Week 2 of the 2020 Virtual Pop Up Miles is in the books and the results of The Planet of the Oaks Mile are live. This week will provide a track-style race on the best 582.473 meter loop around! All Pop Up Miles events are free to attend and compete in, so we hope to see you out there!
In case you missed it… the sixth season of the Pop Up Miles series is going to look a little different this year. In years past, we’ve traveled around the greater Raleigh area and run fast miles on local tracks. COVID has made this a little trickier this year, so we’re taking to the roads! Similar to the Tour de Walter, which is hosted each July, the 2020 Pop Up Miles series will be a virtual challenge. But unlike most virtual races, the courses are real, and are powered by Strava.
Each week, we will spray chalk the start and the finish lines. As long as you are running with GPS enabled device, or the Strava App, your time will start at the starting line and will finish (and register) at the finish line. We will keep full standings, that will update each Sunday. Competitors will from have Tuesday to Saturday to run the course of the week (as many times as they wish).
Worried about technology? All courses have been professionally measured to USATF standards by Brad Smythe at Clockwork Race Timing.
But what about the Championship? It will be tough to have a true “race” until we enter Phase 3 and COVID restrictions have loosened, but we will play it by ear. If we can have a true race, each weeks Male and Female winners will automatically qualify, as well as the next 10 fastest times. Those runners will be deemed “All Raleigh Milers” at the end of the series, and will earn a special T-Shirt. All participants that complete all five weeks will earn a Pop Up Miles koozie.
Details for each weeks race will be release each Saturday at SirWalterRunning.com and via the Sir Walter Running Email List.
Week 3 Details
Name: Kimbrough Speed Loop Mile – A hidden gem for years, this 582 meter loop just off of Whitaker Mill Road is a great spot for speed, off the track.
Where: Kimbrough Street, Raleigh, NC.
When: You can run anytime starting Tuesday, June 16 through Saturday, June 20. We will have the Start and Finish Lines spray chalked late Monday/early Tuesday. You can run as many times as you wish.
RSVP: Facebook Event Page
Parking: There is plenty of street parking off near Kimbrough Street. Just don’t park on the course. It’s illegal anyways!
Start: On the “frontside” of Kimbrough. Run counter clockwise, like you would on a track. Starting Line will be spray chalked at some point on Monday and will be posted to the Sir Walter Running Social Media accounts (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram).
How many laps? A little over 2.5, as each lap is ~582 meters and a mile is 1609.
Finish: On the “backside” of Kimbrough, before getting to the final turn. Will be chalked off late Monday / early Tuesday.
Results: Below and on Strava (Make sure to filter to “Sir Walter Running” (and join our club) and “This Week”
No GPS or Strava? You can email your results to [email protected]
Questions: [email protected]
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Pop Up Miles are 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 also produces the Sir Walter Miler, the Raleigh Half Marathon, the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, Pop Up Cross Country at Dix Park, a series of Strava Challenges, including the Tour de Walter, and the Summer of Miles podcast.
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