SMRC Willow Creek Loop RRCA
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This loop is a route that I have run many times. The basic loop measures 5.84 miles, and is essentially flat on the east side of Hunter Road and hilly in the Willow Creek development on the west side. It is possible to add and combine several additional segments to adjust the total distance up to 9 miles.

The course is best run in a counterclockwise direction, so as to be facing traffic; this is most important on the I-35 access road segment. The course has been measured in this manner. However, when running the course in the winter when there is a stiff wind from the north or northwest, running the course clockwise puts the wind to your back in the open areas, and the trees, homes and hills in Willow Creek help to block the wind when you are running into it. But you’ll have traffic coming up on you from behind, at high speed, on the I-35 access road; not good.

The
Longcope Loop option adds 0.64 miles, and some uphills and downhills.
The
Willow Creek Circle option adds 0.72 miles and mild uphills and downhills.
The
Oak Haven Drive option adds 0.3 miles, and is about the same in terms of hills as if you stay on Rolling Oaks Drive.
The
Wonder World option only adds 0.06 miles, and the traffic on Hunter Road usually makes crossing here hazardous; so this option is not highly recommended.

The three optional segments that include sections of Snyder Hill Drive are the ones that will really get your attention. The
Snyder Hill loop only adds 0.13 miles, but it adds two hills on Rolling Oaks Drive that you won't like - especially when running northward. A good friend of mine refers to this option as “the Nutcracker.” The Missy Lane loop adds 0.97 miles and the Willow Arbor loop adds 1.43 miles; and both will make you yearn for level ground, as they will give you a good hill workout no matter which direction you run them.

You can park at Texas Health & Racquet Club on McCarty Lane just southeast of where it crosses Hunter Road. There is also a side street off the I-35 access road, next to the North Carolina Direct furniture store, where you can park.

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