The North Carolina Spring Classic 8k and 16k features many of the parks and greenways in the fast growing, family friendly town of Holly Springs, NC. The 16k course is a bit more challenging, not only with the added distance but also with the enclusion of the beautiful trip around Bass Lake Park. Runners looking for a more flat and fast route will appreciate the quick pace of the 8k option.
Click on the links below to view each course though either Google Maps or GPSies. Be sure to follow the NC Springs Classic Facebook page online for training runs where we'll be organizing live course previews prior to the race.
SUGG FARM - STARTING LINE
Featured as the starting line for both races the Sugg Farm parkland is open throughout the year for special events including the ever popular Beericana in the fall and Suggly Sweater 5k in the winter. Runners in both races will exit the park using trail located in far east section of the park which will lead them down to Bass Lake Park.
BASS LAKE PARK
8k - upon exiting Sugg Farm runners will skip the Bass Lake Trail and immeidately jump on the Carl Dean Greenway headed west towards Parrish Womble Park.
16k - runners will enter Bass Lake Park and immedately turn left towards the boathouse as they begin a 2 mile route circling a the lake on a packed mulch trail. Once they complete this loop they will exit at the same location they entered and turn left on the Carl Dean Greenway headed west towards Parrish Womble Park.
CARL DEAN GREENWAY
All runners will enjoy the roughly 1.25 mile tree lined greenway from Bass Lake Park up to Grigsby Ave and into Womble Park. 8k runners will hit the 2 mile marker when exiting the greenway while the 16k runners will reach mile 4 at roughly the same location.
One of the more active sites throughout the week in Holly Springs, Womble Park houses 4 lighted baseball/softball fileds, tennis courts, multipurpos synthetic turf field for soccer and lacrosse, playgrounds, and concession areas. Both 8k and 16k runners will enter the park on the south side and run the paved loop counter clockwise around both the baseball/softball fields and the tennis courts before exiting in the same location they entered.
16k only - Roughly 7 miles in, runners will be introduced to Jones Park, a 24 acre tract which includes playgrounds, a fishing pond, disc golf course, and baseball/softball facilities.Runners will appreciate the shaded retreat half way through the park which weaves it's way through the tree lined disc golf course.
16k only - Immediately after exiting Jones Park, runners will be greated by the memorials of Veterans Park, which includes a tribute to the men and women who have served our country in the military as well as the War on Terror Memorial. Runners will push through Veterans Park on their way to the Bridgewater Community before circling back to the memorials and mile 9 on their way back through Jones Park and the downtown finish.
The finish line for both the 8k and 16k events will not only end downtown ON MAIN STREET but will kick off the start of the Holly Springs Fest, a festival to include live music, food, craft beer, vendors, and more.
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