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The Sir Walter Miler Returns August 7th

Sir Walter Miler 2015

Have you ever watched somebody run a sub-4 minute mile? Breaking the 4 minute barrier is amazing accomplishment in the running world and on Friday, August 7th, you’ll have a chance to watch some of the best local and national elite runners attempt this incredible feat. 

The event is called the Sir Walter Miler and it takes place on the track next Friday at Meredith College in Raleigh. This year’s event will be even bigger and better than 2014 with 33 men and women elite runners, including two Olympians. The event will also feature a “run store battle” and “run club relay” with some of your favorite local runners going head to head in a friendly competition.

The public is welcome to watch and cheer on the runners as well as attend a pre and post party at Raleigh Brewing Company, where there will be six breweries contributing kegs to raise money for The Umstead Coalition. There will also be food for sale by two great local food trucks: Hanu and CockADoodleMoo.

This is a great community event and a lot of fun to watch. I highly recommend you come out to show your support for these incredible runners. For more information about Sir Walter Miler and a full list of the elite competitors and their bios visit the 2015 event website here.

Schedule of Sir Walter Miler Events

Thursday, August 6th – Eat with the Pros (7pm – click link for tickets)

Friday, August 7th – Sir Walter Miler (RSVP on Facebook) | VIP Experience (click for tickets)

  • 6:00 Pre-party starts at Raleigh Brewing Company
  • 8:30 Running Store Battle (sign up by clicking link)
  • 8:40 Run Club Mile Relay
  • 9:00 National Anthem
  • 9:05 Women’s Elite Mile
  • 9:15 Men’s Elite Mile
  • 9:30 Post-party starts at Raleigh Brewing Company

Saturday, August 8th – Run with the Pros (8am – Umstead Park/Harrison Ave entrance)

For more information about the event or sponsorship, email sirwalterrunning@gmail.com or contact Pat Price at 919-260-8013. You can also get event updates by following them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Big Boss Run Club 4th Anniversary Party ~ Tuesday May 19th

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Big Boss Run CLub

The Big Boss Run Club (BBRC) held its first group run back on May 10th, 2011. Organized by a group of friends with a shared passion for running and craft beer,  Jon Odgers, Win Bassett, Greg Mulholland, and Ben Gaddy created what has become one of the most popular brewery supported run clubs in the Triangle. On Tuesday May 19th the club will celebrate its 4th anniversary with an official group run at 7pm followed by beers, raffles, and food truck options at the brewery. A group photo will be taken at 7pm on the patio in front of the brewery by the club’s local celebrity runner photographer Gary Franks.  Everyone is asked to wear their BBRC shirts for the photo. Don’t worry if you don’t have a shirt yet. This run club is open to all runners of all levels. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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Bulkogi Truck at Big Boss

A special beer release of Big Boss’s “Tail Wind” is also scheduled as part of the celebration. Tail Wind is an easy drinking, hoppy session ale brewed by run club organizer Jon Odgers and the Big Boss head brewer. Known as run club beer, it’s the only beer brewed for a run club by a runner. The event will feature several awesome guests that will be offering free raffles and discounts including:

  • The 2015 Big Boss Run club sponsors Fleet Feet Sports Raleigh and Brooks Running
  • U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon and half marathon
  • Race 13.1 Raleigh, NC – Spring half marathon
  • 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
  • Food from Bulkogi Truck, Taco Grande and Not Just Icing, Inc.

Big Boss Run Club – 4th Anniversary Party
Tuesday May 19, 2014
Group Run at 7pm
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/101272316871081/.

 

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Picture of the Week: Arepa Culture Food Truck at Big Boss

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Arepa Culture NC Food Truck

The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to get outside! This past Sunday I took advantage of the nice day and paid a visit to the Big Boss Run Club. While there I had the pleasure of trying the food from the Arepa Culture food truck for the first time after my run. The truck serves “Arepas”- a gluten free corn based flat bread formed into a patty that is grilled, split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients. I enjoyed the “La Tica” which is an Arepa stuffed with shredded chicken, sauteed peppers & onions and melted cheese. It went great with a pint of Big Boss Angry Angel Kolsch.

They have several other Arepa offerings including ones with pulled pork bbq, shredded beef, chicken salad and avocado, and a caprese with fresh mozzarella, tomato pesto and olive oil. It’s a great truck and I suggest checking them out if you are on the hunt for a great Arepa or the next time you are looking to try something new. Arepa Culture is very good about letting people know where they will be parked each day by posting their location on social media. You can follow them on twitter, facebook, and instagram to keep tabs on where they will be next.

This was the last Sunday run with the Big Boss Run Club as they transition back to Tuesday night runs at the brewery starting Tuesday March 17th at 7pm. I highly recommend you check it out if you are looking for a fun social run club. It’s free and open to runners of all abilities. Routes offered include 3 and 5 mile options. After each weekly run there is usually a beer special offered by Big Boss with a select beer for just $3 a pint. Food trucks are regular visitors to the club as well.

Cheers to warmer weather!

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Ella’s Race ~ 5K & 10K March 21st in Raleigh

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Are you looking for a 5K , 10K or 1 mile fun run this month and want to support a great cause in the process? Well lace up your running shoes for Ella’s Race on Saturday March 21, 2015 hosted by Chick-fil-A Capital Crossing and Falls Village in North Raleigh. The race will benefit 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 10K and 5K races will include:

The 10K and 5K Race time is 8am. The 1 mile fun walk is at 9:30am. 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!
I have three FREE race registrations 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 plan to run a 5k or a 10K. You can also earn additional entries into the drawing by sharing a link to this post about Ella’s Race on Twitter. Be sure to tag me @Trianglexplorer and use the hashtag #EllasRace so I can see you have shared the link. I will select 3 winners randomly on Monday March 16th and notify them by email with the promotional codes. Thank you for helping spread the word about this wonderful cause!

Ella’s Race 2015
When: Saturday March 21, 2015 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 http://cfaraceseries.com/races/140/

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Running in the Triangle ~ A Look Back & The Road Ahead in 2015

The Upper Neuse Greenway

The Upper Neuse Greenway

This past weekend I ventured out for a brisk Saturday morning run on the Neuse Greenway and used that time alone to reflect on the past year of running. Looking back, 2014 was a fun year of running. I completed my second half marathon in April running in the first inaugural Rock n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon and achieved my goal of a sub-4 hour marathon finish in my second attempt at the City of Oaks Marathon in November. I even participated in the Sir Walter Miler event in August logging in my fastest single mile ever at 6 minutes 30 seconds. That may not be fast for some, but for me it was a huge accomplishment!

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Big Boss Run Club

Along the way I made some great new running friends at my two favorite local run clubs, the Big Boss Run Club & the River Run Club and managed to explore many new parts of Raleigh as I trained on miles and miles of the city greenway system. My favorite stretches right now are the Upper Neuse Greenway from Falls Dam to the WRAL Soccer Park (6.5 Miles) and the trails leading from Shelly Lake all the way down to Meredith College (also about 6.5 miles).

 Running in Raleigh On a Cold January Day

Running in Raleigh On a Cold January Day

As I look ahead to 2015 I have my sights set on more modest running goals in the coming year, but I’m still looking forward to getting out there and logging some miles. I’ll be taking break from full marathons for a while instead focusing on shorter distances like the All American Half Marathon in Fayetteville in March and the Bull City Racefest in Durham in October. I also hope to finally break past the 1,000 mile mark in 2015 (a milestone that eluded me last year) and maybe take in a 10K or two. Whatever your running goals in the coming year, I hope you enjoy the journey and try a new running trail or two as you train for your next race. Maybe I’ll see you out there on the Greenway one weekend. Until then – run strong!

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