American Tobacco Trail 10 Miler

Welcome to the 11th annual American Tobacco Trail 10-Miler!  In 2007, the North Carolina Roadrunners Club started a new 10-mile race along the emerging American Tobacco Trail, a lovely rails-to-trails facility that now runs all the way from Durham to New Hill.  That first race was quickly filled by 200 runners, showing that the new trail could handle running events, and giving NCRC the impetus to keep developing and expanding the race.  Over the last eleven  years, the number of runners has more than doubled, the trail has gotten additional access points and parking, and the American Tobacco Trail 10-Miler has matured into one of the area’s best fall races.

The American Tobacco Trail 10 Miler was created in 2007 to raise awareness of and support for the growing trail system throughout the Triangle. It has been designated as the RRCA North Carolina State Championship 10 Mile Event each year from 2008 to 2016, and in 2017 this race is being recognized as the RRCA Southern Region 10-Mile Championship, which means a lot more publicity for the race and the ATT, as well as drawing in more runners from across the South.

Held in the early fall, the race is a perfect distance for those tapering for a fall marathon or those trying out a new race distance. Proceeds from these races will help American Tobacco Trail development and maintenance through Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy. Do not miss this rare opportunity to race on one of the finest, most beautiful courses in the Triangle!

The American Tobacco Trail 10-Miler is also one of the final races in the Second Empire 2017 Grand Prix Series. Runners who participate in these races accumulate points and are awarded money and prizes at an awards banquet held at the Second Empire Restaurant at the conclusion of the Series. For more information on the Series, go to

In 2017, the race will switch from the standard tech shirts used the previous 10 years to the popular cotton-tech blend shirts that have appeared at other local races.  Be aware when registering that these shirts may be a tad smaller (half-size for men, maybe a full size for women) than the tech shirts you may be used to from previous races.

Now in its eleventh year, this popular 10 miler had over 375 registrants last year. Latitia Saayman set the women’s course record in 2016 with a time of 58:12, and Omer Abdulrahmen led the men in 55:11.  (The men’s course record of 50:58 was set by Devin Swann in 2011.)

Women’s masters record:  1:06:52 (Meredith Bazemore 2016)
Men’s masters record:  56:12 (John Barry 2015)
Women’s grandmasters record:  1:11:36 (Cathy Wides 2010)
Men’s grandmasters record:  1:02:43 (Kevin Doyle 2016)
Women’s senior grandmasters record:  1:11:36 (Cathy Wides 2010)
Men’s senior grandmasters record:  1:05:33 (Kevin Nickodem 2016)

There are separate starting times for women and men in order to manage the size of the clusters of runners on the trail.  The women start at 8:50 am, while the men’s race kicks off at 9:00 am.

For 2017, the course has been adjusted and re-certified.  Beginning this year, both the start and the finish lines will be on the trail at the White Oak Church Road trailhead parking lot.  A map of the re-certified route will be posted when it is available.

The race starts and finishes at the American Tobacco Trail White Oak Church Road Parking Lot on White Oak Church Road in Apex. The address for your GPS is 1621 White Oak Church Road in Apex.

Packet Pickup info:  Early packet pickup will be Friday, October 27 at Inside-Out Sports in Cary from 1pm to 7pm..  If you need someone to pick up your packet for you, please give them a photo of your drivers license so that we can know you’re working together rather than someone just knowing your name.  If you can’t pick up your stuff on Friday, please plan on being at race headquarters early on Saturday morning so that you can get your shirt, bib, and chip before the race begins.  Because of the rural nature of the race, please allow yourself some extra time to get to race headquarters.