Merge 25K


March 22, 2014 ~ REGISTER TODAY!

Celebrate 25 years of independent music—kilometer by kilometer—with Merge Records!

Official Merge 25K Training  & Cross Training Plan now available!

To kick off a year of festivities and special releases surrounding the 25th anniversary, Merge and Bull City Running Co. will host a 25K road race on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

The first point-to-point race of its kind, participants will convene at the starting line in Chapel Hill, where Merge had its beginnings, and race to the finish in our current home of downtown Durham. Our hope is to generate significant donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Habitat for Humanity of Durham and Orange County while marking the momentous occasion of 25 years of releasing great music from our beloved home of North Carolina.

Online registration is available through Registration fees include a tech t-shirt (guaranteed before 2/1/14). Sorry, NO REFUNDS OR TRANSFERS.

  • $65 through December 27, 2013
  • $75 from December 28, 2013 through January 31, 2014
  • $85 from February 1, 2014 through March 22, 2014

Prize Information:
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers, as well as the top masters male and female.
Race shirts are guaranteed for all runners who register by February 1, 2014.
All runners will receive a custom finishers’ award.

Prior to the start of the race, shuttle service will be provided from the finish line in Durham to the starting line in Chapel Hill. Please note that shuttles will not bring participants back to Chapel Hill after the race. Parking is ONLY available at the finish area. Carpooling is greatly encouraged.

A sneak preview of the preliminary course can be found here!

We have big plans for our finish line after-party and guarantee we will bring the party! A full schedule of events will be announced soon.

Minimum Pace Requirements:
Participants must maintain a minimum pace of 15:00/mile to take part in this event. This rule is in place to enable police to reopen the major roads used for the race course. Race officials will be following the back of the pack to enforce this rule. In the event that you are unable to maintain the minimum pace, you will be asked to complete the remainder of the course unassisted by police. Thank you for your understanding.

The Merge 25K will require a community of volunteers, both individuals and groups ranging in size from two to 20. A variety of race day volunteer opportunities are available. Sign up here!

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Merge Records was founded in 1989 in Chapel Hill, NC, by Superchunk bandmates Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance. Twenty-five years later, Merge is one of the most widely respected labels in the world, representing artists such as GRAMMY Award winner Arcade Fire, Spoon, M. Ward, Lambchop, the Magnetic Fields, She & Him, and many more. To learn more, visit