30+ Runs, Walks & Hikes to Tackle This Spring

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The greater Fayetteville area has rightfully earned the reputation of being a runner's destination. As we're home to thousands of military service members, veterans, and retirees from Fort Bragg, our communities naturally take fitness to a whole new level. I recently blogged about an inspiring military spouse and triathlete, Chris Kenon, who's "grown up in the running community here" and is now trai… [...]

Featured in Fay: Chris Kenon

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If you met Christina “Chris” Kenon today, you wouldn’t even guess she once never considered herself to be an athlete, let alone a triathlete. At her heaviest, as an adult, she weighed 240 pounds. When she began dating her future husband, a soldier, she was inspired by his example to get into shape. Her first attempt to adopt a healthier lifestyle was joining a gym, in 2003, and starting on the treadmill with “… [...]

40+ Holiday Events in the Fayetteville Area

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Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. If you pay attention, there's a sweet rhythm to how the season begins, and that's especially true in Cumberland County. Earlier this week, city workers hung wreaths on all the light poles that line the main corridors of Cool Spring Downtown District, where I work and play. For me, that's one of those rituals th… [...]

8 Recreational Pursuits to Try in Ft. Bragg’s Playground

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You might notice a theme in Cumberland County’s recreational offerings. They’re often adrenaline-inducing, tactical pursuits that require strategy and/or strength. And why is this? Because we are Ft. Bragg’s playground, where some of the nation’s finest military units train hard and play even harder. Our post, which is home to service members from all five military branches, is the largest in the wo… [...]

Cumberland County’s Home-Field Advantage

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Did you know one of Cumberland County’s largest tourism markets is Sports? Specifically, cheerleading, baseball, and basketball are the top three types of competitions or tournaments we're known for hosting. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Sports Sales Manager, Stephanie Decatur, estimates 75% of our sports leads come from those three. I recently sat down with St… [...]

Midway to Mickey

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Did you know Fayetteville, North Carolina, is almost exactly midway between New York City and Orlando? New York City to Fayetteville is a 551-mile drive, and Fayetteville to Orlando is a 534-mile drive. This would explain why our tourism surveys consistently show residents of these two states make up the largest demographic of visitors to Cumberland County year-round. Many of these travelers are snow… [...]

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