Go Run Trails

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On the fence about running a trail? New to

running in general? Do your kids have too

much energy? It's National Trail Day and

it's time to give the trail a try! Try those

legs out on this course and you'll quickly

see what all the fuss is about.

The 2k FUN RUN course

Is super for younger folks, or anyone new to running for that matter. It cuts across the dam of the lake and then into the woods on the easiest portion of the entire park. Just watch out for those squirrels! Before you know it you'll be running a smooth, downhill single track back towards the lake where you started. There you will have that moment of transformation, realization that you are indeed a trail runner! Seriously, the squirrels are nuts out there!

Sign up for the 6K or 11K and you are automatically in the 2K fun Run!

Hit the Ground 6K

Ready for some single

track trail running? The park

provides the perfect course

for giving runners of any skill

level an entry into the sport.

It's sure to give you a taste of

the roots and smooth rolling

hills, and just enough technical

work without over doing it.

You'll begin with a handful of dizzying single track switchbacks to get you going before the smooth ride around the pond. The trail widens out and you will pound down the dirt on the dam before finishing on the trail overlooking the pond. Turn up the heat on this home stretch!

Sign up for the 6K or 11K and you are automatically in the 2K fun Run!

Hit the Ground 11K

Credit goes to the Tarheel Trailblazers for creating the perfect run of single track, rolling through several different types of terrain and track styles. Starting with the same single track switchbacks as the short course, you will continue the journey through the black diamond loop with more elevation changes and drops as the course is designed to be more challenging. The race then speeds up as you parallel the creek and lake on a straightaway before entering the woods again for the roots and rocks of single track glory! Wind your way through the low lands below the dam and then it's one more mile on the first loop in which we started on. Take note of the twists and turns on your first run through so you can finish strong! Did we mention ROOTS, ROCKS, MORE ROOTS and MUD PUDDLES? (Because of time constraints no walkers on the 11K)


June 7, 2014

Race Day Bib Pick up begins at 8 am

2K Race starts at 8:30 am

6K & 11K Race starts 9 am

Make Plans to celebrate National Trails Day with us. A great lineup that begins with a fun run and continues with a timed 6k & 11K trail race through Colonel Beatty Park.

Perfect for all ages, new or experienced runners.

2K, 6K, 11K




$10 until May 30


$20 until May 23, then $35


$30 until May 23, then $45

Race Day Registration-


6K -$40

11K $50 


The  Ground Running

Matthews, NC

Colonel Francis Beatty Park