Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
3.7
(3 Ratings)  (3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.7
SCENERY
4.7
PRODUCTION
2.3
SWAG
2.7
Come join us for the 30k (18.6 miles), 7 mile, or our new 5k (3.1 miles) run on the beautiful, mostly shaded, wooded trail surrounding Salem Lake. The Salem Lake 30K and 7 Mile Trail Runs is a well-organized event that is a great tune up for any of the … MORE
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    hseitz FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race was both a 7 miler and a 30K. Salem Lake has a 7 mile loop, so the 7 mile race=1 lap. It's a strange distance. Most of the … MORE

    This race was both a 7 miler and a 30K. Salem Lake has a 7 mile loop, so the 7 mile race=1 lap. It’s a strange distance. Most of the first 6 miles is packed dirt trail near the lake, and then there is a MASSIVE hill in the last half mile that many people walk up. But if you survive that, the downhill will cannonball you to the finish line. It’s so satisfying to finish in an all-out sprint, and I overtook one woman in the last hundred meters when I ran this in 2017. In the heat of competition, I growled, “I’mma hunt you down” right before I passed her. Afterward, I cringed at my monstrous muttering. Adrenaline will make you say weird things.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    hseitz REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The most difficult race I have run in my nine year career. Maybe I am soft because I don't run trail races much, but water stops were every 3 miles … MORE

    The most difficult race I have run in my nine year career. Maybe I am soft because I don’t run trail races much, but water stops were every 3 miles which was NOT enough for a September race in North Carolina. I actually finished the first 8 miles in an hour flat, but totally ran out of gas for the last six miles. I’ll never forget how hard the last mile or two was, just a nightmare. I’m grateful to the Winston Salem State track team for handing out water, but I really needed more aid stations, every 1.5 miles or 2 miles maximum. I could hardly stand after I crossed the finish.

    The course looped around Salem Lake, and a little ways out into the forest. Definitely a scenic run, although parts of the trail were low-lying and one area was flooded by a foot of water. Some tough hills around miles 9-11, and dirt trails around the 7-mile lake which should be easy on the knees.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    ivy1238 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've done this race 3 times because I love the scenery. It's a very simple race. Paid $25 i think for the 7 miler. No medals or food though. The … MORE

    I’ve done this race 3 times because I love the scenery. It’s a very simple race. Paid $25 i think for the 7 miler. No medals or food though. The race is not crowded. The long sleeve shirts are great! They’re my go to running shirts when it’s cold. The volunteers and those running it are really nice. The course is not 7 miles though, closer to 6.75. There’s a hill on mile 2 and 7. The hill on mile 7 is a killer. But despite of it, I keep coming back.

    In summary:
    Nice scenery.
    No medals/food.
    Cheap.
    Not crowded.
    Long walk from parking- but there’s shuttles.
    Mile 7 hill will eat you alive.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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