Upcoming Race – Reindeer Fun Run | 12k, 5k, Kid’s Egg Nog Jog

Reindeer Fun Run | Since 2007

Santa Claus is coming to Aberdeen on Saturday, December 5.  This annual favorite consists of a 12k, a 5k, and a Kid’s Egg Nog Jog.  All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills, Inc.

Race Information

The race kicks off with the 12ks of Christmas at 9:00 am, followed by the 5k at 9:15 am and the Kid’s Egg Nog Jog at 10:30 am.  The 12k winds through downtown Aberdeen and historic Bethesda.  The 5k tours the downtown streets of Aberdeen and the Kid’s Egg Nog Jog features a new out and back course.  This event is family and pet friendly.  Free childcare is available by appointment.

Tips from SR

  • Packet pick-up will be at Page Memorial United Methodist Church in its fellowship hall (104 South Poplar Street, Aberdeen. NC 28315) on Friday, December 4th from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 5 from 7:15 am until 8:45 am
  • Parking will be available in downtown Aberdeen
  • Post race activities will include a McDonald’s Kids Zone and after party entertainment and refreshments

Upcoming Race – Turkey Trot | Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run


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.

Race Information

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

Upcoming Race – Old Glory Ultra | 50 mile, 50k, 10 mile, 50 mile relay

old glory ultra

The Old Glory Ultra is back this year with a new location, the Foxfire Golf Resort (9 Foxfire Boulevard, Jackson Springs, NC 27281).  This race benefits the Old Glory Legacy Foundation.

Race Information

This Adventure race will be held on Saturday, November 14. Runners will begin at the clubhouse and follow golf cart trail the red fox course.  The race will continue on to Foxfire Village Park, there will be water and aid stations along the course.  Runners will receive a medal, shirt, post race food and beer.  Participants can also golf on Friday, November 13 or Sunday, November 15 at the Foxfire Golf Resort.

The 50 mile relay will consist of at least one 6.25 mile loop, teams of 2-5 are allowed to participate in the relay.

The 50 miler starts at 5:00 am, followed by the 50k at 6:00 am, the 50 mile relay at 7:00 am and finally the 10 miler at 10:00 am.

Tips from SR

Upcoming Race – Uwharrie 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 Mile and 100k

Uwharrie - Black and White

The Uwharrie 100 Trail Run will be held on Saturday, October 24.  The run will begin at 6:00 am on Saturday and conclude at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 25.

Race Information

The Uwharrie National Forest will be the site of this trail run, he Wood Run Trail Head (4580 NC 27, Uwharrie National Forest, Troy, NC 27371) marks the beginning of the 20.5 mile single track course.  To complete the 100 mile run participants will complete five of the 20.5 mile loops, those in the 100k will complete three loops.  The course is a technically difficult course, there will be aid stations set at mile 6, 11.5, 15 and 20.5 of the single loop track.  The 100 mile and 100k race will have a 36 hour time limit.

Tips from SR

  • Packet pick-up for the event will be held at the Best Western in Albemarle, NC (2300 US Hwy 52 N, Albemarle, NC 28001) on Friday, October 23 from 1:00-9:00 pm.  Race day packet pick-up will be from 4:30 am-5:30 am at the start line

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







***If you are registered 5K runner, you will be offered a credit for your race fee for next year or a refund check. Credit is good for one year for race or any other Recreation Department program, activity or athletic: Please email Chris Wiley with your request for a refund or a credit at [email protected] Questions: Chris Wiley at 910- 692-2463. MUST RESPOND BY OCTOBER 16 IMPORTANT: Include your current mailing address with response.***

Fall favorite, Autumnfest, joins Sandhills Race on Saturday, October 3.  The race kicks off a day of activities in downtown Southern Pines.

Race Information

The 5k begins at 9:00 am. The course winds through downtown Southern Pines.  There will also be a 1 mile fun run and kids races for children aged 3-12.  The fun run and children’s races are free to the public.  The 1 mile fun run begins at 10:00 am and the kids foot races begin at 10:30 am.

Tips from SR

  • Register on-line
  • Registration for the kids foot races will be open Saturday, October 3 until 10:00 am
  • Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, October 2 from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm (145 SE Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387) and on Saturday, October 3 from 7:30 am until 8:30 am.

St. Joesph of the Pines Alzheimer’s Color Your World 5k Run/Walk |5k


Fall is all about changing colors and what better way to celebrate than a color run!  The second annual St. Joseph of the Pines  Alzheimer’s Color Your World Run joins Sandhills Race this fall on Saturday, September 19.  The race begins at 4:30 pm at St. John Paul II Catholic School (2922 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387).

Race Information

The race benefits the Alzheimer’s Association.  Participants will be offered a white shirt at the race that will be splattered with color throughout the 5k run/walk.  After the race there will be a cookout at Belle Meade Wellness Park beginning at 5:30 pm.  Pets are welcome and strollers are permitted, however, the terrain is varied.

Tips from SR

  • On-line registration is available, registration includes tee-shirt, race packet, race,  and cookout
  • There will be a cookout after the race for participants, the fee for each guest will be $15
  • On-site registration begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 19

An update from SRS


At the end of each series the volunteers at Sandhills Race Series meet together to discuss the series, the races, what worked for that series and what did not work for the series as a whole.  After much discussion, at the end of the 2014 Spring Series the SRS decided to discontinue the use of points.  In general it seemed participants were running in the series for the enjoyment of the run and were not interested in the points aspect.  Attendance at points ceremonies was very low.  The Sandhills Race Series is a volunteer run organization and we wanted to put forth our best efforts to improve the series.  We decided to place greater emphasis on  race support and race promotion as well as community involvement.

We want to thank everyone for continuing to be part of the Sandhills Race Series and we are excited about the events we have coming up this spring and fall.

Post Race Results – Reindeer Fun Run | 12k, 5k, and Kid’s Egg Nog Jog

reindeer fun run

With the running of the  Reindeer Fun Run the holiday season has officially begun.   Over 1691 runners met in historic downtown Aberdeen for the 8th Annual Reindeer Fun Fun.

Geoffrey Washburn continued his dominance of the 2014 Fall Series by winning the overall 12k with a chip time of 44:05.  Washburn has also won the 1 in 8k, Autumnfest, and MANNA in Motion.  Tana Kornachuk won the overall female 12k with a chip time of 46:35.  This year the 12k was capped at 450 participants and registrations sold out before the race began.  A complete list of 12k results can be found here.

The 5k race began fifteen minutes after the 12k and John Grimm won with a chip time of 20:12.  Janeth Adler won the female overall 5k with a chip time of 20:20.  A complete list of 5k results can be found here.

The Reindeer Fun Run also featured the Kid’s Egg Nog Jog, a half mile run, and the Chick-Fil-A costume contest, and an appearance by the local train part way through the race.  As runners crossed the finish line they were greeted with snow, bottles of water and after race festivities, which included a Chick-Fil-A Kids Zone and candy cane shaped bagels from Panera.  The predicted rain held off for the majority of the race.  For more information about the Reindeer Fun Run visit the official website.

SRS wraps up its 2014 Fall Series with the Nutcracker a 12 hour endurance run Saturday December 13.

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

reindeer fun run

The Reindeer Fun Run is coming soon to Aberdeen.  This annual race benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.  The three races take place in historic downtown Aberdeen on Saturday, December 6.

Race Information

This year the 12k is limited to 450 runners, register now to reserve your spot.   The 12k will begin at 9:00 am.   The course runs through historic downtown Aberdeen, the neighborhoods of Bethesda and the Malcolm Blue Farm, a map of the 12k course can be found here.

The 5k will begin at 9:15 am.  Runners in the 5k will run through downtown Aberdeen and the neighborhoods of Bethesda,a map of the 5k course can be found here.

An annual favorite, the Egg Nog Jog is for children nine years old and younger and begins at 10:30 am. The Egg Nog Jog is a half mile jog.    A map of the Egg Nog Jog can be found  here.

All races are stroller and pet friendly.  Each race will have an award for the first pair of antlers to cross the finish line as well as overall and age group winners.  There will also be prizes for the best group costume (2 or more people), best pet costume, and best individual costume.    The post race party includes a Chick-Fil-A Kid Zone, music, and fun.

Tips from SRS

  • On-line registration is available here.  Paper registration is available here.
  • Packet pick up will begin Friday, December 5 at noon and end at 8:00 pm.  Packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 7:15 am until 8:45 am.  You may register at these times as well  (104 South Poplar Street, Aberdeen, NC 28315-Page Memorial Fellowship Hall)
  • On site childcare will be provided by Rugg Rats call 910-695-0014 to reserve a spot
  • A map for parking can be found here

If you want to get an early start on all the Reindeer Fun Run fun come enjoy the Blitzen Bash held Monday, December 1 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm at Southern Pines Brewing Company (565 Air Tool Drive Suite E, Southern Pines, NC 28387).  The event will be catered by Sly Fox and all proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.  You may register for this event here.

Santa, his elves, and reindeer will see you out on the course Saturday, December 6.  For more information visit here.


Upcoming Race – Turkey Trot | Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and 1 Mile Fun Run


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.

Race Information

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!