We completed the Cupcake Race at Brier Creek back on October 14th. I was hoping to have the whole family involved, but our oldest had a band competition and was unable to take part.
The race itself is very good value. We paid $15 each and that covered the race, time-chips, t-shirt, medal, water bottles, and of course a cupcake at the end. The course starts in the Brier Creek shopping center area and runs out and down the road at the back, toward Lumley Rd and then back.
I pushed Xander in the stroller for the duration. He was very well behaved and loved watching all the people running around him.
It was a nice family day out. I never imagined us running races together as a family. How things change! Our next family race (with Nathan included) is the Krispy Kreme Challenge in February. We’re all signed up and ready to eat some doughnuts!
Check out this new app designed for running and cycling activities. It’s called Relive and it currently supports Strava and Garmin Connect only.
After connecting your accounts, the app will automatically create video flyovers of your route, like my example below that I posted to Instagram. On my first try, the video was not available for at least 30 minutes after I synced with Strava.
If your photos are geo-tagged, and uploaded to Strava within 15 mins, Relive will embed them in your video as well. It will show them at the exact point on the route that they were taken. Very impressive.
I loved how the race day coincided with the weekly Durham Farmer’s market, so after the race we were able to grab food from the food trucks. Liz, Xander and Katie came down to hang out with us afterward. We will definitely be signing up for next year.
I posted this route a while back on the blog and finally got around to running it this past weekend. I left around 7.30am, and it was just as quiet as it was the last time (around the lake section). A few geese protecting their little one, tried to block my path, all three of them hissing at me. Grrrr.
The new section of this route which I had not run before was really nice. It’s well sign-posted and called “Kitt Creek Loop”. I followed it down Development Drive and back round to Davis Drive.
It was warm and humid and I was worn out by mile 10. Instead of running any further hills, I adjusted the route and ran the last three miles on a flat track and then Liz came to take me home. 🙂
Next Friday at this time, I’ll be picking up my race bib for Bull City Running Company’s Running Of The Bulls 8K (website).
The race starts on Saturday morning, June 3rd at 7.15am. It’s the first time I’ve ran this particular race, but I have ran very similar routes in Durham before so I have an idea of what to expect (i.e. HILLS).
I enjoy running through cities. You get to see things you easily miss when driving through. You also get a better feel for where everything is. I’m looking forward to it!
Of all the places I’ve ran so far, none have felt so desolate and alone as portions of this route — particularly down Louis Stephens and through the Lake Betz Wetlands. The fact that there’s a large wetlands area in the middle of the Research Park took me by surprise when I stumbled upon it. It was real pretty for sure, but there was not a soul or vehicle in sight — even with all the office buildings around.
The last time I ran here, I turned right on Kit Creek Rd after coming out of the Wetlands area and ran back along Davis Dr. That cut the route down to around 8 miles.
This extended version of the route is just over 13 miles long. Instead of coming back on Davis Dr, the route goes through the Kits Creek neighborhood, into Providence Place and then back along the greenway to Town Hall Dr.