Week 3 of the 2020 Virtual Pop Up Miles is in the books and the results of Kimbrough Street Speed Loop Mile are live. This week’s mile was crafted by former Wolfpack All-American, Stephen Furst. It’s a straight shot down the Walnut Creek Greenway, adjacent to NC State’s Centennial Campus. Possibly the fastest of the series!
Miss one week and still want a koozie? There’s a chance to “Run the Double.” See below for details.
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.
Week 4 Details
Name: Walnut Creek Wolfpack Mile – Crafted by former Wolfpack All-American, Stephen Furst. It’s a straight shot down the Walnut Creek Greenway, adjacent to NC State’s Centennial Campus. Possibly the fastest of the series!
Where: On the Walnut Creek Greenway. Starting at the tunnel exit near the end of Achievement Drive, where it runs perpendicular into Main Campus Drive, and ending on the boardwalk, just past the greenway entrance on Lake Wheeler Road.
When: You can run anytime starting Monday, June 22 through Saturday, June 27. The Start and Finish Lines have already been spray chalked. You can run as many times as you wish.
RSVP: Facebook Event Page
Parking: There is plenty of street parking off Achievement Drive. Another good bet is to park on Maywood near Trophy Brewing and jog up to Walnut Creek Greenway entrance on Lake Wheeler Road to get on to the end of the course.
Start: The start is at the end of the tunnel off Main Campus Drive, as the end of Achievement Drive.
Finish: The finish is on the boardwalk. Watch your step!
No GPS or Strava? You can email your results to SummerOfMiles@gmail.com
Do the Double!
Details: Miss a week and still want to earn a koozie? Or just want another challenge? Run the course the other direction (from the Finish to the Start), for extra credit. Results below (and on Strava). Fastest Male and Female here will also automatically gain All-Raleigh Miler status (with T-shirt)!
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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.