FKT: Robert Rives - Neuse River Trail (NC) - 2017-12-26

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one way
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4h 46m 54s

I no longer live in Raleigh, but I grew up there and was partially raised by the waters of the Neuse River Basin. It was in these streams that I learned to fish and canoe, and along their banks that I began my running career by following networks of singletrack and greenway. On Tuesday December 26th, 2017, I had the pleasure of communing with the Neuse itself for 33 miles along this recently finished path, a ribbon of pavement that runs unobstructed from the Falls Lake Dam to N. O'Neill Street in Clayton. I went southbound (downstream) in a total time of 4:46:54. I ran in an unsupported style, carrying bars, biscotti, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and 700ml of water. All on-trail water fountains were shut down for winter so I carried everything from start to finish with no refill. I am unaware of any other thru-runs of this path, other than by the few folks who have thru-run the MST (who were undoubtedly moving slower). Enjoy this suburban Capitol Area gem and post about your experiences!