The Umstead Coalition
Dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek natural area

2017 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead

Saturday, April 22, 2017 (Earth Day!)

Early Bird Registration Discount through April 15

Registration will open in January.

1st 75 to register will receive gift from Great Outdoor Provision Company!

Information on this page is for 2016 event.  We expect the 2017 Walk/Run/Bike to be similar.


Upcoming events

SUPPORT William B. Umstead State Park and enjoy a great day on Park Trails, listening to great music, and enjoying children activities. Thanks to Triangle Off Road Cylists (TORC) for the Tour de TORC guided bike rides and Carolina Godiva Track Club for race timing!!

Thanks to all for supporting William B. Umstead State Park.

Musicians (Subject to change):

  • Nixon Blevins and Gage
  • Bett Padgett
  • Rachel Wilde
  • Brien Barbour
  • Bruce Emery
  • Saint Francis Brass Quintet
  • Mike Guitard
  • Jane Hunt, Gisela Flemming, Joyce Hren, and Gini Emigh
  • Jim Long
  • Andrew Kasab
  • and more....

Goodie bags include great stuff like:

Awesome event T-shirt

Map of trails in Umstead State Park with mileage distances


15% Coupon for Great Outdoor Provision Co
15% Coupons for Inside Out Sports
20% Coupon for Outdoor Bird Company
15% Coupon for Sassool 
Mediterranean Cafe, Strickland Road
10% Coupon for Al Star

Food gift from Neomonde Deli

Discounted Chiropractic exam from Tobin Family Chiropractic

Discount coupon for Raleigh Orthopaedic 


Registration Fee:

  • Child (under age 13   $20  ($15 through April 10)
  • Adult (age 13-39)     $40  ($30 through April 10)
  • Master (age 40-64)   $40  ($30 through April 10)
  • Senior (age 65+)       $35  ($35 through April 10)
    Early Bird discount through April 10

First 75 registrants get "Farm to Feet" socks from Great Outdoor Provision Company.

    Spectators welcome at no charge


Other items available to buy to support Umstead State Park will include:

  • T-shirts (this year's and previous) $15
  • Native Plants ($3 to $20) - includes: purple coneflower, blazing star, cardinal flower, swamp sunflower, Black-eyed Susan, New England Aster, aromatic aster, swamp milkweed, common milkweed, butterfly weed, obedient plant, beautyberry, black & blue salvia, autumn joy sedum, purple hyacinth bean
  • Umstead State Park Hats $15
  • Topos of William B. Umstead State Park $10 (Laminated)
  • and more.... 


4-mile run/walk: 

Official race timing will be provided by Carolina Godiva Track Club for 1 hour.  Self-timing will continue until 1.5 hours after walk/run start.
     4-mile Race Results for current and previous years are posted (click link)

    The prizes will be awarded to fastest finishers (male and female) in these age groups:

    Child, age 12 and under (top 3)
    Adult, age 13-29 (top 4)
    Adult Plus, age 30-39 (top 4)
    Master, age 40-49 (top 4)
    Master Plus, age 50-59 (top 4)
    Senior, age 60 and over (top 4)

    Race prizes from Inside Out Sports will be awarded to the above winners as they cross the finish line.

    In addition, gift cards from Great Outdoor Provision will awarded to the fastest female ($100 gift card)), male ($100 gift card) and child ($50 gift card). These 3 winners will be announced and awarded from the stage.

    Must get a card at 2 mile turn-around to show full 4-miles

    4-, 7- mile and 12- mile bike tours: 

    Triangle Off-Road Bike Club (TORC) will provide guided rides within the Park.  This is not a race.  You must provide your own bike.  Trails are gravel, so mountain or hybrid bike is recommended.  Helmets are required.  The number of participants on the bike tours are capped at 100 for trail safety.  

    Maps are provided (and signs will be posted along route). 

    FOOD Vendors:

    Citizen Pops 

    Lost Boys 

    Parking on-site:

    Private meadow next to the Park (NOT a normal Park entrance). From Wade Ave, go N on Blue Ridge Road, left on Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh. 

    Arrive early (no entry during the start of the Bike or the Walk/Run).

    6000 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh

    Drinking Water on-site:

    We are trying to minimize our bottle usage.  We will still have bottled water on the site.  AND, we will also have large containers of water in which you can fill up your water bottle. 


    We will have a recycling, compost and landfill station behind the large food tent.  We are self-recycling this year, please try to sort waste carefully.

    FREE Snack Food:

    • Fruit and water at 3 aid stations along the trail.
    • Trail Mix cookies donated by Groovy Duck Bakery
    • Protein bars and pockets prepared by Delight Foods (vegetarian) to participants of walk, run, or bike.
    • Humas and pita bread donated by Sassool Mediterranean Cafe
    • Fruit donated by RH Produce
    • Fruit leather from Trader Joe's
    • and more.... 
    2016 T-shirt features the stunning belted kingfisher.  The bird is on the back, the "I love William B. Umstead State Park is a small printing on the front). 


    The belted kingfisher's habitat is along streams and lakes in our Park.  It nests in banks.  It makes a loud dry rattle. The female has an additional rusty breastband.

    The t-shirt is an amazing fabric.  Color "Willow"  (a darkish green). Style is Authentic brand, pigment XtraFine T-shirt.  It's 5oz 100% combed ringspun cotton and it so SO soft!  Double-needle stitching throughout, Garment-dyed in the USA for a soft, lived-in feel. Youth style is 5.6oz. Some sizes in youth and long sleeve are a different color and fabric.


    On-site parking, please arrive before 9am for Walk/Run/Bike.  Cars will be allowed  to enter/exit again after 9:50am.  (Car-pooling is appreciated)


    Schedule, Saturday, April 16, 2016 (subject to change)

     8-9:00 am   Registration & package pick-up. Music by Bruce Emory
     9-9:30 am   Bett Padgett, Main stage concert and announcements
     9:30am  Tour de TORC. Guided 4-mile beginner or
      12 mile intermediate mountain bike ride tours
     9:45am  Walk/Run (4-mile)
    10:30am-11:20am Nixon, Blevins, and Gage.  Main stage music
      Awards, Prizes
     10:45am  Official 4-mile race timing ends (self timing will continue until 11:15am)
     11:30am-12:20pm Bett Padgett and Rachel Wilde. Main stage concert
     Silent Action closes & items awarded
    12:30-1:30pm Brien Barbour, Main stage concert
     11:55am  Door prizes
     1:30pm  Event ends

    Children activites include: 

    • Live owls by American Wildlife Refuge
    • Turtle trail activity hosted by NC State Parks
    • Camp Fire - make your own "S'Mores" hosted by NC State Parks
    • Stuff mammals (petable) found at Umstead State Park
    • Kids crafts (including tatoos!)
    • Kids crafts hosted by le Tour de Femme
    • Family fitness activities by "Fit Family Challenge" (Part of the "Fit Family Challenge":
    • Face Painting by Yum Face Painting
    Other Exibits include:
    • Cheryl McGraw, See examples of her work:
    • Umstead State Park History, plants, and animal photo exhibit
    • Tobin Family Chiropractic (free health screenings)
    • Cutting boards and Bird houses by Seasoned Citizen Putterings
    • Photo exhibit of history and natural resources at William B. Umstead State Park (along with informational literature)
    • "Can you be a dragon boater?" station with an ERG (rowing) machine and a challenge - by Raleigh Dragon Boat Club
    • Native Plant Sales and Umstead "treasures" for sale

    Silent Auction (PLEASE let us know if you have an item to donate for the Silent Auction, 100% of donations go to help Umstead State Park):

    • Angus Barn Gift Basket. Gift basket has Angus Barn food including their famous cheese crock and Chocolate Chess pie, crackers, and wine and more (Value $100)
    • Angus Barn $100 gift certificate. (Value $100).

    • Luxury facials from Organic Sun Skin Spa (Value $130).
    • Pound of coffee per Month for 12 Months from Cup A Joe (Value $174)
    • Osprey Exos 58 Backpack (internal frame) from Great Outdoor Provision Company (Value $220)
    • Dinner for two at Bella Monica Cucina & Vino (appetizer, salad, entree, dessert) (Value $100)
    • $100 Gift Certificate from The Bicycle Chain
    • Bike Tune up from All Star Bike Shops
      (value $89)
    • Free consultation, chiropractic exam and any necessary x-rays from Tobin Family Chiropractic (Value $150)
    • Original oil painting entitled "Utah! not Tuscany" by Cheryl McGraw  (value $295, 16x20" plus frame)
    • Notes Cards by Autumn Cobeland  (value $18)
    • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7-inch white) Donated by (Value $150, Min bid $80)
    • Blue Bird house  from Outdoor Bird Company, Really cool made from recycled cedar barn wood with re-claimed tin roof (Value $75)
    • $20 gift certificate from The UPS Store at 3434 Edwards Mill Road (Value $15)
    • ONE MONTH of unlimited class attendance in any TaeKwonDo program from Peck's TaeKwonDo America, plus uniform (Value  $135)
    • Carolina Ballet - 4 tickets, plus signed ballet shoes (used by Elice McKinley)  (Value $150)
    • Carolina Ballet - framed poster, plus signed ballet shoes (used by Lara O'Brien, principal dancer)  (Value $150)
    • Garmin Sports bag from Inside-Out Sports (Value $30)
    • $50 gift certificate from NOFO @ the Pig
    • Individual Fitness Session with PT, Tech t-shirt, water bottle, free week of exercise classes from Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic (Value $115)
    • 4 Tickets to the North Carolina Symphony Summerfest  (May 28 or June 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 24, 25, or July 9)  (Value $120)
    • $20 gift certificate from Lilly's Pizza
    • Overnight campground rental at Umstead State Park
    • Hand-crafted wooden cutting board by Seasoned Citizen Putterings
    • Cary Pottery (Value $75)
    • Bruce Emery and David McKnight  Music CD - Night & Day (Value $15)
    • Bruce Emery and David McKnight  Music CD - Windy and Warm(Value $15)
    • (5) reams printer paper (2500pp) (Value $40), Donated by Robert Thompson
    • Wicker basket (hand-made) and 4 wine glasses (Value $30)

    • and more ...

    Door Prizes:

    • $10, $10, and $20 Gift cards -- Cup A Joe
    • $25 Gift Certificate --Burke Brothers Hardware
    • $20 gift certificate from The UPS Store at 3434 Edwards Mill Road
    • Logan's Nursery polo shirt, Donated by Robert Thompson (Value $25)
    • Small Igloo drink cooler (Value 10), Donated by Robert Thompson
    • Dinner for two at Bella Monica Cucina & Vino (appetizer, salad, entree, dessert) (Value $100)
    • 1 hour boat rental at Big Lake, Umstead State Park
    • Trader Joe's grocery bag full of favorites
    • Bruce Emery and David McKnight  Music CD - Night & Day (Value $15)
    • Bruce Emery and David McKnight  Music CD - Windy and Warm(Value $15)

    • and more

    NOTE: You can attend all the free stuff without registering - just come on over anytime between 8am to 12:30pm. FREE with no registration required for:  music, spectators to walk/run/bike, kids crafts, food trucks (breakfast and lunch), Silent Auction, native plant sales, kid activities, art exhibits, and more  ..


    The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to the appreciation, use, and preservation of the William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area.
    The Umstead Coalition, PO Box 10654, Raleigh, NC  27605 (919) 852-2268   
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