November 6, 2018 · 2:57 pm
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. The 2019 race will take place on Saturday, April 13th. The registration fee is currently $65 but you an use the discount code THJOHN and save an $5 on your race registration.
I’v run the Tar Heel 10 Miler three times now and I’m looking forward to doing it again in this year. A ten mile race is a great distance to train for especially if you are looking for something a bit longer than a 5k. It is long enough that it’s 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 folks playing the Alpenhorns along the course!
Of course there are some hills, but that comes with the territory when running in a place named Chapel Hill. With approximately 6,500 runners this is a nice size local race with good energy and has become one of the premiere races in the Triangle. It’s one of my favorites and a must do if you area a local runner. Hope to see you out there on the course!
Date: Saturday April 13, 2019
Tar Heel 10 Miler Discount Code: THJOHN (Saves you $5)
Race Website: http://tarheel10miler.com/
November 16, 2017 · 5:14 pm
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).
December 22, 2016 · 7:49 pm
Now that 2016 is coming to a close I find myself reflecting on the races I completed over the past year. It had it’s ups and its downs, but overall it was a great year of running that even included a new half marathon PR. Now I am starting to look ahead to 2017 and achieving some new personal running goals. I’m also looking forward to supporting my fellow running friends as they work towards their own personal bests.
In 2016 I ran three half marathons and a leg in the Sir Walter Miler Relay. The Sir Walter Miler was a team effort and a lot of fun. I’d like to do it again next year if the opportunity arises. My three half marathons in 2016 were the All American Half, Richmond Half, and Race 13.1 Durham. All three were great races and special in their own way, but Richmond was my favorite this year. It was my first true destination race where I traveled and stayed with friends. It was also perfect running weather on race day and it set me up for a new half marathon personal best with a 1:49:21 finish.
As I look ahead to 2017 I am gearing up for another PR attempt at the Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Half Marathon on April 2nd. Actually that race is just 100 days away so I am already planning my training for when I return from the holidays. As I write this it occurs to me that I have a lot of work to do before that race to achieve my goal time (1:45), but I am looking forward to the challenge.
I’m also planning to run the Tar Heel 10 miler in Chapel Hill on April 22nd. So April is already shaping up to be a busy month for running! By the way, if you are planning to sign up for the 10 miler you can use the code JOHNTH10 and save $5 on your race registration. It’s a great race. I’ve done it once before and I’m looking forward to having another go at it.
So as I log my last few runs of this year here is a quick snapshot of my running goals for 2017:
- Run 1,000 miles by the end of the year
- Complete a 6 minute mile
- Run a 5K in under 24 minutes
- Run a 10K in under 50 minutes
- Set a new half marathon PR with a finish time under 1:45
If you are looking for some fun half marathons (or even a full) around the Triangle I recommend checking out the following six races (listed in no particular order):
Here’s to a great year of healthy running and reaching your own personal best in 2017!
August 3, 2016 · 4:18 pm
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
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.
June 27, 2016 · 9:24 am
This past weekend I ventured out on the Neuse Greenway to see if the sunflowers had started to bloom along the lower portion of the trail near the Wake / Johnston County boarder. To get to the fields I parked my car at the the parking lot along Mial Plantation Road, which is a little past mile 26.25 on the trail. I then ran about 2.5 miles to mile marker 23.75 which is where the fields are located. If you don’t want to run or bike there you can pull off the road along Brown Field Road and sneak a peek at the field (to drive there GPS 2600 Brown Field Road – map).
The fields are beautiful but they do look a little smaller than last year, and I think the sunflowers are a shorter variety. I noticed many of them still have yet to bloom. I suspect they will be in full bloom within the next two weeks so try to get out there by July 10th – after that they will start dying off from the summer heat.
Many don’t realize this, but these fields are actually owned by the City of Raleigh and are used to land apply treated wastewater. The plants are grown on the fields to take up the nutrients from the wastewater, which basically acts like a fertilizer for the flowers. Because it is City of Raleigh property you’ll need to enjoy the view of the field from behind the white fences that line the fields.To learn more about the Neuse Greenway and download a full map of the trail visit the Neuse Greenway website here.