Hit the Brixx may be the big race in the area this weekend, but it's not the only race in the area. Here's what else is on tap:
1st Annual Catawba College Athletics 5K Run and Walk: Race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Catawba campus at the Abernathy Gym on Yost Street. The first 100 runners get dri-fit shirts, and every participant gets a ticket to the Catawba/Mars Hill football game slated for that evening. All runners get food and drink from sponsors Chartwell’s and Cheerwine; the Catawba Chief’s Club is also a sponsor. Proceeds support Catawba College Athletic programs and Rowan Helping Ministries. The race is supported by the Salisbury Rowan Runners, Salisbury Parks and Recreation, and the City of Salisbury. Race fee is $20 through today, $25 thereafter. Details: Craig Tunbull at 704-637-4475 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bradfield Farms 1st Annual Sprint Triathlon: This one should appeal to budget-minded triathletes: Registration is just $10! It's taking place in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood off I-485 in the Reedy Creek/Harrisburg area, and will cover sprint distances (500-meter pool swim, 12.5-mile bike, 5K run). Race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. There's also a "Mini Triathlon" for kids 13 and younger that costs only $5 and has distances of 100 meters in the water, three miles on the bike, and one mile on foot. Sign-up sheets are available on the Bradfield Farms Web site (click here) or by e-mailing Enos at email@example.com.
Salem Lake Trail Runs: According the the Web site for these Winston-Salem races, "the 30K course is a flat and scenic course beginning and ending at Salem Lake -- five-plus miles on asphalt Greenway, 13.5 miles on hard packed dirt around Salem Lake. ... The 10K course is point-to-point on a hard-packed dirt trail around Salem Lake. Nearly all 6.21 miles are on hard-packed trails." The 30K is reportedly a terrific tune-up race for fall marathoners. Start is at 8 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $25, or $30 on race day. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the trails and facilities at Salem Lake.
If you're more up for spectating this weekend than competing, consider the ITU Duathlon World Championships, set for Thursday through Sunday in Concord. The USA Triathlon event will feature more than 750 age group competitors and 150 elites racing on a 10K run/40K bike/5K run course in and around Lowe's Motor Speedway. See site for details.
Also, don't forget Amy Peacock's One Day ChiRunning Workshop, where she'll teach you everything you'd ever want to know about the style designed to help make running more effortless (and promises to make runners less prone to injury). The daylong session is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1115 E. Morehead St. Cost is $175.