Saturday, April 29, 2023 • Greensboro, NC • Course Map
A few hundred runners take to the trails around Greensboro’s Lake Brandt each spring for the Owl’s Roost Rumble Trail Half Marathon & 4-Mile Run, which unfolds along mostly natural-surface dirt trails filled with tree roots, rocks and fallen branches as well as plenty of switchbacks and hills to keep you on your toes.
The course for the out-and-back trail half marathon starts at Lake Brandt’s Bur Mil Park, on Owl’s Roost Road.
From there, runners follow paved surfaces for the first half-mile of the race and then head out onto the Owl’s Roost Trail, which is just over 4 miles of single-track mountain bike trails that wind along the edges of the lakeshore, through the thickly forested areas that surround the water.
After crossing a bridge over the lake, runners then get a quick breather with the paved Greenway Trail before hitting natural surface trails once again, on the Nat Greene Trail.
This stretch of the trail also includes plenty of small uphills and downhills as well as plenty of rocks, roots and switchbacks, and unfolds along roughly a three-mile stretch through the woods before putting runners out onto Lake Brandt Road near the marina, where one of the course’s two water stations will be available.
Once runners pass through this section of the race, they hit the Piedmont Trail, another three-mile stretch of trail that is thankfully the race’s flattest stretch.
Following the Piedmont Trail, runners hit a double-track fire road in the forest and then hit the Big Loop Trail, a one-mile stretch that finishes on an uphill into the finish line back near the park.
As noted above, the race’s organizers station only two water stops along the half marathon trail route, so runners are encouraged to bring their own portable water bottles with them during the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the central part of the state, roughly 80 miles north of Charlotte and 70 miles northwest of Raleigh, Greensboro typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in the mid-spring season, and relatively steady precipitation year-round.
On race day (April 29), the average low is 49ºF and the average high is 73ºF.
- 2019 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Owl’s Roost Rumble Half Marathon Results
- $55 – $85 for the half marathon
- $35 – $50 for the 4-mile run
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of Greensboro’s Owl’s Roost Rumble Trail Half Marathon or 4-mile race, register online at RunSignup.com here.
Official Race Website
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