- Winter Flight became the first race in the Tar Heel Tour in 1986 and was moved to Catawba College.
- The Greater Salisbury Track Club changed its name to Salisbury-Rowan Runners in the latter part of 1986.
- Winter Flight became the Coors Winter Flight 8K (dropping the 10K) in 1987. The 8K course was certified by TAC and sanctioned by RRCA for the first time. The 1987 event had 1065 entries. Bob Zirt was race director. Prize money was given to the top first, second, and third finishers, male and female ($250, $100, $50). The race was dedicated to the memory of Harold Sifford, a long time SRR club member.
- Current course records were set in 1988 by Hans Koeleman of The Netherlands (male – 23:34.9) and in 1992 by Joan Nesbitt (female – 26:48).
- The 1989 Winter Flight, scheduled for January 29th had to be postponed to March 19th due to the red measles quarantine in Rowan County. Race officials were pleased that 573 of the 970 pre-registered runners showed up for the Winter-turned Spring Flight.
- Jim Young of Young and Associates, Raleigh, began managing Winter Flight finish lines/results in 1990 and was a vital part of future Winter Flight races.
1986-1990 – Many Changes
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