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12th Annual Inside Out Sports Classic ½ Marathon RRCA NC State Championship Race Recap

On Sunday, May 16, 2010 over 700 runners made their way to Cary, North Carolina to participate in the 12th Annual Inside Out Sports Classic ½ Marathon and over 230 ran in the 10K event, both produced by the North Carolina Roadrunners Club.  This year’s half marathon was again recognized as the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) North Carolina State Championship at the 13.1 mile distance, taking full advantage of the national sponsorship partner benefits offered by Gatorade, Sigvaris, FuelBelt, and Ashworth Awards.

Though the route was re-designed last year, it maintained distinction as a hilly, challenging course traversing the treasures of William B. Umstead State Park, crossing the dam overlooking Lake Crabtree, and passing under the dense canopy of the Town of Cary Black Creek Greenway.  Course rework significantly reduced safety concerns associated with vehicular interaction, eliminated budgetary outlays for police support, and highlighted the natural scenic beauty nestled amongst the ever growing urban sprawl – a perfect venue to lose the earphones and tune in to nature’s harmony.

Runners were greeted at the finish line with fresh, local strawberries to support and showcase the wonderful bounty of surrounding North Carolina farmers along with ice cold Gatorade and other refreshments.  Each ½ finisher was also provided a commemorative medal complete with the RRCA Championship Series logo.

As the last (and longest) run in the spring edition of the “Second Empire Grand Prix Series,” a local eight-race circuit pitting some of the fastest area runners against each other, the half marathon proved no match for overall winner and Raleigh, NC native Joe Moore, blistering the course at 5:25/mile and total time of 1:10:56.  The women’s open champion Jennifer Modliszewski, hailing from Durham, NC, posted a time of 1:22:09 by running a 6:16 average per mile. 

Masters winners for this year’s race included NC Roadrunners Club member, IOS race team participant, and Raleigh native Tim Meigs on the men’s side (also an honorable mention for the 2009 RRCA Male Masters Runner of the Year Award) in a time of 1:21:17 and Lucy Nottingham of Cary, NC for the women in a time of 1:46:03.  Grandmaster awards were given to George Howe of Raleigh with a winning time of 1:34:38 and Tere Chipman of Fayetteville, NC finishing in 2:00:05, both still spry in their golden years!

Inside Out Sports again generously provided over $4,200 in age group awards and some 5-gallon bottles of water used on the more remote sections of the USATF certified course.  With added growth over years past a $5,700 cash purse for race winners was also made available this year for the first time in the race’s long history. 

Charitable donations from the race totaled almost $6,000 to help support local charities along with communal well-being in the Triangle through our various partners on the race and in the community!  This total included over $1,000 for Kids Run the Nation, an RRCA program dedicated to stamping out childhood obesity nationwide.  This donation is over 20% of the TOTAL amount donated nationwide for this program in 2009!!!

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