My Favorite Route: A Tour with Photographs

2016-06-19_094046162_7BD9A_iOSI feel like there is just no beating the Triangle area when it comes to running routes, and the following photo tour is my absolute favorite in this area. It has a little of everything: road, trail, bridle path, greenway, lakes, creeks, hills, and plenty of water and bathrooms stops along the way. A runner cannot ask for a better route!

 

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The route begins with a run up and down the hills of Dynasty Drive in Cary, NC. You turn out onto Harrison Ave and run a pretty solid, gently climbing hill past the war memorial and into Umstead Park.

 

2016-06-19_095710227_7F7ED_iOSFrom the Umstead entrance, the route plunges into the woods onto the Company Mill trail, 2 miles of roots, rocks and beautiful scenery.

2016-06-19_100250910_0F955_iOSThe technical trail begins with a drop into the ravine and then continues alongside the creek until ascending again; you come out onto the bridle path: a wide, packed gravel trail that runs through Umstead Park.

2016-06-19_101705394_F0D12_iOS 2016-06-19_102758914_E7177_iOSIf you are a Strava lover, there are quite a few segments you will cross as you head towards the Black Creek Greenway. This section of the route also offers a water stop about 2.5 miles before the greenway entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

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From Umstead, you turn right onto the greenway and run past Crabtree Lake, which offers yet more amazing views (and a bit of relief from the Umstead hills!).

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Towards the end of the route, there is yet another water stop and a dock out onto the lake, the perfect spot for one final photograph and a sprint to the finish.

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