Double Down 14 Mile Challenge

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Are you all in for the Double Down?

7:15AM Start Time

The 4 mile and the Double Down Challenge start at 7:15am. If you are concerned about beating the clock, make your way to the front of the pack and run strong. You may not start the 4 mile run early in order to accomplish the challenge.

The Challenge!

Here’s the FUN part! YOU MUST complete the 4 mile run BEFORE the start line of the 10 miler closes PROMPTLY at 8:00 am.

We will have a crew member running as our Official Double Down Pacer wearing a DOUBLE DOWN PACER: STAY IN FRONT OF ME sign on the back of her shirt. In order to succeed you must stay in front of her. She will enter the Double Down Express Lane in time for you to start the 10 miler race before it closes PROMPTLY at 8:00 am.

Double Down Express Lane

After crossing the 4 mile finish line, move quickly through the left side of the chute through the Double Down Express Lane. The Express Lane will take you all the way to the middle of the pack for the 10 Mile run.

You will not pickup your medal, food, or drinks. There is an aid station at mile 1.5 of the 10 Mile course where you can get water or sports drink.

Upon reaching the end of the chute, join the rest of the 10 miler runners a the start line… if the race has already started – just keep running! You have until 8:00am to cross the start line.

350M From the Finish Line to the Start Line

The 4 mile finish line is exactly 350meters from the start line and there will be people around whom you must maneuver to get to the start line. You must cross the finish line in time to walk/jog the 350m to the start line before it closes at 8:00am.

7:45AM 10 Mile Start Time

The 10 mile run starts at 7:45am. If you make it back from the 4 mile run before the 10 mile starts, you have more time to rest and catch your breath. Make your way into the start line crowd and hang out.

8:00am Start Line Closes

The start line closes at 8:00am SHARP and the timing mats will be removed. No exceptions will be made to this cut-off time. This is part of the challenge… some will make it and some will not. We are proud of everyone who attempts this challenge!

10 Miler Minimum 15 min/mile Pace

Once you get on the 10 mile course you must maintain a 15-minute/mile pace to remain an active runner. If you start going slower than that pace you will be asked to move to the sidewalk so that the roads can begin opening.

Double Down Medal & Shirt Pickup

Cross the finish line for the second time and celebrate! YOU DID IT! Grab some food, grab a water bottle and head over to our Double Down Awards Tent to pickup your Double Down medal and shirt!

**the 4 miler starts at 7:15 and the 10 miler start line closes at 8:00. You MUST factor in WHERE you start for the 4 miler and the approximately 1/4 mile from the 4 Mile Finish to the 10 Miler Start Line**

Laurel Hill Challenge

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Laurel Hill Challenge

Race up the Hill!  Mile 8.5 of the Tar Heel 10 Miler heads up beautiful, historic Laurel Hill! It’s about 1 mile and we have awards for the FASTEST up Laurel Hill.  YOU CAN DO THIS!


Crash The Party

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Not a fan of UNC? It’s Super Easy to Crash The Party!

What? You’re NOT a Tar Heel Fan?  Well, then come and CRASH THE PARTY!


Just affiliate with your school during registration. The schools represented in the Crash the Party are not limited to ACC schools.  The CTP contest includes the following schools: Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, NC Central, ECU, UNC Wilmington, UNC Greensboro, Georgia Tech, Appalachian State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Davidson, and Elon.

The top 3 schools represented with the most registrations by mid-March will get:

Party Crasher Performance T (in school colors)
Party Crasher Race Bib
Bragging Rights!

Switch your registration with these EASY STEPS through February 28th

  • Go to
    Find Your 2019 Tar Heel 10 Miler entry
    Click “Edit registration”
    Scroll down to the find the “Are you a fan of another school and want to CRASH THE PARTY?” question
    Change answer to “YES (Select your school below)”
    Select your school in the next question “Which school will you be representing on race day?”
    Click Continue


Crash the Party Contest – House Rules

RUN! Sign up for the Tar Heel 10 Miler or Fleet Feet Sports 4 Mile Run and affiliate with your rival school of choice. Affiliation is easy & part of the online registration process.

SCORE! We’ll keep score of which schools have the most runners entered and it will be updated right here!

RAISE THE CUP! Only the school with the most runners signed up gets the honor of hoisting the digital PARTY CRASHER CUP as bragging rights.  Of course, no lead is safe so get your friends/family/classmates to sign up and affiliate with your school too.

CUSTOM RACE BIBS! On race day, the top 3 non-UNC schools represented receive custom race bibs in their school color.  What a great way to make a statement in Carolina Blue Country!

BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR 364 DAYS! We’ll announce the winner of the Crash the Party Contest race week. Your school keeps the digital PARTY CRASHER CUP for the next year!

January 28, 2019:  Current Scoreboard: Duke (199) – NC State (198)  – East Carolina (58)

Appalachian State: 27
Wake Forest: 23
Virginia Tech: 32
Virginia: 27
Clemson: 12
UNC Wilmington: 8
NC Central: 7
South Carolina: 10
Georgia Tech: 3
UNC Greensboro: 6
Pittsburgh: 4
Syracuse: 9