Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

For reservations or any other assistance, please call (919) 829-3663. Fine Dining in Raleigh NC
At the Historic Dodd-Hinsdale House
330 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 829-3663
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    The Second Empire Grand-Prix 2011 Is Complete!

    Second Empire 5k Classic 2011

    Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern is proud to present the 11th Annual Second Empire 5K Classic – one of the fastest 5K courses in the Triangle area.

    The race will benefit the XANGO Goodness Foundation which distributes meal packs to starving children around the world.

    Race Day is Sunday, April 17, 2011.  Register Online Now!

    Second Empire Grand Prix Series

    Born from the Second Empire 5K Classic, the Grand-Prix is the inspiration of Raleigh entrepreneurs Kim Reynolds and husband Rod Garnas, along with Inside-Out Sports owner Cid Cardoso.

    In its ninth year, the Grand-Prix provides a fun way for competitive and non-competitive runners to give back to the community. Individual races pool a small portion of their operational funds along with Grand-Prix sponsors to cover series expenses.

    The combined effort has provided races with increased visibility and attendance while decreasing operational costs. This savings can directly translate to larger proceeds going to the benefiting charities. 2011 sponsors include: Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern, Brooks, Inside-Out Sports, American Express,, Midtown Magazine, MYLAPS Sports Timing, Henry Wurst, Inc., and Endurance Magazine.

    See more details on the Second Empire 2011 Grand Prix Series webpage.


    • Location: 330 Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh
    • Start/finish in front of Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern


    • Course is 5000 meters and is USAT&F-certified
    • Runners will start in front of Second Empire Restaurant and head east
    • Loop around the Capitol Building, heading west on Hillsborough Street
    • Pass the start/finish line, proceed to the turnaround point at Woodburn Road.
    • Then proceed back to the finish line in front of Second Empire
    • Splits will be called at the one-mile, half-way and two-mile marks
    • For a course map, go to and type in “NC11102NW” when prompted for Course Number
    • Course records: Abdul Alzindani (14:32) and Jemissa Hess (16:36)

    Kids’ Dash

    • This 100-yard run is for 6-year-olds and younger, and takes place immediately following the 5K (approximately 3:00 p.m.)
    • Each finisher will receive a medal

    1-Mile Fun Run

    • The run takes place immediately following the Kids’ Dash
    • Runners head down Hillsborough Street to the entrance of St. Mary’s
      School and then return back to the finish

    Because this is a fun run, no official times are given and there are no awards. Runners will have a digital clock at the finish to give their times.

    Entry Fees

    5K (includes Tech shirt)

    • $20 up to and including April 9
    • $25 from April 10-16
    • $30 on race day
    • Note: Tech shirts are only guaranteed for registrations made before April 9

    1-Mile Fun Run $10

    Kids’ Dash $5

    Tech shirts $12 (must be ordered by April 9)

    Packet Pickup

    • Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at Athlete’s Foot in Cameron Village, Raleigh
    • Saturday, April 16 2011 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm at 326 Hillsborough St., Raleigh (beside Second Empire Restaurant).

    5K Awards

    • Gift certificates to Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern in the amount of $100, $75, and $50 to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place male and female finishers

    Special custom-made glassware awards will also be presented:

    • First three master finishers of each sex
    • First three wheelchair finishers
    • First three finishers in each of the following age groups: (both sexes)
      12-under, 13-19, 20-24,25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over


    • No bicycles, rollers skates, or in-line skates
    • No headphones or running with dogs

    Race Results

    • Race results will be posted at the race beginning at 2:45 p.m. on race day
    • All performances will count toward state records and national rankings
    • For more information, please call Jim Young at 919-873-1207

    Race Day Schedule

    • Noon – Registration and Packet Pickup begins
    • 2:00 pm – 5K Start
    • 3:00 pm – 100 Yard Kids’ Dash
    • 3:10 pm – 1-Mile Fun Run
    • 3:30 pm – Awards Ceremony


    We are always grateful to have such generous sponsors for the Second Empire 5k Classic.

    Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
    - At -
    The Historic Dodd-Hinsdale House
    330 Hillsborough Street
    Raleigh, NC 27603

    Phone: (919) 829-3663
    Fax: (919) 829-9519

    From everyone at Second Empire, Thank You! We look forward to seeing you soon!