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Strava Challenge #2 – The Dix 2000

So you like Strava Challenges? We have something for you! Strava Challenges are the latest addition to Sir Walter Running’s Pop Up Running series. Before you do anything else, join our Strava club here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/SirWalterRunning (and click join). Sir Walter Running will host monthly Strava Challenges, with winnings being free race entries, free swag, and VIP seating at the 2017 Sir Walter Miler. Sound good? Keep reading…

The “Dix 2000” is our second challenge. What does that mean? It’s the Dix 2000 meters, or 1.25 miles for us Yanks. Start by going down the hill on Biggs Drive. The road will vear left, and then go across the train tracks. You’ll go up a little hill and then TAKE A LEFT ON RUGGLES DRIVE. This is the only tricky turn, but there’s a sign, so keep your head on a swivel. You’ll run into Umstead Drive, where you’ll take another left, and then Blair Drive when you’ll take yet another slight left, and run up the hill to the finish. Make sure and make that last turn to end at the stop sign!

But… what do I win???

First off, we’re trying to raise awareness to bring some markers to that big grass loop at Dix. Pat’s idea to bring markers every 100 meters on the edge of the grass on the Big Field and Williams Field to make a mile loop is one of the finalists in the iDEA RALEIGH campaign, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Voting goes through May 31 and there is some stiff competition. So go to http://idea.raleighnc.gov/ and look to the right at the “Activate Dix” section and please vote for “Dix Mile Markers.” You can vote with every email address you have, and they WILL NOT SPAM YOU!

Now… What do I win?

We’ll give the top Men’s and Women’s times free entry to the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, which takes place closeby on Friday, June 16th. A 7pm start should keep temps cool before you run the “Fastest Mile in NC!” If you participate in this challenge, we’ll give you $5 off the RunDown with code STRAVA. 7pm start. Awards from Runologie. Post-Party at Trophy on Maywood with food trucks. We got your Friday night covered!

*We’ll throw in a 2017 Sir Walter Miler shirt and coozie too (sizes limited)!

The contest runs from Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Enough of the stuff. Read below for how to run the DIX 2000!

Points of reference (where to start/finish):

If you’re here, you’re in the right place!

You’ll start by going down Barbour (aka Biggs Drive)

This is the Start AND Finish. Start down the hill here on Biggs Drive. Don’t miss the left hand turn on Ruggles! (Look for the Sir Walter Miler sticker on the back of the Stop Sign, while it lasts)

Challenge #2: The Dix 2000: (segment here)

 

The rules:

  1. Be a member of the Sir Walter Running club on Strava. Do so by clicking here (and joining): https://www.strava.com/clubs/SirWalterRunning
  2. Post your best times between May 18, 2017 and June 11, 2017 – If you post on social media, tag #Dix2000 (not a requirement)
  3. Check standings by clicking on “Sir Walter Running” at the bottom of the segment, and making sure the times are within the above allowable dates
  4. We’ll notify the winners on June 12, 2017

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

Sir Walter Running announces Strava Challenge series

So you like Strava Challenges? We have something for you! Strava Challenges are the latest addition to Sir Walter Running’s Pop Up Running series. Before you do anything else, join our Strava club here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/SirWalterRunning (and click join)

Sir Walter Running will host monthly Strava Challenges, with winnings being free race entries, free swag, and VIP seating at the 2017 Sir Walter Miler. Sound good? Keep reading…

Our First Challenge(s):

We obviously like Downhill Miles. How about Uphill Miles? We’ve had a dream of a downhill mile at Umstead for awhile, so it’s now live! But why not go back up? Easy enough, right?

So we’ll giveaway a free entry to the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile for the fastest man and woman on the Umstead Downhill Mile and Umstead Uphill Mile segments over the next month (4 total). Want to train for the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, that Strava segment is here. Start and finish information is below, with rules at the bottom.

Points of reference (where to start/finish):

Start of Downhill / Finish of Uphill

Finish of Downhill / Start of Uphill


 
Don’t miss the etched SWR on the bridge! (if the sticker gets peeled)

First up, the Umstead Downhill Mile: (segment here)

Next up, the Umstead Uphill Mile: (segment here)

Finally, the rules:

  1. Be a member of the Sir Walter Running club on Strava. Do so by clicking here (and joining): https://www.strava.com/clubs/SirWalterRunning
  2. Post your best times between April 16, 2017 and May 15, 2017 – If you post on social media, tag #UmsteadUphillDownhill (not a requirement)
  3. Check standings by clicking on “Sir Walter Running” at the bottom of the segment, and making sure the times are within the above allowable dates
  4. We’ll notify the winners on May 16, 2017

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

Press Release: The Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile takes to Centennial Parkway this Friday, June 17th

June 13, 2016 – Raleigh, North Carolina – After presenting the 2013 Sandman Mile, the 2014 and 2015 Sir Walter Miler, and the 2015 and 2016 Pop Up Miles, Sir Walter Running will be producing their first road race, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, this Friday, June 17th. The USATF-certified course will take place near NC State’s Centennial Campus, starting by the Oval Drive/Centennial Parkway intersection, and finishing just before the Agriculture Street/Centennial Parkway intersection. The course drops over 130 feet from start to finish.

Athletes will take a “downhill-assisted” shot at their personal best times, and the best known road mile times in North Carolina history, which are held by Christy Cazzola, who ran 4:41 at the 2014 Magnificent Mile, and Sandy Roberts, who ran 3:51 at the 2014 Raleigh Downhill Mile. The top five athletes in the competitive female and male races will also qualify for the 2016 Pop Up Miles Championship; a race in which the winners are allowed a spot to compete in the elite races at the 2016 Sir Walter Miler, which will be held Friday, August 5th at Meredith College. The race is also a qualifier for the USATF NC – State Open Mile Championship for Men and Women.

The schedule for the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile includes: Race Day Registration at 5pm (ending at 6:30pm), Women’s Competitive Race at 7pm, Men’s Competitive Race at 7:20pm,  a Recreational Run/Walk at 7:40pm, and a Post-Race Party and the Runologie Awards Ceremony at 8:30pm at Trophy Brewing Co. at 656 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Salming Running USA will have a “Sprint to the Middle” bonus, which will reward the first athlete in the female and male competitive races a pair of their Race 3 racing flats. Tradition Scarves will also be providing an event specific “bandito” to the first 200 people that register for the race. BaySix USA will be providing race t-shirts.

Packet pickup and  registration will be at Runologie (401 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603), this Thursday from 5-7pm and Friday from 11am-1pm, and on raceday (from 5-6:30pm by the starting line). Online registration closes at midnight on Thursday.

Parking will be available in nearby NC State Centennial Campus parking lots (map here) and at Trophy Brewing Co. at 656 Maywood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603.

More information is available at RaleighRunDown.com The course preview is below.

Follow Sir Walter Running on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates, and sign up for the email list for more information on future events (including Pop Up Mile locations).

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

“This is Your Day” Screening and 5 Questions with Rob Krar

The Western States Endurance Race is loosely known as the ‘Boston Marathon for Ultras,’ as it has a tough qualifying system, AND lottery, that competitors must get though to compete in the grueling 100.2 mile event. At the 2015 race, filmmaker Myles Smythe followed 2014 Champion Rob Krar, as well as UltraRunning Magazine publisher-Karl Hoagland and Nike Trail Elite’s Caroline Boller, as they trained, and then raced one of the most difficult events in the world. The end result is a beautiful film that is scored by Granddaddy’s Jason Lytle (and Aaron Espinoza); an accomplished trail runner himself.

On Thursday, October 22nd, there will be a screening of “This Is Your Day” at Runologie. The usual group run will take place at 6pm (with Myrtl and Planks at 5:45), with the screening inside the store at 7pm. The event is free of charge, but space is limited, so please reserve your ticket here (and RSVP on the Facebook event page).

The event is presented by Sir Walter Running, Runologie, The North Face, State of Beer, and Trophy Brewing. Trophy will be providing free pizza at the event as well! So feel free to bring a camping chair or crazy creek, and grab a beverage next door at State of Beer, and enjoy the show!

Most importantly – one of the film’s stars, Rob Krar, was nice enough to answer some questions about ultra running, the mile, his gear set up, and beer, right below here. See you next Thursday!

5 Questions with Rob Krar

1. Sir Walter Running: Winning Western States in 2014 was a great achievement. After doing so, how did your prep change from 2014 to 2015?

Rob Krar: I knew I had to up my game heading into Western States this year and the magic goal was to stand on the starting line that little bit fitter but still healthy and ready to roll. It’s a fine balance and I was thankful to accomplish my goals heading into race day. The structure of my training was very similar to 2014 but with a small bump in intensity and an even greater focus on rest and recovery.

2. Sir Walter Running: You were a miler/middle distance runner in college. What did you take from that kind of training that translates to your ultra training

Rob Krar: My university middle distance days are several running lives in the past at this point. I suppose I have the wheels to move pretty quickly but really stay away from that speed in training – the risk for injury rises exponentially the shorter the interval becomes. To be honest, the less I carry from those days the better off I am!

3. Sir Walter Running: In the film, your gear set up is quite meticulous. If you are just going out for a 20 mile-ish solo run, what is your self-supporting set up?

Rob Krar: My overarching philosophy in life, training, and racing is to keep things as simple as possible. I’m a big planner and planning helps me keep things simple – very evident from my gear setup and crewing strategy in the film. The same goes for that 20-mile training run – super simple, maybe a handheld, always a couple gels tucked into my pockets. For the most part, you wouldn’t guess I was heading out for a 20-miler.

4. Sir Walter Running: You have a wide array of sponsors, including Wanderlust Brewing in Flagstaff. How did that come about? How do they ‘support’ you?

Rob Krar: I love finishing a big day off with a cold brew and reaching out to Wanderlust was a no brainer for me. The owner and brewmaster is an athlete himself and very involved in the Flagstaff community. It’s been fun introducing friends and strangers alike to their flavors and my bottomless tab sort of makes me feel like I’m living the dream! I have a similar arrangement with Flag Buzz Coffeehouse as well and it’s always great bookending my days with two of my favorite spots in town.

5. Sir Walter Running: With an impressive resume so far, what are a few of your goals moving forward in ultra racing?

Rob Krar: I’ve had three amazing years at Western States and the race changed the course of my life. It’s given me so much and I don’t want to push my luck. I will undoubtedly return to States in the future, but it won’t be in 2016. I feel I have a few years left of improving and want to challenge myself with other races around the world.

I really enjoyed putting on my first ultra running camp over the summer and look forward to sharing my experience and our incredible trails in and around Flagstaff much more.

I also feel I’ve been given a platform and an opportunity to give back to a sport that’s given me so much. Mental health and conservatorship and stewardship of our lands are areas I want to focus on and hopefully make meaningful change towards in the years ahead.

If you enjoy 5 Questions, check out the archive of previous interviews over at Writing About Running

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