Passion alone is powerful, but a squad committed to chasing dreams together is unstoppable. The Raleigh Distance Project began with six women who knew they were within striking distance of their full potential. They pursued their passion individually, but knew their ultimate success would not be possible without the support of a team. Witnessing the growth of Raleigh’s interest in running throughout the five years of The Sir Walter Miler, they knew it was time to expand and support an elite distance running team in the Triangle area. They embarked on establishing the Raleigh Distance Project; on the foundation of creating a support system to cultivate elite runners to accomplish their dreams.
The common belief the elite athletes hold is that as they strive towards their goals, the runners within the community will mirror their results. The Raleigh running community is sprinkled with runners of all levels of ability; a run through Raleigh exhibits the six year old just starting out at a local mile race, the after-work brewery running groups, and the Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier. The elite athletes devote time to train together and motivate the community; regardless of their commitments to school and full-time jobs, even if that means running at 5 a.m.
The elite athletes have seen the impact a positive and zealous mindset has on performance. They strive to instill the secret behind their successful running careers in all local runners: joy! We look to build the sport and unify all the city's resources while propelling our aspiring elites to a level beyond what seems possible. We are excited at the possibility to run for you and with you. We invite you to take a chance on us. Thank you for your consideration of supporting the Raleigh Distance Project.
Creating an opportunity to help aspiring elite and professional distance runners reach their goals. Through this we can bring more people into the sport and foster an even bigger running community in the city we love.
1. Olympic Trials & World Championship Qualifiers
2. Top-ten in US Championship Races
3. Appearances at Major Marathons
4. Engage the Raleigh running community and serve as positive role models
5. Create a support system to allow up and coming athletes to reach their potential
6. Long Term Goal: Expand our elite team to include a masters group & create a community wide membership based run club. We envision the run club to have frequent interaction with our elite team.