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The Tar Heel 10 Miler is designed to celebrate YOU and showcase downtown Chapel Hill, the UNC campus and the surrounding historic neighborhoods. A true Carolina showcase with thousands of UNC alumni crossing the finish line each year.

Not a UNC Fan? With it’s unique “Crash The Party” category, this event embraces the fun rivalry across neighboring campuses like NC State, Duke, and East Carolina University.

The Tar Heel 10 Miler benefits the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA’s We Build People Campaign. Endurance Magazine, together with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and Fleet Feet Sports are proud to bring you this landmark running event – Join us!

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 20

 

Saturday, April 21

  • 5:30am Kenan Stadium open and all bathrooms open
  • 6:30am All runners are here and parked. Arrive later and you risk missing the race start
  • 6:45am Start Line chute open at South Rd at Bell Tower
  • 7:10am Pre-race announcements and national anthem
  • 7:15am 4 Mile Run Start
  • 7:45am10 Miler Start
  • 7:35am First 4 Mile Run finisher
  • 7:45am Post-race festivities begin
  • 8:35amFirst 10 Miler finisher
  • 10:15am Last official runner & start of awards ceremony

Packet Pickup

Friday, April 20: 11 AM-7 PM

University Place
201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

Yes! You may pick up race bibs for friends/family; no ID required.

On-site registration and distance changes will be available. If upgrading to a longer distance race, you will be asked to pay the difference. Refunds are not be provided for switching to a shorter distance race.

Please do not change races without letting us know!

Sorry, we do not allow transfers to the Shadow Runner category.

Race Day Pre-Paid Packet Pickup

Registered to run, but can’t make the Expo fun?

Race numbers and shirt pick-up will be available on race morning for a $15 convenience fee. This service is limited to 250 participants. This opportunity is first come, first serve and once sold out, we will not offer any other Race Day Packet Pick-Up options.

You must REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS SERVICE by 11:59, Thursday, April 19.  This link will take you to your active.com registration.  Click PURCHASE ADDITIONAL ITEMS to add Race Day Packet Pick Up.

Once you register for this service, you will NOT receive a refund if you pick up your packet at the Expo. Friends/Family may not pick up your packet for you on Race Day.

Race Day Packet Pickup hours are as follows: 5:30 AM – 6:30 AM. An email will be sent out very early Friday morning announcing the Race Day Packet Pickup location.

Crash The Party
Crash The Party!

Not a fan of UNC? It’s Super Easy to Crash The Party!

Just affiliate with your school during registration. The schools represented in the Crash the Party are not limited to ACC schools.  The CTP contest includes the following schools: Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, NC Central, ECU, UNC Wilmington, UNC Greensboro, Georgia Tech, Appalachian State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Davidson, and Elon.

The top 3 schools represented get:

Party Crasher Performance T (in school colors)

Party Crasher Race Bib

Bragging Rights!

Crash the Party Contest – House Rules

RUN! Sign up for the Tar Heel 10 Miler or Fleet Feet Sports 4 Mile Run and affiliate with your rival school of choice. Affiliation is easy & part of the online registration process.

SCORE! We’ll keep score of which schools have the most runners entered and it will be updated right here.

RAISE THE CUP! Only the school with the most runners signed up gets the honor of hoisting the digital PARTY CRASHER CUP as bragging rights.  Of course, no lead is safe so get your friends/family/classmates to sign up and affiliate with your school too.

CUSTOM RACE BIBS! On race day, the top 3 non-UNC schools represented receive custom race bibs in their school color.  What a great way to make a statement in Carolina Blue Country!

BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR 364 DAYS! We’ll announce the winner of the Crash the Party Contest race week. Your school keeps the digital PARTY CRASHER CUP for the next year!

FINAL 2017 Scoreboard: NC State (523) – Duke (312) – East Carolina (79)
Appalachian State: 61
Wake Forest: 42
Virginia Tech: 39
Virginia: 32
Clemson: 19
UNC Wilmington: 34
NC Central: 29
South Carolina: 16
Georgia Tech: 5
UNC Greensboro: 15
Pittsburgh: 12
Syracuse: 34

Get Registered!
April 21, 2018

Join us for North Carolina’s Premier Running Experience! The 11th Annual Tar Heel 10 Miler and Fleet Feet 4 Mile Run takes you on a beautiful tour of Chapel Hill!

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Directions

Transportation

Download the Official Parking Plan

The Official Parking Plan was developed in partnership with UNC Police and the Town of Chapel Hill.  Please follow the plan to minimize frustration for everyone.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Pre-race Parking

UNC Police and McLaurin Professional Parking Services, with support from race volunteers, manage the pre-race parking logistics so everyone arrives at the start line in time and without undue stress.

3 things you MUST know
  1. You MUST arrive and be parked by 6:30am to avoid the UNC Hospital shift change traffic. The 4 Miler starts at 7:15 AM, the 10 Miler starts at 7:45am.
  2. To minimize congestion on major roads, follow our directions (pages 2 & 3 of the parking plan) based on your home or hotel.
  3. Follow the instructions of parking professionals and volunteers. As parking decks/lots fill up, they will direct you to available parking.

If you have alternative means of transportation on race morning, use them; there are bike racks on campus and we encourage carpooling!

Parking Print Outs
UNC Hospital Shift Change

At 7:00 AM UNC Hospital has a shift change which results in additional traffic on Manning Drive – the same road used to access the parking lots from Fordham Blvd (Rt 15/501). Our advice, arrive well before 7:00 AM.

Raleigh Road Closed

Raleigh Rd (Rt 54) will be closed from the intersection of 15/501 (Fordham Blvd) to Country Club Rd starting at 5:00 AM on race morning.

Ramshead Parking Deck Closed to Runners

Please do not attempt to park in the Ramshead parking deck located on Ridge Rd next to Kenan Stadium as this will be reserved for other campus visitors. Race officials will be monitoring the entrance to this parking deck.

Medical Information

To report a runner needing medical attention, call 919-907-1EMS  or  (919) 907-1367

Preparation and Safety

Runners participating in this race should have prepared adequately. During the month before the race, your training should include a minimum of two runs that are at least two-thirds the length of this race. Untrained entrants should not attempt the course.

Over 6,000 runners will be on the course, so run defensively, watch for others, and yield if necessary. Watch for potholes on the course. Pace yourself and don’t burn out by starting too fast. Complete the emergency medical information field on the back of your race bib. Please leave your headphones at home (they’re allowed, but not encouraged).

Temperature and Humidity

Temperature and humidity can affect the performance and safety of runners. Warm temperatures and high humidity increase the incidence of heat related injuries.

Air Quality

In the presence of excess pollution or pollen, vigorous physical activity may be hazardous to individuals, particularly those with heart or respiratory problems. Symptoms may include irritation of the eyes, nose, throat; cough; labored breathing; dizziness; fatigue; and severe headache.

Area Weather Information

If you have any health or pulmonary concerns which may be affected by air quality, visit the National Weather Service website at weather.noaa.gov or call 919-515-8209 ext. 1.

Check local weather at Williams Airport in Chapel Hill

Prevention of Physical Problems
  • Don’t run to exhaustion during the week before this race.
  • Avoid fatty foods the night before and morning of the race.
  • Consume at least 600 grams of carbohydrate for 3-4 days prior to competition.
  • Warm up before the race with light running followed by stretching your calf, hamstring, quadricep, groin, and trunk muscles. If your muscles tighten or cramp during the run, stop and stretch. If that does not relieve cramps, stop at an aid or medical station.
  • Blisters can be prevented by wearing well-fitting, broken-in shoes, and soft lightweight socks. Remove pebbles immediately. Toenails should be trimmed. If you feel a hot spot developing, stop at an aid station for care. If a blister gets infected, it can be literally life threatening, so have blisters treated at an aid station.
  • Chafing occurs where clothing rubs against the skin. Prevent chafing by wearing loose-fitting clothes and applying petroleum jelly or protective bandaging to areas such as nipples, armpits, neckline, groin, and feet.
Fluid Replenishment
  • Know your own individual fluid replacement needs. You should ascertain how much fluid your body needs during your preparation for the race. Don’t become dehydrated. If you become thirsty, you are behind in fluid replenishment. Drink up to 16 ounces of fluid (preferably a sports drink containing sodium and electrolytes) 2 hours before the race. Water and Accelerade will be available at 3 aid stations on the course and at the finish.
Recognition of Physical Problems
  • While every runner will experience varying degrees of discomfort, significant changes in physical status should be recognized. If in doubt, stop to ask for advice. Race officials and course marshals are in radio and telephone contact with our medical team. Ambulances and roving bike teams are located on the course.
Symptoms of Heat Injury

Hair is standing on end (i.e. goosebumps) on the chest or upper arms; chilling; headache or throbbing pressure; un-steadiness; vomiting or nausea; labored breathing; faintness; muscle cramps; excessive fatigue, excessive or lack of sweating; confusion/irritability; or lightheadedness.

Do not continue with these symptoms, or you may collapse or become unconscious.

Symptoms of Overexertion

Nausea; vomiting; extreme breathlessness; dizziness; unusual fatigue; headache.

Injured Runners

Injured runners will be transported either to the medical tent at the finish line or to UNC Hospital Emergency Room (919) 966-4721. Reporting injuries or downed runners to medical personnel, course marshals or aid station personnel along the course.

Any race official has the authority to remove any runner whom he/she feels is at medical risk.

Rules

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

Minimum Pace

Participants in all events must maintain a minimum pace of 15:00/mile to participate in this event enabling police to reopen the major roads used. Race officials follow 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.

Cancellations, Transfers & Deferrals

Entry fees are non-refundable.

We appreciate you, as our customer, and understand that sometimes you just can’t make the race. We have created a great policy that offers you several different options, in the event you cannot attend on race day. You may choose only one of the options below:

Defer Your Entry

You may defer your entry to another date or event within our event portfolio. Deferrals are allowed and must be processed by the Event registration manager. An administration fee of $25 will be charged in the event you defer. Deferrals expire after 12 months. Athlete may request a deferral by submitting an email request prior to March 21, 2018.

Purchase Booking Protect

Booking Protect offers through the ACTIVE Network, race registration protection to runners so that they can get their entry fees back if they can’t participate in running events for covered reasons. The product, called Registration Protection is located in the registration path on Active. All refunds and claims will go through Booking Protect.

Transfers

You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Bib transfers are allowed for an administration charge of $25 and must be processed through the ACTIVE Network registration portal no later than April 6, 2018.

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