The Triangle’s Furry 5K is This Saturday

happy dog on a leashFor the second year in a row, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® is a sponsor for this Saturday’s Furry 5K event, benefiting Second Chance Pet Adoptions in Raleigh.

It’s being held at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Saturday, October 10th. Everyone on our team is a pet lover and knows how important pets are in everyone’s life!

Run With Your Pup

The Furry 5K is a great event that gives you three options for participating: You can choose a timed 5K (without pets) that starts at 9am, a timed 5K with dogs starting five minutes later, or an un-timed 3K with or without pets starting at 9:35am.

It can be challenging to find a run in the Triangle where your pets can participate with you, so this is a great fit for both human and canine runners.

It’s not too late to register for this exciting event. Learn how to register on the Second Chance Pet Adoptions’ Furry 5K event site.

Join Our Team at the Furry 5K!

At last year’s event we had a professional photographer taking pictures of participants with their furry friends.

We’ll offer professional photographs again — for free — and you’ll be given your copy on site before you leave! Come join us for the fun and support a great cause.

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Raleigh’s Memorial Bike Ride Supports Raleigh Police Officers

spokes on a bicycle tireLast month, Linda Craft & Team, Realtors member Brenda Miller and her husband Randy assisted in organizing the 6th annual memorial bike ride for fallen Raleigh police officers.

Brenda and Randy have been long-time supporters of various rides, both local and long distance to Washington DC, to support law enforcement officers and their families.

The Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation

The Five-0 Memorial Bicycle Ride is just one of the ways that the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation helps to honor Raleigh police officers who have died in the line of duty.

You can read more about the mission of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation on their website.

A History of the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation

The foundation was created in 2009 by Raleigh police officers who participated in the Road to Hope bike ride to Washington DC and wanted to build a memorial in honor of their fallen comrades. That same year was the first Five-0 Memorial Bike Ride.

In April 2014, the foundation was able to raise enough support from these memorial events to unveil the Fallen Officer Memorial, honoring the eight Raleigh officers by inscribing their names on granite blocks and encouraging a moment of reflection for visitors who pass the location at the City of Raleigh municipal building.

The Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation has put on several events in addition to the memorial bike ride, including a veteran’s day golf tournament, the annual Run for Our Heroes 5K, and a “First Responders Got Talent” show.

The 6th Annual Five-0 Ride

The 6th Annual Five-0 Memorial Bicycle Ride was held in North Raleigh on August 23rd, 2015.

This was a great event to support and participate in. It has grown to at least 500 cyclists of varying experience and ages coming together in August to ride 100k (62 miles) or 50k (31 miles).

It was a very well supported event with stops every 8 miles which provided snacks, waters, and plenty of Gatorade to participants. One of our team members here at Linda Craft & Team, Realtors participated in the 50k ride. It was definitely a challenge — especially the uphill finish— but well worth it!

You can learn more about the ride and view pictures of the Five-0 Memorial Bike Ride on the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation’s Facebook page.

Supporting Our Community

We believe that supporting our Raleigh community is one of the most important things we can do as a local business, and our team members are eager to get involved in ways like Brenda Miller and her husband Randy did with helping organize the memorial bike ride.

If you want to know more about the Five-0 Memorial Bike Ride or any other events in the Raleigh area, contact us today and we can answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fun Memories at Youngsville’s Big Muddy Challenge

Kim Crup and daughters at Bug Muddy Challenge mud run
Two team members from Linda Craft & Team recently participated in the Big Muddy Challenge mud run with their children!

This family-friendly event was held in Youngsville at Hill Ridge Farms on September 6th, where kids six and older were encouraged to get muddy with their family, celebrate teamwork, and create memories together.

Here’s what our team members loved about the mud run!

Fun Times with Family and Friends

The Big Muddy Challenge is an annual event occurring twice a year in May and September, bringing friends, family, and coworkers closer together. This year, there were approximately 10 obstacles, some much muddier than the others.

Kim Crump’s Experience with Her Daughters

Kim Crump did the event with her two girls, age 12 and 7.

Sydney (12yrs) said “I didn’t expect it to be as cool as it was and the obstacles were awesome. I actually enjoyed getting really dirty and muddy.”

Ashley (7yrs) said “I thought it was awesome because it was all gooey and really deep and I got to spend time with my sister and my mom, so it was fun for me!”

Chandra Green’s Experience with Her Husband and Son

Chandra Green did the event with her husband and 6 year old son, Ethan. After a rough start with losing footing in the very slippery mud at the first obstacle, everyone recovered and finished together as a team.

It’s not a “mud run” without getting dirty!

person running through mud at a mud runNo Pressure, Just Mud

For kids (or adults) who are a little nervous about this type of event, you can pass on any obstacle that you aren’t comfortable with — you can cheer on others and support your team from the side and then move on to the next one.

Big Muddy Challenge: Great for Making Memories

It was a fantastic family event and all who participated will have great memories. Kim and Chandra are already discussing plans to attend the Big Muddy Challenge next year in the Raleigh area.

It would make a great team building activity for groups as well as for families. Bring towels, a change of clothes, and your strong will to power through! Let us know if you want to learn more about this event or similar events in the Raleigh area — we would love to share our experiences.

Raleigh Typhoon Scavenger Hunt

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Raleigh Typhoon Returns!

On June 27th, the great urban adventure and scavenger hunt based in Raleigh begins again! This adventure race (similar to the reality show The Amazing Race) is open to teams both competitive & relaxed. All money raised stays local, benefiting Activate Good housed here in Raleigh. To learn more about this great organization, read more about their mission and purpose.

Typhoon Details

Teams can be formed from any groups of 2-8 people and participants must be at least 21 years old. For those wanting a more competitive and fast pace race, the Extreme Challenge begins at 11am. For those wanting a slower more relaxed pace, the Pub Crawl begins at 3pm. The starting point is Tir Na Nog in downtown Raleigh. Please register for the Typhoon as soon as you have your team in place!

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

Craft Beer and Breweries in North Raleigh

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Beer in the Triangle

Our in house beer geek, Steve Kruger, is the founder of TriBeer, a local beer lovers’ group in the Triangle. According to Steve, North Raleigh was once a barren wasteland for quality craft beer, but that is no longer the case. As the craft beer revolution heats up, it has spread out to all areas of the Triangle and there are plenty of great options for the craft beer enthusiast. Here are some of his suggestions:

Bottle Shops

Bottle shops also serve draught beer. These are great places to purchase beer to take home, but also enjoy a pint while you’re there. Most of these places will also fill growlers (typically a glass jug) with the beers they have on draught for you to take home.

The Hop Yard
D’s Bottle Shop
Crafty Beer Shop
Lincoln Brewing and Bottle Co.
Bottle Revolution
Bottle Mixx

Raleigh Breweries

There haven’t been any breweries in North Raleigh until now. Compass Rose Brewery located off Gresham Lake Road recently opened its doors and has a beautiful tasting area. They also have frequent visits from food trucks and a family friendly vibe going on. Check out their Facebook page for updates.

Another craft beer establishment worth mentioning is Sawmill Taproom on Leadmine Road. For many years this was the only place in North Raleigh for quality craft beer and they still have a nice lineup of craft beers on tap and good food for your enjoyment as well.  They deserve a lot of love for being at the forefront of this glorious revolution. Cheers!

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

Public, Private, and “Mini” Golf Courses in the Triangle

Golf

Based on “The List” from the Triangle Business Journal here are the best mini-golf, private, semi-private, and public golf courses in the Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Cary area. Where is your favorite? Are there others that we are missing?

Mini Golf (Putt Putt) 
Adventure Landing – Just north of the beltline
Frankie’s Fun Park – Brier Creek area

Public and Semi-Private Golf Courses (all in Raleigh)
Lonnie Poole Golf Course -Raleigh
Eagle Ridge Golf Club -Raleigh
River Ridge Golf Club – Raleigh
Wildwood Green Golf Course– Raleigh
Riverwood Golf Club – Clayton
Heritage Golf Club – Wake Forest

Private Golf Courses
North Ridge Country Club – Raleigh
Raleigh Country Club – Raleigh
Prestonwood Country Club – Cary
The Hasentree Club – Wake Forest
Wakefield Plantation – Raleigh

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

 

Slide the City – Glenwood Avenue on May 30

color-me-rad-details-4Slide The City – coming to Glenwood Avenue

Slide the City” is a fun way to slide down our favorite hill in Raleigh – Glenwood Avenue! This is the first year that Raleigh has hosted this fun and very cool event. It will be on Saturday, May 30th. The length of the slide is over 3 football fields long!!

How many times can you slide? What’s the cost?

You can choose different types of packages – a single slider, triple slider, or a VIP slider. Prices range from $15 to $65 depending on how soon you purchase and the frequency of how many slides you want to make. If you wait until the day of the event, you’ll pay more. They have a great FAQ section on their website where you can learn more about what’s required. For example, every slider must have an inflatable tube and must sign a waiver to participate.

Learn more here by watching their video on their Facebook page!

Learn more about Glenwood South area restaurants and more close by to where the Slide will be taking place.

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

Raleigh Real Estate : 919 Music Fest on May 31

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We are excited to be a sponsor for the 919 Musicfest  on Sunday, May 31st with six bands scheduled to perform rain or shine! While you’re there, stop by and meet the team from Linda Craft. The event has FREE admission, FREE parking, and begins at 11am and goes until 7pm that evening. It’s held on Glenwood Avenue behind Kirk Imports, next to Sir Walter Chevrolet. The proceeds will benefit the 200 Club of Wake County which provide financial assistant to the families of those in the NC State Highway Patrol who lose their life in the line of duty.

What to expect at 919 Musicfest
In addition to six live bands, there will also be multiple food vendors, a Kid Zone, and Pet Zone, beer garden, and fire trucks for the kids. Bring a blanket, some chairs, and possibly a raincoat because the event will be held rain or shine.

919 Musicfest Bands scheduled to perform
Gimme Shelter
Four Founders
Idlewild South
Penni & The Squirrel
The Swang Brothers
Night Shift

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

Linda Craft & Team Take On The Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon

Ramblin Rose Tri May 2015 As part of the #LCTfitnesschallenge several of the women at the office decided to do a sprint triathlon called the Ramblin’ Rose. They signed up for it, trained, and completed the event on May 17th at the YMCA in North Raleigh. Congrats to Lisa, Ashley, Jennifer, and Chandra.

Ashley says… “I never thought in a million years I would do a sprint triathlon. Signing up for this has benefited me in many ways – physically, mentally, and emotionally. It took self-discipline, coordination, planning, etc. The event was amazing with women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds! It was inspiring to be around them all!”

Chandra says…”It’s great to be in a work environment where there’s support for a healthy lifestyle and personal challenges. I’ve tried for years to get others to join me in this journey so I was thrilled to have friends and colleagues participate. Linda even came out to support us!”

Jennifer says…”Glad I tried this as a team & would like to do the whole thing by myself at some point. If you’re curious about it, do it as a relay team to get your feet wet!”

Lisa says…”When’s the next one?”

There are many opportunities for various runs, triathlons, mud runs, family challenges, and team/relay events throughout the Triangle area. Challenging yourself is always a good thing, and having several people from the team being involved has been a great team building activity for our office. Like Lisa said…when’s the next one!?

Linda Craft & Team is a locally owned real estate company where every dollar earned proudly stays in the community. Our Team is celebrating its’ 30th Anniversary and leading the Triangle in 2014 as the #1 Team for previously owned homes SOLD! We would love to help you too! Please call our office today to set up a free consultation with one of our expert team members.

 

 

 

Linda Craft & Team : Supporting Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement United

Our listing manager, Brenda Miller has been a part of our team for 15 years and has a strong connection to law enforcement as her husband – Randy Miller – is a retired police officer. Randy will be riding his bike over 447 miles this week from Raleigh to Washington DC to honor the service and sacrifice of his law enforcement colleagues and family members who have died in the line of duty.

Each May since 2009, Brenda’s husband Randy and his colleagues participate in an annual bicycle trek to Washington, DC. Team Raleigh of Law Enforcement United (LEU) left the Raleigh Memorial on May 6 and will ride 3 days to Chesapeake, VA where they will meet up with the rest of LEU groups to continue the last 3 days to DC. The routes total 447+ miles long. The LEU membership is also comprised of logistical support including motor escorts, medical staff, food, hotel, and transportation support team members who support each of these riders during the three day journey. The officers and survivors also ride to raise awareness of and provide monetary support to Concerns of Police Survivors© (C.O.P.S.) and Officer Down Memorial Page© (O.D.M.P.).

To learn more about Raleigh’s efforts, visit their Memorial Foundation. We are proud to have our team members supporting such worthy and important causes. Supporting spouses and children of family members who have died in the line of duty is quite an honor. Our team thanks all law enforcement officials for your continued service.

Here at Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS we support our local law enforcement and the families behind them. Come out May 31 to the 919 MusicFest where all proceeds will go to 200 Club of Wake County who provides financial support to immediate families of fallen law enforcement. For more details please click this link.