The Zen Squirrel Trail Run is where it all started for Roadless Races in 2019, and it's BACK! Offering 2 mile, 5 mile, and 10 mile distance options, this race brings together trail runners for fun, challenge, and healthy competition. Runners 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, enjoy post-race food, great music, a free kids race, and an awards ceremony with fun contests and lots of giveaways.
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 20+ miles of fantastic trails at Briar Chapel, centrally located Great Meadow Park, with its beautiful lawn, stage, and pavilion, offers a perfect setting area to start and finish a race.
STAGING AREA: Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel (161 Salt Cedar Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516)
SATURDAY, 5/4/24 (Race Day)
Briar Chapel has 20+ 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 2, 5, and 10 mile, one-loop race courses, starts with .4 miles of downhill pavement running, perfect for separating the field of runners. After that, runners hit the trails, and stay on the trails, except for a few road crossings and the finish up to the staging area at Great Meadow Park.
For more details on each individual course, click on the links below:
At 9:45am, 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’ in the large field near the staging area. After running, kids can grab a prize (toys from the dollar store:) from the Treasure Chest!
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.
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.
Invite friends to join in the fun. Every person who signs up using your unique referral link will help you earn the following rewards.
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.
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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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