This Saturday: Miles For Matt 5K

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Terry Chay.

Cary, NC – With Spring finally here, Cary is in full running race mode! This weekend marks the second annual Miles For Matt 5 K run at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The race is now the second event in a series of three events in memory of Matt Cossa which benefits Duke Cancer research Institute.

Last year the Bats For Matt baseball event organizers were looking for a way to increase their reach and awareness. Bill Cossa’s son, Matt, for whom these events are named was a student athlete, and as such had friends who played all sorts of sports, not just baseball. The race is a way to involve more community members in a fun event out at the soccer park on a lovely day.


Registration is live on FS Series, but at press time T shirts are no longer guaranteed (that ended 2/25). The event already has nearly 300 runners registered. Online registration is closed, but you might be able to register at the race itself before start time.

We are told everyone will receive breakfast at  the finish. The race will take place at Wake Med Soccer Park at 201 Soccer Park Dr. Cary, NC 27511. The run course will feature smooth running surface with grass and gravel. A water station will be at the 1.5 mile mark.

The proceeds from the race will benefit the Duke Cancer Institute in Lymphoma and other blood cancers research. There are awards for the top three finishers in many age categories.

Race Categories

Prizes go to the top three male and female finishers and 1st place for the male and female in each of the following divisions:

  • 15 and under
  • 16-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60 and above

If you can’t race, come on out and cheer for the runners! Runners will arrive around 8am and the start is at 9am. If this race is like many I have attended (no I don’t run them!), all the runners will be finished by 10am, and tucking into to some pancakes!

For more info about the Matt Cossa Memorial Foundation, visit their website.


CaryCitizen is a proud sponsor of Miles 4 Matt.