Rootrock Trail Run - 5K/10K/Half Marathon

Sat October 21, 2023 at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC Directions



($40: Ages 6 - 17) ($40: Ages 65+)
9:30AM EDT Registration ends October 20, 2023 at 9:00pm EDT
Open to ages 6+.


($50: Ages 8 - 17) ($50: Ages 65+)
9:00AM EDT Registration ends October 20, 2023 at 9:00pm EDT
Open to ages 8+.

Half Marathon

($70: Ages 8 - 17) ($70: Ages 65+)
8:30AM EDT Registration ends October 20, 2023 at 9:00pm EDT
Open to ages 8+.


Welcome to the 3rd Annual Rootrock Trail Run!   Run 5K, 10K, or the Half Marathon on 10/21/23 at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC. Sprawling over 900 acres and located on the south side of Chapel Hill, NC, Briar Chapel is a green community that boasts a vast network of forested hiking and mountain biking trails. In addition to fantastic trails, centrally located Great Meadow Park, with its beautiful lawn, stage, and pavilion, offers a perfect setting area to start and finish a race.

Athletes will be treated to some awesome courses that include a mixture of smooth and flowing dirt trails, rock and root strewn single-track, and challenging hill climbs. After finishing the race, athletes will enjoy post-race food, great music, a free kids race, and a fun awards ceremony with lots of giveaways.  

Race Courses

Briar Chapel has over 15 miles of AWESOME single-track.  There are some easy, flat mellow areas but most of the trails at Briar Chapel offer a fun challenge and include plenty of rocks, roots, and hills.  We would categorize the trails at Briar Chapel as moderately technical.  Each of the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon, one-loop race courses, starts with .3 miles of downhill pavement running, perfect for spacing out runners.  After that, runners hit the trails, and stay on the trails, except for a few road crossings and short paved sections. 

For more details on each individual course, click on the links below:

5K Course
10K Course
Half Marathon Course

Race Highlights / Registration Fee Includes

  • Limited race entry to provide an intimate and friendly race experience and to prevent overcrowding on the trails
  • Fun and challenging course design
  • Professional race operations
  • Superbly marked course – you won’t get lost
  • Race tee that you’ll love and want to wear. Comes in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes (see link for sizing/specs).  
  • Beautiful finisher medal that doubles as a drink coaster.
  • Exciting atmosphere with great music
  • Excellent volunteer support
  • Frequent and well-stocked aid stations every 1-2 miles along the course
  • Medical support
  • Chip timing – accurate and timely posting of results
  • Abundant, varied, and tasty post-race food/beverage (including sliders, fresh fruit, hummus/veggies, bagels/peanut butter, trail bars, chips, cookies, and a crowd favorite, little cups of M&Ms.  Beverages include water, Gatorade, soft drinks, Honest Kids juice, and Athletic Brewing Company craft non-alcoholic beer)
  • FREE Kids Race for Treasure (see below for details)
  • Awards and giveaways (see below for details)
  • FREE photo downloads post-race (a professional photographer will be at the race)
  • Online registration pricing for Youth 17-U and Seniors stays at lowest rate

Schedule of Events

STAGING AREA:  Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel (161 Salt Cedar Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516)

FRIDAY, 10/19/23

  • 4pm-6pm:  Optional Early Check-in / Packet Pick-up @ Fleet Feet Carrboro (310 E Main St #120, Carrboro, NC 27510).  Early packet pick-up available for all racers that register by 5pm on 10/18/23.

SATURDAY, 10/21/23 (Race Day)

  • 7:15am-9:15am:  Check-in / Packet-up (check-in only if you did not pick up packet on Thursday)
  • 8:20am:  Half Marathon Pre-Race Brief
  • 8:30am:  Half Marathon Start
  • 8:50am: 10K Pre-Race Brief
  • 9am:  10K Start
  • 9:20am:  5K Pre-Race Brief
  • 9:30am:  5K Start
  • 10am-12:30pm:  Post-race Food/Beverage
  • 11am – FREE Kids Race for Treasure (kids 11-U)
  • 11:30am:  Awards, Giveaways, and Push Up Contest

FREE Kids Race for Treasure

At 11am, kids 11-under are invited to participate in the FREE Kids Race for Treasure.  All kids are welcome to participate and parents are encouraged to line the race course to cheer them on.  We will match kids in age groups (3-U, 4-5, 6-7, and 8-11) and start each group separately on a short out and back ‘race course’ in the large field near the staging area.  After running, kids can grab a prize (toys from the dollar store:) from the Treasure Chest!    

Awards, Giveaways, and Age Groups

Finisher medal to all participants.  Prizes and awards for top five overall M/F competitors in each distance. Awards for the top three M/F competitors in each age group.

Age groups for each distance: 13-Under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

We will randomly select winners of some great giveaways – includes gift certificates, running gear, and Roadless Races merchandise.  Racers and volunteers are eligible to win.

Create a Team and have fun with friends

Adventures are more fun with friends so create a team and invite your friends to join you in this race. Creating or joining a team is simple during or after registration.  NOTE:  This is not a relay so all team members will still be running their own race.     

Refer your friends and earn rewards

Invite friends to join in the fun.  Every person who signs up using your unique referral link will help you earn rewards.  

  • Receive a sweet Roadless Races Trucker Hat when you refer TWO (2) runners.  One hat/person.  Pick up your hat at check-in.
  • Receive $25 cash back for EVERY FOUR (4) runners you refer.

Your referral link will be included on your confirmation email and we will also send you a separate email that you can forward to your friends.  Also, your referral link will be embedded in the social share buttons at the end of registration.  Plenty of ways to invite your friends and earn rewards.   


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


Staging area at Briar Chapel's Great Meadow Park in Chapel Hill, NC. Address: 161 Salt Cedar Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27516


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