2021 TDS Twister Trot

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We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 16th at 8:00 AM for the Twister Trot.

The TDS Twister Trot, formerly Marcy’s Run, is a race to honor the courage and strength of our community. Marcy Speer, mother of Kira (Class of 2008) and Casey (Class of 2010) was a world-renowned geneticist at Duke University who lost her battle with cancer in 2007. At the time, Marcy’s Run was created to honor her memory as well as her contributions to the TDS community, and to support science education. Sadly, in the years since the race began, our community has had many other families affected by cancer. With the blessing of the Speer family, the race took on a new name nine years ago. The Twister Trot honors all families who have been or currently are being affected by this terrible disease, and we invite all of our racers to honor a friend or family member impacted by cancer at our race.

Risk Mitigation Measures

Everyone will be required to wear a mask before and after the race, and the start of the race will be spread out and staggered. In order to manage numbers, there will be no same-day registration.

Race Day Schedule (subject to change)

8:00 AM – Arrive early. Enjoy the music. Stretch!

8:45 AM – Opening Ceremony

9:00 AM – 100 yard dash for Lower School classes

9:10 AM – 2 mile race begins

9:35 AM – 1 mile fun run/walk begins

Recognition and Prizes for 2 mile race

We will award gift certificates to the overall adult male and female as well as the overall TDS student male and female.

Recognition will be given to the fastest runners, both male and female, in the following groups. Lower School, Middle School, and High School/Adults.

Also, any student crossing the 2 mile Finish Line ahead of Mr. Norry (boys) or Ms. Hill (girls) will be awarded an all-you-can-eat lunch from Cookout!

Inclement Weather Policy

Races are held, rain or shine, unless Triangle Day School (TDS) determines that conditions are too dangerous. This will be based on a prudent decision made on race weekend or race day by TDS and local law enforcement officials. If the race is canceled due to inclement weather there will not be refunds. This position is consistent with USA Track & Field recommendations and with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of running. In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, TDS reserves the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race.

Course Map

This year’s course will NOT go through American Village. Instead, runners will remain on the TDS campus (athletic side). More details to follow.


October 16
8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Triangle Day School
(919) 383-8800


Triangle Day School
4911 Neal Rd
Durham, NC 27705 United States
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