June 3, 2017 @ 7:15am.
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Join us for the 9th annual Running of the Bulls 8K, Durham’s premiere community road race and USA Track and Field 8K Championship!
This scenic course will wind through the historic and revitalized neighborhoods of downtown Durham, American Tobacco Campus, Trinity Park and Old North Durham neighborhoods, and finish with a lap of the warning track inside the historic Old Durham Athletic Park!
Chip timed lap around the warning track inside the Durham Athletic Park. Finishers award for all kids!
Time: 8:45AM (Kids 0-6); 8:55AM (Kids 7-12)
Top 5 fastest runners score for each team. Merchandise prizes for winning teams! Please check team drop down list when registering or add your own!
Custom finishers medal for all finishers, and cash prizes for top USATF finishers and for fastest male and female Durham resident. Plus, age group awards!
Race Day Packet Pick-up will be at the corner of Foster St. and W. Seminary Ave. (in front of the YMCA, next to START line). The START line is in between the Durham Farmers Market and the YMCA on Foster St. The FINISH is at the Durham Athletic Park, located at 500 Corporation St., Durham, 27701.
Parking is available in a variety of parking lots around the start and finish areas and on the streets throughout the downtown corridor. Please note that parking is not available at the YMCA or Durham Athletic Park. See map above for specific parking options.
The Courtyard Marriott is the official race hotel of the Running of the Bulls 8K. A discounted race rate is available here or call 919-309-1500 and mention the race. Reservations must be made by 5/15/17 to receive the discounted rate. Other accommodation options are available here.
This 8km (4.97 miles) scenic course will start near Durham’s Central Park and Farmers Market, and will wind through downtown Durham, American Tobacco Campus, Trinity Park and Old North Durham neighborhoods, and finish with a lap of the warning track in the Old Durham Athletic Park. The course is certified and sanctioned by USA Track & Field.
Baby joggers are permitted on the course, however we ask that you be considerate of other runners and position yourself near the back of the starting area. No dogs and no headphones, please. Walkers are welcome, however our city permit only allows us the use of the streets until 8:30 am (1hr and 15mins) so they will only be monitored by police until then. If you anticipate taking longer than this to walk 8 km, please use the sidewalk.
There will be 2 aid stations on the course; the first is just after the 2-mile mark and the second is just before the 4-mile mark. Water and Gatorade will be available at both aid stations.
Restrooms will be available at the check-in area and inside the Durham Athletic Park. Restrooms in the YMCA and Farmer’s Market are restricted. There will be no facilities on the course.
NEW for 2017: FINISHERS MEDALS FOR ALL FINISHERS!
USATF Prize Purse: To be eligible for USA Track & Field prize money, all award winners have to be a member of USATF and a 12 month resident of North Carolina. Here is the link for USATF Membership. USATF Awards as follows: Open: 1st – $500, 2nd – $300, 3rd – $150, 4th – $100, 5th – $50. Masters: 1st – $100, 2nd – $50.
Age Group Awards: Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group. Age groups are as follows: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, AND 65+. PLUS, $50 for fastest Male & Female Durham resident. Award ceremony will be held at approx. 9:15a or as soon as results are ready. Any awards not picked up at the race will be available for pick up at the Bull City Running Co. beginning on Monday June 6th.
Spectators are welcome at the start area, anywhere along the course, and inside the stadium at the finish. Make some noise!
Expect traffic interruptions in Downtown Durham: 7:15am to 8:15am
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. We estimate the following roads will experience traffic delays: