Cheer Zones Information

We want the 2011 UnitedHealthcare NC Marathon to be FUN for both runners and spectators. So, we are creating special CHEER ZONES where groups can dress up and go crazy as the runners go by. Cheer Zones groups will be judged and prizes (donations to the charity of your choice) will be awarded to the top three Cheer Zones. Cheer Zones will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Use of Theme

Play your favorite music, make banners and signs, create a unique theme…do whatever you can to make it fun and exciting for both your cheer group and the runners! Cheer Zones must be registered to be eligible for prizes, so sign up your group today!

2011 Cheer Zones

The 2011 Cheer Zones are gearing up!

DATE:  November 19, 2011

TIME:  8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (some locations will end earlier after the last runner passes by)


All 14 Water Stations along the course are designated Cheer Zones as well as the following suggested locations:

  1. Hill on Squire Davis Road – Between Mile Markers 13 & 14
  2. Old Winston Road – Approximately Mile 20
  3. Between Mile 23 & 24 at Immaculate Heart of Mary School
  4. Mile 25 – On Kivett Drive
  5. Between Mile 9 &10 – Near Johnson Street Park
  6. On 5K course – Ferndale Junior High School Area


  • First Place Prize:  $500 Donation –
    to the charity of your choice
  • Second Place Prize:  $250 Donation –
    to the charity of your choice
  • Third Place Prize:  $100 Donation –
    to the charity of your choice

Training School News!


Liz Lindsay, of Janes on the Run, is the UHC NC Marathon Training Coordinator. Her training program for the Marathon and Half Marathon began in November and December, the 5K training started in January. Here are her latest reports:

1/2 Marathon & Marathon School
The 1/2 Marathon & Marathon School is in its 8th week this week…unbelievable! I am so very proud of these 20 women! They have run throughout holiday hub-bub and in sub 20-degree temperatures! Each and every one of them has remained dedicated to their Training and are psyched about the Event!

  • Key Mileages Reached: 7–8–9–10–13! (Remember each woman gets a customized plan, so they are at different points in their running mileages.)
  • Key Lessons Discussed: Endurance Training Basics, Intensity & Pacing, Running Form, Nutrition for Runners, Strength Training & Stretching.
  • Educational Clinics: Gait Analysis, Stretching Basics, and upcoming next Thursday, Dr. Bert Fields will discuss Biomechanics and Injury Prevention.

5K School

This one is just getting up and running! We have 20 women in this School as well. Most of these women are BEGINNING RUNNERS!

This is always so very cool for me; I love training and teaching and motivating new runners, most of whom are so wary of thinking they can accomplish such as task…. And for BEGINNERS to start a NEW and challenging fitness program in Winter is phenomenal!

Our Orientation Meeting was on January 9th. We discussed the format of the school, what there would training involve, and had 2 Educational Clinics: Choosing the Right Shoe and Choosing the Right Running Bra.

We also completed an Initial Running Evaluation on each woman, to help determine an appropriate Training Plan. These ladies are 2 weeks into their School and are doing awesome. Some are running for 2 minutes, some for 10 and some for miles… We’ve also discussed Endurance Training Basics and Intensity.

Virtual Schoolies!

I have one local man, one woman in Raleigh, and one woman from Virginia. We text, talk via phone, and SKYPE each week. (I will meet each of them in person one or more times before Event Day). Each runner is following true to plan and getting the same lessons the LIVE Schoolies get.They each are rocking their running!

The Official 2010 Running Schools Programs Include:

  • Detailed Training Resource Guide
  • Customized training program, based on your current level of fitness
  • Weekly group training sessions, to be held on Saturdays at various Triad locations
  • Weekly informational & motivational emails
  • Educational Clinics presented by community businesses and leaders on topics such as Choosing the Right Running Shoe, Sports Nutrition, Cross Training and Injury Prevention
  • Experienced & supportive coaches
  • Official 2010 Running School technical running shirt
  • School goodie bag
  • V.I. P. treatment & support during your event!

For more Running Schools information, contact Liz Lindsay, UHC NC Marathon Training Coordinator, at 336-402-3985
or visit

Unable to participate in a “live” School? Ask about our Virtual Training Schools!

Learn more about Liz Lindsay.

Pre-Race Pasta

Pre-Race Pasta

Join fellow runners and their families for a classic pasta dinner carbo-load Friday night, May 1, at the Grandover Resort, 6 p.m. Enjoy a full-course meal in the ballroom after picking up your number and goodie bag and touring the Live Healthy Expo.

Tickets to the dinner are $25 and can be purchased at or download our Registration Form or download our Event Registration form to register yourself and/or guests for Race Week Events.

Featured Speaker

Our guest speaker for the evening is Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson. She won a gold medal in the first-ever women’s Olympic Marathon. She has set course records at Boston and Chicago – her world record there, 2:21:21, stood for 17 years. But what may be most remarkable about Joan Benoit Samuelson is her longevity in the sport. Some 30 years since her first Boston victory as a Bowdoin College undergrad, she set a record for women ages 50-54 in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials, reaching her personal goal of beating 2:50 at age 50.

Few runners have managed to run so competitively over so many years, persevering through injuries and wear-and-tear. Incredibly, Samuelson qualified at the 1984 US Olympic Marathon Trials less than three weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Along with her running, Samuelson has worked to support many nonprofits dedicated to improving children’s fitness and quality of life. In 1997, Samuelson founded the Beach to Beacon 10k, drawing world-class runners to her hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The event will celebrate its twelfth running in August as it continues to shine the lights on kids by benefiting a different children’s charity each year.

She is the author of an autobiography, Running Tide (Knopf, 1987), and Joan Samuelson’s Running for Women (Rodale Press, 1995). She and her husband, Scott Samuelson, have two college-age children, Abby and Anders.


There is plenty of free parking in downtown Greensboro. The City of Greensboro has four City-owned parking decks located in the Central Business District. Below is a list of the decks with contact numbers for questions about availability, location, rates, and more.

Davie Street Deck
109 E. Market St.
Greensboro, NC

Greene Street Deck
211 S. Greene St.
Greensboro, NC

Church Street Deck
215 N. Church St.
Greensboro, NC

Bellemeade Street Deck
220 N. Greene St.
Greensboro, NC


Brock Baker Former distance runner and team captain at UNC and now racing post-collegiately. In his first year of post-collegiate racing, he won the 2012 Tar Heel 10 Miler and was runner-up to Bobby Mack at the Capital City Classic 10K (both are stops on the USATF NC race series).

John Hinton – Masters runner and former middle-distance standout from the University of Virginia where he still holds the UVA school record for a 1500m set in 1983. Was a 3rd place NCAA finisher at 1500m for UVA. Competed professionally for the Nike Atlantic Coast Track Club where he qualified and competed in a very impressive 3 US Olympic Trials. As a Masters runner, he set the Masters World Record for age 45+ at 1500m

Paul Springer
Age 24 NC
Former team captain for Notre Dame Cross Country and Track & Field teams
Club Racing Affiliation: unattached
Currently training for 2016 Olympic Trials
Personal Records: 8K – 24:25 Mile – 4:09
Notable Performances :
Led the Fighting Irish Cross Country harriers
3 time X-C and Track PA State Champion
Named High School All-American in 2007

Chad Newton
Age 42 Pisgah Forest, NC
Reigning USA Track & Field Masters Champion over 5000m
Club Racing Affiliation: unattached
Personal Records : 5K – 14:14 10K – 29:49 Marathon – 2:21:07
Masters PRs : 5K – 14:59 10K – 31:52
Notable Performances :
1996 Olympic Trials Marathon competitor
11 times Masters USA Track & Field Champion
1994 Reebok Cross Country All-American

Caitlin Chrisman – Former Cross Country standout and team captain at Wake Forest University now representing the Charlotte Track Club. Post-collegiately, she has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials and on the USATF NC series she is a 2 time champion of the 5K and 8K championship events

Marley Burns Age 24 Chapel Hill, NC
Former team captain for the Wake Forest Lady Demon Deacons
Club Racing Affiliation: unattached
2nd-year medical student at UNC
Personal Records : 5K – 17:08 10miles – 1:00:16 ½ Marathon – 1:21:34
Notable Performances :
Runner-up at 2012 Tar Heel Ten Miler
3rd place finisher at Raleigh City of Oaks Half-Marathon
2011 USATF NC 10K State Champion at Capital City Classic

Ginny Cronley Age 23 Greensboro, NC
A former walk-on to the UNC-G Southern Conference X-C Champion team
Currently a volunteer assistant coach at UNC-G
Club Racing Affiliation: unattached
Personal Records: 5K – 17:31 Marathon – 2:55:51
Notable Performances :
Runner-up at 2012 Outer Banks Marathon

Amber Reece-Young Age 34 Asheville, NC
Former collegiate volleyball player turned elite national mountain and trail runner
Club Racing Affiliation: Team Inov8
Employed as an RN in the Asheville area
Personal Records: 5K – 17:00 10K – 34:46 Mile – 4:44
Notable Performances :
Runner-up at the 2012 Xterra World Half-Marathon Championships in Hawaii
Silver medalist at NACAC Mountain Running Championships leading the gold medal-winning US National Team

Molly Nunn
Molly Nunn was born in Hickory, NC on September 15, 1983. She has grown up in Winston-Salem, NC and has her BA and MBA from Wake Forest University; she was also on the WFU Women’s Cross-Country and Track teams. She is training for the 2013 Wrightsville Beach Marathon, where she will assist a fellow runner in attempting to achieve the state Master’s Marathon record; Molly will also attempt a victory. Molly serves as the NC USATF Women’s Long Distance Running Chair. She was the 2011 NC USATF State Half-Marathon Champion at the Flying Pirate Half-Marathon at the Outer Banks and was 3rd in the USA at the 2011 Mountain 10k Championships; her team won the National Championship. She was the 2012 RRCA North Carolina State Champion at the Salisbury Winter Flight 8k. Molly is currently working with her city’s Chamber of Commerce/Mayor’s Office/Local Hospital System to create a city-wide wellness initiative as well as a fitness/running program to help high school seniors and college freshman prevent the “Freshman 15.” Her blog “Runnersapien,” meaning wise runner, serves as a way to promote distance running as well as inspire others to dare to dream! Molly’s long-term goal is to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials while competing in various National Championship races along the way.
Personal Bests
Mile: 4:59 2011 PM in the Park, Greensboro, NC
5k: 17:27 2012 China Grove 5k, China Grove, NC
8k: 29:29 2009 NC RRCA 8k Championships, Salisbury, NC
Half: 1:19:31, 2009 Charlotte Racefest, Charlotte, NC
Mountain/Trail 10k: 53:30, 2010 USA 10k Championships, 2nd in the USA
25k: 1:35:14, 2010 USA 25k Championships, 8th in the USA
Marathon: 2:46:08, 2011 Virginia Beach Marathon

Beth Deloria & TeamUp
Beth Deloria is Manager of Community Outreach for Allard USA and lives here in Greensboro. A lifelong athlete, Beth took up distance running 15 years ago as a way to keep fit. It quickly became her passion and she now has 12 marathon runs under her belt, including five Boston Marathons. In 2004, severe spinal trauma and subsequent surgery resulted in nerve damage that left her unable to flex her left ankle and raise the front portion of her foot. The condition, known as foot drop, made it difficult for Beth to walk without stumbling, must less continue as a competitive runner.

Not willing to give up, Beth consulted with doctors and specialists and found the answer in a technologically advanced brace made by Allard USA. She is now an advocate to helps others Get Back Up as she travels the country running 48 races in 24 months to inspire others. Beth will be running in the BB&T Gate City Half Marathon and will be joined by the newly formed TeamUp, a group of seven other individuals from across the country who also have foot drop and have managed to Get Back UP and do amazing things. The BB&T Gate City race will be their inaugural event.

Event Details: Half Marathon

  • Race: BB&T Gate City Half Marathon  (13.1 Miles)
  • Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
  • Location: Center City Park, Downtown Greensboro, NC
  • Address: 200 N Elm St  Greensboro, NC 27401
  • Time: 8:00 am

Race Description

Only in the Gate City will you experience Southern Hospitality at its finest! Come run in Greensboro, NC at the BB&T Gate City Half Marathon and 8K on Saturday, April 6, 2013, and enjoy a course that starts and ends on historic North Elm Street in downtown Greensboro. Center City Park serves as the start and finish line host arena where runners will enjoy a lively post-race feast with live entertainment, a feast hosted by Carrabba’s, massage tents and beer garden only steps away!

Participant Bibs:

Every competitor shall be provided with number bibs, which must be worn conspicuously on the FRONT when competing. The number bibs are to be worn as issued, cutting or folding numbers is not permitted. No athlete shall be permitted to participate in any competition without the appropriate number bib.

Half marathon runners will wear BLUE bibs; 8K runners will wear GREEN bibs. Runners are responsible for checking their bib for accuracy. Runners may not switch races without authorization and without obtaining the appropriate bib. Runners may not switch numbers with any other runner or use any bib other than the bib assigned to him/her.


Once a number has been assigned to a competitor, no other competitor may use it.

Timing Verification:

Participants are responsible for making sure the timing device is worn correctly and is working properly prior to the race.

Course Marking:

The half marathon and 8K will be adequately marked at strategic points to keep competitors on course. Orange chalk marking will be available at all mile markers, course signage, and course monitors to assist runners.

Course Monitoring:

Turns and major intersections on the course will be monitored by Intersection Volunteers. A lead vehicle will be provided for each race.

Shortening the Course:

Any competitor who has been found by the Race Committee to have gained an unfair advantage by intentionally shortening the route of the race shall be immediately disqualified from the race.

Medical Assistance:

Two medical tents are located on the course. They are combined with the Water Stations located at miles:
Mile 4.15 Mile 10 ½
Medical assistance is also offered at the Finish Line.

Water Stations:

5 Water Stations are located along the half marathon course. Every station will have Primo Water and Lemon Lime Gatorade. There are 2 stations along the 8K course.

Course Closing:

The course closes three and a half hours from the start time of the race.

Gear Check/Gear Retrieval:

Gear Check will be available at Center City Park at the Pavilion at the start of the race. You will receive a white Tyvek bag in which to place your belongings. Please do not check any valuable items. Write your bib number on the envelope. Your race bib number will be used to verify your bag when you pick it up at Gear Retrieval at the end of the race.


For the safety of yourself and the other participants, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. If you are seen in violation of one of these you will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.

Race Photos:

PBC Sports Photography will provide official race photos. All photos will be posted approx. one week after the event.

Post Race Food & Entertainment:

Every runner is provided one free beer compliments of Natty Greene Brewery. Live entertainment will be provided by the band Rodeo AM. They will be performing at the stage on Davie Street.

In the event of an emergency, the Race Management Team will communicate with runners on the course via a colored flag system which is located at each of the 5 water stations. Please review the meaning and status of each flag prior to the race:
GREEN – Conditions are normal YELLOW – Heat index is rising; slow down; drink
plenty of fluids
RED – Dangerous weather or other potential BLACK – Race is canceled due to extreme weather or
the safety hazard; timing of race has been an emergency; staff, volunteers, runners need to
canceled; stand by for further instructions seek shelter immediately




In the Center of The Gate City (aka Greensboro, NC) is a jewel of a downtown park, Center City Park. This backdrop is the perfect venue to host runners from all over the country. The races begin and end on Elm Street right in the heart of downtown. The course is rolling terrain through some of the Greensboros most historic neighborhoods.

The half marathon has a time limit of 3 hours and 30 minutes.

April in North Carolina is usually perfect for running. Average April Temperatures: Low 45° / High 73°. But be warned heat can be an issue. Temps could be in the 80s

 Aid Stations

  • Start Water, sports drink
  • 2.25 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade (Porta John)
  • 4 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade
  • 6.5 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade, gel (Porta John)
  • 7.75 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade, gel (Porta John)
  • 10.25 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade
  • 12.25 Miles Water, lemon/lime Gatorade (Porta John)
  • Finish Line Food and drinks galore

Registration Details

Entry Fees

  • Half Marathon: $55 Until 03/06/13
  • Half Marathon: $65 Until 04/03/13
  • Half Marathon: $70 Until 04/06/13

Packet Pickup

  • Friday, April 5th
    12 Noon 10:00 pm
    Sheraton Greensboro
    3121 High Point Road at I-40
    Greensboro, NC 27407
    Phone: (336) 292-9161
  • Saturday, April 6th
    6:00 am 7:30 am
    Center City Park Pavilion,


  • 5:45 AM Park Opens
  • 6:30 AM Late Packet Pickup Opens
  • 7:30 AM Late Packet Pickup Closes
  • 8:00 AM Race Start Half Marathon
  • 8:20 AM Race Start 8k
  • 9:30 AM Award Ceremony 8k
  • 11:30 am Award Ceremony Half Marathon


This race will be chip timed with disposable bib-chips, We ask all athletes to wear their race number on the front and visible.

All Finishers will receive a custom race medal

Prize Money

  • Half Marathon Men’s and Women’s Overall
    1st Place $1000
    2nd Place $500
    3rd Place $250
  • Half Marathon Men’s and Womens Mens Masters
    1st Place$300
    2nd Place$100
    3rd Place$50

Age Group Award

Awards will be presented to the following categories:

  • Age Groups: Under-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Race Director reserves the right to combine age groups.



Race results will be available on race day. You can also find all your races results on




Cancellation Policy

In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined.


Sorry, but for safety reasons, we do not allow dogs, bicycles, inline skates or any means of transportation other than running, walking or wheelchairs. Running baby strollers are allowed but must have a minimum of 6 wheels. Race Director reserves the right to reject any entry or to remove any participant from the race course without explanation.