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2016 Olympics

5 Olympic Sports You Need to Try in Durham

You don't need to be after an Olympic medal to have some Olympic-style fun in Durham. While the 2016 summer games are happening in Rio, get your friends and family together in Durham to hone your competitive spirit and try some Olympic sports.


Don protective gear and get ready to move! Fencing is a modern sport that has roots in swordplay and is one of the original sports of the modern Olympics. In fencing, two opponents fight and win points by making contact with each other. Choose from three kinds of swords - foil, epee, and sabre - at Mid-South Fencers Club, located in Durham's Brightleaf district. Adults and kids can learn the movements of fencing in a private lesson or in longer camps and clinics.


Yes, curling is a winter sport. But it's one of the most unique Olympic sports you can try in Durham. Curling is similar to shuffleboard, but athletes play it on ice. Players slide a stone toward a target and then sweep the ice using brushes to try to alter the direction of the stone so that it lands on a favorable target spot. If you're in Durham don't miss the opportunity to try this one-of-a-kind sport in a dedicated curling facility. The Triangle Curling club holds introductory "Learn to Curl" lessons that run September through April.

Equestrian Sports

Are you a horseback novice? Olympic riders compete in dressage, eventing, and jumping, but you may be interested in introductory horseback riding lessons. Learn more about the sport and options for lessons, hourly rentals, trail rides, or parties at B-Bar Farm & Tack ShopDead Broke FarmEquiventure LLC at Quail Roost Farm, or Shiloh Farms.

Canoeing and Kayaking

While Olympic athletes participate in sprint and slalom races on white water rapids, you can feel free to choose your own adventure on Durham's Eno River or Lake Michie. Rent kayaks and canoes on flat water at Lake Michie Recreation Area or through Frog Hollow Outdoors. Frog Hollow provides various experiences including flat water, moving water, and white water rapids.


Durham's paved greenways are perfect for both professional and amateur cyclists. Take a ride down Durham's American Tobacco Trail, a 12-mile paved former railway that stretches from southern Durham to downtown. Don't have a bike? No problem! Rent one from Bullseye BicycleDurham Cycles, or Seven Stars Cycles.


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