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Strava Challenge #7 – Mt. Greenway

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 off and running with the first leg in the can. Thanks to everyone that completed the Mid Pines Barn Run last week. The Overall Tour Standings are at the bottom of this page. Now, for the Mt. Greenway Challenge!

What is it? Mt. Greenway is a section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway that connects to Anderson Point Park, which lands you at about Mile 16 of the Neuse River Trail. It is an out and back that starts at Raleigh Boulevard and turns back around at Milburnie Road. The out and back is around 4.5-4.6 miles, with a big ole hill about halfway in. Apparently it’s called Pump Station Hill. You’ll know it when you see it! It’s a bruiser.

Where do I park? The easiest thing to do is put 2311 Crabtree Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27604 into your GPS and park in the gravel lot on Crabtree Boulevard. To get to the start, look out from the parking lot towards the street and you’ll go right up to the intersection of Crabtree Boulevard and Raleigh Boulevard, which is the entrance to the greenway.

Park here, then go right

Where is the start? You will start at the yellow post on the greenway on Raleigh Boulevard. This is where Crabtree Boulevard runs into Raleigh Boulevard.

Look to the right at the light

Start at the yellow post

Is there a special King of the Mountain segment in the middle? Yes. Right after you pass Crabtree Park, you’ll go around the bend and will see a hill on your right. Pick it up at the telephone pole and put in a good 350 meter effort or so. You’ll go up, it will flatten a little, then you’ll go up again. You’ll see the final tree at the crest of the hill, where you will know you’re done. Top Men’s and Women’s times here will get their choice of Sir Walter related shirt in the Merch Store, and bragging rights. Segment info is here (and below).

Start at the Telephone Pole

When you see this, GO!

Finish at the tree at the crest of the 2nd hill, about .2 miles up

Where do I turn around? At Milburnie Road, approximately 2.25-2.3 miles in, you’ll run around the yellow post and head back to where you started.

Where do I finish:? Back where you started! Once you hit Raleigh Boulevard, you’re done. Walk back down Crabtree Boulevard to the parking lot, or…

Go eat afterwards! At the Gateway, of course. Lots of exciting things happening in that closeby shopping center, with the Gateway being the anchor. Tell Martina you ran Mt. Greenway and maybe she’ll give you an extra piece of bacon, or bread.

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 Summer of Miles tank tops next Tuesday for ANYONE that completes this Challenge before Monday, July 16 at Midnight.

Tour de Walter? This is the 2nd 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 Mt. Greenway Strava Segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/18186349

The Official “King of the Mountain” Pump Station Hill Segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/18186356

Mid Pines Barn Run Recap

Big thanks to everyone that completed the Mid Pines Barn Run. Certainly our biggest Strava Challenge ever! The Yellow Jerseys came out of the last day with Alan Freeman sneaking past Spencer Husen with a time of 15:07, and Laura Berry blasting the field in 16:29! Tank Top Winners were Samuel Bryan and Cheryl Boylan. These were done via Random Number Generator. Please email us and we’ll get you your tanks!

Men’s Standings after Mid Pines

Rank Name Mid Pines Time Differential
1 Alan Freeman 15:07:00 0
2 Spencer Husen 15:09:00 0:02:00
3 Andrew Reifman-Packett 15:10:00 0:03:00
4 Matthew Staehle 15:11:00 0:04:00
5 Danny Sodano 15:17:00 0:10:00
6 Nick Meeker 15:34:00 0:27:00
7 David Wherry 16:13:00 1:06:00
8 Wes Lewis 16:14:00 1:07:00
9 Brendan Murray 16:17:00 1:10:00
10 Hughes Burridge 16:46:00 1:39:00
11 Samuel Bryan 17:23:00 2:16:00
12 James Walsh 17:42:00 2:35:00
13 Chris Bosken 17:58:00 2:51:00
14 Gordie Taylor 18:07:00 3:00:00
15 Chris Voss 18:17:00 3:10:00
16 Tyler Dunston 18:19:00 3:12:00
17 Tony Le 18:19:00 3:12:00
18 Greg Little 19:08:00 4:01:00
19 Jason Honeycutt 19:11:00 4:04:00
20 Art Sheppard 19:18:00 4:11:00
21 Christian K 19:29:00 4:22:00
22 Matt Bader 19:31:00 4:24:00
23 Joe Dillon 19:37:00 4:30:00
24 Steven Hill 20:16:00 5:09:00
25 Jonathan Citty 20:58:00 5:51:00
26 Mike Lotito 21:00:00 5:53:00
27 Craig Conklin 21:24:00 6:17:00
28 William Harris 21:31:00 6:24:00
29 Les Abbott Jr 21:46:00 6:39:00
30 Joe Winegarden 21:47:00 6:40:00
31 Kevin Rumsey 21:51:00 6:44:00
32 Dustin Riedesel 22:04:00 6:57:00
33 Sean ONeal 23:08:00 8:01:00
34 Jim Presto 23:47:00 8:40:00
35 Justin Kearney 24:05:00 8:58:00
36 John Huisman 24:58:00 9:51:00
37 Todd G 25:03:00 9:56:00
38 Art Baldini 25:45:00 10:38:00
39 Brett Mireau 27:12:00 12:05:00
40 Don Hazelwood 27:23:00 12:16:00

 

Women’s Standings after Mid Pines

Rank Name Mid Pines Time Differential
1 Laura Berry 16:29:00 0
2 Rhea Deroian 17:03:00 0:34:00
3 Tricity Andrew 19:08:00 2:39:00
4 Caroline Moakley 20:10:00 3:41:00
5 Alicia Bader 20:31:00 4:02:00
6 Allaire Welk 20:34:00 4:05:00
7 Cheryl Boylan 20:59:00 4:30:00
8 Kate Mueller 21:34:00 5:05:00
9 Anne Pursifull 21:55:00 5:26:00
10 Charline Woods 23:02:00 6:33:00
11 Jennifer Cassada 25:03:00 8:34:00
12 Emily Gaines 25:48:00 9:19:00

 

Have questions? Let us know: SirWalterRunning@gmail.com

Strava Challenge #6 – Mid Pines Barn Run

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 2018 Pop Up Miles Season is over and the Strava Challenge Season has just begun! We’ll announce a Strava Challenge every Tuesday (or maybe Monday night), and it will run through the following Monday at Midnight. All of these are in celebration of the 2018 Sir Walter Miler, which will be held Friday, August 3rd at Meredith College. We’ll talk about these Strava Challenges of upcoming episodes of the Summer of Miles podcast, so make sure and subscribe!

What is it? The Mid Pines Barn Run, an out and back 2.5 mile jaunt over a gravel road in the heart of farm country.

Where is it? Mid Pines Road, which connects Lake Wheeler Road and Tryon Road. To set your GPS to the start, put in 5312 Mid Pines Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603. You can park on the side of the road, and you will start (and finish) where the gravel meets the asphalt.

Where is the start (and where do I run)? Once you park (see below), you will start like the photo above and go out for about 1.25 miles. You’ll pass a few State-run, and NC State-run farms (and some livestock). The surface is crush and run; so it’s soft, but a little rocky.

Where do I turn around? After you go up a hill, you will see a few traffic signs near Lake Wheeler Road. Turn around at the 2nd sign, which is a square, not the pole with 2 signs. See below. We may throw a few Sir Walter stickets on the back (facing you as you approach).

Where do I finish:? Back where you started! Once you’ve hit the asphalt, you’ve done it! Pat yourself on the back.

When should I run? We recommend Sunset, but anytime is a good time for a run. Be careful in the heat!

Where will I see the standings? We’ll update them weekly on the Sir Walter Running Strava Club page (make sure and join, so that your marks count), as well as on the next week’s Strava Challenge page.

What do I win? We will have a random drawing for 2 Summer of Miles tank tops next Tuesday for ANYONE that completes this Challenge. before Monday, July 9 at Midnight. Also, anyone who completes this Challenge can email us for a code for a $25 postrun polo! Learn more about them below and check out the available colors and sizes in the Sir Walter Merch store.

Tour de Walter? Yes. This is the first 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)!

The Official Strava Segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/18121643

Have questions? Let us know: SirWalterRunning@gmail.com

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

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 sirwalterrunning@gmail.com 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 sirwalterrunning@gmail.com and 919.260.8013

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