One of the oldest 5K’s in the Triangle where every female finisher receives a red rose, the North Carolina Roadrunners Club is proud to present the 43rd Annual Run for the Roses 5K. This fun traditional weekend race offers a fun-filled afternoon for the family to raise money to benefit Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC an organization which trains service dogs for veterans and Team Red, White and Blue NC, an organization with the mission to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
In 2023, there were over 250 entries despite the rainy and cold weather. Richard Berger of Raleigh took top honors with a time of 17:47, while Cassidy Heaton (2nd overall) of Durham led the women in 17:58.
The 2024 race will be held at a new venue, the Walnut Creek Athletic Complex at 1201 Sunnybrook Rd, Raleigh, 27610.
The last day to register online is Friday, February 9, 2024.
$30 until midnight on December 22, 2023 - Early Bird Special
$35 until midnight on February 9, 2024
$40 on race day and early packet pickup
Special rate - $20 for all entries under 18 years old
NCRC members get a $10 discount and Team Red White & Blue members get a $5 discount.
** The fee includes a long sleeved shirt to all those who enter by midnight on Sunday, January 28, 2024. If you desire to donate all of your registration fee to the two charities, select "no shirt" on the registration form.
Early Packet Pickup/Late Registration
Location: New Balance Raleigh, located in Midtown East Shopping Center 1101 Mercantile Drive, Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27609
When: Saturday, February 10, 2024
Race Day: Sunday, February 11, 2024
Location: Walnut Creek Athletic Complex - 1201 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh, NC
12:30 PM - Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup
2:00 PM - 5K Start
3:00 PM - Kids Fun Runs Start
3:15 PM - Awards
UPDATE - The new course will have portions that are offroad and gravel. We are still a jogging stroller friendly race and participants are welcome to run or walk with jogging strollers but wanted to give you a heads up about the new course. We also ask that you start towards the back of the pack to allow the other runners a clear start.
We will donate a portion of the race proceeds to Four Paws and a Wake Up-NC and Team Red, White and Blue NC (in 2022 we donated $2000 to each charity) but you can also raise money that will go directly to the charities using our "fundraising" service. Once you have registered for the race you can create your own fundraising page.
There will be a 2-person team competition: 1 male and 1 female, any age, can register as a team. They will run against other "couples" for the fastest combined course time. There is no fee for the team competition and teams can register at early packet pickup or on race day.
Awards will be presented to the top three overall males, females, male masters and female masters and to the top three finishers in each of the following age groups (male and female): 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, 75-79 and 80-over. In the team competition, awards will be given to the top three teams with the fastest combined times.
Face painting - Mimi the Clown (12:30-2:30)
100 meter dash for 6 years old and younger
400 meter dash (1/4 mile) for 6-10 years old
Registration for the Children’s Races will take place on race day. Parents are welcome and encouraged to run with their children. All children participating in these events will receive a medal for completing their race. These races will start at 3:00 pm.
There are no refunds for any reason. If, for reasons out of our control (i.e. an ice storm or such), we are unable to hold the event on the scheduled day, the race will be cancelled and not rescheduled. However, we will make all t-shirts available to those that registered. We will make every effort to run the race as long as it is safe to do so.
Pet Food Collections
We will be collecting pet food for the Wake County SPCA and other Animal Rescue Organizations. Please bring your donation on race day or to early packet pickup!
Sponsors If you are interested in donating cash (100% of which will be passed on to our charities) or “in-kind” items (which will help NCRC reduce our race day costs and result in more money being donated to our charities) please contact Elizabeth Werner (email@example.com)
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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