I 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!
The White Oak Creek Greenway runs 6 miles, with a section of sidewalk connector included, from Bond Park in Cary, NC all the way to Green Level Church Road, where it will eventually connect with the 22 mile American Tobacco Trail. This greenway has multiple bathroom, water and rest stops as well as connections to playgrounds, area parks, and schools.
The Black Creek Greenway is my current favorite greenway to run on in the Wake County, NC area (otherwise known as the Triangle because of the three cities here: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill). This greenway stretches about 8 miles and includes multiple public parkings areas, various connections to other trails and parks, access to water, and even a Starbucks in case you need a little shot of caffeine to make it home.
This greenway begins at Bond Park in Cary, North Carolina and ends at Umstead Park just beyond Crabtree Lake at the Old Reedy Creek trailhead.
On June 26th 2014, I ran in and won the 10k in the Esprit De She 10k in Cary, NC. I had not originally planned to run any summer races until closer to the end of July (who in their right mind runs a 10k in 90 degree weather?), but I had heard so many positive reviews of this race, which had its inaugural run last year. It’s an 1600 participant, all-woman race held on a Thursday night at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre and billed as a “happy hour run,” ending with live music, free wine and dinner. Free Wine?! After Party? I was in, especially after learning some of my friends were running, too.
Before I go any further detailing that fiasco that was this race, I will say that the free wine and food has kept my mood mostly positive on this one. Sure, we were shirtless, (at times) waterless, crowded, pictureless and (in my case) without a working time chip, but there WAS free wine at the end. Promise delivered.