Charity Distance Festival

In-Person Race May 13th OR Virtual Race May 6th - 13th Cary, NC 27511 US Directions
IN-PERSON Race Info

* Final race day information and updates will be emailed to all registered participants and volunteers the week prior to the in-person race. Additional updates may be sent up to the morning of the in-person race. Any emailed information supersedes information on this site. 

Schedule

  • 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Packet Pick-up & Check In
  • 8:00 AM - Doggie Dash 5K & Doggie Dash 8K Start
  • 8:30 AM - 5K & 8K Start
  • 8:45 AM - Fun Run Start
  • 10:00 AM – Course Closes

* Start times subject to change due to weather or safety

Information

Race Location: WakeMed Soccer Park (201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary, NC 27511). (Venue subject to change as permitted by local officials.)

Course Information: The course is on WakeMed Soccer Park cross country course with dirty, grass, and natural trails; conditions depend on the weather prior to the event. The course is NOT USATF certified. GPS tracking apps are not suitable for measuring course distances accurately.

Charity Distance Festival Course Maps
5K        8K        Fun Run

Events: Everyone is welcome to participate!  All participants will have chip-timed results that will be posted online.  All Fit & Able Productions, Inc. events are inclusion events: anyone of any age, skill-level, or ability can participate in any race! 
* No bikes permitted in the race. 
* Dogs are ONLY allowed in the Doggie Dash 5K and Doggie Dash 8K. All dogs must be signed up using the Doggie Dash add-on during registration. 
* Spectators' dogs and any other dogs that are not registered to participate are NOT allowed in the event venue.
* Kids 12 & Younger are NOT allowed to participate in the Doggie Dash 5K or Doggie Dash 8K.
* We strongly discourage participants wearing headphones of any sort while racing for their own safety and so they can properly hear instructions on the course.
* Kids in strollers must be registered and be with a parent registered in either the 5K, 8K, or Fun Run. Kids in strollers must be numbered, properly buckled into the stroller, and we strongly encourage them to wear a helmet.
* Kids in Strollers are NOT allowed to participate in the Doggie Dash 5K or Doggie Dash 8K.
* If you or one of your party have a physical or developmental need that may require special accommodation please contact us at least one month prior to the event to discuss reasonable accommodations that may be available. 

Course Aid: An athletic trainer will be available at a medical tent located near the finish line. There will be a water station on the course and near the finish line. Water is also available at the registration and refreshment area. Many runners choose to cary their own preferred fluids and nutrition as well. 

Packet Pick-up: All participants must show a photo ID or be with a guardian with a photo ID in order to pick up their race packets. Participants may pickup packets for others if they have a screenshot or photocopy of their photo ID.

Volunteers: We need your help! If you're available to assist us with registration, handing out water, and cheering on runners please sign up to volunteer between 7:00 AM -11:00 AM. Sign up through the link in the menu!

Race Souvenirs: All participants will receive a finishers medal and gift guaranteed if registered by May 5th. Event shirts are available separately for $15 until April 28th. * In-person race packets will not be shipped and will only be available on race day!

Awards: Awards are provided by Omega Sports and Fit & Able Productions. All awards will be mailed or emailed to their recipients the week after the race. Save your Charity Distance Festival bib number to get 20% off in store at Omega Sports! * Age groups are calculated as of participant's age on December 31st of the race year. 

  • 5K/5K Doggie Dash & 8K/8K Doggie Dash Awards:
    • Top 3 Male/Female Overall (Omega Sports gift cards)
    • Top 3 Male/Female Age Group (Fit & Able gift codes)
      • 0 - 4, 5 - 9, 10 - 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 24, 25 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65 - 69, 70 - 74, 75 - 79, 80 - 84, 85 - 89, 90 - 94, 95 - 99
    • New Male/Female Course Record (Fit & Able gift codes)
  • Fun Run Awards:
    • Top 3 Male/Female Overall (Fit & Able gift codes)

Registration

Online registration closes on May 11th at 9 PM. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted at packet pick-up and race day.

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