Zen Squirrel Trail Run

Sat May 14, 2022 at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC Directions

2 Mile

8:40AM EDT

5 Mile

8:20AM EDT

10 Mile

8:00AM EDT

CLICK HERE to view the Race Day Information email.

The Zen Squirrel Trail Run is BACK and will take place on 5/14/22 at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC!  Offering 2 mile, 5 mile, and 10 mile distance options, this race brings together adventure seeking athletes for fun, challenge, and healthy competition.  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.  

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.

Race Courses

Briar Chapel has over 15 miles of AWESOME, totally legit 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 spacing out 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:

2 Mile Course
5 Mile Course
10 Mile Course

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).  Register by 4/27 to guarantee a tee in your size.  
  • Exciting atmosphere with great music
  • Excellent volunteer support
  • Frequent and well-stocked aid stations every 1-2 miles along the course 
  • Medical support from UNC Orthopaedics at Pittsboro
  • Chip timing.  Accurate and timely posting of results. 
  • Tasty post-race food (including yummy sliders from Breakaway Cafe)
  • Craft non-alcoholic beer from Athletic Brewing Company
  • 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)
  • Pricing for Youth 17-Under stays at lowest rate

race day schedule
  • 7am – Check-in / Bib Pick-up Opens
  • 8am – 10 Mile Start
  • 8:20am – 5 Mile Start
  • 8:40am – 2 Mile Start
  • 9am-11am – Post-race Food
  • 9:45am – FREE Kids Race for Treasure
  • 10:15am – Awards and Giveaways
FREE Kids Race for Treasure

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!    

Awards, Giveaways, and Age Groups

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 Fleet Feet gift certs/swag, two pairs of running shoes courtesy of Brandon Jozwiak from Nest Realty, 6 packs from Athletic Brewing Company, and Roadless Races swag  

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 the following 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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