Upcoming Race – MANNA in Motion | 5k

:MANNA in Motion


MANNA in Motion joins the 2014 Fall Series for SRS on Saturday, October 11.  MANNA is a free lunch ministry that provides 500 free lunches to the needy in Moore County.

Race Information

The 5k race begins at 9:00 am at St. John Paul 2 Catholic School (2922 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387).  The race runs through the beautiful grounds of St. Joseph of the Pines and concludes at St. John Paul 2 Catholic School.  There will be post race refreshments starting at 9:20 am.  The awards ceremony will begin at 9:45 am.  Runners may race in teams.  This is a trail race

Tips from SRS

  • Register on-line here.  Race day registration and packet pick-up will be available at 7:30  am at St. John Paul 2 Catholic School (concession stand)
  • You may pre-register at the MANNA office on Friday, October 10 from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm (211 Trimble Plant Road Suite B, Southern Pines, NC 28387)
  • This is a closed course race with minor traffic on Waters Drive

SRS welcomes MANNA in Motion to its Fall Series line-up!



Post Race Results – Autumnfest |5k and 1 Mile Fun Run


The 36th Annual Autumnfest was held on Saturday, October 4 in downtown Southern Pines.  The feel of Autumn was in the air with perfect running weather.  Over 250 participants showed up for the 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run.  After the race there was an arts and crafts festival to enjoy, a kids bounce house, and a juggler to watch.

Geoffrey Washburn won the overall 5k with a chip time of 16:58.Geoffrey also won the 1 in 8k, the first Fall Series Race of 2014.   Tegan Searle won the overall 5k for females with a chip time of 19:26.  The course centered around downtown Southern Pines with gentle uphill slopes and downhill grades.  For an updated list of all results click here.

The next race in the 2014 Fall Series will be MANNA in Motion on Saturday, October 11.

Post Race Results – 1 in 8k Awards Winners

1 in 8k

How did you do in our first 2014 Fall Series race?  Check out the winners by age division:




1 in 8K – September 6, 2014

Overall Male:  Geoffrey Washburn

Overall Female: Berenice Macias


10  & Under Male:

1 – Patrick McDonough

2 – Jack McDonough

3 – Kenan Van Scoyoc


10 & Under Female:

1 – Alexis Waldo

2 – Ashley Robinson


11  – 14 Male:

1 – Ben Verchick

2 – Curt Verchick

3 – Jac Reville


11 – 14 Female:

1 – Natalie Strum

2 – Madison Parks

3 – Jenna Elliott


15 – 19 – Male:

1 – Graham Hawes

2 – Matthew Plourde

3 – Collin Watson


15 – 19 – Female:

1 – Abby Verchick

2 – Morgan Stoner


20 – 29 – Male

1 – Brandon DiBianca

2 – Tyler Riedel

3 – Travis Shute


20 – 29 – Female

1 – Drea Gibson

2 – Bridgett Bachmann

3 – Stephanie Forgione


30 – 39 – Male

1 – John Koskinen

2 – Jeff Kern

3 – Jack Cohen


30 – 39 – Female

1 – Claudia McNalley

2 – Angel Gulley

3 – Adriana Castro


40 – 49 – Male

1 – Jason Borg

2 – Michael Gantt

3 – David Carmichael


40 – 49 – Female

1 – Natasha Avignone

2 – Michelle Montler

3 – Katy Ong


50 – 59 – Male

1 –  Roy Schneiderman

2 – Walthon Maxwell

3 – Dennis Tally


50 – 59 – Female

1 – Carolyn Nicholson

2 – Cassina Hunt

3 – Karin Levesque


60 – 69 – Male

1 – Brian Gaudet

2 – Charley Griggs

3 – Herb Hanson


60 – 69 – Female

1 – Joanna Martello

2 – Mary Flanigan

3 – Patsy Ringler


70 & Over – Male

1 – Bill Dunmire

2 – Roger Coffey


70 & Over – Female

1 – Carole Landoll


Congratulations and we will see you on Saturday, October 4 for Autumnfest!

Upcoming Race – Autumnfest | 5k, 1 Mile Fun Run, Kids Foot Races



Autumfest is an annual arts and crafts fair held in downtown Southern Pines.  There are several events for runners to enjoy during Autumnfest on Saturday, October 4 including a 5k, 1 Mile Fun Run, and Kids Foot Race.  The event is held in Downtown Park (145 SE Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387).  This race benefits the Southern Pines Parks and Recreation Department.

Race Information

The 5k race will begin at 9:00 am and will wind through downtown Southern Pines and horse country and back.  The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 10:00 am.  The kids foot races are free and will take place during the 5k awards ceremony.  These foot races are for children aged 3-12.  Registration for the foot races will be available race day morning.

Post race events will include a juggler and musical performances.


Tips from SRS

  • Road closures will begin at 6 am and last until 12 pm.  Affected roads are:  Ashe Street and New York Avenue.  For more information click here.
  • For any additional information, including paper registration please contact Chris Wiley with the Southern Pines Parks and Recreation Department at 910-692-2463
  • On-line registration is available here.
  • Packet pick-up will be held at Downtown Park (145 SE Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387) from 5:30-6:30 pm on Friday, October 3 and also from 8:00-9:00 am on Saturday, October 4.

This race is part of the 36th annual Autumfest in Southern Pines, this is a family friendly event and we would love to see you there!

SRS Meet-up | 2014 Spring Series Awards and Summer Participant Recognition


On Saturday, October 18 SRS will host a meet-up run at Reservoir Park.  We will meet in the parking lot around 11:30 am and run a loop around the reservoir.  After the run we will recognize 2014 Spring Series Award winners and participants in the first ever Summer Series.  Everyone is invited to bring his or her favorite dish to share.    The rain date for this event will be Saturday, October 25.

The meet-up will be the mid-point of the 2014 Fall Series.  For a full list of 2014 Fall Series races click here.

Upcoming Race – 1 in 8k | 8k and 1k Run

1 in 8k

Sandhills Race Series kicks off its 2014 Fall Series with the 1 in 8k on Saturday, September 6.  The race benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-NC Triangle to the Coast Affiliate.  One in eight women have or will develop breast cancer in her  lifetime.

Race Information

The race will begin in front of Given Memorial Library in Pinehurst, NC (150 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374).  The 8k begins at 8:00 am.  The course runs through the historic Village of Pinehurst, Rassie Wicker Park, and the Village Arboretum (4.97 miles).  Awards will be given to the overall first place winners (male/female), the first survivor finisher, and age group winners (first, second, and third place).

The 1k Fun Run/Walk will begin at 10:30 am, this race is not timed.  Participants in the 8k are welcome to participate in the 1k.  Both races are stroller and pet friendly.  A post race concert will feature musician Tony Barnes.

Tips from SRS

  • Packet Pick-up will take place Friday, September 5 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Carolina Hotel (80 Carolina Vista Drive), part of  the Pinehurst Resort (Kendall Room)
  • On-line registration is available here.  Paper registration is available here.

Last year the 1 in 8k raised $36,000 for the Susan G. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast Affiliate.


8k map




Post Race – Turkey Trot | Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, 1 Mile Run


The predicted bad weather held off for the 33rd annual Turkey Trot in Pinehurst.  Over 1100 runners participated in the 2013 Turkey Trot benefitting the Foundation of FirstHealth.  The Turkey Trot began with a 1 mile fun run followed by the half marathon.  There were 393 timed finishers in the half marathon that wound through the streets of Pinehurst and around Pinehurst Lake.  The 5k and 10k began together at Cannon Park in Pinehurst with 717 timed participants.

After the race snacks and beverages were given to the runners and there was also a bounce house for children.  Awards were given to Super Gobblers, runners nominated for overcoming challenges, as well as awards for overall fastest in their respective race as well as fastest by age group.

Chad Ware, 29, of Raeford won the overall half marathon for men with a tag time of 1:12 and the overall female winner was Tana Kornachuk, 34, of Whispering Pines with a tag time of 1:24.  Kornachuk is a repeat winner having won fastest overall female in the 2012 half marathon with a time of 1:26.

The winning time for the 10k was 33:53 belonging to Wilson Pearson, 18, of Pinebluff.  Another 18-year-old, Abby Clup of West End, won the overall female 10k with a time of 39:31.  Pearson beat his winning 10k time in 2012 by 2:77.

Winning the overall 5k was repeat winner Matthew Harmondy, 17, of Southern Pines with a tag time of 16:39.  Emily Potter, 34, of Southern Pines won the overall female 5k with a tag time of 18:36.

Overall results and results by age group can be found here.  The Sandhills Race Series looks forward to next year’s Turkey Trot as part of its fall series.  The Reindeer Fun Run will be the last fall series race of 2013.  More information about the Reindeer Fun Run can be found here.


Upcoming Race – Reindeer Fun Run | 12k, 5k, and Kids Egg Nog Jog




One of the area’s most popular races, the 7th annual Reindeer Fun Run, will be held Saturday, December 7 in historic downtown Aberdeen (100 E. Main Street Aberdeen, NC 28315).  The Reindeer Fun Run will feature the 12ks of Christmas at 9:00 am, the 5k Reindeer Fun Run/Walk at 9:15 am, and the Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog at 10:30 am.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.  Over the past seven years $117,000 has been donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills from the Reindeer Fun Run.

Race Information

The 5k and 12k run will begin in downtown Aberdeen.  The USATF certified course will feature rolling hills and wide turns.  The 12k will separate from the 5k course after the first mile and will tour through scenic Bethesda and the Malcolm Blue Farm.  The 12k will rejoin the 5k route at mile five for a downhill run to the finish line and after party.  The Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog, for kids nine and under, is a 1/2 mile run that begins at Poplar Street and ends on Main Street.  The Reindeer Fun Run is stroller and pet friendly.  Maps of the courses can be found here: 12k, 5k, and Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog.

Registration fees for the Reindeer Fun Run are as follows:  12k $32, 5k $28, 5k for pets $8, Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog $15.  Participants in the Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog will receive a finisher ribbon, long sleeve tee-shirt, goodie bag, water bottle and antlers.  Runners in the 12k will receive a finisher medal, long sleeve tee-shirt and antlers.  Participants in the 5k will receive a long sleeve tee-shirt and antlers, pets in the 5k will receive a Reindeer Fun Run bandana.  The 12k and 5k will be officially timed.

There will be an awards ceremony after the Reindeer Fun Run with awards for:  Best Group Costume (two or more), Best Pet Costume, and Best Individual Costume.  Running Awards will be given in the Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog for the fastest times and there will be the Rudolph Award for the first set of antlers to cross the finish line.  5k awards will be given for the fastest overall times, fastest times by age group, and the Dasher Award for the first set of antlers to cross the finish line.  Awards for the 12k will be for fastest overall time, fastest time by age group and the Prancer Award for the first set of antlers to cross the finish line.

The Reindeer Fun Run will also have an after race party and a Chick-Fil-A Kid Zone.  The after party will feature live bands,  sponsor and merchandise tables, Mellow Mushroom, funnel cakes, Chick-Fil-A, and more.  For the kids, the Chick-Fil-A Kids Zone will have face painting, pony rides, fun with Santa, music, games and food.  The Chick-Fil-A Kids Zone will be located on Sycamore Street across from the train depot.

Tips from the SRS

  • You can register online, online registration closes Thursday, December 5.  On-site registration and packet pick-up will be available Friday, December 6 from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 7 from 7:15 am until 8:45 am at Page Memorial Fellowship Hall (104 S. Poplar Street Aberdeen, NC 28315).  There will be a collection of cans and coats for the annual K2 Solutions drive.
  • On-site childcare will be provided by RuggRats in the Page Memorial Nursery.  Space is limited so please contact RuggRats to make an appointment (910-695-0014).  A portion of the proceeds will go back to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.
  • Information about parking can be found here.

Last year there were over 2,400 participants and 150 volunteers for the Reindeer Fun Run.  There were 25 different states represented in the 2012 race.  More information about the race can be found here.

Pre-Race Festivities

The Blitzen Bash, a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills, will be held Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm at the Campbell House in Southern Pines (482 E. Connecticut Avenue Southern Pines, NC 28387).  The cost of the event is $50 per person and the Blitzen Bash will be catered by Sly Fox.  You can reserve your spot here or you can send a check with guests names to PO Box 671 Southern Pines, NC 28388.  The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills serve 300 children each day during the school year.

Volunteer training for the Reindeer Fun Run will occur on Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 pm.

Upcoming Race-Turkey Trot | Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, 1 Mile Run


The 33rd Annual Turkey Trot will be held on Saturday, November 23.  The event begins with a 1 mile fun run at 8:30 am, followed by the half marathon at 9:00 am, and the 5k and 10k at 9:30 am.  The Turkey Trot will begin and end at Cannon Park in Pinehurst (90 Woods Road Pinehurst, NC 28374).  The event benefits the Foundation of First Health.

Race Information

The Turkey Trot winds through residential streets in the Village of Pinehurst, the half marathon also winds around Pinehurst Lake. See the half marathon map here.

The Turkey Trot also features a youth challenge division comprised of competitions between elementary, middle, and high school students in the half marathon, 10k, 5k, and 1 mile fun run.  All finishers in the youth division will receive a special finisher’s medal.  The winning school that has the most miles ran by the end of the event will receive a Youth Challenge school trophy and a Rita’s Italian Ice party.

Registration fees for adults are as follows:  Before Tuesday, November 19 the half marathon $50, 10k $40, 5k $35, and 1 mile fun run $ 20.  Before Saturday, November 23 the half marathon $60, 10k $50, 5k $40, and 1 mile fun run $25.

Registration fees for youth (elementary, middle, high school students) are as follows:  Before Thursday, November 21 the half marathon $40, 10k $30, 5k $25, and 1 mile fun run $15.  Before Saturday, November 23 the half marathon $55, 10k $45, 5k $35, and 1 mile fun run $20.

Awards for adults will be given to the top overall male and female in the half marathon, 10k, 5k, and 1 mile fun run, as well as the top three male and female in each age category.

Tips from SRS

  • You can register at Setup events. On-line registration ends Thursday, November 21 at 8:30 am.  You can also register by mail here and here.  Mail in registration needs to be received no later than Wednesday, November 20 to be processed.  Race day registration will be available on-site.
  • Packets may be picked up Friday, November 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm at First Health Pinehurst (170 Memorial Drive Pinehurst, NC 28374) and on Saturday, November 23 from 7:00-8:30 am at Cannon Park in Pinehurst

Last year 1,200 people participated in the Turkey Trot.  The Turkey Trot is part of the Fall Series for the Sandhills Race Series.  For more information click here.

Upcoming Race – 5K Run To Be Drug Free and 1 Mile Kids Run

2013 5k Active Logo

New to the Sandhills Race Series, the Run To Be Drug Free will be held on Saturday, November 2. The 5k race will start at 9:30 am and be preceded by a 1 mile kids run, starting at 9:00 am. The event will take place at Pinecrest High School (250 Voit Gilmore Lane Southern Pines, NC 28387) and benefits the Sandhills Teen Challenge. Sandhills Teen Challenge is a residential faith-based recovery program located in Carthage for men ages 18+ with a drug or alcohol problem.

Race Information

The Run To Be Drug Free is in it’s second year as an event, but it’s first year with SRS as a bonus event. The course will take place on roads near Pinecrest High. Check out the full course map here. The registration fee for the 5k race is $30, and the 1 mile kids run fee is $15. The kids run is for children 10 and under. An award ceremony will immediately follow the 5k, with the top 3 men and women overall, plus the top 3 men and women in each age group winning an award.

Tips from SRS

  • You can register by visiting active.com or by printing this form and mailing (with a check) to: Sandhills Teen Challenge, PO Box 1701, Southern Pines, NC 28388.
  • Online registration closes Thursday, Oct. 31 at midnight, but you will still be able to register for the race the day of. On-site registration will take place from 7:00 am – 9:00 am the morning of the event.
  • Course records are listed at: for men – 18:36, and for women – 20:19, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to set a new record!

We are excited to have the Run To Be Drug Free as a part of our series! Come out and support this great cause by participating in their inaugural race with SRS!