Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge

Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge

It’s back and better than ever! The Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge takes Chatham County by storm on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 a.m., challenging racers to see just how far they can go. As the fifth annual 12-Hour Challenge and the only 12-hour race in the Triangle, this unique event is a test of physical fitness and a front seat view to the beauty of Jordan Lake.

New to Jordan Lake this year will be the six-hour race! Start with six and work your way up to the full 12 for next year. Proceeds of the race will benefit the Chatham County Partnership for Children.

The Logistics:

Each racer has the option to participate in the solo challenge or on a team, either in the six-hour or 12-hour challenge. Among the many perks of participating, racers can take their time – stopping where they want, resting when they want and walking when they want. It’s your race!

The course is a 1.35-mile loop on old road bed, meaning you will pass the aid station each time you circle the loop. Racers are also welcome to set up their own aid stations along the way.

The trail is USATF Certified and is flatter than Jordan Lake’s original course, making the afternoon a bit lighter on your knees. If you are interested in exploring the course using Google Earth, email [email protected].


The following awards will be given in the respective categories:

  • 12-Hour individual male overall
  • 12-Hour individual female overall
  • 12-Hour individual Chatham County resident (any gender)
  • 12-Hour relay team
  • 6-Hour individual male overall
  • 6-Hour individual female overall
  • 6-Hour individual Chatham County resident (any gender)
  • 6-Hour relay team


6:00 – 6:45 a.m.Packet pickup at the picnic shelter
7:00 a.m.Race begins
1:00 p.m.Six-hour event ends; award ceremony
7:00 p.m.12-hour event ends; award ceremony

Jordan Lake Educational State Forest is located at 2832 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill, NC. Parking is in front of the Stan Adams Training Facility with aid and timing stations at the picnic shelter.

How to Register:

Online registration will be closing on Thursday, April 11th at midnight, so make sure to sign up as soon as you can! For individual racers in the six to 12-hour race, the fee is $90. For three-person relay teams, the fee is $240.

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A Few Guidelines:

Relay teams must consist of three people and may take turns in their desired order to complete the total mileage. Relay team members will carry a lightweight baton to track their time and will pass it off at the timing station.

We look forward to hearing your success stories! Happy racing!

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