Race Info

Race Date – Saturday, April 22, 2017

North Carolina’s Premier Running Experience! (10th Annual)

Celebrate the Chapel Hill community! The Tar Heel 10 Miler is designed to celebrate and showcase downtown Chapel Hill, the UNC campus, and the surrounding communities. This event benefits the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Endurance Magazine, together with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and Fleet Feet Sports are proud to bring you this landmark running event.

Current Registration Fees:
Tar Heel 10 Miler: 
$50 through December 31, 2016
$60 through January 31, 2017
$65 through February 28, 2017
$70 through March 31, 2017
$75 from April 1-21, 2017

Fleet Feet Sports 4 Mile Run:
$30 through December 31, 2016
$35 through January 31, 2017
$40 through February 28, 2017
$45 from March 1-April 21, 2017

4 Mile Run Student Rate*:
$30 through April 21, 2017

Tar Heel 10 Miler Shadow Runner**: 
$45 through April 17, 2017 (registration for the Shadow Runner option closes April 17, 2017)

*Promo code discounts do not apply. This registration entry is not timed on race day.
**Promo code discounts do not apply. The shadow runner category is for people that are unable to join us on race day, but still want to run the 10 mile distance in their own local area.  It is based on an honor system.  We mail shadow runners a finisher medal and a shirt the week after the race. We do not allow transfers into the Shadow Runner category if you are already registered.

Inaugural Double Down 14-Mile Challenge:
Do you have it in you? Start the 4-mile at 7:15am and get back across the finish line quickly. Proceed through the Express Lane and get back to the start line for the 10-mile no later than 7:55am. The official start for the 10-mile is at 7:45am, we will keep the start line open until 7:55am and then no one will be allowed to proceed for the challenge. All runners must maintain a 15-minute/mile pace for the duration of the 10-mile race. This is strictly enforced.

When you cross the finish line you get 3 medals – a 4-mile, 10-mile, and the Double Down medal! You also get an awesome Double Down tee. The Double Down Challenge is limited to 500 runners!

Registration Deadlines:
Online registration closes on Thursday, April 20 at 11:59 PM. In-person will be available only at the EXPO on Friday, but NOT on race day.

For safety purposes and logistics management, baby strollers and dogs are NOT allowed on the course. No exceptions will be made.

Updating or Adding Group Affiliation OR Corporate Challenge Company Affiliation:
You can update or add your group affiliation for your existing Tar Heel 10 Miler registration by logging onto http://www.sportoften.com, then click on the red My History tab on the top right of the home page, where you will find your registration.

In Person Registration & Changing Races:
In person registration will be available. Participants may change races, but you must do so at the pre-race Expo/Packet Pick-Up on Friday, April 22nd. You will be asked to pay the difference with cash or check if upgrading to a longer or timed race. Refunds will not be provided if you are downgrading. Sorry, we do not allow transfers to the Shadow Runner category.
Please do not change races without letting us know!

Refunds & Transfer Policy:
All registration fees are non-refundable. Event registrations are non-transferable between individuals, events, or years. Runners will be able to change categories from the 10 miler to the 4 mile run and visa versa. Do not change categories without letting us know first! Please come prepared to pay the difference if upgrading to the 10 miler. No refunds will be provided if you are downgrading to the 4 mile run.

Mandatory Packet Pick-Up & Pre-Race Expo Hours

Friday, April 21: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location: University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Every participant will receive a t-shirt. Shirts are ordered based on the sizes indicated during online registration (Female tees run one-size small). NO SWITCHING SIZES – NO EXCEPTIONS!

Race Day Information

Start Line Location:
Stadium Drive & South Rd in front of the Bell Tower

Finish Line Location:
Stadium Drive near Gate 2

Start Times
4 Mile Run: 7:15 AM
10 Miler: 7:45 AM

Lining Up:
All 4 Mile runners are asked to begin lining up behind the start line between 6:45-7:05 AM.  Look for pace signage indicating your predicted pace and line up accordingly. Important pre-race announcements will be made 10 minutes before the start of each race.

Official Pace Team – Sponsored by Balanced Movement & ATI PT
If you’ve got a specific goal race pace in mind for the 10 miler, be sure to follow the red shirts of the Official Pace Team runners. There will be groups running at 30 second intervals from a 6:30 to 10:30 per mile pace. No pre-race sign-up required.

Bathrooms inside Stadium:
Runners will have access to ALL bathrooms inside Kenan Stadium on race morning. There will not be portojons available at the start line since Kenan Stadium is right next to the start line.

Bag Check:
There will be a bag check available on race morning. It will be located in section 112 near Gate 3 of the Stadium (by the Bell Tower). Please provide your own bag and do NOT give us your valuables. We will not be responsible for lost items.

Weather Policy:
Races are held, rain or shine, unless Endurance Magazine determines that conditions are too dangerous. This will be based on a prudent decision made on race weekend or race day by Endurance Magazine and local law enforcement officials. If the race is canceled due to inclement weather there will be neither refunds nor transfers. This position is consistent with USA Track & Field recommendations and with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of running. In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, Endurance Magazine reserves the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race.

No baby strollers or dogs allowed on the course. Littering on the course will result in disqualification.


Overall & Age Group Awards (for 10 Miler & 4 Mile Run)
Top 3 male & female overall, Masters, 9 & under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-20, 21-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-60, 61-65, 66-70, 71+

Laurel Hill Challenge Awards (for 10 Miler)
Top 5 male & female. All runners will receive a split for the Laurel Hill portion of the race course.

All runners will be provided with race bibs with timing chips attached to the back. It is very important that the race number be worn on the front of your shirt to ensure that it works properly. In accordance with USATF Rules, overall and cash awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your chip time.

Claiming Awards

We do NOT ship unclaimed awards, but they can be picked up at the Endurance Magazine studio (1114 Environ Way, Chapel Hill) beginning the first Tuesday following the event date from 9:30am-4pm until April 27th.

NOTE: Endurance Magazine reserves the right to add/delete categories and awards prior to race based on participation.

Minimum Pace Requirement

Participants in both the 10 miler and the 4 mile run must maintain a minimum pace of 15:00/mile to participate in this event. This rule is in place to enable police to reopen the major roads used for race course. Race officials will be following the back of the pack to enforce this rule. In the event that you are unable to maintain the minimum pace, you will asked to use sidewalks and either complete the remainder of the course unassisted by police, or use the cue sheet provided by race officials that details the shortest walk back to the race site. If you have questions about this rule, please see a race official at the expo. Thank you for your understanding.


Contact us at Social@TarHeel10Miler.com

USA Track & Field North Carolina
2017 Long Distance Running 10 Mile State Championships

Thanks to USA Track & Field North Carolina, the Tar Heel 10 Miler will once again serve as the official host of the 10 mile state championships!

  • Prize Money ($2000 total)
  • Open Men & Women: 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd  $100.
  • Masters Men & Women: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50

Individual Competition Eligibility & Series Awards:
To be eligible for any placing in Open, Masters or Team categories at the USATF North Carolina Championship, you must be a full time 12 month resident of NC and a member of the USATF North Carolina Association. The top 10 runners in each Male, Female and Masters Divisions will be receiving All State Plaques at the end of the year.

Team Competition Eligibility & Series Awards:
USATF North Carolina is featuring a year-long team competition. USATF will be providing nice team trophies engraved with the winning male and female teams that will be rotated around the state each year. In order to compete, the team has to be a registered USATF NC club. Each race will need a minimum of 3 scoring members and will be calculated using cross country scoring. USATF will be calculating all Team Scoring. Altra Footwear and Feetures! are sponsoring the team competition. Each race the winning team will have a prize bag provided by the sponsors.

USA Track & Field links:
Membership Information & Registration
USATF Club Membership Information & Registration

If you have any questions or need assistance with membership, or for invited elite athlete status, please [email Jordan Swick].

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