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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 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 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: (and click join). You can even go to

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 and 919.260.8013

Summer of Miles Strava Challenge – Neapolitan Umstead

So you like Strava Challenges? We have another for you! If you haven’t already, join the Sir Walter Running Strava club here: (and click join). You can even go to

As heard on the Summer of Miles podcast, the “Neapolitan Umstead” Sir Walter Running Challenge is here! What does Neapolitan Umstead mean? The three most accessible trails, of course. Loblolly, Reedy Creek, and Company Mill (sorry Sycamore). Here’s the “Official” Strava segment.

This one is not about speed over the course, but about speed of GETTING IT DONE! The first 10 to complete the segment will get a Summer of Miles Tank Top! Unisexy Sizes are limited, so first run, first served. Details below….

If you’ve been to Umstead before, the route is pretty simple. Park in the Harrison Avenue Parking Lot (2100 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513) and start at the Loblolly Trail sign (below):


If you’re not sure if you’ve found the right sign, just look on the back of it (we tagged it). It’s on the right side of the parking lot:


It won’t be too long before you face the first challenge, a creek crossing via log (there are a few other ways to get over as well. Be Careful!):


You’ll run the 2.2 miles from the Parking lot to the Reedy Creek Trail (crushed gravel, double track, horse trail), where you’ll turn left and head slightly down the hill (before going up). If you cross over the horse trail and continue onto Loblolly, you’ve gone too far.

After going up a long slow hill for nearly 2 miles from that turn off Loblolly, you’ll turn left onto the Company Mill Trail.


Before too long, you’ll hit a shaky bridge. Once again, go left and cross the creek!


The final mile will come to a close when you start to see the water fountain. But make sure you get there!


THE FINISH LINE IS THE WATER FOUNTAIN. Don’t quit until you get there, or your run may not register with Strava!


And once you’re done, your time should register below! When it does, email us with your unisex tank top size preference. As long as we have some left, we’ll tell you where to pick it up (or we’ll deliver, if you’re close). We’ll update the sizes left here (as fast as we can). Go get it!

And make sure to visit and tag @SummerOfMiles on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook once you rock it!

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price at and 919.260.8013

Strava Challenge #2 – The Dix 2000

So you like Strava Challenges? We have something for you! Strava Challenges are the latest addition to Sir Walter Running’s Pop Up Running series. Before you do anything else, join our Strava club here: (and click join). Sir Walter Running will host monthly Strava Challenges, with winnings being free race entries, free swag, and VIP seating at the 2017 Sir Walter Miler. Sound good? Keep reading…

The “Dix 2000” is our second challenge. What does that mean? It’s the Dix 2000 meters, or 1.25 miles for us Yanks. Start by going down the hill on Biggs Drive. The road will vear left, and then go across the train tracks. You’ll go up a little hill and then TAKE A LEFT ON RUGGLES DRIVE. This is the only tricky turn, but there’s a sign, so keep your head on a swivel. You’ll run into Umstead Drive, where you’ll take another left, and then Blair Drive when you’ll take yet another slight left, and run up the hill to the finish. Make sure and make that last turn to end at the stop sign!

But… what do I win???

First off, we’re trying to raise awareness to bring some markers to that big grass loop at Dix. Pat’s idea to bring markers every 100 meters on the edge of the grass on the Big Field and Williams Field to make a mile loop is one of the finalists in the iDEA RALEIGH campaign, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Voting goes through May 31 and there is some stiff competition. So go to and look to the right at the “Activate Dix” section and please vote for “Dix Mile Markers.” You can vote with every email address you have, and they WILL NOT SPAM YOU!

Now… What do I win?

We’ll give the top Men’s and Women’s times free entry to the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile, which takes place closeby on Friday, June 16th. A 7pm start should keep temps cool before you run the “Fastest Mile in NC!” If you participate in this challenge, we’ll give you $5 off the RunDown with code STRAVA. 7pm start. Awards from Runologie. Post-Party at Trophy on Maywood with food trucks. We got your Friday night covered!

*We’ll throw in a 2017 Sir Walter Miler shirt and coozie too (sizes limited)!

The contest runs from Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Enough of the stuff. Read below for how to run the DIX 2000!

Points of reference (where to start/finish):

If you’re here, you’re in the right place!

You’ll start by going down Barbour (aka Biggs Drive)

This is the Start AND Finish. Start down the hill here on Biggs Drive. Don’t miss the left hand turn on Ruggles! (Look for the Sir Walter Miler sticker on the back of the Stop Sign, while it lasts)

Challenge #2: The Dix 2000: (segment here)


The rules:

  1. Be a member of the Sir Walter Running club on Strava. Do so by clicking here (and joining):
  2. Post your best times between May 18, 2017 and June 11, 2017 – If you post on social media, tag #Dix2000 (not a requirement)
  3. Check standings by clicking on “Sir Walter Running” at the bottom of the segment, and making sure the times are within the above allowable dates
  4. We’ll notify the winners on June 12, 2017

For more information, sponsorship information, or interview requests, contact Pat Price at and 919.260.8013

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