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Press Release: 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: http://sirwalterrunning.com/2017-raleigh-city-cross-country-championship-official-results/

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 sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

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

Timing: FS Series will provide bibs and chip timing (Official Results)

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 – Official Results)

 

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

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