The final race in our Le Tour series is the Gallop & Gorge 8K on Thanksgiving morning, and it will start on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro.
At the first G&G we had 300 finishers, and last year there were nearly 1600! It's a family affair that attracts folks from all over the country, so come join us to support our Community Partners, and burn off a few calories before that big meal!
Online registration is available through Monday, November 19, and will then be available at bib pickup and race day morning. You can pick up your bib at Fleet Feet Sports in Carrboro on Tuesday, November 20 from 4-6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, November 21 from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., as well as race day morning. Please try to register and pickup before race morning to avoid waiting in line, as we expect the usual big turnout for our final race.
The first 1700 registrants will receive a knit beanie with the Gallop & Gorge logo -- just in time to warm your noggin for those chilly morning runs!
Remember -- race entries are not transferable, i.e., you cannot give your bib number to someone else. By doing so, the results (awards, age group, and overall) will be incorrect.
The IFC Food Pantry relies on donations from individuals like you. Please help them provide groceries and a holiday meal to households in need in our community. Non-perishable items such as canned goods and pasta are greatly appreciated!
Please bring your donations on race morning (not Tues/Wed bib pickup). There will be collection boxes inside Fleet Feet.
The race will start and finish on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro, in front of Weaver Street Market.
Here's a PDF version of the course.
There is a water stop at Quail Roost Dr. and Hillsborough Rd., at approximately the 2.75 mile mark.
Please plan to carpool and arrive early for parking, as we expect over 1600 runners and their cheering families and friends! Here is a map of public parking in downtown Carrboro, and some additional locations:
Since the course now has a common start/finish line on Weaver Street, we will provide a chip start/adjusted time for your run, as well as a gun-start time. In conformance with USATF rules for road races, we will score the race (awards) based on your gun-start time. If you are a competitive runner, please seed yourself accordingly at the start.
Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female winners in the following categories: Open and Masters (40+), 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+. Open and Masters winners are not eligible for age group awards. The top 3 winners in the Athena and Clydesdale categories will also receive awards.
Standing prize money for course records (male and female) is $50. Current course records are 23:52 for overall male (Andy Wacker, 2014), and 26:20 for overall female (Shalane Flanagan, 2008). Records for all age groups and Le Tour races can be found at Results.
Little Turkey Kids Races are FREE for children aged 2-9, and will be held after the 8K awards presentation. Participants will be divided into age groups 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7, 8-9 and kids will race to the finish line. There is no pre-registration, but parents must sign a release form before the events. Also, join us before or during the race at the family activity area and enjoy chalk drawing, jump ropes, hula hoops, and more!
We encourage everyone to join us at our events. If you want to walk the course, that's great. However, if the trailing police car passes you, you must follow normal pedestrian rules -- move to the sidewalk or side of the road. Our timing service tries to capture the time for everyone who crosses the finish line, so even if the police close the course, you should receive a finish time.
Baby strollers/joggers are permitted, but for the safety of all participants, please start at the back behind the runners and walkers.
Animals are not permitted -- please note that this is included in the release waiver that you sign at registration.
Net proceeds from our races are distributed to our Community Partners. Since the inception of Le Tour de Carrboro in 2005, we have donated $450,000 to our community!
For our 2017 Community Partners, we distributed $50,000!
Our 2018 Community Partners are