This landmark running event showcases UNC Campus & Chapel Hill from every angle! Both race courses make no compromises and deliver the best running experience Chapel Hill has to offer, and arguably one of the best in North Carolina. The race starts on South Rd on the campus of the University of North Carolina and goes through downtown Chapel Hill as well as several gorgeous residential neighborhoods. It culminates with a finish at Kenan Memorial Football Stadium.
4 Mile Run – Starts at 7:15 AM
The 4 Mile Run course is almost completely different! The course starts at the Bell Tower then takes South Rd westbound to Columbia Street and up to W. Cameron Avenue. After a beautiful straight-away down the tree-lined W. Cameron Avenue, runners will make their way to W. Franklin Street via Roberson Street. After taking in the great vibe and scenery of downtown Chapel Hill, runners will make their way down to E. Cameron Avenue via Columbia Street where they get the chance to run past the Old Well. Next up is a loop through the beautiful Gimghoul neighborhood then, finally, an exhilarating downhill dash on Ridge Rd to the finish line at Kenan Stadium. Overall this course is more beginner-friendly (no Laurel Hill) and more scenic, and sure to be more popular than ever!
10 Miler – Starts at 7:45 AM
The 10 Miler course was redesigned in 2016 to accommodate more runners and reduce congestion during the early stages of the race. You get fewer turns and more long and wide stretches down Cameron Avenue and Franklin Street. The last 5 miles of the course are the same, highlighted as always by the climb up Laurel Hill between mile markers 8 & 9 and a finish at at Kenan Stadium.
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In total, there will be 5 fully-stocked aid stations on the course. The Franklin Street aid station will serve runners in both directions. Each aid station will have 4 portable toilets available.
Special thanks to our Official Water Sponsor – Diamond Springs!
Laurel Hill Challenge:
Get ready for the Planet Fitness Laurel Hill Challenge!
Laurel Hill Road passes through one of the most exclusive and beautiful neighborhoods in Chapel Hill, but it has a reputation for being one of the most challenging roads to run up. Over the course of approximately one mile, runners will climb just over 200 vertical feet. Runners will cross a timing mat at the bottom and top of Laurel Hill Road. A separate split will be included in your final results, so start placing your bets now with your runner friends.
Best of all, the top 5 fastest male and female runners in the 10 Miler get special awards!
COURSE PREVIEW VIDEO & 360 DEGREE PHOTOGRAPHS
Thanks to our friends at Flyboy Aerial Photography we will have the ability to share with you an amazing course preview video in the months leading up to race day. Fans of the Tar Heel 10 Miler, fans of UNC, and anyone that loves Chapel Hill will surely love these as much as we do.