Fall is in full swing with the 35th annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 21 in Pinehurst. The race begins outside Cannon Park (90 Woods Road, Pinehurst, NC) and winds through historic downtown Pinehurst and the beautiful neighborhoods of St. Andrew’s Drive.
The Turkey Trot begins at 8:30 am with the one mile fun run. The Half Marathon will kick off at 9:00 am, followed by the 10k at 9:15 am, and the 5k at 9:30 am. The race benefits the Foundation of FirstHealth. This event is stroller friendly.
Maps are available for the Half Marathon, 10k, 5k , and 1 Mile Fun Run for training purposes.
Tips from SR
- Packet pick-up will take place at Cannon Park on Friday, November 20 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Saturday, November 21 from 7:00 am until 8:30 am.
- On-line registration is available
CARA’s annual race will be held on Saturday, August 29 at the Kiwanis Park in Sanford. This race benefits Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption. The event features a 10k, and a 5k,and is pet friendly.
The race begins at Kiwanis Park and winds through the Greenway and historic Sanford. The 10k race kicks off the event at 8:00 am, followed by the 5k at 8:15 am. Maps of the 10k and 5k are available. An awards ceremony will be held after the race beginning at 9:30 am.
Tips from SRS
- Register on-line
- Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, August 27 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. (1800 Wicker Street, Sanford, NC 27330)
- Race day registration is available from 6:30 am until 7:45 am, packet pick-up is available at this time as well
Back for its seventh year, the ShamRock ‘N’ Roll Road Race will be held in Whispering Pines on Saturday, March 14. The race benefits the Public Education Foundation of Moore County.
The festivities kick off at 8:15 am with the Leprechaun Leap, a one-mile fun run. At 8:45 am there will be a Lucky Charms Costume Contest. The 5k will begin at 9:15 am and the 10k will start immediately after the 5k begins (around 9:20 am). This event is not pet or bike friendly.
New this year…the top three schools with the most participants will earn money for their school. The first place school will receive $750, the second place school will receive $450, and the third place school will receive $300. When you register please indicate what school you will be representing.
If you wish to get a head start on training the 5k course can be found here, and the 10k course can be found here.
Tips from SRS
- You may register on-line or complete a paper application. Late registrations will be accepted at packet-pick-up on Friday, March 13 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Aberdeen (11109 Hwy 15/501 Suite A, Aberdeen, NC 28315) and on Saturday, March 14 from 7:00 am until 8:00 am at the race start (14 Hardee Lane, Whispering Pines, NC 28327).
- All current K-12 students and teachers in Moore County (public or private school) as well as members of Sandhills Striders are eligible for a discount (you must use paper registration to receive the discount)
- Parking information can be found here.
The ShamRock ‘N’ Roll Race is a family friendly event, after the race there will be awards and activities. See you soon!
The 34th annual Turkey Trot will take place on Saturday, November 22 in Pinehurst, NC. The race will begin and end at Camelot Park (90 Woods Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374). The Turkey Trot benefits the Foundation of FirstHealth.
This annual race begins with the one mile fun run at 8:30 am. The Half Marathon begins at 9:00 am, followed by the 10k and 5k at 9:30 am. This year there are new courses for the race; Half-Marathon map, 10k map, 5k map. The Turkey Trot will also feature a youth challenge, a discounted entry fee for school-aged children. All finishers in the youth challenge will receive a medal. The school with the most miles run in the Turkey Trot will get a trophy and a Rita’s Italian Ice party.
Tips from SRS
- On-line registration ends Thursday, November 20. Register on-line here.
- Packet pick up will be Friday, November 21 at Cannon Park in Pinehurst from 5:00-7:00 pm and on Saturday, November 22 at Cannon Park in Pinehurst from 7:00-8:45 am
SRS looks forward to seeing you at the Turkey Trot!
CARA: Run for their Lives, the final race in the SRS Summer Series, will be held Saturday, August 23. This race helps fund the Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption organization.
This event includes a 10k race and a 5k race. The 10k race begins at 8:00 am at Kiwanis Park in Sanford (1800 Wicker Street, Sanford, NC 27330). The course begins at the park, runs through historic downtown Sanford, along the greenway and ends back at the park. The route can be found here. Strollers and dogs are welcome, walkers are not permitted in the 10k. The 5k begins at 8:15 am at Kiwanis Park, winds through historic downtown Sanford, and ends back at the park, a map can be found here. Strollers, walkers, and dogs are welcome.
An awards ceremony will be held at 9:30 am. Prizes and medals will be awarded to overall winners, medals to age group winners, as well as the first dog to cross the finish line. The post race party will also include music, raffles, a dog wash, park fun for the children,and the opportunity to adopt a pet.
Tips from the SRS
- On-line registration ends at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 20. Register on-line here. Paper registration can be found here. Registration includes a tee shirt for human participants, a bandanna for pet participants, a raffle ticket, and chip timing. Race day registration will be held at Kiwanis Park from 6:30 am until 7:45 am.
- Packet pick-up will be on Friday, August 22 at Kiwanis Park from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on the day of the race, Saturday, August 23, from 6:30 am until 7:45 am.
This race marks the end of the first Summer Series for Sandhills Race Series. Stay tuned for information about the 2014 Fall Series!
It was a lovely “Top of the Morning” for the ShamRock N’ Roll Road Race, one of the SRS feature races of the 2014 Spring Series. The event featured a Leprechaun Leap, a 1mile fun run, a costume contest, and a professionally timed 5k and 10k.
The routes led around the beautiful Village of Whispering Pines and there were crowds cheering along the way. Several homes played music to encourage runners as they passed by.
The overall winner of the 5k was Nathan Pollard of Foxfire Village with a time of 17:23. In 2013 Nathan finished with a time of 20:10, he improved his time by almost three minutes. The overall winning time in 2013 was 18:55; Nathan beat that time by 1:32. The overall female winner for the 5k was Abby Verchick of Pinehurst with a time of 19:58. She beat the 2013 female winning finish by almost two minutes.
The 10k was the last race of the beautiful spring like day and runners enjoyed a route that led around a lake, through a country club, and around a golf course. Jason Lee of Pinehurst was the overall winner of the 10k with a time of 39:17. Christina Colgan of Durham was the female winner of the 10k with a time of 40:39.
Overall results for the race can be found here. The next race of the Spring Series will be the Run for the Ribbons on April 5.
Bring the luck of the Irish with you to the 6th annual ShamRock N’ Roll Road Race held in the Village of Whispering Pines. The ShamRock N’ Roll Road Race benefits The Athletic Club of the Sandhills and Moore County Schools.
Over 1,000 participants run in the event’s 1 mile run, 5k, and 10k beginning at the police station in the Village of Whispering Pines (14 Hardee Lane, Whispering Pines, NC 28327). The course winds through the beautiful streets of the Village of Whispering Pines. The roads will be marked and there will be course marshals to help you along the way. You may check out maps of the 5k route here and the 10k route here.
The ShamRock N’ Roll Road Race will begin at 8:15 am with the Leprechaun Leap, a 1 Mile Fun Run followed by the Lucky Charms costume contest at 8:45 am. The timed races will start with the 5k at 9:15 am and the 10k beginning at 9:30 am. There will be an awards ceremony after the race. This event is not pet friendly.
Tips from SRS
- Parking will be available near the start lines at the police station in Whispering Pines (14 Hardee Lane, Whispering Pines, NC 28327) and at St. Paul Lutheran Church (3253 Niagara-Carthage Road, Whispering Pines, NC 28327)
- Registration discounts will be given to students and faculty (K-12) of Moore County Schools (public or private) and members of Sandhills Striders. There will be only one discount per person and you must participate in paper registration. The paper registration form can be found here. Online registration can be found here.
- Packet pick-up will take place Friday, March 14, at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Aberdeen (11109 US 15, Aberdeen NC 28315) from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Saturday, March 15, at the police station in Whispering Pines (14 Hardee Lane, Whispering Pines, NC 28327) from 7:00 am until 8:00 am. You may also complete late registrations at these locations.
The ShamRock N’ Roll Road Race is a feature event of the 2014 Spring Series of SRS.
Spring has officially begun in the Sandhills with the completion of Mardi Gras Miles, the first race of the 2014 Spring Series. The fourth annual Mardi Gras Miles had its highest number of registrants to date.
Ben Verchick of Pinehurst won the overall 5k with a time of 19:14, almost 30 seconds faster than last year’s winning time of 19:43. Anna Richard of Carthage was the first female to finish the 5k race with a time of 22:47.
Mardi Gras Miles began at Sandhills Community College and wound down around the path that circles Reservoir Park and finished with an uphill run to the athletic fields at Sandhills Community College.
The Kids Run for the Beads began at 10:30 am with runners winning beads for each lap completed during a 10 or 15 minute time frame.
After the race runners could enjoy King Cake and jazz music. Children could make Mardi Gras masks, bracelets, have their faces painted, or bounce in a bounce house.
Proceeds from the race benefitted the athletic programs at Pope John Paul II Catholic School.
Mardi Gras Miles race results can be found here.
The next race for the Sandhills Race Series will be Rumba on the Lumber on March 1. This will be a bonus race. More information can be found here. Register on-line here.
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.
To kick off the Fall Series, join us for CARA’s Run For Their Lives on Saturday, August 24th. The race will be held in Kiwanis Park, located at 1800 Wicker Street in Sanford, and is a fundraiser for Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA), who provides care for homeless dogs and cats until they can find a loving forever home.
This is a SRS bonus event. Canine racers are allowed to participate, as long as they have been vaccinated and remain on a leash. The race has a beautiful course which winds through Kiwanis Park and Sanford’s Greenway, as well as into the Historic (hilly!) neighborhoods of Sanford.
Early packet pick-up will be held on Friday evening at Kiwanis Park from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Race day schedule is as follows:
6:30 am – day-of registration and packet pick-up begins
8:00 am -10k race begins
8:15 am – 5k race begins
9:30 am – awards ceremony
10:00 am – dog competitions (best kisser, etc)
Family Festival will be held 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in Kiwanis Park!
Tips from SRS
- A few tips about registration:
- Registration can be found online at SPORToften or in hard copy here.
- It includes a t-shirt for human runners, bandana for canine runners, raffle ticket, and chip timing.
- To secure a t-shirt and a bandana, register before August 14th.
- This will also save you $5. Registration before August 14th will cost $25, while registration after will cost $30.
- If you’d prefer a dri-wick athletic shirt to the traditional cotton t-shirt, add $8 to your registration cost.
- Note that online registration closes August 22nd.
- If you are a walker, sign up for the 5k as CARA would appreciate no walkers on the 10k course.
- Strollers and well-prepared dogs are allowed in both 5k and 10k events.
- Don’t miss the festival after the race, including food, crafts, music, and contests for dogs! Categories include Best Kisser, Trickiest Dog, and Look-Alike Champion!
CARA’s Run For Their Lives is going to be a great morning of fun for the whole family, including the four-legged members! Join us to welcome back SRS after a hot summer and to support CARA.
Find out more information about this event and organization here.