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Press Release: Inaugural Raleigh City Cross Country Championship this Tuesday at Dix Park

October 20, 2017 – Raleigh, North Carolina – After the successful completion of three consecutive Tuesdays Cross Country races for Adults and Kids this October, Sir Walter Running’s Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park series will wrap up its first season with the Raleigh City Cross Country Championship, which will be held this upcoming Tuesday, October 24th on the Big Field at Dix Park.

Sign ups are underway online, and race day registration and packet pick will start at 5pm. The free Kids 1000 meter Fun Run will take place at 5:45pm, followed by the Raleigh City Cross Country Championship 5k at 6pm. The Championship will crown an individual city champion, as well as a team champion, where at least four members will score, based on their place, in a lowest score wins calculation. Teams entered so far are: Bond Brothers Run Club, F3/FIA, Fleet Feet Raleigh/Morrisville, House of Hops Run Club, Oak City Recovery Run Club, Raleigh Distance Project, Runologie, and Trophy Run Club.

There will be hay bails to clear, pumpkins to jump, and a post-race party at nearby Trophy Brewing on Maywood. Individual Men’s and Women’s Champion will recieve a trophy, as well as the coed Team Champion, who will recieve the Hayes Barton Bowl, commemorating Sir Walter Raleigh’s hometown.

The event will also mark the launch of the Big Field Mile; a marked mile (every 100 meters) that follows the inner and outer perimeter of the Big Field at Dix Park. This will be launched in conjunction with the City of Raleigh’s iDEA RALEIGH Program and Dix Park.

Further details on the event were discussed on Episode 15 of the Summer of Miles podcast, hosted by Sir Walter Running’s Sandy Roberts and Pat Price.

Pop Up Cross Country is directed and promoted by Sir Walter Running, a Raleigh-based USATF club. Sir Walter Running also produces the Sir Walter Miler, the Pop Up Miles series every June, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, the Summer of Miles podcast, and a series of Strava Challenges.

Details on the Raleigh City Cross Country Championship

When: Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Where: The Big Field at Dix Park

Cost: $12 (Register Here)

Timing: FS Series will provide bibs and chip timing

Teams Entered So Far: Bond Brothers Run Club, F3/FIA, Fleet Feet Raleigh/Morrisville, House of Hops Run Club, Oak City Recovery Run Club, Raleigh Distance Project, Runologie, Trophy Run Club

Team Scoring: Top 4 for each team score, based on place. Lowest team score wins. Teams can have as many members as possible.

Schedule

  • 5:00pm – Race Day Registration/Bib & Chip Pickup (ending at 5:45pm, by the starting line).
  • 5:45pm – Kids 1000 meter Fun Run (Free / No Bib needed)
  • 6:00pm – 5k Race
  • 7:00pm – Awards and Post-Race Party at Trophy Brewing Co. on MaywoodCurry in a Hurry Food Truck will be there as well!

Course Map

Series Recap

Week 1: Tuesday, October 3 – 6pm 5k, 6:30pm Kids 1k (Course Maps / Results)

Week 2: Tuesday, October 10 – 6pm 5k, 6:30pm Kids 1k (5k Course Map / Results)

Week 3: Tuesday, October 17 – 6pm 3 Mile (individual) / 3xMile Relay / Kids 1 Mile within race (1 Mile Loop Course Map / Results)

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price for Singlet Public Relations at sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

Press Release: Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park series announced for Tuesdays in October

October 2, 2017 – Raleigh, NC – After a sucessful fourth year of the Sir Walter Miler, and a third year of the popular Pop Up Miles series, Sir Walter Running has partnered with the City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park to present “Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park” on Tuesday nights in October.

The weekly series will feature two races each Tuesday: a 5k race at 6pm, and a 1k fun run for Kids at 6:30pm. Both will take place on the grass at the Big Field at Dorothea Dix Park, and will follow different courses each week. The third week will add a relay option, and the fourth and final week will be the Raleigh City Championship, and will offer a team component. Details on both events are forthcoming.

Those interested in attending can RSVP on Facebook. All races, aside from the championship, will be free of charge. Volunteers are needed. There is also an Amazon Wish List to help purchase items needed to help produce the weekly event. The official hashtag will be #PopUpXC

Pop Up Cross Country is directed and promoted by Sir Walter Running, a Raleigh-based USATF club. Sir Walter Running also produces the Sir Walter Miler, the Pop Up Miles series every June, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, the Summer of Miles podcast (who recently did an episode on the Pop Up Cross Country series), and a series of Strava Challenges. More information can be found at http://PopUpCrossCountry.com and by subscribing to the Sir Walter Running email list. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are answered here.

 

2017 Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park Schedule

Week 1: Tuesday, October 3 – 6pm 5k, 6:30pm Kids 1k (Course Maps / Results)

Week 2: Tuesday, October 10 – 6pm 5k, 6:30pm Kids 1k (5k Course Map / Results)

Week 3: Tuesday, October 17 – 6pm 3 Mile (individual) / 3xMile Relay / Kids 1 Mile within race (1 Mile Loop Course Map / Results)

Week 4: Tuesday, October 24 – 6pm, Raleigh City Championship (5k Course Map / Details)

 

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price for Singlet Public Relations at sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

Strava Challenge #4 – Lake Johnson Loop

So you like Strava Challenges? We have another for you! If you haven’t already, join the Sir Walter Running Strava club here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/SirWalterRunning (and click join). You can even go to SirWalterStrava.com

As heard on the Summer of Miles podcast, this next Sir Walter Running Strava Challenge will be the well traveled Lake Johnson Loop! Here’s the “Official” Strava Segment.

The fastest Men’s and Women’s times by midnight on July 31, 2017 will gain a spot in the Citius Mag presents the Raleigh Denim Mile at the Sir Walter Miler on Friday, August 4th.

The address for Lake Johnson is 4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606. Some extra help on where to start (and end) is below!

This is your “Lake Johnson Loop” Starting Line (and finish line).

If you’re wondering if you’re in the right place, we’ve tagged the back of the “Please pick up my Poop” sign

Once you see the bridge, you’ve got about 1/4 mile to go

At the end of the bridge, take that right

Then veer to the left

Once you get that Lake Johnson sign in your sight, you’re almost done!

 

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price at sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

Summer of Miles Strava Challenge – Neapolitan Umstead

So you like Strava Challenges? We have another for you! If you haven’t already, join the Sir Walter Running Strava club here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/SirWalterRunning (and click join). You can even go to SirWalterStrava.com

As heard on the Summer of Miles podcast, the “Neapolitan Umstead” Sir Walter Running Challenge is here! What does Neapolitan Umstead mean? The three most accessible trails, of course. Loblolly, Reedy Creek, and Company Mill (sorry Sycamore). Here’s the “Official” Strava segment.

This one is not about speed over the course, but about speed of GETTING IT DONE! The first 10 to complete the segment will get a Summer of Miles Tank Top! Unisexy Sizes are limited, so first run, first served. Details below….

If you’ve been to Umstead before, the route is pretty simple. Park in the Harrison Avenue Parking Lot (2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513) and start at the Loblolly Trail sign (below):

 

If you’re not sure if you’ve found the right sign, just look on the back of it (we tagged it). It’s on the right side of the parking lot:

 

It won’t be too long before you face the first challenge, a creek crossing via log (there are a few other ways to get over as well. Be Careful!):

 

You’ll run the 2.2 miles from the Parking lot to the Reedy Creek Trail (crushed gravel, double track, horse trail), where you’ll turn left and head slightly down the hill (before going up). If you cross over the horse trail and continue onto Loblolly, you’ve gone too far.

After going up a long slow hill for nearly 2 miles from that turn off Loblolly, you’ll turn left onto the Company Mill Trail.

 

Before too long, you’ll hit a shaky bridge. Once again, go left and cross the creek!

 

The final mile will come to a close when you start to see the water fountain. But make sure you get there!

 

THE FINISH LINE IS THE WATER FOUNTAIN. Don’t quit until you get there, or your run may not register with Strava!

 

And once you’re done, your time should register below! When it does, email us with your unisex tank top size preference. As long as we have some left, we’ll tell you where to pick it up (or we’ll deliver, if you’re close). We’ll update the sizes left here (as fast as we can). Go get it!


And make sure to visit SummerOfMiles.com and tag @SummerOfMiles on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook once you rock it!

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price at sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

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