There are a handful of legendary runs in the area, ones that are held at semi-regular intervals and are not races. One I've heard of is the vaunted Mangum Track Club, held in Ellerbe. When you see someone wearing one of their t-shirts you know they're part of a special breed of runners. Not necessarily the fastest, but definitely into running, if you know what I mean.
Our friend in Advance, @scubasue09, let us in on an upcoming run to be held in Albemarle on Saturday, Nov. 21st. For anyone looking for a just-shy-of-20-mile-run (19.7 to be exact) with no entry fee, then this is the one for you. While it's been held since 2002, merely 35 or so folks have braved the run from downtown Albemarle to the top of Morrow Mountain and back. These runners are part of the self-described Fellowship of the Idiots. In addition to eternal fame, if you finish the run you are entitled to a t-shirt, certificate, and your name on the wall at Albemarle's premier running store, Vac & Dash.