Tour de Walter

2024 Tour de Walter Week 1 – Oak Park to Umstead

So you like Strava Challenges? We have another for you! If you haven’t already, join the Sir Walter Running Strava club!

The 2024 Tour de Walter is off and running! We’ll announce a new challenge every Monday (or maybe Sunday night), and it will run through the following Saturday at Midnight. All of these are in celebration of the 2024 Sir Walter Miler, which will be held Friday, August 2nd at Meredith. We’ll talk about these Strava Challenges of upcoming episodes of the Summer of Miles podcast, so make sure and subscribe!

What exactly is the Tour de Walter? 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 koozie, and the Male and Female with the lowest overall time will get VIP seating at the 2024 Sir Walter Miler.

2024 Tour de Walter – Stage 1: Oak Park to Umstead

What is it? The Crabtree Creek Trail to Umstead Park connector is finally complete! Now’s your chance to check it out, if you haven’t already.

Where is it? The Oak Park Trailhead is located at 4220 Oak Park Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612, right off Lindsay Drive. You’ll start at the yellow bollard.

The start and finish will be at the yellow bollard here. Head right when you get to the Crabtree Creek Trail (ahead)

Where is the start (and where do I run)? Start at the bollard and head right on the Crabtree Creek trail when you hit the greenway. The entire run is about 4.3 miles (with a 180 degree turnaround at Umstead).

You’ll soon cross this new bridge which was just completed to make the connection to Umstead.
After you cross the bridge and come up to Duraleigh, take a RIGHT. You’ll stay on Duraleigh for 1/3 mile or so.
Take another RIGHT towards Umstead (off of Duraleigh)
Run around the yellow bollard under the bridge at the Turkey Creek Trail at Umstead Park

Where do I finish? At the same place you started. The yellow bollard!

When should I run? The segment has some shade, but it’s been hot lately, so plan accordingly. Don’t run in the middle of the day. Be careful. Take some Maurten in advance!

Where will I see the standings? See below and filter accordingly. And we’ll update the cumulative weekly!

Tag Sir Walter Running in your Strava comments so we know you meant to complete the segment (and weren’t just out for a jog)!

Update your Privacy Settings! If you want your run to register, you must go into your run in Strava after it populates and adjust the privacy settings on that run (to not hide the start and finish).

The Official Strava Segment: (and here’s the official route:

What do I win? We will have a random drawing for 2 entries to the Raleigh RunDown Downhill Mile on Saturday, August 2nd!

Have questions? Let us know: [email protected]