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Saturday December 3rd

Weaver Street Market hosts second annual race

Weaver Street Market is hosting their second annual Weaver Street Race, starting on Feb. 17. 

Participants continue their normal exercise routines and log them into the Weaver Street Race website to track their mileage for the duration of a month. 

Emily Buehler, website and social media coordinator for Weaver Street Market, said the participants are essentially allowed to run wherever they would like to while participating, and that the incorporation of the virtual course makes the race more exciting. 

"The participants run wherever they want. They can run on their treadmill or they can run in their neighborhood, wherever they usually run or walk," Buehler said. 

She said participants log in and plot how many miles they did, and the program puts their icon on the course.

"They're not actually running past co-ops, or running all over the counties, they're just running on their normal streets, but based on their mileage they get plotted on a map so it makes it a little more fun," Buehler said.

With an event like this, administrators could potentially face the participants using false information to complete the race. 

But Henry Copeland, a spokesperson from Racery, is not worried. 

He said contestants are simply relying on the honor system in order to avoid restricting participation.

“We rely on the honor system," Copeland said. "We don't want participation to be limited by who owns gadgets or is tech adept, so people can track miles however they want."

As the town of Carrboro coincides with UNC, some students are in support of the race. 

UNC first-year George Gildehaus said he thinks the Weaver Street Race would be a beneficial way to spark community involvement for Carrboro residents. 

"Yeah, I think I think it would be a kind of interesting way to bring people together," Gildehaus said. "It would be better for people close to Carrboro."

The 2015 race had 74 members who recorded more than 6,000 miles throughout the duration, in addition to 49 people finishing the race. 

Bueller said this year they are looking to reach a similar number of participants. 


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