The registration fee is $40 (plus the SportOften convenience fee), and includes a long-sleeved race shirt from SportScience. Registration is limited to a total of 650 runners between the two race distances.
This year, you’ll once again have the option of registering for the TrailHeads’ other race, the Philosopher’s Way Trail Runs, held on May 6, 2017. If you register as an “add on” to your Little River race entry, you’ll save $5 on the Philosopher’s Way entry fee. We’ll also have special awards, based on total time, for runners who complete the 7k distance in both races, and for runners who complete the 10mi Little River and 15km Philosopher’s Way.
10 Mile Start Time: 9:00 AM
7k Start Time: 9:30 AM
The race will be held at the beautiful Little River Regional Park on the border between Durham and Orange Counties. The park offers visitors over 15 miles of single-track trails, comfortable pavilions for picnics, and a playground for kids. Proceeds from the race benefit the park; during the race’s first ten years, we have raised $62,000 for the Park.
Both the 7K and 10 mile course are comprised of gently rolling single-track trails with beautiful views of the river and natural areas. There is a single aid station on the 7K course and three aid stations on the 10 mile course. Please join us for fruit, bagels, and warm beverages at the end of the race.
Race numbers and Little River long-sleeved shirts (included in the registration fee) will be available for pickup on Friday, January 13, from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Fleet Feet Sports Carrboro. Fleet Feet is located at 300 East Main Street in Carrboro. Note that Fleet Feet is open until 7:00 pm on Friday, but packet pickup will end at 6:30 pm.
Race bibs and shirts also may be picked up on race morning at the race site (Little River Regional Park). Race-day pickup begins at 7:30 am. Note that the 10 mile race begins at 9:00 am, while the 7k begins at 9:30 am. If you’re planning on picking up your race number on race day, be sure to arrive in plenty of time. You’ll avoid standing in line out in the cold if you pick up your stuff on Friday instead of Saturday morning.
Please remember that this is a “no headphones” event. This rule is intended to provide a safe and enjoyable trail run for all participants. While running with music can be great for training runs, running a trail race while wearing headphones means that you can’t hear those who may want to pass safely. So please respect this rule!
There will be one aid station for the 7k route, and three aid stations for the 10 mile route. All aid stations will have water as well as friendly, enthusiastic volunteers. We encourage you to bring a handheld water bottle for the event. This cuts down on our use of paper cups (and it allows you access to water throughout your run). Aid station volunteers will be more than willing to refill your bottle. If you need medical attention, please ask at any of the aid stations. We’ll have medical personnel at the event, and bikes patrolling the wide trails of the course (and checking in at the aid stations), just in case.
Race day temperatures have ranged from 15 to 70 degrees, but we typically have chilly January weather. Depending on how much precipitation we get during race week, you may find mud on the trails, and you may want to watch for icy or slick spots on the bridges on the course. Be sure to bring something warm to throw on after the race, so that you can enjoy more post-race fun, as well as the award ceremony.
Please carpool if at all possible! Over the last ten years, our race has grown from 250 to 650 participants, while the size of the parking area available for the race has decreased. We’ve been able to sustain this growth because we’ve had great success in limiting the number of vehicles. Please help us continue this: carpool! The race’s Facebook page includes a thread for arranging rides.
Thanks to our title sponsors — Altra Running, ATI Physical Therapy, Balanced Movement Studios, Fleet Feet Sports Carrboro and Durham, and Open Eye Café. Sponsors improve our event in many ways and we are grateful for their support. Please keep them in mind when you eat, drink and shop!
Prizes will be awarded to the top overall finishers (men’s and women’s) in both races, as well as to the masters’ (over 40) winners. We’ll also have prizes for the first, second, and third place finisher in each age group (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, etc.).
Little River Regional Park is located on the Orange/Durham county line, in Hillsborough, NC. The park entrance is on Guess Rd, about 1.1 miles into Orange County. The physical address of the Park is 301 Little River Parkway, Rougemont, NC 27572.
From I-85 in Durham exit onto Guess Rd (Hwy 157) and go N. app 12 miles. After passing a convenience store on your L, watch for the second entrance to Bromley Rd on right. Park entrance is after that. Watch for the Orange Co line and the entrance is a mile or so beyond that.
From I-40: Raleigh-Cary-Apex: NC 157 (Guess Rd.) is exit 175 off of I-85 in Durham. If on I-40, you can cross over at I-540 to 70W and then take I-85 S. If you are coming from Apex, you might be better off going Hwy 55 through Durham to I-85, then S a couple exits to Guess Rd. Once on traveling north on Guess Road, watch for the Orange Co line and the entrance is a mile or so beyond that.
Chapel Hill, especially the Carrboro side : Take Old 86 through Calvander and turn R on New Hope Church Rd. At the stop sign at the end of New Hope Church turn R on Old NC 10. Go about 2 mi and turn L on Mt. Herman Church Rd. Go straight at the stop light at 70 and the road name changes to Pleasant Green Rd. Go about 5 mi and at the 4 way stop turn R on St Marys Rd. Go about 3 mi and at the light turn L on Guess Rd(157). Go about 2 mi, pass a Citgo station on L and after entering Orange Co go about a mile and turn R into park.
If coming from Hillsborough, take St. Marys Rd out to Guess Rd (NC 157).
If coming from the W (Burlington etc) on I-40/I-85: Take I-85 at the split and get off at Exit 170. Go back a short distance towards Hillsborough and at the light turn R on Pleasant Green Rd. At the 4 way stop turn R on St Marys Rd. Go about 3 mi and at the light turn L on Guess Rd(157). Go about 2 mi, pass a Citgo station on L and after entering Orange Co go about a mile and turn R into park.
Please, please, please carpool to the race site! This is not only about going greener…it’s a practical matter. There is limited parking at Little River, and we have a record number of participants this year. Eighty-five percent of registered runners indicated that they planned to carpool to this event…so please be sure that you do this (and if even more runners carpool, all the better!). We know that carpooling takes extra planning and effort. We’ve set up a Facebook page for the race “like” us on that page, there’s a Discussions tab. Click there for a forum to use to arrange carpooling.
The race will be held at the beautiful Little River Regional Park on the border between Durham and Orange Counties. The park offers visitors over 15 miles of single-track trails, comfortable pavilions for picnics and a playground for kids.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Little River Regional Park & Natural Area.
We have provided maps for the 7k and 10 mile courses that reflect past events. Please note that the course(s) on race day may differ from these maps due to weather, erosion, or other factors beyond the control of the Park, Organizers, or Sponsors.