The last featured race of the 2015 Spring Series will be the Run for the Buddies held on Saturday, May 9 outside of New Century Middle School in Cameron (1577 Union Church Road, Cameron, NC 28326). This race is part of the Buggy Festival held in downtown Carthage. The Run for the Buddies benefits Communities in Schools Moore County.
The 5k race will begin at 8:30 am. The course is an out and back course down a sloping country road. A Fun Run will begin the Run for the Buddies at 8:00 am. Free childcare is available during the race.
Tips from SRS
- Race day registration will be available on site (1577 Union Church Road, Cameron, NC 28326) beginning at 7:00 am. On line registration is available.
- Moore County students receive a $5 discount though paper registration.
The annual Run for the Ribbons 5k is back with a different location for the 2015 Spring Series. The race will take place in downtown Rockingham on Saturday, April 18th. The race benefits the Foundation of FirstHealth’s Cancer CARE fund and Discovery Place Kids Rockingham.
The Family Fun 1k will begin at 9:30 am in front of Discovery Place Kids in Rockingham (233 E. Washington Street, Rockingham NC 28379). The 5k will follow at 10:00 am. Participants in the race will receive free admission to Discovery Place Kids-Rockingham on the day of the race. The 5k race will be a mixture of trail and paved course. A map of the course is available for runners.
Tips from SRS
- Packet pick-up will take place Friday, April 17, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm across the street from Discovery Place Kids-Rockingham (233 E. Washington Street, Rockingham, NC 28379), and on Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 am at the registration tent
- Registration is available online or paper registration is available
The Foundation of FirstHealth Cancer CARES fund has provided more than 1 million dollars of direct support to cancer patients since 2000.
The All American Marathon has something for every level of runner. This race, in its second year, will be held on Sunday, March 22 in Fayetteville (433 Hay Street, Fayetteville 28301).
The All American Marathon will feature a marathon course that begins at Festival park, winds through downtown Fayetteville, and ends at Fort Bragg. The marathon begins at 7:00 am. Videos of the course are available. Strollers and pets are not permitted in the marathon. All participants completing the marathon within the seven hour time limit will receive a finisher’s medal. This course is certified and can be used as a Boston Marathon qualifier.
The Mike to Mike Half Marathon also begins at Festival Park in Fayetteville at 7:00 am, the course will end at the iron Mike statue in Fort Bragg. Videos of the course are available. Pets and strollers are prohibited on this course. All participants that complete the course within the four hour time limit will receive a finisher’s medal.
This race also features a 5k option. The race will begin at 7:30 am. Strollers are allowed in this event. Children are allowed to participate as long as they are registered for the race. Children in strollers will not be charged but will not receive a medal or tee-shirt.. The course begins at the corner of Sedgewick Street and Alexander Street in Fort Bragg.
Tips from SRS
- Course maps are available for all courses.
- Packet Pick-up will be held at the Crown Arena in Fayetteville, NC (1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28301) on Friday, March 20 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.
- Parking is available in downtown Fayetteville. Post race shuttles will be available to all runners from Fort Bragg to downtown Fayetteville.
- Register on-line for all races.
Entertainment after the race will be provided by the 82nd Rock Band. This event is family friendly and open to the community. Post race festivities will be held at the Main Post Parade Field at Fort Bragg beginning at 8:00 am. There will be bouncy houses, monster trucks, and a parachute demonstration from the Black Daggers.
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!
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.
Mardi Gras Miles returned for another year to kick off the 2015 Spring Series, but this year there was a new course for runners to explore. The new course was a mix of trail and road winding through the campus of Pope John Paul II Catholic School and St. Joseph of the Pines. Runners from age six to 76 came out and enjoyed the crisp running weather.
The 5k began at 9:30, the overall winner of the 5k was Justin Seimet of Fayetteville with a time of 19:51, Robyn Humphrey won the overall female 5k with a time of 20:12. After the 5k there was a Kids Run for the Beads in which participants ran laps over an allotted time and were awarded a strand of beads for every lap completed.
A full list of results for the Mardi Gras Miles can be found here.
The month of March brings two races to the 2015 Spring Series, the Shamrock ‘N’ Roll on March 14, and the All-American Marathon on March 22nd. Registration for these races can be found here.
The 2015 Spring Series officially begins on Saturday, February 14 with the Mardi Gras Miles. This year there will be a new course for participants that passes through St. Joseph of the Pines and the campus of St. John Paul II Catholic School (2922 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, NC 28327). Mardi Gras Miles is a pet friendly event (dogs must be on a leash) and childcare will be available for those who need it during the event. The course is comprised of both road and trail.
The 5k will begin at 9:30 am at St. John Paul II Catholic School (2922 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, NC 28327). Prizes will be awarded to age group winners beginning at 11:00 am.
An annual favorite, the Kids Run for the Beads will feature two heats, a ten minute run for those aged seven and under, and a 15 minute run for those aged eight and above. A string of beads will be awarded for each lap run during the allotted time. This event will begin at 10:30 am for the younger runners and at 10:50 am for the older runners.
There will also be prizes given for the best costume and for the best mask. Prizes will be awarded at 11:00 am.
Mardi Gras Miles benefits the athletic and physical educational programs of St. John Paul II Catholic School.
Tips from SRS
- On-line registration is available here
- Childcare will be available for participants, the fee will be $5.00 and childcare will be provided by eighth grade students and parent volunteers, the childcare fee will benefit the eighth grade legacy gift at St. John Paul II Catholic School
- This event is pet friendly (dogs must be on a leash)
- Packet Pick-up will take place Friday, March 13 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at St. John Paul II Catholic School, and from 8:00 am until 9:15 am at St. John Paul II Catholic School on race day Saturday, February 14
Bring your beads and show some love at this year’s Mardi Gras Miles!
If you are looking for a chance to earn extra bonus points for the 2014 Spring Series consider running the Rattler Trail Run. This adventure series event will be held at San Lee Park in Sanford (572 Pumping Station Run, Sanford, NC 27330) on Saturday, May 24.
The Rattler Trail Run half marathon and marathon course will be a combination of San Lee Park’s mountain bike trail, Muir Nature Trail, and Thoreau Lake Trail. This will be a challenging course with ascents and descents and rocks and roots so be careful to watch your footing. The race will begin at 9:00 am. All participants who complete the race will receive finisher medals; food will also be available.
Tips from SRS
- On-line registration closes Thursday, May 22 at 12:00 am, the registration fee for the half marathon is $45, the registration fee for the marathon is $65. Online registration can be found here.
- Packet pick up will be at San Lee Park (572 Pumping Station Road, Sanford NC 27330) beginning at 8:00 am with the opening of the park
- Bonus points will be awarded for this event
Come out to San Lee Park and enjoy a scenic race. For more information about the Rattler Trail Run click here.
The Sandills Race Series completes its 2014 Spring Series with the 2nd annual Run for the Buddies on Saturday, May 10. Proceeds from the race benefit Communities in Schools of Moore County.
New Century Middle School (1577 Union Church Road, Cameron, NC 28326) will host the Run for the Buddies. The 5k begins at 8:30 am and the 1 mile Fun Run begins at 8:00 am. Moore County students will receive a $5 discount on race entry fees. After the race, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and a drink will be available for purchase for $5; participants in the race will receive a free plate. The Run for the Buddies will also feature a supervised Kiddie Corner that children can play in while their parents run in the race. This event is not pet friendly.
Tips from SRS
- The registration fee for the 5k is $25, the 1 Mile Fun Run registration fee is $15. On-line registration ends Wednesday, May 7. Register on-line here or use this form to mail in a paper registration. Race day registration will be available on site beginning at 7:00 am.
- Packet pick-up will be on site Saturday, May 10 beginning at 7:00 am. (1577 Union Church Road, Cameron, NC 28326)
SRS looks forward to seeing you at our final featured 2014 Spring Series race. For more information about this race visit the Communities in Schools website.
A sense of excitement filled the Carolina Horse Park on Saturday, April 5, as racers in the Run for the Ribbon waited for the 5k trail run to begin. The Run for the Ribbons was the kick-off to a day of events that culminated in the 63 annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase. Runners could choose to run in honor or memory of a loved one who battled with cancer, proceeds from the Run for the Ribbons went to FirstHealth’s Cancer CARE Fund.
Chad Ware of Raeford won the overall 5k with a time of 15:38, more than a minute faster than last year’s winning time of 16:50. Haley Beann of Pinehurst won the overall female 5k with a time of 19:51. There were 336 finishers in the 5k trail run.
The Family Fun 1k began at 10:30 am and followed for one loop around the Stoneybrook Steeplechase track. After the race, participants were granted admission to the 63 annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase. There was a kid’s zone with face painting, rock climbing walls, and several bounce attractions. Before the Steeplechase began spectators could enter a hat competition or stick horse race.
To see a list of all results for the 2014 Run for the Ribbons click here. The next spring race for the Sandhills Race Series is the Run for the Buddies on May 10.