Lewis Bowling: Walking for good for yourself, community

May. 01, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

“Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” –  Raymond Myers
On Saturday, I would like to encourage area residents to come out and support what will be a fun activity on the Duke University East Campus. Celebrate Sound: Don’t Walk In Silence is a fund and awareness raising walk to promote hearing health in our communities. Half of the net proceeds will be used to support organizations like the Duke University Medical Center Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the Durham Public Schools Deaf/Hard of Hearing Department and Camp Sertoma. This event is sponsored by the Bull Durham Sertoma Club. The walk and event registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the walk itself beginning around 10 a.m. The walk will be around the beautiful Duke East Campus, which is one of my wife’s and my favorite walks in Durham. This will be a great day to come out and enjoy a fun walk and meet some new friends, but most of all, help raise funds for some very special kids, and to show these kids they are loved and appreciated. There will be live bluegrass music, face painting for kids, and free food for all the registered walkers after the event.  A Durham fire and rescue crew will be present to demonstrate and talk about what they do. 
I will be there to walk with everyone, so come out and say hello. Enjoy a good walk, meet some new friends, help in a most worthy cause, eat some free food, listen and dance to some nice music, and enjoy some nice spring weather on scenic East Campus. What better way to enjoy a Saturday in Durham? It will all get started around 9 in the morning at the East Campus Gazebo. Go to mycelebratesound.org for more information. See you there! 
“Walking in the morning takes you to beautiful places where light and shade make love.” – Mohamed Shareef
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Last Saturday I attended the grand reopening of Maitland’s Method Personal Training at 719 Broad St., just across the street from the Duke East Campus. Mayor Bill Bell very graciously took time from his busy schedule to come by to read a proclamation declaring April 27 Fit Durham Day, and to help cut the ribbon for the reopening.  As I wrote in last week’s column, you can get some of the best exercise in all of Durham in this new facility, owned by Maitland Nance, who has been improving people’s lives for many years in the area through his wise fitness counsel. Go by and talk to him one day soon, but be warned, you may develop an addiction after meeting this 74-year-young man – an exercise addiction.
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Another fun and informative walk occurred on April 13 here in Durham. The Neighborhoods Walk was led by local history lover John Schelp. The walk covered some of West Durham and the Duke East Campus, among many other spots of historical significance in Durham.  John really knows his local history and does a great job of leading the walk and stopping at points of interest and giving some details. So the walk is good exercise and a history lesson all in one. The walk covered back alleys that most people have never been on. It went by the very first field the Durham Bulls played on, which is not the Old Durham Athletic Park, by the way. The walk went by an old building on East Campus where Madonna took dance lessons when she was very young, and John even pointed out where Kevin Costner was spotted in his boxer shorts in Durham while in town filming the movie “Bull Durham.” These are just a very few of the locations the Neighborhoods Walk covered, along with the South Ellerbee Creek nature area and the old Watts Hospital and the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood.
Don’t worry if you missed this fun event this year; it has become so popular that it is now an annual walk, so you can enjoy the Neighborhoods Walk in Durham next time.
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One local man who can inspire us all is Greg Sousa, who was featured in The Herald-Sun on April 5 in a fine article written by Keith Upchurch. Greg lives in Durham and leads a fitness lifestyle that most of us could not keep up with. You might see this fit, trim man running, biking and swimming all around Durham and the area. The miles Greg covers is amazing in itself, but what really amazes is the fact that Greg has brain cancer. He had most of the cancer removed in surgery in 2012, but remains on chemotherapy.
Greg has a goal to participate in the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii later this year, and he needs your help. He needs to be voted in, so please take a moment to vote for Greg. My wife, Beth, knows Greg, and says that no one would be a better representative of Durham in this world famous triathlon event.  Let’s vote Greg in and then we can all follow his exploits as he swims more than 2 miles, runs more than 26 miles, and bikes 112 miles in the triathlon. Go to konainspired.com, select explore entries, scroll to Badousa Brain, view the video of Greg, and vote as many times as you want. The deadline is May 7, so vote soon.  You can bet that if Greg gets voted in, we will keep Herald-Sun readers informed on Greg Sousa and his inspiring story. 
Lewis Bowling teaches at N.C. Central University and Duke University. He is the author of several books on fitness and sports. His website is www.lewisbowling.com. He can be reached at 919-530-6224 and at Lewis_Bowling@yahoo.com.