Week 1 of the 2020 Virtual Pop Up Miles is in the books and the results of The Brind’A-Mile are live. This week will provide a flatter, and shadier mile for all! 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 last week… 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.
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.
Week 2 Details
Name: Planet of the Oaks Mile – Circling the many Oak trees that make Raleigh famous, this mile will give a tour of Fallon Park.
Where: Around Fallon Park, located on Oxford Drive.
When: You can run anytime starting Tuesday, June 9 through Saturday, June 13. 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 Oxford Drive, but don’t block the course! The start is right by Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, which is located at 2718 Overbrook Dr, Raleigh, NC 27608.
Start: At the corner of Overbrook Drive and Kittrell Drive. 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).
Finish: Right after passing Dunhill Drive. The Finish 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).
Chalk at the Finish: There will be a bag of chalk at the finish line. Use this or bring your own and feel free to write something for all to see. We’re all in this together and all are welcome at Sir Walter Running events. Let’s make sure that is known!
No GPS or Strava? You can email your results to SummerOfMiles@gmail.com