Race Across North Carolina Details

We have a two options for North Carolina.

NC01 – Border to Border (10 marathons)

Tuckertown Reservoir in Uwharrie National Forest just outside of Charlotte, NC

Tuckertown Reservoir in Uwharrie National Forest just outside of Charlotte, NC

The history of North Carolina goes all the way back to the first settlers from Europe. On the first, day we will pass through Crowders Mountain State Park, ending the day near Gastonia. We will spend the next few days passing through Charlotte and its suburbs before entering the Uwharrie National Forest which includes the Tuckertown Reservoir and the Yadkin River. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Yadkin basin was inhabited by Siouan-speaking tribes. Before the Revolutionary War, colonial settlers of primarily Scots-Irish, German, and English extraction migrated into the Yadkin basin from Virginia and Pennsylvania using the Great Wagon Road. After five total days of running, the runners will take a break in Raleigh to visit local schools, telling students about the journey and also inviting them to join the 100 Mile Club®.

The Granville County Courthouse in Oxford, NC was built in 1838 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The Granville County Courthouse in Oxford, NC was built in 1838 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

At this point, the route turns north and travels through the communities of Durham all the way to the exit point at the Virginia border. In 1701, Durham’s beauty was chronicled by the English explorer John Lawson, who called the area “the flower of the Carolinas.” During the mid-1700s, Scots, Irish, and English colonists settled on land granted to George Carteret by King Charles I (for whom the Carolinas are named). Early settlers built gristmills (a mill for grinding grain), such as West Point, and worked the land.

This is part of the Race Across USA marathon series. You will be running with the Core Team who are going coast to coast from California to Washington DC. Runners need to arrive the night before at 5pm to check-in.

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NC02 – Heart of NC (4 marathons)

During the first day of running, we will enter the Uwharrie National Forest which includes the Tuckertown Reservoir and the Yadkin River. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Yadkin basin was inhabited by Siouan-speaking tribes. Before the Revolutionary War, colonial settlers of primarily Scots-Irish, German, and English extraction migrated into the Yadkin basin from Virginia and Pennsylvania using the Great Wagon Road. We have big plans for a community event on the evening of the third day of running in Sanford, NC. Through the local newspaper we were put in touch with the Director for Student Services in Lee County Schools. This is a perfect race for those who want to earn their miles and give back to the local community at the same time.

This is part of the Race Across USA marathon series. You will be running with the Core Team who are going coast to coast from California to Washington DC and the State Team who are running all the way across the state. Runners need to arrive the night before at 5pm to check-in.

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The following is a list of suggested accommodations for state runners. We take no responsibility for the accuracy of these listings or for the quality of the establishments.


Photo Credits (in the order that they appear)

  1. Used with permission from Colon Terrell.
  2. Photo originally found on LEARN NC, a program of the UNC School of Education.