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.
On Wednesday evenings throughout the month of September, Godiva will bring back its fall cross country series. The season will feature informal runs at distances from 5k to 10k, beginning at 6:00 pm each evening.
The races on September 3th and 17th will be held on the Al Buehler Trail at Duke University, surrounding the Washington Duke Inn golf course. On September 10th and 24th we’ll run the XC trails adjacent to UNC– Chapel Hill’s Finley Golf Course, starting and finishing behind the Glenwood Elementary School grounds.
This year, we'll conclude the series with a cookout after the run at UNC on September 24th. Godiva member Frank Rexford will host the party at his home, which is along the Finley XC Trail. More details about this as the date approaches.
For the seventh consecutive year, sections of the Duke Forest popular with runners will be closed to the public Mondays through Fridays during the fall season. This year's deer hunt will begin on Monday, September 29th and end on Friday, December 19th. Affected areas include the Durham section trails along NC 751 just west of campus, the Korstian section between Mt. Moriah and Whitfield Roads, and the Blackwood section near Chapel Hill in Orange county. All sections of the Forest will, however, be open to the public on Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week (November 27 and 28).
Visit Duke Forest's official announcement for details.
Here's the schedule for the 31st Annual Godiva Track Club Winter Series. All races begin at 10:00 am, except for the New Year's Day Run which starts at 1:00 pm.
- Run for the Donuts - Sunday, October 12th
- Misery Run - Sunday, November 9th
- Couch Mountain Run - Sunday, December 14th
- New Year's Day Run - Thursday, January 1st
- Eno Equalizer - Sunday, January 18th
- Geezer Pleezer - Sunday, February 15th
- Hard Climb Hill - Sunday, March 8th
View the complete Winter Series Schedule for details about distances, locations, and who to contact with questions. Godiva club members can now sign up for the series online. For those who prefer paper entries, here's a PDF of the series registration form.
The 2014 edition of Godiva Track Club's Running Start Program came to a conclusion on Saturday, May 31st, when participants capped 12 weeks of training with a 5k timed run on Duke University's Al Buehler Cross Country Trail. Here are the results, plus a gallery of finish line pictures courtesy of photographer Jeffrey Camarati. Congratulations to all the runners, and thanks to the many program volunteers.
At the annual awards banquet on Sunday, May 18th, Godiva honored three members for outstanding athletic performance or service to the club. The 2014 Female Runner of the Year is Louise Guardino, and the Male Runner of the Year is Kevin Nickodem. Recent newsletter editor and Running Start Program supporter Shauna Griffin is this the Godiva Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations to them, and all of the summer track, cross country, and winter series awards winners recognized at the banquet! Here's a set of party pics courtesy of Richard Wolfe.
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