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).

If you’re new to this, please join the club! It’s too late to win prizes for past challenges, but you can give them a shot whenever you like!

Join the Durham Social Distance Project club on Strava & the Durham Social Distance Project group on Facebook to connect with others.

Details about each challenge can be found below:

12th Birthday Shop Hop (September 10 - 27)

Celebrate our 12th birthday and new downtown location by running from store to store and shopping our famous birthday sale for the chance to WIN BIG! Learn more here!

Summer Staycation Series (June 22 - Labor Day)

Durham Social Distance Project, but make it summer.

We’ve dreamed up activities and challenges to banish boredom and support local businesses that are happy you’re in town.

Learn more about them on our Summer Staycation Series page!

Oliver's Collar Throw Me a Bone Challenge (June 5 - 14)

Here’s the deal:

Fun fact: Dog adoption was a popular means of quarantine entertainment for the BCRC staff, and that means we’ve become really good friends with our neighbors at Oliver’s Collar! As such, our next DSDP challenge is a celebration of running, dog parenting, and all the wonderful ways these two things intersect. We hope you’ll take the “Throw Me a Bone” Map Challenge with us and that you’ll share plenty of pics of you and your furry training pals as you do it!

How to play:

Run a route (must be at least 1 mile long) that creates a map that looks like a dog bone. Once you’ve uploaded your BONE-afide run to your favorite fitness tracker, take a screenshot of it and share it with us in one of three ways by 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, June 14th:

  1. Post it to the Durham Social Distance Project Facebook page
  2. Post it to Instagram (Feed or Stories) and tag us @bullcityrunning
  3. Email it to rundrm@gmail.com

(You only have to do ONE of the above!)

All submissions will be sent to our friends at Oliver’s Collar, who will vote on the best one. The winner will be awarded a $25.00 gift card to Oliver’s Collar so that you can get your furry friend something fabulous!

The time frame:

You have until 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, June 14th to run your route, screenshot your map, and share it with us!

Global Running Day Challenge (June 3)

Global Running Day is the first Wednesday in June, and we’re ready to celebrate!

Here’s the deal:

People all around the world are celebrating Global Running Day by running 1 mile for someone that inspires them and tagging a friend to do the same on the social media. We’re adding our own twist by asking you to tag the person who inspires you. Also tag us @bullcityrunning in order to be entered into a drawing for a $50 BCRC gift card!

Tag #Run1Tag1, #GlobalRunningDay, and @bullcityrunning on Instagram or Facebook to celebrate and run across the globe in a worldwide and inspiring game of virtual tag!

The time frame:

ALL DAY on June 3, 2020.

Since it’s a Wednesday…

Consider doing a Fullsteam Ahead! Run Club route! More details here.

LouElla Best Vintage Challenge (May 15 - 31)

Here’s the deal:

Two of our favorite coping mechanisms during the stay-at-home order are running and wine. We think it only makes sense to bring these things together for our next fun challenge for you. As such, we’ve put our heads together with our friends at LouElla Wine, Beer, & Beverage to bring you The LouElla “Best Vintage” Challenge!

How to play:

Your mission is to run a route (must be at least 1 mile long) that creates a map that looks like a wine bottle or glass. Once you’ve uploaded your wine-shaped run to your favorite fitness tracker, take a screenshot of it and share it with us in one of three ways by 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, May 31st:

  1. Post it to the Durham Social Distance Project Facebook page
  2. Post it to Instagram (Feed or Stories) and tag us @bullcityrunning
  3. Email it to rundrm@gmail.com

(You only have to do ONE of the above!)

All submissions will be sent to our friends at LouElla, who will vote on the best one. The winner will be awarded a $25.00 gift card to LouElla Wine, Beer, & Beverage!

The time frame:

You have until 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, May 31st to run your route, screenshot your map, and share it with us! And remember, you’re not just running FOR wine, you’re running in the shape of wine!

WOULD-BE ROTB WEEKEND CHALLENGE (May 29 - 31)

The 12th running of Durham’s premiere community road race, Running of the Bulls 8K, would have been this weekend but has been postponed to August 29th due to coronavirus. ROTB is our way of welcoming summer (and some seriously sweaty runs), so we want to turn this weekend into a celebration, even though we won’t be racing together until August. You are cordially invited to our WOULD-BE ROTB WEEKEND CHALLENGE!

Join the party: 

We invite you to show your 8K spirit by sporting a ROTB race shirt from years past! (With 11 prior years of racing under our belts, you should have plenty to choose from!) Snap a pic in your all-time favorite one and share it one of these ways.

Post your photo to:

  1. The Durham Social Distance Project Facebook page
  2. Instagram (Feed or Stories) and tag us @bullcityrunning
  3. Email it to rundrm@gmail.com the Durham Social Distance Project Facebook

A few winners will be randomly selected to get prizes!

What’s in it for you?

We’ve got tons of awesome prizes from our sponsors: Brooks, Camp Gladiator, Jason’s Deli, Nuun, Upright Athlete, and we’ll also award a free entry to the race on August 29th (in-person or virtual option)!

Now, get out there and go for a run!

Some great options for getting some miles in (8K optional):

Strava Segment Challenge (March 17 - May 11)

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. Find out how to get started here, and search their knowledge base for any questions you have.)
  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! And join our Facebook group to chat with other DSDP members!

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! – Congratulations to Jake Green!
Segment: NEW BRIDGE SEGMENT! (heading north)

Strava Segment Challenge Week 2 (Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, March 30)
The winner will be granted a $25 gift card to Monuts! – Congratulations to Tess Leuthner!
Segment: BROAD TO COSTCO

Strava Segment Challenge Week 3 (Tuesday, March 31 through Monday, April 6)
The winner gets a $25 gift card to Bean Traders! – Congratulations to Jill Zalewski!
Segment: THIRD FORK CREEK (WOODCROFT TO S ROXBORO)

Strava Segment Challenge Week 4 (Tuesday, April 7 through Monday, April 13)
The winner gets a $25 gift card to Beer Durham! – Congratulations to R Baltikahn!
Segment: WASHINGTON UP

Strava Segment Challenge Week 5 (Tuesday, April 14 through Monday, April 20)
The winner gets a $25 gift card to Cloche Coffee! – Congratulations to K J!
Segment: DUKE EAST CAMPUS

Strava Segment Challenge Week 6 (Tuesday, April 21 through Monday, April 27)
The winner gets a $25 gift card to Bocci Trattoria and Pizzeria! – Congratulations to Hunter Walton!
Segment: ATT NORTH (SOUTH OF WOODCROFT)

Strava Segment Challenge Week 7 (Tuesday, April 28 through Monday, May 4)
The winner gets a $25 gift card to Fullsteam Brewery! – Congratulations to Patrick Morris!
Segment: FULLSTEAM AHEAD! RUN CLUB: 3 MILE

Strava Segment Challenge Week 8 (Tuesday, May 5 through Monday, May 11)
Randomly-selected winner gets a $25 gift card to KoKyu! – Congratulations to Dave Stepp!
Fastest male and female each get a $25 gift card to Bull City Running Co! – Congratulations to Eric Arnold (4:29) and Toni Bista (5:28)!
Segment: DSDP MILE

How far will you get?

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