14 Mile Double Down Challenge
Are you ready for the ultimate challenge? Run both the Fleet Feet 4 Mile Run and the Tar Heel 10 Miler for the best of both worlds!
Double Down Challenge (DDC) participants will begin with the Fleet Feet 4 Mile Run at 7:15 AM. Participants will then have until 8 AM to reach the Fleet Feet 4 Mile Run Finish Line – run like a herd of rams are chasing you! DDC participants will then continue through the Double Down Challenge Chute to the Tar Heel 10 Miler start line. Once DDC participants reach this start line, they will continue on with the Tar Heel 10 Miler portion of the Double Down Challenge and will finish at the Tar Heel 10 Miler finish line!
Start Time: 7:15am
Start Line: South Rd. @ Bell Tower Drive, near the UNC Bell Tower
Finish Line: Stadium Drive near Kenan Stadium Gate 2
Route: The Double Down Challenge will start with the Fleet Feet 4 Mile Run course which starts at the Bell Tower then takes South Rd westbound to Columbia Street and up to W. Cameron Avenue. After a beautiful run down tree-lined W. Cameron Ave, runners make their way to W. Franklin Street via Graham Street where they can take in the vibe and scenery of downtown Chapel Hill. Runners head down E. Cameron Avenue via Columbia Street to run past the Old Well. Next up is a loop through the beautiful Gimghoul neighborhood then, finally, an exhilarating downhill dash on Ridge Rd to the 4 Mile Run finish line alongside Kenan Stadium. DDC runners will then follow the Double Down Challenge Chute to the Tar Heel 10 Miler start line.The Tar Heel 10 Miler race starts on South Rd on the campus of the University of North Carolina and goes through downtown Chapel Hill as well as several gorgeous residential neighborhoods. The 10 Miler has plenty of flat fast road along Franklin & Cameron while taking runners through the historic Rosemary district and downtown Chapel Hill. It culminates with a finish at Kenan Memorial Football Stadium.
Timing: All runners will be provided with race bibs with timing chips attached to the back. It is very important that the race number be worn on the front of your shirt to ensure that it works properly. In accordance with USATF Rules, overall awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your chip time.
Minimum Pace: Participants in all events must maintain a minimum pace of 15:00 min/mile to participate in this event enabling police to reopen the major roads used. Race officials follow the back of the pack to enforce this rule. In the event that you are unable to maintain the minimum pace, you will asked to use sidewalks and either complete the remainder of the course unassisted by police, or use the cue sheet provided by race officials that details the shortest walk back to the race site.
Course Entertainment: Music and performance groups from our local community will be along the course to keep you moving!
Pace Groups: There will not be dedicated Double Down Challenge pace groups. Participants are welcome to use the pace groups for the Tar Heel 10 Miler once they reach that portion of the challenge.
Aid Stations: The Fleet Feet 4 Mile Run has 2 aid stations serving Diamond Springs water and Nuun sports drink. The 10 Miler has 5 fully-stocked aid stations on the course serving Diamond Springs water, sports drink, and gels / Gu. Each aid station will have 4 portable toilets available. During the 4 Mile portion, aid stations will be available at Mile 1.5 and Mile 2.25. During the 10 Miler portion, aid stations will be available at: Mile 1.5, Mile 3.5, Mile 5, Mile 7, and Mile 8.
Porta-Potties: There will be porta-Potties at every Aid-Station and at the start and finish line.
Support: There will be medical, police and EMS personnel throughout the course, as well as dozens of course volunteers keeping our participants and spectators safe!