Around 800 runners preformed an out of sync interpretive dance titled “Trying to Keep Warm” as the temps stayed below the freezing mark before the start times of the CRC trail race on Saturday, January 18th. Heads topped in all manner and color of cap and hat bobbed and popped up out of the crowed as the competitors readied themselves for either the 4, 9, or 13 mile race.
Rains earlier in the week prompted the US National White Water Center staff to keep the trails closed for several days before the event. Much of the moisture had dried and with the limited pre-race traffic the trails were in great shape. The well supported event included volunteers handing out drinks along the trail and pre and post run refreshments, including the much sought after hot coffee.
The races provided support for the Leukemia Society and were the first of five in the Carolina Trail Race Run Points series. Events are held in several parks throughout the Charlotte area with the next up being the Sticks and Bones trail race held on March 29th at Renaissance Park. Awards are given at individual races and for the total series.
The great trail conditions made for some fast finishing times. Anthony Baio won the 13 mile race with an average per mile pace of 6 min 42 seconds. Kent Morris took the 9 mile race and Zak Capets won the 4 miler.
You can find more details about this race and the rest of the series here .