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. The club presents popular running events like the Umstead Trail 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.
This year's Godiva Awards Banquet will feature a Greek buffet catered by Spartacus Restaurant on Sunday evening, May 18th. We'll present awards for winter series, summer track, and cross country, we'll reveal the names of this year's Male and Female Runners of the Year, and we'll honor the club's Volunteer of the Year. Godivans, spouses, and friends of the club are all invited to join us. We have a big tent. Please visit the RSVP page to get details and sign up online.
The 2014 edition of Godiva's popular Summer Track Series offers twelve weeks of all comers meets at the UNC-Chapel Hill track facility. The season begins on May 21st and continues each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m through August 6th. Those who complete 36 events over the 12 week series (counting a maximum of four events per meet) earn the prestigious Godiva Ironman award. This year's Midsummer Madness meet will be on July 30th, and features a "Mile a Minute Marathon" -- a timed run of 26.2 minutes.
Godiva's weekly Sunday Run @ Duke Forest will move (just across the road) to new starting place beginning on May 4th. Runners will park iand gather in the gravel lot on Cameron Boulevard between Science Dr and Duke University Rd. From 15/501 Bypass, go south on 751/Cameron Boulevard. Go through the Erwin Rd light and the Science Dr light. The parking lot is on your right.
Godiva Track Club's 11th Annual Umstead Trail Marathon was once again a huge success! We had 194 runners start and 190 finish on Saturday, March 1st -- our best numbers in race history. The 2014 marathon was exciting, with our return female winner, Lorraine Young, leading for a good portion of the race. Wayne Crews, a Carolina Godiva masters runner, ended up winning the race in an impressive 3:01:16. Michael Dwomoh came in a close second at 3:01:40. Lorraine came in third at 3:03:24, beating the female course record that she set in 2013! Congratulations to all of the racers on their fantastic finishes.
Umstead Trail Marathon 2014 Volunteers
We’d like to thank all of the volunteers who helped at the race. The volunteers are what really make the race. Their energy and enthusiasm keep the runners moving throughout the tough course.
Alan Schumacher, Amelia Vrabel, Ann Miller, Anna Leivers, Barbara Hindenach, Ben Syzek, Bill Medford, Bob Nelson, Bobbie Smythe, Brandy Burns, Brian Doherty, Cash Coyne, Catherine Rege, Catherine Wides, Chris Boyce, Chris Gould, Colin Jones, Dave Campbell, David Yeowell, Dhruv Patel, Doug Bradley, Elena Popowitch, Erin McIntee, Gordon Keeler, Harold Hill, Heather Yeowell, Hedrick Strickland, Helen Becker, Irene Rusnak, Izabela Annis, James Donaghy, Jarod Anderson, Jason LeDoyen, Jeff Tuson, Jen Arnold, Jenna Koenigshofer, Jennifer Rubatt, Jenny Boyce, Jessica Broglie, Jim Reagan, Joanna Pomilio, João Correia, Joe Drommer, Joy Turkal, Julie Messina, Karishma Fernandes, Kate Floyd, Kathleen Allden, Katie Biasi, Ken Browndorf, Kevin Goings, Kevin Nickodem, Kristine Pryzgoda, LaRee Johnson, Leah Harkness, Lilla Gutay, Linda Reid, Marie Duvall, Mark Greenhalgh, Martha McGee, Martin Leivers, Martin Warters, Mary Flood, Matthew Carmody, Melissa Crane, Melissa Lee, Mia Gerdts, Mike Broome, Mike Walsh, Mike Welker, Mo Percy, Patrick Bruer, Paul Naylor, Paul Wormsbecher, Pauline Baggarly, Peggy Taylor, Phil Bailey, Phil Lorang, Quinn McFall, Randy Dykes, Rayn Sakaguchi, Rhonda Hampton, Robin Bradley, Ronnie Weed, Sabrina Welker, Sameer Cheema, Sarah Negri, Scott Lynch, Scott Schoedler, Shauna Griffin, Shawn Harris, Shawna Barlette, Steph Jeffries, Steve Munsat, Susie Hansley, Sylvana Smith, Tam Butkiewicus, Tammie Massie, Tara Allden, Ted Tharp, Terry Casstevens, Thomas Hubscher, Tom Kirby, Tony Landauer, Ying So
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Umstead Trail Marathon 2014 Sponsors
We’d like to thank our sponsors for their generous donations of time, money and/or discounts, services, door prizes, ‘swag’ and much more.
- Great Outdoor Provision Company
- Carolina Godiva Track Club
- The Umstead Coalition
- Raleigh Running Outfitters
- Omega Sports
- Honey Stinger
- MoonDance Soaps
- Ultra Spire
- Big Spoon Roasters
- Gigi's Cupcakes
- Stiner Massage
Umstead Trail Marathon Committee 2014
A March 2013 Carolina Godiva newsletter article by then-President Doug Hensel describes all aspects of the Umstead Marathon and the workings of the planning committee. As he says, we all do a little of everything, but in general, the roles for 2014 were somewhat as follows:
- Aline Lloyd - Lodge
- Brian Tajlili – Budget, Umstead Park Liaison and Emergency (EMS, mountain bikers, etc.)
- Carolyn Huettel- Aid Station Volunteer Coordinator
- Denise Larson – Registration/Packet Pickup, Finish Line Timing and Committee Lead
- Dennis Geiser – Handmade Awards, Finish Line Runner Care
- Doug Hensel – Webmaster, Runner Communication
- Jeff Hall – Sponsors and Shirts
- Jim Clabuesch – Course
- Karen Murphy – Registration Logistics and Runner Communication
- Lisa Beck – Aid Station Setup and Tear Down
- Mike Dacar – Parking
Godiva's annual program for new runners launched with a kickoff meeting on Monday, March 10th. Training began on the following Saturday, and will culminate with a 5k race on May 31st.