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Saturday @ Umstead

Umstead Park, 8:30 a.m.

Location: Umstead Park, Cary, 27513. Harrison Avenue entrance. From I-40, take the Harrison Ave exit. From the West, turn left on Harrison. From the East, turn right on Harrison. Follow Harrison into the park. We meet on the sidewalk that leads you through the middle of the parking lot...on the end farthest away from the bathrooms.

Coordinator: Carolyn Huettel,  919-491-4548.

Description: We usually run by time rather than distance. I can get you 1 hour or more. If you want less, you just need to turn around - but please let me know if you plan to do that. The hour usually gives close to 6 miles of running. We usually have runners training for marathons, so the time often gets up to 2, 2.5, and 3 hours of running. This is mostly run on single track hiking trails, which are full of roots and rocks. There are also many hills. Your pace in Umstead will be much slower than your pace on the asphalt because you have to pay attention to where you step and because of the number of hills. On the single track, we run around 10.5 - 11 minute miles, but when on the bridle trails, we run 8:45 - 9:15 minute miles. We stop at large intersections to make sure we have everyone, so do not expect a continuous run. Please bring water to carry during the run. I try to get us to water fountains, but it may not be at the time you need water.