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Reviews of Spring and Summer 2010 Races

Thanks to Courtney B. and Jim M. for providing some quick-hit reviews of spring races. We hope this helps MRC members decide which races they want to do next year! Want to add your thoughts? Send us an email to or post your comments below.

From Jim M.

Four on the Fourth / Carrboro / July 4th

  • Shady and relatively flat course around the neighborhoods in Carrboro
  • Really nice weather mid 60s at the start (incredible for July)
  • Very organized race staff
  • Large but very manageable race crowd (a little less then 700 racers)
  • Seamless last minute registration (except that they ran out of this year’s socks so I had to settle for last year’s Gobble and Gorge 8K)
  • The only negative was the lack of crowd support.

This is a great, well-organized mid-summer race.  It has a great local feel with many runners from the area, and everyone I spoke with had a great time.  Bottom line? It’s a great way to start your 4th of July holiday!

From Courtney

Dogwood 5K / Mebane / April 24 (I ran this race non-competitively, so my thoughts might be swayed by that!)

  • Fairly difficult course with several hills (including a finish on a long, slow incline!)
  • Warm but not unbearable (upper 60s to low 70s).
  • Super friendly volunteers with lots of encouragement along the course and at the finish line.
  • Great water station run by Omega Sports of Burlington.
  • Huge Mebane Running Club turnout (tons of cheering and support!)
  • Slight problem with traffic direction towards the back of the crowd (some folks were directed to the sidewalk and had to beware of traffic).

Young Life 5K / Burlington / May 8

  • Very difficult course (hilly, “halfway point” was a bit early in the race—so sad!, very little shade).
  • Hot temperatures (upper 70s or low 80s).
  • Great prizes: nice water bottles for second place winners, bookbags with goodies for first place winners.
  • A special shout-out to the Mebane Running Club over the PA system, plus a discounted registration rate ($5/off).
  • Organizers ran out of water and popsicles towards the end of the event.

Run for the Haw 5K / Graham / May 29

  • Flat, fast course, but with quite a few turns (however, this year was marked very well with signage at the school to make sure people didn’t miss the turn!)
  • Hot temperatures (upper 70s or low 80s).
  • Good prizes: nice socks for first place winners, extra random giveaways for non-winners.
  • Huge Mebane Running Club turnout – we represented about 1/3 of all participants!
  • The last 1/4 mile finish was on the track and was a bit difficult because it was very muddy from rain the previous few nights.

Running of the Bulls 8k / Durham / June 5

  • Very hilly course that crossed back over itself several times, making some folks feel a little dizzy/confused about where they were.
  • Absolutely zero shaded areas and the temperature was almost unbearable (upper 80s to low 90s)
  • Well attended race with several elite USATF certified runners and over 600 racers. It was neat to be a part of such a big crowd.
  • Super cool views of Durham during the race. You pass through a section of one of Durham’s prettiest neighborhoods—Trinity Park, through downtown, by the new ballpark and the American Tobacco area, and finish in the old ballpark.
  • Awesome Nike Dri-fit wicking shirts with great a cool race logo included in the cost. (Shirts that ACTUALLY fit and that you will ACTUALLY wear again!)
  • Wished the water station had been situated much closer to the finish, and that there were more of them. You had to stand in line to get water, and after such a difficult/hot race that was a bit tough!

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k / Raleigh / June 12 (I ran this race non-competitively, so my thoughts might be swayed by that!)

  • Fairly hilly course that is very well marked.
  • Extremely hot temperatures (low 80s to upper 80s).
  • Huge crowd of racers with TONS of supporters along the course. If you’ve never experienced this race before, you must do it! The same people set up stations year after year with sprinklers, music and kids with water guns.
  • Course starts on the Meredith campus and winds through beautiful, old, established neighborhoods with gorgeous houses.
  • 75% of your fundraising (should you choose to do so) go to an excellent cause.
  • Although it is very well organized, they often run out of various sizes of shirts. Also, with this many people at an event, you can never be there too early!

Mebane Runners Compete in Fun & Charity Events 3.12.08

Published in the 3.12.08 edition of the Mebane Enterprise…

Members of the local Mebane Running Club and Fitness Playground’s Boot Camp came together over the last several weekends to participate in local competitive and charity events. Four teams and one individual braved a cold day with threats of rain on February 17th , 2008 for Off ‘n Running Sports’ annual Valentine’s Day Massacre Marathon and Marathon Relay. The event offered either a full marathon or a relay option for 2 or 4 person teams. The first participant ran a 2.2 mile leg and then three 1.6 mile loops, and the remaining three team members each ran four 1.6 mile loops to make a full marathon. Team members alternated with about 30-40 minutes of recovery time in between each lap. Throughout the event, participants and their families, including many from Mebane, were able to cheer on their fellow team members. Jack Mignosa won the overall individual event as the first finisher of the solo marathon category with a time of 3:01:09. Team Mebane 2 finished in second place at 3:09:43 for the 4 person, co-ed category. Team members included Wally Bixby, Denise Snyder, Barbara Taylor, and Chris Walker. Team Mebane 3, which included Elaine Bixby, Pete Elder, Sarah Elder and Steve Gray, finished in third place in the same category with a time of 3:15:02. The fourth team was Mebane 1, which finished second in the ‘Geezer’ category which included runners whose combined ages exceeded 160. This team included Laura Brown, Rod Snyder, Derek Waterhouse and Lynn Waterhouse. The Mebane Running Club’s participation in the event was headed up by club member Stephanie Rankin. Last minute illness prompted Lynn Waterhouse and Rod Snyder to substitute for Stephanie and her husband Bob.

On February 23rd , 2008, the Coach Bubba 20 km and 4 mile races took place in Durham. The event was organized by the Carolina Godiva Track Club to honor Bruce Koenig, aka ‘Coach Bubba’ who passed away unexpectedly while leading a group run. This year the primary beneficiary of the race was the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA), a treatment and rehabilitation program founded in Durham. Mebane Running Club member Rachel Massai finished 8th in her age group in the 4 mile event with a finishing time of 34:43.

Saturday, March 1st brought the 19th annual Zeta Tau Alpha Franklin Street 5K Race to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. It was a perfect day for running for the nearly 400 participants, with near 60 degree temperatures and sunny skies. Mebane Running Club members won first place in three age categories, including Sarah Elder in the 25-29 group with a time of 23:20, Elaine Bixby in the 30-34 group with a 27:01 finish and Wally Bixby in the 35-39 group coming in at 21:11. Annie Luxmore of the Fitness Playground challenged her Bootcamp and CardioFit program participants to run in the event. Three members of the group received third in their respective age categories, including King Nelson at 28:38 in the 35-39 group, Annie Luxmore at 27:48 in the 25-29 group and Kim Powell-Bailey at 29:44 in the 35-39 category. Tara Corbett finished twelfth in the 25-29 group with a finishing time of 37:23. Mike Aydt finished fifth in the 50-54 age group with a time of 28:59. Mike’s daughter Melanie is a member of the race organizers, the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at UNC Chapel Hill.

Members of these two groups will be participating in many more events as the spring racing season takes off, including the Carrboro Classic Endurance Sports Festival and the Dogwood Festival 5K. The Mebane Running Club welcomes new beginner, recreational and competitive runners to its Saturday morning runs. They meet at 8 am each Saturday in front of Sweet Tooth Heaven on Clay Street. Coffee and conversation after the group run is optional but highly encouraged. Email for more information. The Fitness Playground is in a new facility on North 5th Street, offering Bootcamp, CardioFit, Indoor Cycling, Yoga and personal training. More information is available at