Zen Squirrel Trail Running Series (Race #3 @ Briar Chapel)

Sat November 21, 2020 Chapel Hill, NC 27516 US Directions
Ditch the Pavement, Upgrade to Trails


2 Mile Fun Run

9:00AM EST

5 Mile

9:00AM EST

10 Mile

9:00AM EST

COVID-19 UPDATE ON 11/2/20 - Zen Squirrel on 11/21 is CANCELLED

Update on 11/2/20 - Due to continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Zen Squirrel Trail Run scheduled for November 21st at Briar Chapel has been cancelled.  We are extremely disappointed that we will not be able to host this event but remain hopeful that the new year will offer more favorable conditions to produce in-person trail running events. 

Zen Squirrel Series Description

Held on some of the best trail networks in Chapel Hill, NC, the Zen Squirrel is a three-race trail running series that brings together adventure seeking athletes for fun, challenge, and healthy competition. Athletes choose to run in the 5 or 10 mile competitive events or in the 2-mile, untimed, fun run. All scenic, forest covered courses are pretty darn awesome and include a mixture of smooth and flowing dirt trails, rock and root strewn single-track, and challenging hill climbs.

After each race, athletes gather for fun post-race festivities which include tasty food, great music, free kids ‘Race for Treasure’, and a fun awards ceremony (with many giveaways).

Race in one, two, or all three races of the Zen Squirrel. After each race, awards will be presented to the top five overall and the top three age group finishers of the 5 and 10 mile events. Additionally, a point system adding athletes’ points earned at each race will be used to determine the top five series finishers in each age group. Series prizes and awards will be presented at the final race of the series. Racers must compete in at least two races of the same distance (5 mile or 10 mile) to be eligible for series awards.


For race #3 of the Zen Squirrel Trail Running Series, we head back to beautiful Briar Chapel. Taking advantage of the vast trail network in this 900-acre oasis on the south side of Chapel Hill, this race will be run in the opposite direction of the first race at Briar Chapel and the 10 mile course includes close to 4 miles of new trail not used in Race #1. Once again, we will stage the event at Great Meadow Park, with its beautiful lawn, stage, and pavilion, providing another awesome backdrop for the series finale.

Registration Fee Includes

  • Limited race entry to provide an intimate and friendly race experience and to prevent overcrowding on the trails
  • Professional race operations
  • Fun and challenging course design
  • Superbly marked course – you won’t get lost
  • Race tee that you’ll love and want to wear
  • Exciting atmosphere with great music
  • Excellent volunteer support
  • Frequent and well-stocked aid stations every 1-2 miles along the course
  • Medical support
  • Accurate and timely posting of results
  • Abundant post-race food
  • FREE kids ‘Race for Treasure’
  • FREE professional post-race photos for download
  • Awards for 5 and 10 mile races
  • Great swag for random giveaways at the awards ceremony – includes gift certificates, hydration packs/bottles, running gear, and race merchandise

Race Day Schedule

  • 7:30am – Check-in Opens
  • 8:50am – Pre-Race Brief
  • 9:00am – Race Start (5 and 10 mile)
  • 9:02am – Start (2 mile fun run)
  • 9:30am – Post-Race Food
  • 10:30am – FREE kids ‘Race for Treasure’ (kids 2-11)
  • 11:00am – Awards, Games, Giveaways, and Donation to the Haw River Assembly


Great Meadow Park
Beacon Ridge Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC US 27516

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://roadlessraces.com/zen-squirrel-trail-running-series/.

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