In close partnership with the Town of Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina, and NC-DOT, we are proud to produce the Tar Heel 10 Miler and the Fleet Feet Sports 4 Mile Run.
This will once again be an amazing, community-building event and we appreciate the tremendous support that we receive from Chapel Hill residents and business owers.
With over 6000 runners participating in “Chapel Hill’s Best Event” there will be many road closures and traffic diversions/detours that we want you to be aware of. We encourage you to become familiar with the information presented here so that you will be minimally-inconvenienced should you be out and about on race morning.
The Carolina Inn is the only hotel on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, and guests are a short walk from all university destinations and historic Franklin Street.
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Just a short drive from downtown, our Chapel Hill hotel’s central location between University of North Carolina and Duke University provides easy access to Research Triangle Park and the bustling surrounding area, featuring attractions such as Franklin Street, Finley Golf Course, and more.
Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from May 31, 2017 to April 23, 2018.
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Chapel Hill Residents & Downtown Businesses
The 10 Miler runners will be passing through Chapel Hill’s downtown district and many of its most beautiful neighborhoods:
Battle Park, Historic Rosemary, Gimghoul, Greenwood, and Laurel Hill. In all cases, cars should use extreme caution and heed the directions of police and race course marshals. Impact time frames and local traffic instructions available below.
Downtown / 7:00-9:00am
All lanes of Franklin St will be closed from 7:00-9:00am from Park Place to Graham St. All eastbound traffic coming from Carrboro is advised to use Rosemary St eastbound or Merritt Mill Rd southbound. All westbound traffic coming from East Franklin St is advised to use Estes Dr to MLK or Estes Dr to 15-501.
Franklin St will be closed at Estes Dr. and Merritt Mill Rd from 7:00-9:00am. Only local through traffic will be allowed for residents living between Estes Dr. and Park Place.
Historic Rosemary / 7:30-8:15am
The following roads will be closed within the Historic Rosemary neighborhood. Should you wish to exit, please do so by 7:30 am.
- Hillsborough St from Franklin to North
- North from Hillsborough to Boundary
- Boundary from North to Franklin
- E. Rosemary from Hillsborough to Boundary
Battle Park / 7:30-8:45am
S. Boundary St will be closed from Franklin St to Park Place. Park Place will be closed from Franklin St to to thru traffic. Should you wish to exit, please do so via Battle Ln toward E. Cameron Ave.
Gimghoul / 7:30-9:30am
Runners will be using the entire width of the roads. Exiting the neighborhood during the above time frame will be very difficult and likely dangerous to the runners. Please plan to exit the neighborhood prior to 7:15am if you need to go somewhere on race morning.
Greenwood Rd/ 8:15-9:20am
The intersection of Raleigh Rd & Greenwood Rd will be closed. Runners will be using the right lane of the roads inside the Greenwood neighborhood. Should you absolutely need to exit the neighborhood, please use extreme caution and navigate to the northernmost Old Mill Rd exit to Fordham Blvd.
Laurel Hill / 8:30-10:00am
Runners will be using both lanes as they run uphill. Police will be securing the top and bottom of the hill, blocking all thru traffic. Should you absolutely need to exit the neighborhood, please use the downhill (southbound) lane only towards Fordham Blvd.
Where are Runners & When
View the Course Impact Chart for a better understanding of where runners will be between 7:15-10:30am on race morning.
Road Closure: Raleigh Rd
With NC-DOT approval & support, Raleigh Rd will be completely closed to traffic between Country Club Rd & the intersection of 15/501 from 5:00-10:00 AM. Electronic signage will be placed on 15/501 and Rt 54 during race week to remind motorists of this important road closure. Please avoid the intersection of Rt 54 and 15/501 on race morning if possible. Otherwise, please use the designated detour routes.
Other Road Closures
All other roads along the course will be closed and then re-opened on a rolling basis as the runners pass by the various areas on the course. Most road closures will occur between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Police and course monitors will be positioned at each intersection on the course. Vehicles will not be allowed on the course once that section of roadway has been closed. Detours and alternate routes will be enabled by police, public works, & course marshals. At certain intersections, cars may be “pulsed” across the course when deemed safe by the officer controlling that intersection. Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to find a large enough break in the participants to “pulse” across your car.
UNC Campus Visitors
There will be many concurrent events taking place on campus on race morning. UNC Police will be working very closely with race organizers and Chapel Hill Public Works to ensure that campus remains as accessible as possible.
Be sure to download the Race Morning Campus Visitor Guide for information about navigating campus and parking on race morning. UNC Police officers will have these guides available to hand out to motorists at key intersections.
If you are organizing an event on campus on race morning, please be sure to [contact us] as soon as possible. We also recommend that you notify [UNC Police] if you have not already done so.