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Umstead Gravel Grinder

October 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

$50 – $70

See the registration on Webscorer
Transferring your registration: If you can’t make it to UGG, please email races@torc-nc.org to open your spot to someone else, the Webscorer reg page also allows for us to keep a waiting list and facilitate transfers.

Location: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617, The race headquarters and start/finish will be located at Camp Lapihio in Umstead State Park. Follow the signs for Camp Lapihio Group Camp from the US 70 (Glenwood Avenue) Park entrance. The Camp Lapihio Group Camp is approximately 3 miles into the Park from the US 70 entrance.

Date/Start: Oct.  28th, 2017 (Saturday), the Glenwood entrance park gate will open up at 7:00 AM, we will start the race at 8:30 AM. Race ends at 6:30 PM (last racer must cross the finish line by 6:30 PM to qualify as a finish).

Format: Gravel road 16.7 mile laps, bring the bike you like but get done by 6:30 PM!

Distance: 50 miles (3 laps) or 100 miles (6 laps)

Race limit: Capped at 120 participants total

Refunds/Transfers: We will refund you (minus $10 for processing) and you can transfer your entry to another person if you notify us by email (races@torc-nc.org) by October 23rd.

Course: Entirely on the gravel roads within Umstead, race route details and map are posted here.

Food/Aid Station: Racers are allowed to put their own food/drink in the loop around the Camp and set up a pit area that is easily accessible from the course.  There will be food/water available at race headquarters and at an aid station on Cedar Ridge/Turkey Creek.  Post-race food will also be provided.  Racers get a free meal but if you have family/friends coming, consider buying them a meal ticket.

Packet pickup:  Bib #s and waivers can be picked up at Camp Lapihio from 5-7 pm on Oct. 30, 2015 and to save yourself some time the day of the race, you can also set up your pit area at this time.

Awards: Prizes will be given out to the top three finishers in each category.

Campground:  At the Camp, we will have access to a mess hall, restrooms, showers, running water and 40 primitive cabins. Parking in Camp Lapihio is scattered among various satellite cabin groups. Much of the parking, but not all of it, is located within 300 feet of the course. We will have a drop bag site at the aid station if you choose not to use your vehicle as a drop site. The primitive cabins are just that, primitive. They are small (150 to 225 sq. ft.) with no electricity or water. They do have built in bunks with mattresses, 2 to 4 per cabin. Bring your own blankets or sleeping bags. They provide a roof over your head and not much more. There is running water, latrines, and showers adjacent to the cabins. Racers and crew are welcome to stay in these cabins on a first come, first serve basis (Separate reservation link below for crew/non-racers to reserve a cabin space). The cabins may be reserved by enclosing payment with your entry form. There will be a $10 per person charge to use the cabins for Friday night/Saturday. Cabins are available to racers and their crew from noon on Friday until 6:00 pm on Saturday. Please clean up your cabin as you leave. Do not remove any Park equipment from the cabin at any time. We will assign single cabin applicants to share a cabin with other single, same gender racers. We will make every effort to keep requested groups together. We will assign the cabins closest to Race Headquarters first. Twenty-five cabins are in Camp Lapihio and fifteen are .5 mile away at Camp Crabtree.  The Park does not allow personal tents, at any time, or RV’s at Camp Lapihio.

Parking: Parking will be throughout the four satellite cabin groups at Camp Lapihio. All non-racer vehicles may park at Power Line Parking at Camp Lapihio or at Camp Crabtree. The cabin groupings are 500 to 1000 feet from race headquarters, the main lodge, and the start/finish line. The race course itself winds through the four cabin groups. In some places parking will be within 100 feet of the course and others will be up to 300 feet, with some spaces substantially further. A parking attendant will greet you as you arrive at the Camp Lapihio gate and assign each racer a parking area based on race number or cabin assignment. The smoother parking goes Saturday morning the better for everyone. There will be no racer, crew or spectator parking adjacent to the race headquarters building or on the park access roads!

Race Director’s Comments: This will be the second Umstead Gravel Grinder and my goal is to put on a fun, yet grueling race that everyone can enjoy and at the same time raise money for more singletrack in the Triangle area.   The race is run 100% by volunteers and the money we raise from this event will go to our trail building funds.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions to make this event even better next year email me at races@torc-nc.org.

Thanks for joining us!

Sarwat Khattak


Register:  No race-day registration! The deadline for registering is Oct. 30th at 5 pm.

Categories Comments 50-mile option 100-mile option
Open Men (up to 49) $60

TORC members $50


TORC members $60

Master Men (50+)
Open Women (all ages)
Unisex T-shirt Must purchase by Oct. 1, 2015 Free for racers, Additional $15 S M L XL
Lunch Tickets (Family/Friends) $10 S M L XL
Campground $10 per person



October 28, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$50 – $70
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50 & 100 miles


Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC
8801 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617 United States
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