Carolina Godiva Track Club

About Godiva

Do you like to run? Are you interested in meeting other people in the Research Triangle area who share your interest? If so, you're in the right place.

Founded in 1975, Godiva Track Club has over 450 members of all ages and abilities, and welcomes new members.

Godiva offers an annual Running Start program for those who are new or returning to the sport.  The club presents popular running events like  the Umstead Trail Marathon. Godiva's annual calendar also features weekly summer track meets, and a winter series of cross country runs. There are regularly scheduled group runs most days of the week.

Please check out more reasons to join Godiva, and either sign up on line or mail us a membership form.

Oh yes, one more thing:  You may wonder why we're called the Godiva Track Club.  Here's the story.


Godiva Track Club's 11th Annual Umstead Trail Marathon was once again a huge success! We had 194 runners start and 190 finish on Saturday,  March 1st -- our best numbers in race history. The 2014 marathon was exciting, with our return female winner, Lorraine Young, leading for a good portion of the race. Wayne Crews, a Carolina Godiva masters runner, ended up winning the race in an impressive 3:01:16. Michael Dwomoh came in a close second at 3:01:40. Lorraine came in third at 3:03:24, beating the female course record that she set in 2013! Congratulations to all of the racers on their fantastic finishes.

We'd like to acknowledge our generous sponsors, our outstanding volunteers, and the hard working members of the Umstead Trail Marathon Planning Committee.

Umstead Trail Marathon 2014 Volunteers

We’d like to thank all of the volunteers who helped at the race. The volunteers are what really make the race. Their energy and enthusiasm keep the runners moving throughout the tough course.

Alan Schumacher, Amelia Vrabel, Ann Miller, Anna Leivers, Barbara Hindenach, Ben Syzek, Bill Medford, Bob Nelson, Bobbie Smythe, Brandy Burns, Brian Doherty, Cash Coyne, Catherine Rege, Catherine Wides, Chris Boyce, Chris Gould, Colin Jones, Dave Campbell, David Yeowell, Dhruv Patel, Doug Bradley, Elena Popowitch, Erin McIntee, Gordon Keeler, Harold Hill, Heather Yeowell, Hedrick Strickland, Helen Becker, Irene Rusnak, Izabela Annis, James Donaghy, Jarod Anderson, Jason LeDoyen, Jeff Tuson, Jen Arnold, Jenna Koenigshofer, Jennifer Rubatt, Jenny Boyce, Jessica Broglie, Jim Reagan, Joanna Pomilio, João Correia, Joe Drommer, Joy Turkal, Julie Messina, Karishma Fernandes, Kate Floyd, Kathleen Allden, Katie Biasi, Ken Browndorf, Kevin Goings, Kevin Nickodem, Kristine Pryzgoda, LaRee Johnson, Leah Harkness, Lilla Gutay, Linda Reid, Marie Duvall, Mark Greenhalgh, Martha McGee, Martin Leivers, Martin Warters, Mary Flood, Matthew Carmody, Melissa Crane, Melissa Lee, Mia Gerdts, Mike Broome, Mike Walsh, Mike Welker, Mo Percy, Patrick Bruer, Paul Naylor, Paul Wormsbecher, Pauline Baggarly, Peggy Taylor, Phil Bailey, Phil Lorang, Quinn McFall, Randy Dykes, Rayn Sakaguchi, Rhonda Hampton, Robin Bradley, Ronnie Weed, Sabrina Welker, Sameer Cheema, Sarah Negri, Scott Lynch, Scott Schoedler, Shauna Griffin, Shawn Harris, Shawna Barlette, Steph Jeffries, Steve Munsat, Susie Hansley, Sylvana Smith, Tam Butkiewicus, Tammie Massie, Tara Allden, Ted Tharp, Terry Casstevens, Thomas Hubscher, Tom Kirby, Tony Landauer, Ying So

We apologize if we missed anyone.


Umstead Trail Marathon 2014 Sponsors

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their generous donations of time, money and/or discounts, services, door prizes, ‘swag’ and much more.


Umstead Trail Marathon Committee 2014

A March 2013 Carolina Godiva newsletter article by then-President Doug Hensel describes all aspects of the Umstead Marathon and the workings of the planning committee. As he says, we all do a little of everything, but in general, the roles for 2014 were somewhat as follows:

  • Aline Lloyd - Lodge
  • Brian Tajlili – Budget, Umstead Park Liaison and Emergency (EMS, mountain bikers, etc.)
  • Carolyn Huettel- Aid Station Volunteer Coordinator
  • Denise Larson – Registration/Packet Pickup, Finish Line Timing and Committee Lead
  • Dennis Geiser – Handmade Awards, Finish Line Runner Care
  • Doug Hensel – Webmaster, Runner Communication
  • Jeff Hall – Sponsors and Shirts
  • Jim Clabuesch – Course
  • Karen Murphy – Registration Logistics and Runner Communication
  • Lisa Beck – Aid Station Setup and Tear Down
  • Mike Dacar – Parking

Godiva's annual program for new runners launched with a kickoff meeting on Monday, March 10th. Training began on the following Saturday, and will culminate with a 5k race on May 31st.

With the series now complete, please double check the final season point standings. Those who've qualified for the "Incredibly Beautiful T-Shirt" (late series entrants especially, as well as race directors, too) should check on their shirt size. Please note: the designer of this year's shirt reports that there will be both men's and women's sizes, but in a fitted style that runs small compared to a standard tee shirt. Please let us know if you'd like to "size up."  Also, please consider attending the annual banquet on Sunday evening, May 18th. Watch for details to appear on the website soon.  

Here's the schedule for the entire 2013-14 season. All races begin at 10:00 am, except for the New Year's Day Run which starts at 1:00 pm.

Club members who run or volunteer at 5 of the 7 events (with completion of the Hard Climb 10 miler counting double) earn the "Incredibly Beautiful" Winter Series shirt.

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2013-14 Standings Now Complete!