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Press Release: The 2019 Autumn of Trials kicks off with Season 3 of Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park

September 20, 2019 – Raleigh, North Carolina – Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park is back on the big field this October. Season 3 kicks off on Tuesday, October 1 at 6pm. This season will have races on Tuesday, October 1st and 15th, followed by the Raleigh City Cross Country Championship on Saturday, October 26th. Each event will have a 5k and a Kids race of varying distances. More infomation can be found at

“It’s almost Fall and besides the obvious joys like the State Fair and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, we get to partake in Cross Country! I cannot wait to head back to Dorothea Dix and hop on the Big Field and rip some fun, Pop Up races in an iconic location with the local running community,” said Sir Walter Running Co-Founder, Sandy Roberts.

The first two events will be donation only, with the season wrapping up with the Raleigh City Championship again on Saturday, October 26th; complete with hay bails, pumpkin jumps, and a bagpiper! Register today and get your team together to compete for the Hayes Barton Bowl!

“The City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park are extremely excited to continue to the partnership with the Sir Walter Running this fall at the park. The Cross Country program facilitated by Sir Walter Running is a great benefit to the park and the community,” said Joseph Voska, Dorothea Dix Park Program Supervisor.

On Thursday, October 24th, Sir Walter Running will present “The 41st Day” at Alamo Drafthouse, with Filmmaker Tim Jeffreys in attendance for a Question and Answer session after the screening. “The 41st Day” is a feature length documentary on Ryan Hall, once America’s fastest marathoner, who in 2012, following a disastrous showing at the Olympic Games, controversially turns to God to coach him.

“To bring The 41st Day to the world after nearly eight years of working on it is an indescribable feeling. I can honestly say that I put everything I had into this movie, and to finish it knowing the moments of joy, sadness, confusion, frustration and hardships that I had to go through making it, makes this moment so very special. I know this story will resonate with so many people, I’m excited and honored to bring it to the world,” said Filmmaker Tim Jeffreys.

Tickets for the screening are available through Eventbrite.

“Having the opportunity to show the film in Raleigh is a full-circle moment for me. I grew up in North Carolina, my family still lives here, so it feels really special to bring something I’ve worked on all over the world home. I know the Carolina crowd will treat me right, and I’m looking forward to it very much!”


Finally, the “Autumn of Trials” season of the Summer of Miles podcast returns with weekly episodes starting late September. On Episode 49, 2019 USTFCCA Hall of Fame inductee, Coach Rollie Geiger was the special guest. We discussed his long and successful tenure at NC State, his job before coaching, recruiting in the social media age, what keeps him excited 40 years in, where he finds inspiration for the team, some key workouts the team does, changes in training theory, different areas the team has run in Raleigh, and some quick takes on Sir Walter Miler, the Krispy Kreme Challenge, and more! Tune in for a great conversation with a local (and national) legend (and stay tuned after the interview for some messages from his former athletes).

The Autumn of Trials is directed and promoted by Sir Walter Running, a Raleigh-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to “bring the Greater Raleigh running community together through innovation, activation, and inclusivity.” Sir Walter Running is a USATF club that produces the Sir Walter Miler, the Pop Up Miles series, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, the Raleigh Half Marathon, a series of Strava Challenges, including the Tour de Walter, and the Summer of Miles podcast.

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price at [email protected] and 919.260.8013

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