The Doughman…and Man v. Food!

If you don’t know about the Doughman, it’s a “quadrathlon” for 4-person teams that includes running, biking, “aquatic activity” and, most importantly, eating.  This year, on May 23, will be the second annual event, starting at 8am at Blu Seafood (2002 Hillsborough Rd).

The event is a benefit for the Durham Inner-City Gardeners (DIG), an urban youth leadership program associated with the local SEEDS.  This year there’ll be food from Blu, Nosh, Dain’s, Daisy Cakes and Four Square featured along the way.  Sounds great, right?

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE.  This year, Adam Richman from the Travel Network show Man v. Food will be stepping up to the challenge.  If you haven’t seen his show I recommend checking it out…I watch almost exclusively food-related tv shows and this is one of my favorites (I never fail to get a kick out of the animated logo of a wrestler punching a drumstick, which is even cuter in motion).  Come out and show America that Durham knows what’s UP when it comes to eating!


Check out the full press release below.

For immediate release:
Travel Channel’s Man v. Food celebrity team to compete in the 2nd Annual DOUGHMAN
Durham, NC – 16 April 2009 – Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, hosted by Adam Richman, will be racing in the 2nd Annual DOUGHMAN quadrathlon for an upcoming episode of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food.  The DOUGHMAN, the world’s premier quadrathlon, starts at Blu Seafood at 8:00am and is slated to finish around 10:00am at Durham’s Central Park on Saturday, 23 May 2009

Now preparing for its second season, Man v. Food follows host Adam Richman on his travels around the United States to “taste America’s iconic dishes” (  After savoring the distinctive flavors of the featured city, Adam then participates in “the city’s toughest food challenge”.  Durham’s innovative contribution to gastronomic athletics?  The DOUGHMAN.  Also in its second year, this year’s DOUGHMAN racers will be faced with new, exciting dishes featuring local ingredients at Blu Seafood, Nosh, Dain’s Place, Daisy Cakes and Four Square Restaurant.  The DOUGHMAN pits four-person teams in a race against the clock, and their guts, to consume a meal at one of the restaurants and immediately perform an athletic activity (run, bike, or ‘aquatic activity’).  All team members convene at the final stop, consume dessert, and sprint together to the finish line – holding hands.

“We are thrilled that Adam has decided to field a team for the DOUGHMAN this year,” said Pae Wu, chair of the DOC, ” and we’re certain that he won’t be disappointed by the variety of quality, local foods we’ve got on slate for this year’s quadrathlon.  While exposure on the Travel Channel will be a boon for the local foodie scene and Durham as a whole, we’re most excited that the great work of the DIG youth will be showcased on national TV.”

While not the first time Man v. Food has visited the Triangle, no Durham restaurants were previously featured in the show.  Man v. Food attributes their return to Durham to Adam’s attraction and interest in the DOUGHMAN’s innovative combination of local restaurants and athletics to support a uniquely Durham youth leadership program – the Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG).

The SEEDS-based, urban youth leadership program provides inner-city teens the opportunity to plant, cultivate, and harvest organic produce in an environmentally and socially sustainable space.   Every Saturday, the DIG youths sell to Durham Farmers’ Market visitors a dizzying array of organic vegetables and herbs freshly harvested from their garden.  Located just 5 minutes from the Durham Farmers’ Market, produce from the DIG garden at SEEDS brings new meaning to the term ‘locally-grown’.  Along with the obvious environmental benefits derived from the DIG program, the social gains achieved through this program are immeasurable – these at-risk youths develop a myriad of skills directly related to the gardening process and gain an understanding of environmental stewardship, nutrition, health, and economics all while improving their self-confidence and growing their leadership skills.

To support this community effort, the DOUGHMAN is partnering with SEEDS for the second year in a row to raise funds and awareness for the DIG program through sponsorship, donations, and race participation.  Major sponsors of this year’s race include iContact, Duke University’s Office of Sustainability, Duke University’s Graduate and Professional Student Council, and Harris, Inc.

To further promote this year’s DOUGHMAN theme – ‘eat local, drink local, be local’ – the D.O.C. is also hosting the DOUGHMAN hEArTS DURHAM.  Billed as a local foods banquet at the Durham Central Park Pavilion on Saturday evening following the race, the event will celebrate and highlight Durham restaurateurs and producers who embrace the local foods movement and will bring together a variety of food and drink purveyors not featured in this year’s race.  Limited spots are still available for race registration and banquet tickets at  All race and banquet proceeds will support the DIG program.

The D.O.C’s core principle is community celebration.  As such, the DOUGHMAN’s mission is to celebrate Durham and all things great about this oft-maligned and misunderstood city.  Join the D.O.C in celebrating the vibrant community and gastronomy of the Bull City on Saturday, May 23rd at the DOUGHMAN 2009 – Bigger, Batter, Doughier.

Pae Wu, DOUGHMAN Organizing Committee (D.O.C)

Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm  Comments (6)  


  1. Great theme – ‘eat local, drink local, be local’ and sounds like it could be a fun spectator event.

  2. I caught Man vs. Food when it came to The Pit. It was fun to watch them film. Not sure how the camera man is going to keep up.

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  4. Doughman is awesome! The people that organized Doughman are awesome! I’m glad it’s going to get some extra tv-publicity.

    We (Flywheel Design) were lucky enough to get to work with the Doughman folks on designing the posters; it was a blast. You can check ’em out here:

  5. I watch M vs F alot. The places he visits and the traditions of these mom and pop eateries are interesting, but the gluttony aspect is sickening!

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