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Earn that Turkey Dinner with Runologie’s “Trophy Trot” Thanksgiving Day!

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Skyline photograph by Matt Robinson of Cityscape Photography

This Thanksgiving there is a special race being held at Dix Park in Raleigh that I think is poised to become a great local holiday tradition. Don’t miss your chance to earn that turkey and stuffing and start your Turkey Day off right with the inaugural Trophy Trot 10K race! This is going to be a spectacular race put on by the great folks behind two great local businesses – Runologie and Trophy Brewing. With that excellent team behind the event you can be sure to expect a great race day experience topped off with excellent beer at the finish.


Trophy Trot 10k – Finishers Medal (Photo by Runologie)

All are welcome at this race next Thursday. Whether you are looking to set a new 10k PR or just want to burn some calories with friends before enjoying your Thanksgiving feast. No matter what your goal, this will be a great community event to be a part of and a fun way to start your holiday. Details below – Go Here to Register.

Date: November 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am

Start/Finish: Dix Park – 1251 Goode St, Raleigh, NC  (Course Map)

Parking: Parking will be along Maywood Ave in front of Trophy Brewing (Map)

Cost: $40 November 1st to Race Day. $45 on Race Day. Strollers are welcome. No dogs at this time.

Swag: Race medal and a beer from Trophy Brewing Company (non-alcoholic options available).


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Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Half Marathon Recap


Running down Morgan Street
(Photo courtesy of my awesome wife!)

This past Sunday I ran the Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Half Marathon. It was a beautiful day for the race and I really enjoyed the event. The race follows a challenging course that winds around downtown Raleigh with portions running through Chavis Park, Oakwood, Cameron Village, Hillsborough Street, and Dix Park. The finish line is right by the convention center and making for a great downhill finish where a nice cheering crowd was waiting.

When I first signed up for the race last year I was hoping to earn PR (personal record) with an overall goal of finishing under 1:45 (my current PR is 1:49:21 at the Richmond Half). Going into the race on Sunday I knew that 1:45 was unlikely, but I was still shooting for finishing under 2 hours. In the end I crossed the finish line right at 1:55:55 and was very happy with that time!


The Runologie Cheer Station

Along the way it was great to see my wife and friends cheering along the course. It is amazing how energizing it is to see a familiar face when you feel like you are starting to run out of steam. There was also an excellent cheering station put on by the local running store Runologie around mile 12.5 on Morgan Street. This really helped provide a nice boost of positive energy to the runners on the final stretch leading into the finish!

Now that my spring half is in the books I am turning my attention to Tar-Heel 10 Miler in Chapel Hill on April 22nd. I don’t have any specific goals for this race other than to have a fun time running. I’ve run it once before and I am looking forward to soaking in the scenery along the course. If you are planning to sign up use the code TH10JOHN to save $5 off registration.

If you are looking for suggestions for other local races in the coming months I recommend checking out the Running of the Bulls 8K in Durham on June 3rd and the Raleigh Rundown Downhill Mile on June 16th. Whatever your race plans are this spring I hope you achieve all your running goals and enjoy the journey!


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Tar Heel 10 Miler Discount Code


The Tar Heel 10 miler is a great local race with a course that showcases downtown Chapel Hill, the UNC Campus and some nice surrounding historic neighborhoods. This year the race will take place on Saturday, April 22nd. The registration fee is currently $50 and will increase to $55 on January 1st. You can also use the discount code TH10JOHN and save an additional $5 on your race registration.

I ran the Tar Heel 10 Miler back in 2013 and I’m looking forward to doing it again in 2017. A ten mile race is a great distance to train for especially if you are looking for something a bit longer than a 5k. A 10-miler is long enough that it is challenging yet not so far that you need months and months to prepare like you might with a full or half marathon. There is also a 4 mile option if you are looking for a shorter distance race. The course is really nice and you will have lots of support along the way. Keep an eye out for the guy playing the Alpenhorn!

Of course there are some hills, but that comes with the territory when running in a place named Chapel Hill. Last year there were approximately 6,400 runners making it a nice size race with good energy. This is one of the premiere races in the Triangle and a must do if you area a local runner. Hope to see you out there on the course this April!

Race Details:
Date: Saturday April 22, 2017
Tar Heel 10 Miler Discount Code: TH10JOHN (Saves you $5)
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Sir Walter Miler Returns Friday – August 5th

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2015 Sir Walter Miler
(Photo Courtesy Cheryl Treworgy)

Breaking the 4 minute mile barrier is amazing accomplishment in the running world and this Friday you can watch some of the best local and national elite runners attempt this incredible feat.  The public is welcome to watch the runners take on this challenge at the 2016 Sir Walter Miler Friday, Agust 5th at the Meredith College track. Adding to the celebritory atmosphere there will also be a pre and post race party happening at Raleigh Brewing Company where everal other NC  beers on tap to raise money for Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail, Craig Thompson of Old Habits will be playing some tunes, and food trucks BO’s Kitchen and Rollin Dogs will be on hand to feed the hungry crowd

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2105 Sir Walter Miler 
(Photo Courtesy Cheryl Treworgy)

The event is FREE but it would great to RSVP on Facebook and share with your friends to help spread the word so the visiting athletes can see just how much the Triangle community supports them. The races don’t start until 8:30pm so it is a great event to catch after hitting up First Friday in downtown Raleigh.

Things kickoff with the Raleigh vs Durham Mile Championship Race followed by a Run Club Relay with 14 different area run clubs represented. Then things get SUPER FAST with the Women’s Elite Mile and the Men’s Elite Mile. If you would like to learn more about the Elite runners there Bios are located here. If you aren’t going to be in Raleigh you can watch the event live on FloTrack Pro.

Sir Walter Miler 2016 Schedule (Friday August 5th)

  • 6pm – Pre-Race Party at Raleigh Brewing Company
  • 7:15pm – Craig Thompson of Old Habits plays hour set
  • 8:30pm – Raleigh vs. Durham Mile Championship
  • 8:40pm – Run Club 4×400 Relay
  • 8:45pm – Fans can enter the track area
  • 9:00pm – National Anthem
  • 9:05pm – Women’s Elite Mile
  • 9:15pm – Men’s Elite Mile

Following the last race there will be an awards ceremony at 9:30pm at Meredith College Track followed by post-party at Raleigh Brewing Company with beer, music and food trucks.

For parking details visit the official Sir Walter Miler website.




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Ella’s Race ~ 5K & 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run Saturday March 19th!


Are you looking for a 5K , 10K or 1 mile fun run and want to support a great cause in the process? Well lace up your running shoes for Ella’s Race on Saturday March 19, 2016th. The race is hosted by Chick-fil-A Capital Crossing and Falls Village in North Raleigh and benefits The Cure Starts Now and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to help pediatric research, aid, and support efforts for children with brain cancer & tumors.

The 5K and 10K race will include:

  • ChronoTrack Chip Timing
  • USATF Certified Course (course map)
  • Dri-fit Shirts
  • Age Group Awards
  • Chick-fil-A Food Products at Finish Line
  • Chance to win Chick-fil-A Prizes!

The 1 mile Fun Run includes:

  • Dri-fit Shirt
  • Overall Awards

The 10K and 5K Race start at 8am and 8:10am respectively. The 1 mile fun run is at 9:00am. The course will take you through some of the nearby neighborhoods in beautiful North Raleigh. Directly beside the finish line of the race will be a FREE Family FunZone for children under 12 years of age. The Family FunZone will be open from 7:00-10:00AM on event day and will be filled with free activities and inflatables!

Ella’s Story
Ella was diagnosed April 29, 2008 with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. This is a rare, aggressive, non-operable tumor located in the pons area of the brainstem. The prognosis for this type of tumor is extremely grim. There is no cure, no known effective treatment except for radiation-which, for some, provides only temporary relief of the symptoms.  Ella lost her brave battle on Wednesday, February 8th while at home with her family.

How can you help
Run. Donate. Support. Proceeds of the Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series of Raleigh help organizations fight for children like Ella. Ella’s supporters believe in the work that The Cure Starts Now and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation do. They are partnering to make this race a reality and to save children diagnosed with cancer and brain tumors.

Chance to win FREE Race Registration!
Thanks to my friends at Chic-fil-A I have one FREE 5K and 10K race geistration to give away to Triangle Explorer readers! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment below sharing why you like to run and whether you are looking to do the 5K or 10K. One winner will be picked for each race. You can also earn additional entries into the drawing by sharing a link to this post about Ella’s Race on Twitter and/or facebook. Be sure to tag me @Trianglexplorer and use the hashtag #EllasRace so I can see you have shared the link. I will select 2 winners randomly on Wednesday March 9th and notify the winners by email with the promotional codes. Thank you for helping spread the word about this wonderful cause!

Ella’s Race 2016
When: Saturday March 19, 2016 at 8:00am
Where: Chick-fil-A at Falls Village – 6701 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC
For more information about Ella’s Race and to register visit

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