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Hard Climb Hill

Last race for points toward that beautiful Winter Series Shirt!

Date: Sun., Mar. 18, 10 AM

Time: Registration begins at 9:00 am. Race starts at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Duke Forest, Gate 23 GPS Location: 36.000, -79.024

Race Director: - 281-731-3964

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A Word From the Race Director . . .

The Geezer Pleezer is over. Now it’s time to get ready for Hard Climb Hill. This is the last event of the Greg Sousa Winter Series. A portion of the entry fees to the Greg Sousa Winter Series is donated to the Angels Among Us race and fundraiser for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center in memory of Greg Sousa. You may also make a separate donation at this event.

You’ll run down to the banks of New Hope Creek in the lovely Duke Forest. There are three options: the 3-mile option, which includes Hard Climb Hill; the 7-mile option, which is the 3-mile course plus an additional 4 miles; and of course, the 10-mile option which allows you to experience the challenge of Hard Climb Hill twice.

Since this is the last event of the Greg Sousa Winter Series, it's your last chance to get your fifth point to earn the coveted Winter Series shirt. This year, the Winter Series shirt will be extra-special (more on that elsewhere) so you won’t want to miss it. And you’re in luck if you need two points: you can get them both here by running the 10-mile option.

You can also earn a point by volunteering . We need volunteers for registration, snack and hydration points, the finish line, and clean-up. We also will need a medical volunteer. If you can volunteer, please contact me; if you prefer a specific assignment, let me know in your email.

Race registration will be at Gate 23 of Duke Forest on Mt Sinai Road, West of Durham and North of Chapel Hill in Orange County. GPS coordinates are 36.000, -79.024 and Google Maps shows it as 4315 Mt Sinai Road, Durham. Gate 23 is on the south side of Mt. Sinai Road, 0.3 miles past Friends School Road when coming from the east (Durham).

Registration will begin at 9 am and the race will start at 10 am. This year, the event is the day we spring forward to Daylight Savings Time . Be sure to set your clock the night before so you won’t be late. Please plan to be there in time to complete registration by 9:50, as we will need to walk about a quarter mile into the forest to the start line. If you have not paid for the entire series, you may register at this event for $5.

Parking is located along the side of Mt. Sinai Road on a curve, so be very careful when parking and walking to registration at the gate to the forest. Please be sure that you have parked completely off the road.

See you there on March 12!

-Tom Griffin, Race Director