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Press Release: Pop Up Miles Season 4 kicks off Sir Walter Running’s Summer of Miles on June 5th

Pop Up Miles Season 4 kicks off Sir Walter Running’s Summer of Miles on June 5th

June 4, 2018 – Raleigh, North Carolina – Now in its fourth season, Sir Walter Running’s free community track series, Pop Up Miles, returns to its standard Tuesday nights in June starting this week, June 5th. The rotating venue series started in 2015, with runners finding out the Saturday before each Tuesday where the event would be held. Each week, there is an over 5:30 mile, an under 5:29 mile, a bonus event (5k, 400 meters), and a relay (4×400, 4×800).

During the monthlong series, athletes compete for the Top 10 slots in the Championship Miles event held on Tuesday, June 26th. The Male and Female Winners of these races earn a chance to compete against the nations top elite milers in the 5th Annual Sir Walter Miler, which will be held Friday, August 3rd at Meredith College.

Adding to the June Pop Up Miles series is the third annual Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, dubbed the “fastest mile in North Carolina,” due to its 130 foot drop in elevation from the start to the finish, generally allowing competitors to run 20-30 seconds faster than usual. Post-party will again be held at Trophy Brewing Co. on Maywood, with awards from Runologie. Shop Local Raleigh is also a longtime sponsor of the event.

For the first time, Bandwidth Inc., a communications software company based on Centennial campus, will be the presenting sponsor of the event.

“We’re excited to partner with Sir Walter Running for the Raleigh RunDown,” said David Morken, cofounder and CEO of Bandwidth. “Running, working out, and breaking a sweat playing intramurals are a part of lunchtime every day at Bandwidth. It’s been essential to our culture. We’re looking forward to sharing a little bit of the Bandwidth competitive spirit at the Raleigh RunDown…not trying to put any pressure on my fast Bandmates, but just sayin…”

The Men’s Course Record is 3:52.57, set by Brayden Burleigh in 2016, and the Women’s Course Record is 4:27.95, set by Sarah Rapp in 2017.

“This course was specifically designed for speed. A few years of scouring Raleigh for the perfect grade to run fast, without hurting yourself, led us to the lush slope that is Centennial Parkway,” said Race Co-Founder, Pat Price.

Another new event for 2018 is the Session at the Speedway, a multiple distance event that will take place on Tuesday, June 19th at the Wake County Speedway, as part of the Pop Up Miles series. Competitors will run the Mile, 1/4 Mile, 1/2 Mile, then the 2 Mile on the speedway track, known as “America’s Favorite Bullring,” with lowest time equals lowest score system. Raleigh Denim Workshop will be co-presenting the unique event, where denim is not required, but encouraged.

Athletes and fans will also be allowed to bring a soft cooler into the speedway, with their beverages of choosing. Alcohol will be permitted, but no glass is allowed. Sir Walter Running recommends supporting local breweries and their session offerings. This is very unique to the sport of track and field.

“We are excited to merge the two things that belong at a speedway, denim and racing! Raleigh Denim is bringing the fashion and Sir Walter the running! It’ll be a night of Americana at the Speedway!” said Sir Walter Running Co-Founder, Sandy Roberts.

Wrapping up the 2018 Summer of Miles will again be the 2018 Sir Walter Miler. Now in its fifth year, Sir Walter Miler was called the “best glimpse of future growth for American track” by Sports Illustrated in 2015, and has boasted 26 sub 4:00 performances on the Men’s side, and 9 sub 4:30 performances on the Women’s side; with a reputation as one of the fastest, rowdiest miles in the World. The Elite Field and full details on the event will be released in early July.

The 2018 Summer of Miles series is directed by Sir Walter Running, a Raleigh-based 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is  “bringing the Greater Raleigh running community together through innovation, activation, and inclusivity.” Sir Walter Running also produces the Pop Up Cross Country series at Dix Park, the Summer of Miles podcast, the Nash UNC Health Care Rocket Mile in Rocky Mount, a series of Strava Challenges, as well as the forthcoming postrun polo, that was created in conjunction with the Portland Track Festival Innovation Project.

2018 Summer of Miles

Tuesday, June 5 – Raleigh, NC – Summer of Miles podcast presents Pop Up Miles – Week #1 (Bonus Events: 5k, 4×400) RSVP

Tuesday, June 12 – Raleigh, NC – North Raleigh Family Eye Care presents Pop Up Miles – Week #2 (Bonus Events: 400, 4×800) RSVP

Friday, June 15 – Raleigh, NC – Bandwidth presents Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile  (Register here) RSVP

Tuesday, June 19 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Denim presents Pop Up Miles – Week #3 – Session at the Speedway (Register here) RSVP

Tuesday, June 26 – Raleigh, NC – Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance presents  Pop Up Miles – Championship Miles (Bonus Events: Open Mile, 4×400) RSVP

*July – Date TBD – Under the Stars Mile (Details forthcoming)

Friday, August 3 – Raleigh, NC – Sir Walter Miler (RSVP)

Saturday, August 4 – Raleigh, NC – Run with the Pros

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price for Singlet Public Relations at and 919.260.8013

Press Release: The Nash UNC Health Care Rocket Mile hits year five with National and State Championships on the line

The Nash UNC Health Care Rocket Mile hits year five with National and State Championships on the line

April 27, 2018 – Rocky Mount, North Carolina – Now in its fifth year, the Nash UNC Health Care Rocket Mile returns to the streets of Downtown Rocky Mount on Sunday, May 6th at 2pm as the Road Runners Club of America National Championship, and the United States Track and Field – North Carolina State Championship. Boasting $1550 in prize money in the Mens and Womens Competitive races, and separate kids races that highlight endurance clubs from Benvenue, Englewood, Nashville, Red Oak, Spring Hope, and Swift Creek, the event has become an annual for celebration for those from five to eighty five.

“Rocky Mount is the perfect location for a fast road mile! We are excited to continue the excellent tradition of this race as we highlight the revitalization of Downtown Rocky Mount, and celebrate the history of the mile,” said Sandy Roberts, co-founder of Sir Walter Running, and course record holder. “We’re also excited that Nash UNC Health Care has returned as the title sponsor.”

“Nash UNC Health Care is proud to support the Rocket Mile, promoting health and wellness in our community,” said Lee Isley, Nash UNC Health Care president and CEO. “We are looking forward to a fun afternoon celebrating runners of all levels.”

Along with the longtime title sponsor, the event has attracted new sponsors each year, as few races are as family friendly as the Rocket Mile, where parents can run the adult races; then can cheer, or run alongside their children in the kids events.

One of those sponsors is First Carolina Bank, and another is Fleet Feet Greenville, who will provide age group awards.

“First Carolina Bank not only invests our dollars into the community, we invest a significant amount of our time. We are committed to making our community strong,” said Kristen Brabble, First Carolina Bank Chief Administrative Officer.

Packet pickup, and late registration, for the event will be Friday night, May 4th, from 6-8pm at First Friday at the Imperial Centre, as well as Saturday, May 5th (aka Derby Day), from 4-6pm at HopFly Brewing Co. at the Rocky Mount Mills.

“We created a fun beer that ties into the Kentucky Derby and also allowed us to experiment with some different brewing techniques. We’re excited to serve it for Derby Day packet pickup,” said Cam Schultz, HopFly Brewing Co. Owner and Brewmaster, who created a “Mint Julep Blonde Ale” for the packet pickup, and post-race party.

Race day is Sunday, May 6th, which marks the 64th anniversary of Roger Bannister running the first sub 4:00 mile.

“The Nash UNC Health Care Rocket Mile is part of the growing Mile movement and “buzz” since our 2012 campaign launch. We love, salute and support outstanding community Mile events for runners of all ages & abilities, particularly ones that have a kid-centric component like the Rocket Mile,” said Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile Founder.

Race day registration, and late packet pickup, will also happen at the Imperial Centre from Noon to 1:30pm, where the race starts and ends, and where the awards ceremony will take place. Races start at 2pm and the awards ceremony will be at approximately 3:30pm. Webby’s Shaved-Ice will be on hand to provide free refreshment for participants.

Online registration is open through race day and volunteers are requested.  Rocky Mount-based Tar River Timing will time the event. The Summer of Miles podcast will release a “Spring of Mills” episode during race week, to preview the event.

The Nash UNC Health Care Rocket Mile 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 and Pop Up Cross Country series, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, the Summer of Miles podcast, and a series of Strava Challenges.

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price for Singlet Public Relations at and 919.260.8013

Strava Challenge #5 – Mount Trashmore 5k

So you like Strava Challenges? We have another for you! If you haven’t already, join the Sir Walter Running Strava club: (and click join). You can even go to

After a Winter hiatus, we’re getting closer to the 2018 Summer of Miles, which will include the Nash UNC Health Care Rocket Mile in Rocket Mount, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, the Pop Up Miles Series, and of course, the Sir Walter Miler. Also… Sir Walter Running Strava Challenges are back! In honor of the Barkley Marathons going on this weekend, we’ve set up a scavenger hunt of sorts, but we can assure you won’t get lost, and that no one will play “Taps” on the bugle for you if you don’t finish!

What is it? The “Mount Trashmore 5k”

Where is it? North Wake Landfill District Park at 9300 Deponie Dr, Raleigh, NC 27614 (follow the road to the parking lot)

Where is the start (and where do I run)? Once you park in the main parking lot, you’ll have about a 1000 meter jog/walk to the starting line (the yellow post/crack in the road), if you run clockwise (the appropriate way). The ~5k route will include 2 of the clockwise road loops (~1.4 miles each), and then you’ll go up this trail for a challenging last ~0.3 miles.


Where is the finish? After the 2 road loops, take the hard right here up the trail about ~0.3 miles and the finish is through the middle of the rocks at the top.

What next? You’ll want to walk to the edge of the plateau on the top and see below for the clue as to where the plastic baggy is with the “golden tickets.”


The Golden Tickets live here


What do I win? There are 10 Sir Walter Miler stickers with a prize listed on the back. Only take 1! Either tag @sirwalterrunning on Instagram, or email us your photo. We must see you’ve completed the segment on Strava too, so don’t get an extra for you friend/coworker/dogwalker.

These can be redeemed at the “First Friday: 2018 Sir Walter Miler Logo Reveal” on Friday, April 6th at Runologie. The fastest Male and Female time will also get free entry to the VIP area at the 2018 Sir Walter Miler! You must get your times in by 5:59pm on Friday, April 6, 2018.

What’s up for grabs? (Update: More tickets dropped 3/29. Details:

The Official Strava Segment:

Have questions? Let us know:

Press Release: Raleigh City Cross Country Championship brings the 2017 Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park series to a close

Raleigh City Cross Country Championship brings the 2017 Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park series to a close

October 25, 2017 – Raleigh, North Carolina – The sound of bagpipes filled the air just before the whistle blew to launch the Kids 1000 meter race off the starting line, kicking off the inaugural Raleigh City Cross Country Championship at Dix Park. The event was a joint venture between Sir Walter Running, the City of Raleigh, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, and Dix Park.

The event also launched the “Big Field Mile,” a temporary mile loop around the Big Field at Dix Park. The launch was a part of the iDEA Raleigh Campaign, with the goal of activating Dix Park. The “Big Field Mile” has neon green posts every 100 meters, and can be run either clockwise, or counter clockwise, as it is marked both ways, with Strava segments to match (Clockwise segment / Counter Clockwise segment).

“We are continually trying to find creative ways to bring the community to Dix Park. Last night was a great example highlighting not only a successful partnership with the Sir Walter Miler team, but also the potential of Dix Park to host a variety of events. It’s great to see how the park works for lots of different groups,” said Kate Pearce, Senior Planner for Dix Park.

The competitors shared Pearce’s enthusiasm.

“What I loved most about the Pop Up Cross Country series at Dix Park (aka Autumn of Trials) was that it wasn’t about racing the clock; it was about challenging yourself to do something different. It was also an opportunity for lots of runners to return to our roots. Many of us got our start running Cross Country in grade school, but haven’t had the chance to do anything like that since. It was running done the way it should be – pure, simple, and fun. I felt like a kid again,” said Brian Fowler, Captain of the Fleet Feet Raleigh-Morrisville team.

The “Big Field Mile” was set up in European Cross Country fashion, as it was decorated with two hay bail jumps, plus a pumpkin jump, that the athletes had to navigate three times before heading towards toward the finishing stretch that was a just a tenth of a mile, to complete the five kilometer course.

On the Men’s side, Omer Abdulrahman took it out hard and held off former Duke runner, Andrew Palumbo, in 16:47.04. On the Women’s side, the newly formed Raleigh Distance Project ran as a group, with Shawna Jones pulling ahead in the last straightaway to take the win in 20:44.42.

It was a tight battle for the Hayes Barton Bowl, which was awarded to the team winner. Bond Brothers Run Club held off Fleet Feet Raleigh-Morrisville by a narrow 7 point margin. Finishing off the podium was the Oak City Recovery Run Club, who had a surprise guest runner, Jamil Rashad, also known as Boulevards, who finished a strong 9th indvidually in 18:31.65. Rashad, a standout runner in high school in Raleigh, and collegiately at UNC Charlotte, returned to running after a long break. “It feels good to love running again and get those competitive juices flowing,” said Rashad.

The Raleigh City Cross Country Championship and Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park series was 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.

2017 Raleigh City Cross Country Championship 5k Official Results

Top 3 Teams
1. Bond Brothers Run Club – 31 points
2. Fleet Feet Raleigh-Morrisville – 38 points
3. Oak City Recovery Run Club – 85 points

Top 10 Men
1. Omer Abdulrahman – 16:47.04
2. Andrew Palumbo – 17:16.64
3. Chris Pedi – 17:22.48
4. Charlie McGoogan – 17:35.44
5. Brian Fowler – 17:36.21
6. Alan Freeman – 17:46.37
7. Neil Skoog – 18:13.37
8. Matt Mansell – 18:25.36
9. Jamil Rashad – 18:31.65
10. Brandon Whittaker – 18:33.07

Top 10 Women
1. Shawna Jones – 20:44.42
2. Rita Dorry – 20:47.48
3. Andie Cozzarelli – 20:47.67
4. Tereza Novotna – 20:47.83
5. Sammy George – 20:48.17
6. Sarah Rapp – 21:11.39
7. Rhea Deroian – 22:19.57
8. Kellie Davis – 22:28.69
9. Jaime Cottle – 22:37.64
10. Sydney Schieffer – 23:09.07

Full Official Results are here:

Sandy and Pat recap the event on the Summer of Miles podcast

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price for Singlet Public Relations at and 919.260.8013

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