Though last Saturday morning was cloudy, the inclement weather did not stop thousands of people from lining up to participate in the 16th annual Tar Heel 10 Miler. Spirits were high among the runners, spectators, volunteers and emergency personnel despite the looming storm.
With a course that travels through UNC's campus and surrounding historic neighborhoods, the Tar Heel 10 Miler is a UNC tradition. The race hosts UNC students, UNC alumni and community members.
Other race options include the Fleet Feet 4 Miler and the 14-mile Double Down Challenge.
In case of emergency, several EMS personnel were stationed at the start line and along the course.
Chris Pope, the Orange County deputy chief of emergency medical services, said the most common emergencies he sees at races are dehydration and exhaustion. The cloudy weather helped prevent those problems at Saturday's race, he said.
“It's gonna be nice weather today for a run because we're gonna have good cloud cover and probably some rain, so I'm not looking for heat emergencies,” Pope said.
One UNC student participating in the race was women's basketball player Alyssa Ustby. Since she was unable to run last year because of post-season basketball games, she said she was excited to run with her brother and his girlfriend.
“I'm really excited just to be a part of the whole race because it's such a great community event and just happy to be a part of it,” she said.
Erin Bostic, a UNC senior who ran the Fleet Feet 4 Miler for the first time, said she was excited to finish her UNC career “with a bang.”