Saturday, February 6, 2016 • Goldsboro, NC • Course Map
With a course that takes runners along tree-lined neighborhood streets and alongside the fairways of the golf course in the middle of this planned residential community known as the Village of Walnut Creek here in eastern North Carolina, the Heart & Sole Half Marathon & 5K makes its 6th annual running this year.
Marked by its towering pine trees and the beauty of its oaks and dogwoods, Walnut Creek lies just a short drive southeast of downtown Goldsboro, a small city on eastern North Carolina’s coastal plain region that’s perhaps best known as the home of the state’s Seymour Johnson air force base.
Runners taking part in this race follow a winding, out-and-back course that makes its way around Walnut Creek as well as Lake Wackena and Spring Lake, both of which lie inside the community.
Gently rolling hills are to be found throughout the race’s 13.1 miles, with the steepest hills occurring between mile markers 7 and 10, as runners make their way along Lake Wackena Road and the loop around Stratford Road.
After making their way down the southwestern shoreline of Lake Wackena, runners then head back along Lakeshore Drive and Mill Road to the parking lot on the southeastern side of the lake, where the start/finish line lies.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in eastern North Carolina, just over 50 miles southeast of Raleigh, the city of Goldsboro typically experiences moderately cool to often quite cold conditions in February, when the city’s average monthly temperatures range between 36°F and 56°F.
On the day of the race (Feb. 6), the average low is 34°F and the average high is 56°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 3.5 inches for the month.
- 2015 Heart & Sole Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Heart & Sole Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Heart & Sole Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Heart & Sole Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Heart & Sole Half Marathon Results
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:15 AM – 5K
- 8:20 AM – 1-mile run
- $45 for the half marathon, if registered by January 22, 2016
- $50 after Jan. 23
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Goldsboro’s Heart & Sole Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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