Race Info

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. Together with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and Fleet Feet we are proud to bring you this landmark running event – Join us!

Fee Schedule

Tar Heel 10 Miler

$35 thru April 30, 2018
$50 thru June 7, 2018
$65 thru December 31, 2018
$70 thru January 31, 2019
$75 thru February 28, 2019
$80 thru April 2, 2019
$84 thru April 13, 2019 (*if you can’t make it to the expo, you must pay a $15 convenience fee to pick your packet up race morning)

4 Mile Run

$25 thru April 30, 2018
$30 thru June 7, 2018
$35 thru January 31, 2019
$40 thru February 28, 2019
$45 thru April 2, 2019
$50 thru April 13, 2019 (*if you can’t make it to the expo, you must pay a $15 convenience fee to pick your packet up race morning)

Double Down Challenge

$72 thru April 30, 2018
$80 thru June 7, 2018
$90 thru December 31, 2018
$95 thru January 31, 2019
$105 thru February 28, 2019
$115 thru April 2, 2019
$125 thru April 13, 2019 (*if you can’t make it to the expo, you must pay a $15 convenience fee to pick your packet up race morning)

Shadow Runner

Can’t join us in Chapel Hill? No Problem! Run 10 Miles on your own and we’ll send you your t-shirt and well deserved medal the week after the race!

$50 through April 5, 2019


Distance Changes

You may change the distance you registered for at any time through April 11, 2019 online by signing in to your Active account. Or you will be able to make distance changes at the Expo.  You MUST run the race for which you are registered or you may be disqualified!

If you go from a shorter distance to a longer distance you will pay the price difference.

If you go from a longer distance to a shorter distance there is no fee.

If you switch from the 4 miler or 10 miler to the Double Down Challenge you will pay the difference.

If you have ANY questions, please email us: registration@motivsports.com

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 12, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • 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
  • 8:00 am 10 Miler Start Line Closes (all Double Down Runners MUST cross the 10 Miler Start by 8;00 am)
  • 8:35amFirst 10 Miler finisher
  • 10:15am Last official runner & start of awards ceremony

Packet Pickup

Friday, April 12

Location: University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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.

REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS SERVICE   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 at the Results Tent at the Finish Line Expo.  We will ONLY be handing out Race Bibs to those who have paid for this service.

Get Registered!
April 13, 2019

Join us for North Carolina’s Premier Running Experience! The 12th Annual Tar Heel 10 Miler and Fleet Feet 4 Mile Run takes you on a beautiful tour of Chapel Hill!

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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!

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.


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.

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

Event Cancelation + Transfer Policy

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 the 2020 event.  Deferrals must be processed through your ACTIVE MyEvents account and an administration fee of $25 will be charged. The deferral will expire after the 2020 event and you will not be able to defer your registration again.  Deferrals must be processed prior to April 6th, 2019.

Log into your MyEvents.ACTIVE.com account and select “Change event” to begin the process.  Don’t see the “Change event” button? Email registration@motivsports.com for help claiming your entry.

Transfers: You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. However, bib transfers are allowed for an administration charge of $25 and must be processed through your ACTIVE MyEvents account no later than April 11th, 2019. If you transfer your bib, you will receive a refund (minus the $25 administration charge) once the new participant signs up. The new runner will need to pay the full entry fee at the time of the transfer.  This process is in place to avoid any fraudulent sales of race numbers.

Log into your MyEvents.ACTIVE.com account and select “Transfer registration” to begin the process.

Purchase Event Insurance: Booking Protect offers Registration Protector, which provides insurance to runners in many emergency and injury situations. This must be purchased at the time of registration, and cannot be retroactively added. If an event occurs that is covered under their policy, you would need to file a claim to receive a full race refund.  

For questions and inquiries regarding submitting an insurance claim, please contact Booking Protect using the following methods. 

Submit a Refund Application: https://bookingprotect.com/refund/
General Customer Service: https://bookingprotect.com/contact-us/

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