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Merge Records 25K Our Durham neighbor Merge Records is turning 25 this year. On March 22, we're lending a hand for the first celebratory event of their anniversary year, Merge 25K—a 25 km (15.5 miles) road race—by providing pre-race coffee for runners and volunteers.

An unconventional point-to-point race, participants will convene at the starting line in Chapel Hill, NC—where Merge had its beginnings—and race to the finish in their current home, Durham, a few miles down the road from our roasting facility, Training Center, and HQ.

Finish line festivities will be held at Motorco Music Hall and feature performances from The Love Language and Vertical Scratchers .

The race will help to raise donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Habitat for Humanity of Durham and Orange counties. The Merge 25K is presented in partnership with Bull City Running Co.

Registration at SportOften.com. Visit the race page for more details.

Merge is one of the most widely respected labels in the world, representing artists such as Arcade Fire, Spoon, the Magnetic Fields, She & Him, Destroyer, and many more.
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