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Gallop & Gorge 8K

Gallop & Gorge 8K

The final race in the 17th annual Le Tour de Carrboro series is the Gallop & Gorge 8K on Thanksgiving morning, and it will start on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro at 8 a.m.

There are two ways you can participate in the 2021 Gallop & Gorge 8K:

  1. The in-person race starts at 8 a.m., and the course starts and finishes on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro.
  2. A virtual option is also available -- run when/where you want, and submit your virtual results by December 5.

COVID Guidelines

This is our first in-person Gallop & Gorge 8K since the advent of COVID. Please review the COVID guidelines that we will be using. We will NOT require any of our participants to use a mask on the race course. We will email this protocol out to all registered runners the week prior to the race.

VIRTUAL Gallop & Gorge

If you'd like to participate virtually, we have you covered! You can run your personal 8K anytime, anywhere by December 5, and then submit your virtual results via RunSignup!

Registration and Bib Pickup

Check back for details on registration and bib pickup at Fleet Feet in Carrboro.

Race entries are not transferable, i.e., you cannot give your bib number to someone else. By doing so, the results (awards, age group, and overall) will be inaccurate.


Gallop and Gorge Course Map

The race will start and finish on Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro, in front of Weaver Street Market.

Here's a PDF version of the course.

There is a water stop at Quail Roost Dr. and Hillsborough Rd., at approximately the 2.75 mile mark.


Please plan to carpool and arrive early for parking. A few parking locations include the lot across the street from Open Eye Cafe on Roberson St. and the Hampton Inn parking deck.

Do NOT park in the Harris-Teeter parking lot in Carr Mill

Timing and Awards

Gallop and Gorge awards
Carrboro Coffee Roasters

Since the course now has a common start/finish line on Weaver Street, we will provide a chip start/adjusted time for your run, as well as a gun-start time. In conformance with USATF rules for road races, we will score the race (awards) based on your gun-start time. If you are a competitive runner, please seed yourself accordingly at the start.

Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female winners in the following categories: Open and Masters (40+), 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-55, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+. Open and Masters winners are not eligible for age group awards. The top 3 winners in the Athena (female, 160+ lbs) and Clydesdale (male, 220+ lbs) categories will also receive awards.

As always, our unique pottery awards are crafted by local artist, Janet Resnik. Overall and top age group winners will also receive specially blended coffee from Carrboro Coffee Roasters.

For the kids

Due to our concern for the safety of families and unvaccinated children under 12 years old, we will not hold our traditional 'For the Kids' events in 2021.

Walkers are welcome!

We encourage everyone to join us at our events. If you want to walk the course, that's great. However, if the trailing police car passes you, you must follow normal pedestrian rules -- move to the sidewalk or side of the road. Our timing service tries to capture the time for everyone who crosses the finish line, so even if the police close the course, you should receive a finish time.

Policies: Stroller and Dogs

Baby strollers/joggers are permitted, but for the safety of all participants, please start at the back behind the runners and walkers.

Animals are not permitted -- please note that this is included in the release waiver that you sign at registration.

Supporting our Community Partners

Our races support 6 non-profit partners who help make a difference in our communities by providing access to healthy food, mental and health services, rehabilitation, and more!

In 2019 we donated $56,000 to our community partners, and since the Tour's inception we have donated over $564,500. Last year, with our virtual events, we were able to donate $16,500 to our partners. Thanks for your support!

2019 Community Partners
Community Partner and Carrboro Police representatives, and Cardinal Track Club board members at the check presentation in March, 2020.

Our 2021 Community Partners are