Runners, cyclists recon GNAT Scat 10K course

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Lee Watson, of Hamlet, finishes up the GNAT Scat 10K course before logging four additional miles, just for fun.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Lee Watson, of Hamlet, finishes up the GNAT Scat 10K course before logging four additional miles, just for fun.

Staff report

NORMAN — Nine runners and two cyclists toured the 6.2-mile course of the inaugural GNAT Scat 10K run/walk scheduled in conjunction with Norman Fest on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Runners from as far away as Harnett County, north of Fort Bragg, participated in the group training run and ride. Runners included Jimmy Arnold, Lee Watson, Mark Long, Jerry Lindstrand, Chip Cloninger, David McKay, Duke Smith and Cheri McCafferty. They were joined by cyclists Kathy Arnold and Andrew Butler, 8. The group joined Kevin Spradlin, race director of the low-key, no-frills event, for the jaunt.

The 10K course begins near the only light in town, on U.S. 220 Alternate at Moore Street, and heads north to County Line Road before turning left onto Clayton Carriker Road.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The group starts out near the Norman Community Center on Moore Street, close to the actual start line of the race on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The group starts out near the Norman Community Center on Moore Street, close to the actual start line of the race on Saturday, Oct. 11.

After a nice downhill, runners — and cyclists — conquered a significant uphill challenge before turning onto Capel Mill Road and towards the finish line at Norman Methodist Church.

Proceeds from the race, if any, will be donated to God’s Garden, a community effort that donates an average of 18 tons of produce each year to community food banks and pantries to help the less fortunate.

Visit the race webpage for complete event information, including course recon photos, a course map with elevation profile, entry form and more.

The entry form doesn’t have a space for cyclists to register, but they are welcome to ride along so long as they don’t interfere with the runners. It would be a recreational, non-competitive bike ride for all those on two wheels.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Duke Smith (left) and Mark Long (in yellow) finish up the 10K loop while Jimmy Arnold (center) completes miles 7 and 8 during a course recon of the GNAT Scat 10K event in Norman.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Duke Smith (left) and Mark Long (in yellow) finish up the 10K loop while Jimmy Arnold (center) completes miles 7 and 8 during a course recon of the GNAT Scat 10K event in Norman.

 

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