Driving to work this morning, the signs of DOUGHMAN were evident in the air -- er, make that the ground, with markings that were what we can only assume to be guideposts for competitors approaching the finish line.
In just its third short year of life, DOUGHMAN has become a local sensation of sorts, with the race selling out in just 15 minutes this year. Food Network's "Man vs. Food" came to town to enter a team in last year's race, featured in turn on the cable TV program.
The big idea? It's your traditional triathlon events like running, biking and swimming, only the four-person race teams have to conquer some gastronomic feats at the same time -- like eating a pizza from Broad Street Cafe, or a big locavore goat meat sausage sandwich from Dain's Place, or chilaquiles from Dos Perros.
Local Yogurt (this year's "start line"), Hog Heaven BBQ, Nosh, and Locopops are among the other establishments participating in this year's exercise. The historic Durham Athletic Park downtown will mark the race's finish line, and thus a perfect place for watching the race's conclusion a few hours after its 8am start time. Finish line festivities start at the DAP around 11am, with an awards presentation at 11:30am.
The DAP will do double duty this year as the home to a celebratory dinner, the DOUGHMAN hEArTS Durham community banquet, featuring live music and a DJ plus food from plenty of great local restaurants. (Tickets are $20 and available from the Doughman web site.)
The money raised by racing teams and the banquet goes to support two terrific Durham charities: the DIG (Durham Inner-City Gardeners) program run by SEEDS to promote interest in and support for organic gardening, and the SeeSaw Studios program teaching creative and art skills to teens who get micro-enterprise support to help sell their work.