Discover what it takes to GO when the mind and body say NO!

If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

Important Race Dates

April 21st: Give Back Day

Visit either Fleet Feet Stores in Carrboro or Durham, mention the Got Grit? race, and 20% of your order goes for scholarships for Orange County students.


May 9th:  Last day to register to be guaranteed race t-shirt.


May 21st:  Got Grit 5K and One Mile Fun Run or Walk.  Go to the race page for details.

Got Grit? 2nd Edition

Announcing the new and revised 2nd edition of Tom Carr's book:

Got Grit?  Why you need it, how you get it, and how to pass it on to young people.

If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

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Our Belief Statement

At we strongly believe that a person’s grit (hard work, determination, perseverance, self-discipline) combined with good social skills, is a better predictor of future success than IQ, standardized test scores, and grade point averages.


The Four Components of the GOT GRIT? Program

G: Getting along with others. President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” Soft skills (social skills) are more important than hard skills.

R: Responsibility. Marvin Marshall, educator and discipline expert, tells us, “Responsible people are happy people. Happy people are responsible people.” Adults and children need to be responsible in these areas:   
    1) The body (exercise, sleep, good nutrition, spirituality)
    2) Learning (having a ‘growth-mindset’)
    3) The family (doing their fair share helping/supporting family members)
    4) The community (environmental issues, recycling, volunteering, voting)

I: Integrity: Notice that the word grit is hidden in the word integrity. It takes grit to have integrity! It isn’t always easy doing the right thing.

T: Tenacity. This involves perseverance, not giving up, not using excuses, overcoming adversities, self-discipline, determination, and optimism.


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