There is still a lot of summer left before us, but for those of you gearing up for fall race season you may already be looking ahead to your races scheduled for October and November. I’m registered to run in the Bull City Race Fest in Durham and have already begun my 12 week half marathon training program. I was recently selected along with several other local runners to be a race ambassador for event. In the coming weeks I will be periodically updating you about the race day activities and sharing about fun local run clubs and interesting places to train around the triangle.
Bull City Race Fest Discount Code
As you know, the registration price for a race typically increases the closer you get to race day. You can beat the next price increase by registering for the Bull City Race Fest by this Friday, July 31st. You can also save $5 by using the discount code “BCRFJOHN“.
About Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo
This is the 3rd year for the Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo. The event offers several race options with great courses through downtown Durham. After running you can enjoy a post-race Food Truck Rodeo and Beer Garden. Race day activities include:
- Gorgeous Half Marathon
- Fantastic 5 Mile Run
- Family Friendly 1 Miler!
- Food Truck Rodeo
- Beautiful Octoberfest Beer Garden
- Kids Experience Zone to keep everyone entertained
For more information about the Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo visit http://bullcityracefest.com.
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 email@example.com or contact Pat Price at 919-260-8013. You can also get event updates by following them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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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!
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/.
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!
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!
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
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!