Ali Ingersoll is an investigative data reporter for WRAL.
On Saturday, the running community in Raleigh showed their support for one of their members. Fiona O’Keeffe, who resides and trains in the Triangle area, emerged victorious in her first-ever marathon and secured a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
O’Keefe was not the sole participant from North Carolina in the marathon trials; she was one of 14 athletes from the state, which was one of the top six states with the most representation.
The state is increasingly becoming a sought-after destination for top-performing athletes.
The Strava app, which monitors fitness activities, displays the Triangle as a popular area. You can zoom in to view frequently used routes in downtown areas, along the American Tobacco Trail, and in William B. Umstead State Park.
According to Alex Warren, the proprietor of Runologie, practicing in the Triangle area may be difficult, but it is also the key to the success of runners from this region.
“He mentioned that it not only acts as a mental obstacle during hot summers, but also offers a great surface for all kinds of running.”
In addition, there is a strong sense of community in Raleigh, with almost ten running clubs that welcome individuals of all speeds to join them for runs on the city’s streets.
Although we cannot control the climate and canvas, we can control the camaraderie.
Warren stated that going out and recording miles helps to foster a strong sense of camaraderie and can lead to the development of deep relationships.
This is what makes Raleigh’s running scene stand out from other places and makes it unique to run here.