Davidson's Run for Green

A gorgeous early fall run along the greenway trails of North Carolina's Rocky River

Run For Green Half Marathon

Davidson, N.C. | Saturday, October 2, 2021

Held in conjunction with the Davidson Lands Conservancy — a local nonprofit here in this central North Carolina town, devoted to conserving natural spaces and promoting environmentally sustainable practices — this race follows an out-and-back route that starts and finishes on the Village Green in downtown Davidson, the home of Davidson College. For most of the race, you’ll run along a route that winds roughly in parallel with the South Prong of the West Branch of the Rocky River, which flows through Davidson and Mecklenburg County. “Our course winds its way through lovely little neighborhoods with long stretches out in the woods on the greenway where you can take in the serenity of nature,” the organizers say. “Expect to encounter a hill or two, this is not what we would call a flat course.”

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Words to run by

“At the beginning of my professional career, I was fortunate to meet the great Kenyan runner Paul Tergat, who won two Olympic silver medals.

I asked Paul how he trained. What were his workouts like? His long runs? His weekly mileage? What did I need to do to be as good as him?

He put his arm around me and said, ‘Meb, I could give you my workouts, what to do or what not to do. You might survive for 2 weeks, and then you’re going to crash, because we’re on different levels right now. Just keep working hard and be patient, and you’re going to be a good runner.’”

— Meb Keflezighi