Carolina Godiva Track Club
Do you like to run? Are you interested in meeting other people in the Research Triangle area who share your interest? If so, you're in the right place.
Founded in 1975, Godiva Track Club has over 450 members of all ages and abilities, and welcomes new members.
Godiva offers an annual Running Start program for those who are new or returning to the sport, and its Marathon Training Program was the first of its type in the area.Â The club presents popular running events like the Umstead Marathon. Godiva's annual calendar also features weekly summer track meets, and a winter series of cross country runs. There are regularly scheduled group runs most days of the week.
Oh yes, one more thing: You may wonder why we're called the Godiva Track Club. Here's the story.
The 2013 edition of Godiva's popular Summer Track Series offers thirteen weeks of all comers meets at the UNC-Chapel Hill track facility. The season begins on May 15th and continues each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m through August 7th. Those who complete 39 events over the 13 week series (counting a maximum of four events per meet) earn the prestigious Godiva Ironman award. The theme of this year's Midsummer Madness (July 24th) is "A League of your Own." "What's that about?" you may ask. Short answer: Three miles. Long answer: here.
This year's awards banquet honorees included Male Runner of the Year Bart Bechard, Female Runner of the Year Rietta Couper, and Volunteer of the Year Aline Lloyd. Congratulations to them and to all of the summer track and winter series award winners. Thanks to our hosts Jim Clabuesch and Carolyn Huettel, party planner Brandy Burns, MC Kevin Nickodem, and all of the volunteers who helped warm a cool spring evening on May 4th with their hospitality. Check out the party pics courtesy of Richard Wolfe.
On Saturday, June 1, Godiva Masters runners will toe the line with some of the country's fastest runners in Williamsburg, Virginia. Want to be a part of this exciting and competitive event? Check out the details and register.
Teams in each age group (40+, 50+, etc.) need at least 3 runners to score. You also need to be a 2013 USATF member to enter, so if your membership lapsed at the end of last year, now is a good time to renew. When you register, be sure to list Carolina Godiva as your club affiliation and select the "A" team in the pulldown.
E-mail with any questions about men's teams and with any questions about women's teams.
More Team Opportunities
Women's open team captain also has these these events on the calendar. Contact her if you'd like to run. Godiva may field mens and masters teams as well.
- Beech Mountain USATF NC & USATF 10K National 10K Trail Championship - June 29, 2013 - 9:00 AM - Beech Mountain
- Beat the Heat 5K - USATF NC 5K Championship - July 20, 2013 7:00 PM - WFU BB&T Field - Winston-Salem
In addition, is coordinating a Godiva team to compete in the North Carolina State Games Open/Masters Meet on June 9th in Charlotte. Please contact her if you're interested.
Chapel Hill Magazine recently published a profile of Godiva member and masters runner extraordinaire Jay Smith. Click on the image to get the story.