Zen Squirrel Trail Run (Draft)

In-Person 5/15 - Chapel Hill, NC / Virtual 5/1-5/16 - Anywhere Directions
This Race is in Draft Mode
Ditch the Pavement, Upgrade to Trails
Countdown to Race Day
In-Person (space limited)

10 Mile

$50 05/15 7:00AM EDT Trail running race at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC. Staggered starts from 7am-8am. Choose start wave when registering.
In-Person (space limited)

5 Mile

$40 05/15 7:10AM EDT Trail running race at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC. Staggered starts from 7:10am-9:10am. Choose start wave when registering.
In-Person (space limited)

2 Mile

$30 05/15 9:20AM EDT Trail running race at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC. Staggered starts from 9:20am-10am. Choose start wave when registering.
Run Anywhere from 5/1-5/16

Virtual (2 Mile, 5 Mile, or 10 Mile)

$29 Challenge yourself to run ANY or ALL of these distances ANYWHERE over the 16 available days, from 5/1-5/16.

The Zen Squirrel Trail Run is BACK!   Offering 2 mile, 5 mile, and 10 mile distance options, this race brings together adventure seeking athletes for fun, challenge, and healthy competition.  Athletes racing in-person on 5/15 at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC will be treated to some pretty darn awesome courses that include a mixture of smooth and flowing dirt trails, rock and root strewn single-track, and challenging hill climbs.  In the virtual race, athletes run ANY or ALL of the distances, ANYWHERE, from 5/1-5/16.  

Athletes signing up for BOTH the in-person race (any distance) AND the virtual race SAVE $15.  One tee for both events.  Pick up tee on race day.  

COVID-19 SAFETY (UPDATE on 12/14/20)

We are planning the in-person race with COVID mitigating safety measures and staggered wave starts.  We will start small groups of 10 socially distanced athletes every 10 minutes over 3 hours, from 7am-10am.  Athletes will select their 'start wave' during registration. 

If gathering size restrictions are eased before race day, we may increase the size of the waves or change to a standard 8am mass start.  Prior to race day, if greater restrictions require us to postpone or cancel the in-person race, ALL REGISTERED IN-PERSON RACERS MAY SWITCH TO THE VIRTUAL EVENT OR CHOOSE BETWEEN A FULL REFUND OR A FULL CREDIT.

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 (tees will be shipped to virtual racers).  Comes in men's, women's, and youth sizes.
  • Exciting atmosphere with great music
  • Excellent volunteer support
  • Medical support
  • Accurate and timely posting of results.  Virtual racers will input their own results in the online platform.
  • Abundant post-race food (pre-packaged if needed due to COVID)
  • Prizes and awards for the top five overall M/F competitors in each distance for the in-person race.  Awards for the top three M/F competitors in each age group for the in-person race.
  • Great swag for random giveaways (in-person and virtual racers are eligible)

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, either in-person on virtually. 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.  

  • Refer 5 runners and receive a $25 refund.  
  • Refer 10 runners and receive another $25 refund and a Zen Squirrel Trucker Hat.  

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.


In-Person - starts at Briar Chapel's Great Meadow Park in Chapel Hill, NC
Virtually - anywhere!


Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.

Race Participant Survey

Please complete the following survey to help us better understand your race experience.

Did you participate in the race?

Would you recommend this race to a friend?

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. Read how we use cookies and how you can control them by visiting our Privacy Policy. If you continue to use this site, you consent to use all cookies.