So you like Strava Challenges? We have another for you! If you haven’t already, join the Sir Walter Running Strava club! You can even go to SirWalterStrava.com and it will forward you to the right place.

The Tour de Walter is now 2 legs in, and the Umstead Steeplechase is Leg #3 of 4.. This one is a little tougher than the last. Try and run it when it’s cooler out, because there’s a lot of climbing, which can be tough in the heat, just like the Pyrenees, or the Alps.

What is it? The Umstead Steeplechase combines a few well traveled trails at Umstead Park, and one that is often skipped, due to its water crossing, Cedar Ridge. This one will test your climbing, and your willingess to get wet.

Where do I park? There is a parking lot off the side of the road on Ebenezer Church Road. If you type in 4800 Ebenezer Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27612, that will get you pretty close.

There should be plenty of cars to guide you.

Where do I start? Walk through the opening trail along side the road, take a left onto the Turkey Creek Trail and get started!

You’ll see the trail opening near the No Parking signs

The Start/Finish Line between the trees. Make sure and go left off the trail to start! You’ll be running a big loop.

Where do I turn once I’ve started? This is important! Coming from the road, you’ll take a left onto the trail and head up Turkey Creek for a slow 1.5 miles or so up. Once you come to the Reedy Creek Trail junction, bear to the right. It should be pretty obvious. You’ll then go down Reedy Creek, and the home of the original Sir Walter Running Strava Challenge Downhill Mile. From the bridge at the bottom of the hill, you’ll then go up .75 miles or so then take a RIGHT on the Cedar Ridge Trail. Don’t miss this! You’ll then travel until you hit the water crossing. After that, you’ll turn right and head up Turkey Creek to the finish!

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What about the Steeplechase part? At almost the end of the run, you’ll see a water crossing. There is a line of rocks to cross and stay dry, or you can go straight through the water to save time, steeplechase style! Just be careful! If there’s a big rain in Raleigh, maybe wait a day or two.

Is there a King of the Mountain segment at the end? Of course! Uncle Ebenezer starts at the end of the bridge (where you see the Sir Walter Miler sticker on the sign), and goes to the finish. It’s 250 meters or so of pure pain, because Umstead makes Champions! Top Men’s and Women’s times will get their choice of Sir Walter related shirt in the Merch Store, and bragging rights. Segment info is here (and below).

Where do I finish? Back where you started. Between the 2 trees at the break in the woods to the parking lot. We’ve etched a start/finish line in the gravel, so after you finish, maybe help etch it out for the rest of the Challengers?

Where will I see the standings? Below! Also, if you haven’t already, visit the Sir Walter Running Strava Club page (make sure and join, so that your marks count).

What do I win? Again, we will have a random drawing for 2 postrun polos next Tuesday for ANYONE that completes this Challenge before Monday, July 23 at Midnight.

Tour de Walter? This is the 3rd of a 4 segment Challenge called the Tour de Walter, in honor of the Tour de France. Everyone that competes all 4 segments will get a Tour de Walter tank top, and the Male and Female with the lowest overall times will get a pair of the Runologie x Sir Walter Miler goodr sunglasses that commemorate Sir Walter Miler 5! (now in stock at Runologie)!

Check out the Summer of Miles podcast for the latest on the Tour de Walter!

The Official Umstead Steeplechase segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/18251615

The Official “King of the Mountain” segment – Uncle Ebenezer: https://www.strava.com/segments/18251618

Mt. Greenway Recap & Cumulative Results

The random drawing winners are Justin Aday and Alicia Bader! Pump Station Hill King and Queen of the Mountain are Spencer Husen and Colleen McCarthy. Please email us to claim your prizes. Current Yellow Jerseys are Matthew Staehle and Laura Berry!

Men’s Mt. Greenway Results

Rank Name Time Differential
1 Matthew Staehle 27:34:00 0
2 Danny Sodano 27:44:00 0:10:00
3 Alan Freeman 28:37:00 1:03:00
4 Andrew Reifman-Packett 29:39:00 2:05:00
5 Brendan Murray 29:41:00 2:07:00
6 Spencer Husen 30:18:00 2:44:00
7 Wes Lewis 31:05:00 3:31:00
8 James Walsh 31:44:00 4:10:00
9 Nick Meeker 31:53:00 4:19:00
10 Greg Little 32:49:00 5:15:00
11 Chris Bosken 33:38:00 6:04:00
12 Brent Francese 34:44:00 7:10:00
13 Wayne Staats 35:00:00 7:26:00
14 Pat Dawson 35:34:00 8:00:00
15 Chris Voss 35:40:00 8:06:00
16 Travis Long 35:53:00 8:19:00
17 Mike Hyer 36:21:00 8:47:00
18 William Harris 36:23:00 8:49:00
19 Cory Braddy 36:42:00 9:08:00
20 Nhoj NosmailliW 36:45:00 9:11:00
21 Kevin Buczek 36:58:00 9:24:00
22 Jason Honeycutt 36:59:00 9:25:00
23 Dani Mo 37:31:00 9:57:00
24 Sean ONeal 37:46:00 10:12:00
25 Paul Lentkowski 38:08:00 10:34:00
26 Pat Price 38:09:00 10:35:00
27 Steven Hill 38:19:00 10:45:00
28 Les Abbott Jr 38:22:00 10:48:00
29 Dave Brown 38:30:00 10:56:00
30 Paul Kovach 38:59:00 11:25:00
31 Jim Presto 39:17:00 11:43:00
32 Jon Odgers 39:28:00 11:54:00
33 Marc Ames 39:32:00 11:58:00
34 Art Sheppard 39:39:00 12:05:00
35 Christian K 40:15:00 12:41:00
36 Toni Kaikkonen 40:31:00 12:57:00
37 Wesley Mickler 40:33:00 12:59:00
38 James Wells 40:42:00 13:08:00
39 Joey Anderson 40:58:00 13:24:00
40 Scott Kraft 41:26:00 13:52:00
41 Paul Brooks 41:44:00 14:10:00
42 Craig Conklin 41:54:00 14:20:00
43 Charline Woods 42:10:00 14:36:00
44 Jon Laird 42:32:00 14:58:00
45 Joe Dillon 42:34:00 15:00:00
46 Jennifer Cassada 42:55:00 15:21:00
47 Joe Winegarden 42:55:00 15:21:00
48 Albert Torres 42:58:00 15:24:00
49 Justin Kearney 43:16:00 15:42:00
50 Jay Stanley 43:20:00 15:46:00
51 Jason Jiggetts (Aka Jiggy) 43:22:00 15:48:00
52 Matt Bader 43:30:00 15:56:00
53 Jonathan Citty 43:40:00 16:06:00
54 Mike Lotito ⚽️⚒🇺🇸🏃 44:37:00 17:03:00
55 Zachary Ward 44:44:00 17:10:00
56 dieter p 44:52:00 17:18:00
57 Sam Bigelow 44:53:00 17:19:00
58 Rob Aldina 45:08:00 17:34:00
59 David Wood 45:29:00 17:55:00
60 Doug Gillotte 45:44:00 18:10:00
61 William Dees 46:52:00 19:18:00
62 Todd G 46:55:00 19:21:00
63 Brian Karim 48:29:00 20:55:00
64 John Huisman 48:52:00 21:18:00
65 Justin Aday 49:56:00 22:22:00
66 Jorge Tecunolmos 50:06:00 22:32:00
67 Roger Morris 51:22:00 23:48:00
68 Trey Jolly 51:24:00 23:50:00
69 Tom Gillaspy 51:30:00 23:56:00
70 Mark Sanchez 51:57:00 24:23:00
71 David Witherington 52:52:00 25:18:00
72 Aaron Jones 52:56:00 25:22:00
73 William Killinger 55:20:00 27:46:00
74 Don Hazelwood 55:43:00 28:09:00
75 James Guthrie 1:18:46:00 21:44:46

Women’s Mt. Greenway Results

Rank Name Time Differential
1 Laura Berry 31:55:00 0
2 adrian cox 32:10:00 0:15:00
3 Rhea Deroian 33:33:00 1:38:00
4 Kate Mueller 33:58:00 2:03:00
5 Tricity Andrew 35:31:00 3:36:00
6 Anne Pursifull 36:59:00 5:04:00
7 Caroline Moakley 38:24:00 6:29:00
8 Erin Hunt 38:34:00 6:39:00
9 Danielle Andolina 39:27:00 7:32:00
10 Jeannine E 41:03:00 9:08:00
11 Alice Hinman 43:30:00 11:35:00
12 Alicia Bader 43:30:00 11:35:00
13 Christina Beauchamp 43:57:00 12:02:00
14 Elinor Angel 44:00:00 12:05:00
15 Colleen McCarthy 44:41:00 12:46:00
16 Arika DLoughy 45:31:00 13:36:00
17 Shelly Jones 47:20:00 15:25:00
18 Ashley Marie 47:27:00 15:32:00
19 Rachel Anna 52:20:00 20:25:00
20 Jennifer Martin 55:28:00 23:33:00
21 Melanie Jefferies 56:53:00 24:58:00
22 Amy Van Vlack 1:00:24 17:05:24
23 Sherry C 1:38:46 17:43:46

Men’s Cumulative

Rank Name Mid Pines Mt. Greenway Cumulative Differential
1 Matthew Staehle 15:11:00 27:34:00 42:45:00 0
2 Danny Sodano 15:17:00 27:44:00 43:01:00 0:16:00
3 Alan Freeman 15:07:00 29:19:00 44:26:00 1:41:00
4 Andrew Reifman-Packett 15:10:00 29:39:00 44:49:00 2:04:00
5 Spencer Husen 15:09:00 30:18:00 45:27:00 2:42:00
6 Brendan Murray 16:17:00 29:41:00 45:58:00 3:13:00
7 Wes Lewis 16:14:00 31:05:00 47:19:00 4:34:00
8 Nick Meeker 15:34:00 31:53:00 47:27:00 4:42:00
9 James Walsh 17:42:00 31:44:00 49:26:00 6:41:00
10 Chris Bosken 17:58:00 33:38:00 51:36:00 8:51:00
11 Greg Little 19:08:00 32:49:00 51:57:00 9:12:00
12 Chris Voss 18:17:00 35:40:00 53:57:00 11:12:00
13 Jason Honeycutt 19:11:00 36:59:00 56:10:00 13:25:00
14 Pat Price 18:56:00 38:09:00 57:05:00 14:20:00
15 William Harris 21:31:00 36:23:00 57:54:00 15:09:00
16 Steven Hill 20:16:00 38:19:00 58:35:00 15:50:00
17 Art Sheppard 19:18:00 39:39:00 58:57:00 16:12:00
18 Les Abbott Jr 21:46:00 38:22:00 60:08:00 17:23:00
19 Sean ONeal 23:08:00 37:46:00 60:54:00 18:09:00
20 Matt Bader 19:31:00 43:30:00 63:01:00 20:16:00
21 Jim Presto 23:47:00 39:17:00 63:04:00 20:19:00
22 Joe Winegarden 21:47:00 42:55:00 64:42:00 21:57:00
23 Mike Lotito 21:00:00 44:37:00 65:37:00 22:52:00
24 Justin Kearney 24:05:00 43:16:00 67:21:00 24:36:00
25 Todd G 25:03:00 46:55:00 71:58:00 29:13:00
26 John Huisman 24:58:00 48:52:00 73:50:00 31:05:00
27 Don Hazelwood 27:23:00 55:43:00 83:06:00 40:21:00

Women’s Cumulative

Rank Name Mid Pines Mt. Greenway Cumulative Differential
1 Laura Berry 16:29:00 31:55:00 48:24:00 0
2 Rhea Deroian 17:03:00 33:33:00 50:36:00 2:12:00
3 Tricity Andrew 19:08:00 35:31:00 54:39:00 6:15:00
4 Caroline Moakley 20:10:00 38:24:00 58:34:00 10:10:00
5 Anne Pursifull 21:55:00 36:59:00 58:54:00 10:30:00
6 Kate Mueller 21:34:00 37:50:00 59:24:00 11:00:00
7 Alicia Bader 20:31:00 43:30:00 64:01:00 15:37:00
8 Charline Woods 23:02:00 42:10:00 65:12:00 16:48:00
9 Colleen McCarthy 23:10:00 44:41:00 67:51:00 19:27:00
10 Jennifer Cassada 25:03:00 42:55:00 67:58:00 19:34:00
11 Ashley Marie Hill 25:05:00 47:27:00 72:32:00 24:08:00

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