refresh yourself at the water fountain when you take a break from walking or running. When it's time to cool down, walk around the half-mile part Capital Area Greenway Trail. The Chavis Community Center is open seven days a week; the hours of operation vary from weekday to weekends.
3. Carmichael Gymnasium
All North Carolina State University students should have no excuse when it comes to working out. Guests 18 and older are allowed to accompany students when they purchase a $10 guest pass for the day ($15 on weekends).
Yes, the Carmichael Gymnasium has an indoor track for walking or running. The indoor track also has a huge digital clock for those interested in completing timed laps. You should call ahead if interested in using the indoor track only to make sure there will not be a class or sports team using it at the time you wish to go. The indoor track in Carmichael Gym can get extremely crowded at times. If you do go on a busy day, be sure to stay in the inside lane if you walk or run at a slow place. Leave the outside lane for fast runners and passers. This gymnasium has an area by the track to stretch, a water fountain nearby, and restrooms. Guests might not have access to locker rentals, so leave your valuables in the car.
4. Local Schools with Tracks Near Raleigh, N.C.
Most public middle school and high schools in Raleigh and surrounding areas have an indoor or outdoor track, especially if they have a track team. Using the track at a nearby public school would be extremely convenient, not to mention free. I have a friend who frequently uses the Carroll Jr. High outdoor track near North Hills when he wants to do some running. Unfortunately, every school is not OK with members of the community using its track. Therefore, it is best to call ahead to find out if there is anything wrong with you getting a little harmless exercise in for the day. Personally, I don't see a problem as long as any practices or events aren't taking place. As a taxpayer, you technically pay for the track anyway.
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