The Umstead Coalition
Dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek natural area

2017 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Earth Day!)

Early Bird Registration Discount through April 15

1st 75 to register will receive "Farm to Feet" socks from Great Outdoor Provision Company!


Upcoming events

SUPPORT William B. Umstead State Park and enjoy a great day on Park Trails, listening to great music, and enjoying children activities. Thanks to Triangle Off Road Cylists (TORC) for the Tour de TORC guided bike rides and Carolina Godiva Track Club for race timing!!

Thanks to all for supporting William B. Umstead State Park.


Goodie bags include great stuff like:

Awesome event T-shirt

Map of trails in Umstead State Park with mileage distances


15% Coupon for Great Outdoor Provision Co
15% Coupons for Inside Out Sports
20% Coupon for Outdoor Bird Company
10% Coupon for Sassool 
Mediterranean Cafe, Strickland Road
10% Coupon for All Star Bike Shops

Fruit bar from Trader Joes

and more.


Registration Fee:

  • Child (under age 13   $20  ($15 through April 15)
  • Adult (age 13-39)     $40  ($30 through April 15)
  • Master (age 40-64)   $40  ($30 through April 15)
  • Senior (age 65+)       $35  ($35 through April 15)
    Early Bird discount through April 15

First 75 registrants get "Farm to Feet" socks from Great Outdoor Provision Company.

    Spectators welcome at no charge


Other items available to buy to support Umstead State Park will include:

  • T-shirts (this year's and previous) $15
  • Native Plants ($3 to $20) - includes: purple coneflower, blazing star, cardinal flower, swamp sunflower, Black-eyed Susan, New England Aster, aromatic aster, swamp milkweed, common milkweed, butterfly weed, obedient plant, beautyberry, black & blue salvia, autumn joy sedum, purple hyacinth bean
  • Umstead State Park Hats $15
  • Topos of William B. Umstead State Park $10 (Laminated)
  • and more.... 


4-mile run/walk: 

Official race timing will be provided by Carolina Godiva Track Club for 1 hour.  Self-timing will continue until 1.5 hours after walk/run start.
     4-mile Race Results for current and previous years are posted (click link)

    The prizes will be awarded to fastest finishers (male and female) in these age groups:

    Child, age 12 and under (top 3)
    Adult, age 13-29 (top 4)
    Adult Plus, age 30-39 (top 4)
    Master, age 40-49 (top 4)
    Master Plus, age 50-59 (top 4)
    Senior, age 60 and over (top 4)

    Race prizes from Inside Out Sports will be awarded to the above winners as they cross the finish line.

    In addition, gift cards from Great Outdoor Provision will awarded to the fastest female ($100 gift card)), male ($100 gift card) and child ($50 gift card). These 3 winners will be announced and awarded from the stage.

    Must get a card at 2 mile turn-around to show full 4-miles

    4-, 7- mile and 12- mile bike tours: 

    Triangle Off-Road Bike Club (TORC) will provide guided rides within the Park.  This is not a race.  You must provide your own bike.  Trails are gravel, so mountain or hybrid bike is recommended.  Helmets are required.  The number of participants on the bike tours are capped at 100 for trail safety.  

    Maps are provided (and signs will be posted along route). 

    Parking on-site:

    Private meadow next to the Park (NOT a normal Park entrance). From Wade Ave, go N on Blue Ridge Road, left on Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh. 

    Arrive early (no entry during the start of the Bike or the Walk/Run).

    6000 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh

    Drinking Water on-site:

    We are trying to minimize our bottle usage.  We will still have bottled water on the site.  AND, we will also have large containers of water in which you can fill up your water bottle. 


    We will have a recycling, compost and landfill station behind the large food tent.  We are self-recycling this year, please try to sort waste carefully.

    FREE Snack Food:

    • Fruit and water at 3 aid stations along the trail.
    • Trail Mix cookies donated by Groovy Duck Bakery
    • Protein bars and pockets prepared by Delight Foods (vegetarian) to participants of walk, run, or bike.
    • Humas and pita bread donated by Sassool Mediterranean Cafe
    • Fruit donated by RH Produce
    • Fruit leather from Trader Joe's
    • and more.... 
    2017 T-shirt (back and front), Monarch Butterfly and Monarch Larva.  Color: Caribbean blue



    On-site parking, please arrive before 9am for Walk/Run/Bike.  Cars will be allowed  to enter/exit again after 9:50am.  (Car-pooling is appreciated)


    Schedule, Saturday, April 22, 2017 

     8-9:00 am   Registration & package pick-up. Music by Bruce Emory
     9-9:30 am   Bett Padgett, Main stage concert and announcements
     9:30am  Tour de TORC. Guided 4-mile beginner or
      12 mile intermediate mountain bike ride tours
     9:45am  Walk/Run (4-mile)
    10:30am-11:20am Nixon, Blevins, and Gage.  Main stage music
      Awards, Prizes
     10:45am  Official 4-mile race timing ends (self timing will continue until 11:15am)
     11:30am-12:20pm Brien Barbour, Main stage concert
     Silent Action closes & items awarded
    12:30-1:30pm Bett Padgett and Rachel Wilde. Main stage concert
     11:55am  Door prizes  
     1:30pm  Event ends

    Children activites include: 

    • Live owls by American Wildlife Refuge
    • Live snakes by North Carolina Herpetological Society
    • Stuff mammals (petable) found at Umstead State Park
    • Kids crafts (including tatoos!)
    • Face Painting by Yum Face Painting
    Other Exhibits include:
    • Photo exhibit of history and natural resources at William B. Umstead State Park (along with informational literature)
    • Pollinator Plant Sales and Umstead "treasures" for sale
    • Autumn Copeland Paintings
    • Pollinator plants (and you can buy some to plant at home!)

    Silent Auction (PLEASE let us know if you have an item to donate for the Silent Auction, 100% of donations go to help Umstead State Park):

    • 4 Summerfest tickets, NC Symphony
    • $100 Gift Card, Angus Barn
    • Gift basket, Angus Barn (including their famous cheese spread and crock and their amazing home-made Chocolate Chess Pie)
    • Gift Basket, Lorraine’s Coffee House, Garner
    • Pound of Coffee per month for 12 months, Cup A Joe
    • $25 Gift Card, Hibernian Irish Pub and Restaurant
    • $25 Gift Card, The Third Place Coffee Shop
    • $50 Gift Card, NOFO @ the Pig
    • $20 Gift Card, Red Hot & Blue
    • 4 Carolina Ballet Tickets (Carmen, May 18-21)
    • Ballet Shoes signed by Lilyan Vigo Ellis Principal Ballerina & Carmen Poster, Carolina Ballet

    • Gift cards, Baja Burrito, Mission Valley Shopping Center
    • Altra Escalante Running Shoe, Inside-Out Sports

    • Osprey Kestrel Large Hiking Pack (28L), Great Outdoor Provision Company

    • Dinner for Two, Bella Monica, Edwards Mill Shopping Center

    • Bike Tune-Up, All Star Bike Shops

    • Gift from

    • Alcohol Ink Art (framed Monarch Butterfly) by Kristen Hall (the artist that designed this year's t-shirt graphics!)

    • Note cards inspired by our local greenways, Autumn Copeland

    • Bird Feeder, Outdoor Bird Company 

    • ONE MONTH Unlimited Fitness Kickboxing Classes, Peck’s TaeKwonDo America

    • 4 Week Self Defense Program, Peck’s TaeKwonDo America

    • Hand-Crafted Wooden Pastry Board, 23x17", Seasoned Citizen Putterings

    • Motocross Biking Gloves, XL size, Robert Thompson

    • Black Garment Bag, Robert Thompson

    • Soft-sided cooler, Robert Thompson 

    • Overnight camp ground rental at Umstead State Park

    • Leaded Glass Sun Catcher, Dana Minette, Bryson City, NC

    • Gift Basket, Lorraine’s Coffee House & Music

    • Gift bag from Trader Joe's, Cary

    • Door Prizes:
    • Gift cards, Baja Burrito, Mission Valley Shopping Center
    • Dinner for Two, Bella Monica, Edwards Mill Shopping Center
    • Go4Life - Everyday Exercises, CD, donated by Robert Thompson
    • Music CDs by Bruce Emery and David McKnight
    • Music CD by Nixon, Blevins, and Gage
    • Stone coaster, celebrating NC State Parks
    • $25 gift card, Burke Brothers Hardware
    • Boat rentals, William B. Umstead State Park
    • $10 and $20 Gift cards from Cup A Joe (both Raleigh locations)
    • $25 Gift Cards, The Bicycle Chain
    • and more

    Food Trucks:

    • Loco Pops
    • Healthy Grill on Wheels

    NOTE: You can attend all the free stuff without registering - just come on over anytime between 8am to 12:30pm. FREE with no registration required for:  music, spectators to walk/run/bike, kids crafts, food trucks (breakfast and lunch), Silent Auction, native plant sales, kid activities, art exhibits, and more  ..

    The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area.
    The Umstead Coalition, PO Box 10654, Raleigh, NC  27605 (919) 852-2268   
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