Durham Social Distance Project

The Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of many races and running meet-ups, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop running and training! To help you stay active, connected, and sane while doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’ve created the Durham Social Distance Project (DSDP).

The first activity of the DSDP is a Strava Segment Challenge!


Here’s the deal: 

Each Tuesday for the next 8 weeks, we’ll highlight a different Strava segment in Durham for you to run. You will have until the next Monday to run the specified segment. At the end of each week, all participants who completed the segment will be entered into a weekly prize drawing, and at the end of the 8 week period, runners who have run all 8 segments will be entered into a grand prize drawing.

Prizes will include race entries, Bull City Running Co. gift cards, Bull City Running Co. Goodr sunglasses, and gift cards to local businesses that are taking proactive measures to flatten the curve.

How to play: 

  1. Join our Durham Social Distance Project club on Strava (New to Strava? Download the app here. It can either sync with your fitness tracker or you can record activity right from your phone.)
  2. Every Tuesday, we’ll announce the featured Strava segment for the upcoming week here on our website, plus the announcement of the weekly winner for the previous week (we’ll use your Strava handle)
  3. Runs must be uploaded to Strava by 11:59pm Eastern on Mondays in order to be included in weekly prize drawings

Share your efforts!

In addition to uploading your activity to Strava, feel free to post to social media, too! Tag @bullcityrunning, and use #durhamsocialdistanceproject so that we can see what you’ve done!

Let’s get started: 

Strava Segment Challenge Week 1 (Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 23)
The winner of our first weekly prize drawing will be granted a $25 gift card to our store!

NEW BRIDGE SEGMENT! (heading north)

This segment begins at the intersection of the American Tobacco Trail and Renaissance Parkway (on the Southpoint Mall side of Renaissance, if the mall is to your right and HH Gregg is to your left.) From the bollards that mark the continuation of ATT, you’ll run uphill past the mall on your right and over the I-40 pedestrian bridge. When the greenway trail ends, follow the sidewalk to your right. The segment ends when you reach the Rose’s parking lot in the Homestead Market shopping center.

While you’re in the neighborhood, come to say hi to your friends at your favorite local running store (which is Bull City Running Co. Duh.). We’re doing our best to maintain a safe and sanitary environment here by wiping down high-touch services regularly, limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at one time to 10, and offering call-in orders and curbside pick up. If you need anything, give us a call at 919-265-3904 and we’ll run it out to you!

Reminder: you have until 11:59pm on Monday, March 23 to upload your activity to Strava in order to be included in the Week 1 prize drawing!


How far will you get?

Let’s get out there and #rundrm at a safe social distance!