Spring 2014 Guide to Races & 5Ks


Cary, NC — Throughout Cary and across the Triangle, people like to run. Over the past decade, the number of 5Ks, 10Ks, marathons and races has increased dramatically.

2014 Triangle Guide to Races & 5Ks

CaryCitizen has assembled a Spring 2014 Guide to Races & 5Ks. We’ve organized the listings by month, beginning with March.

While the list is somewhat Cary-centric, we’ve included races from Raleigh, Chapel Hill and elsewhere. What are you waiting for? Start training!

(If we missed listing your race, place add it in the comments with date, time, details and a link to registration.)

March 2014

The Eleventh Annual  Umstead Marathon
Saturday, March  1st, 2014 at 9:00AM EST

All 26.2 miles of the marathon will be run within the borders of William B. Umstead State Park, a five thousand-acre tract of dense woods, lakes, streams, hills, and trails that rests between the cities of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham. The course consists of some technical single-track, but is mostly run on the park’s bridle trails, which are the width of a single lane road and covered with fine gravel. The route is scenic and hilly.

The Umstead Marathon is sold out. If you did not get a chance to register, there will be a second sign-up
Registration: Website info
Pricing: $70/ person.

Run Green 8 K St Paddy’s

March 1st 2014, Moore Square in Downtown Raleigh
The 2014 St. Paddy’s Run Green 8K will again attempt to set an official Guinness World Record for the Largest Kilt Run! Here is your chance to enjoy a great race, party, AND participate in setting a new world record! Don you best kilt for an afternoon of running, eco-friendly fun in downtown Raleigh.  After the run, celebrate in Moore Square with live Irish music, food, and the first beer is free (for runners 21+ of course)!  The current Guinness World Record was set in 2012 in Perth, Ontario with 1,764 runners.

**Registration for the 8K INCLUDES entry into the 200 meter kilt run**
All registered runners will receive a gender specific tech shirt and race koozie.
Pricing: before 2/26= $35, after, $40 per individual


Tobacco Road Marathon

March 16th, starts at USA Baseball in Cary

This race is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Participants can sign up for a marathon, or half marathon, all starts and finishes at USA Baseball. The event takes place in the relatively flat course along the pined lined American Tobacco Trail. There’s a  limit  of 1500 marathon and 2500 half marathon participants.  Half usually sells out by January and Full is also expected to cap before the event. Proceeds go to several organizations including Rails to Trails Conservancy, JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Red Cross, Wake County Parks and Recreation,

Pricing: Ranges now from half marathon at $85 to $105 for the marathon after March 10 (if available)

Registration Website

Rockin Marathon Relay
March 30, 2014 Wake Med Soccer Park, Cary

This is a marathon relay and features some live music at one of the premier cross-country courses in North Carolina! Medals for all finishers! Athletes check in at 7:15, relay begins at 9am.
Pricing: early $45/ later $50

Organizer’s Website

April 2014

Umstead Endurance Run

April 5, 2014 Umstead Park

The Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run is designed with several basic concepts in mind. It will help new ultra runners to bridge the quantum leap from 50 mile runs to the mountainous and more rigorous demands of most 100 mile endurance runs. It will allow those runners who have difficulty finishing 100 miles in 24 hours or just finishing 100 miles the opportunity to do so when severe topography, heat, and getting lost are removed as major obstacles.

Registration Website:

Cary Road Race

April 5, 2014 Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary

This race includes a 10 K,  5K, and a  1 mile fun run. Proceeds for the Cary Road Race are earmarked annually for local youth and fitness projects. This year’s Cary Road Race proceeds will be used to enhance existing greenways and trails in Cary. There are more than 21 miles of greenways and trails in the Cary area, with many linking to state and county trails. View courses: 10K and 5K

Pricing: Fun Run – No charge, but registration required. Fees vary from pre-registration Recreational of $12, to Race Day Competitive registration of $20.

For more info: Kirk Matthews, Athletic Program Supervisor, (919) 469-4363, or email kirk.matthews@townofcary.org

Rock Solid Run Center Stage Fun

Sunday, April 13, 2014 Downtown Raleigh, start in front of Memorial AUditorium, Finish on Fayetteville Street.

Distances Offered: Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. This race features live bands, a scenic course, gear bags, medals, a Brooks Technical shirt for all runners, and a festival at the finish.
Pricing:  $110 ½ marathon, $100 marathon, $150 at the expo.
Registration: Website

May 2014

Sparkle Me Wild Cary

May 10, 2014 Wake Med Soccer Park,  201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary9:00am

This Mother’s Day weekend  celebrate the heart of SPARKLE…AWESOME, TIRED, OVER WORKED MOM’S!  This one of a kind 5K, full of glitter, color and big bling at the finish!  Mom’s you deserve a day full of love, color, glitter, celebration and most of all…Sparkle! With each registration runners receive a one of a kind t-shirt and one bag of color to throw at the start of the event and more glitter along the course.
Pricing: $45 race fee plus a sign up fee $4
Registration: website

Cary Du Classic

May 17, 2014 – 7445 Green Hope School Road, Cary, start 7:15am

  • Long Course Duathon: 5 mile run, 31 bike 5 mile run start 7 am
  • Short Course: 2.5 mile run, 17.65 mile bike, 2.5 mile run

Pricing: from $55- $110 depending on which course and when you register.
Registration info FSSeries webpage

NCRC Classic Half marathon and 10K at Umstead

May 18, 2014 – 3001 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC by The North Carolina Roadrunners Club (NCRC)

The race uses roads, trails and greenways of Cary and of Umstead State Park. The NCRC Classic Half-Marathon & 10K Races are now in their 16th year and considered to be some of the Triangle area’s premier distance races.  Some of the proceeds from the race will support several local causes, including the Jimmy V Foundation and The American Red Cross – Triangle Chapter.

Spring Triple Crown – The NCRC Classic Half Marathon is part of the Spring Triple Crown Series along with the Tobacco Road Half Mararhon and the Race 13.1 Midtown Raleigh.

Registration: NCRC Website

Someone Special Like Me 5K

May 25, 2014 – WakeMed Soccer Park 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary , NC 27511

This year marks the 3rd year of the Someone Special Like Me 5K. The race will benefit Someone Special Like Me, an organization created to provide a recreational activity center for children with special needs.  The 5K is a run and a walk, so runners and walkers of all skill levels are invited to take part in the event. Starting Times: The Kid’s dash starts at 8:00 am and the 5K begins at 8:30 am.

Pricing : From $10 for the kid’s dash to $20 for the competitive 5 K
To Register :Website

June 2014

Glow In the Park Run

June 6, 2014 – Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary , NC 27511

This race boasts lots of glow in the dark fun from foam sprayed while runners run, to glow powder thrown from the sidelines.  blacklights and pumping music increase the fun quotient. Its truly something different! All during a 5K race!

Pricing: $40 –now through- $55 on race day
Registration website

Susan B Komen NC Triangle to the Coast Triangle Race for the Cure

June 14, 2014 – Meredith College in Raleigh

It’s an opportunity to raise critical funds and awareness, celebrate survivors, and honor those who have lost their battle. Race day activities also include a survivor breakfast, tribute and photo; Zumba warm-up; Competitive Open 5K (co-ed), Women’s-Only 5K, Recreational Open 5K, One Mile Fun Run and Kids Dash. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate® hosts the Race and other events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research and local breast cancer programs.

The Race is a 5K (3.1 miles).

Registration Website

July 2014

Triangle Triathlon

July 19, 2014 –  1:30 pm, Harris County Park, Southwestern Wake County

The event is held to benefit the YMCA’s We Build People Program. Athletes will compete in 3 events including:
a 750 meter swim  in the Lake Harris., a 17.5 mile bike loop on rolling rural county roads.  and a 5 K run which is a loop. Bike Map.
Pricing: starts now at $55 to $60-125 depending on when you register and if you are doing an individual or a relay.

Registration Website

August 2014

UNC Wellness Super Sprint Triathlon 2014

Sun Aug 10, 2014 – UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, Chapel Hill

Race consists of a 250 yard swim, 9 mile Bike ride and a 5 K run. The UNC Wellness Super Sprint Triathlon is a great mid-season pool swim event. Conveniently located just off Rt. 54 in Chapel Hill this race is easy to get to and is a fantastic beginner event. After a 5 lap swim athletes transition to a rolling 9 mile bike rolling bike course and rolling 5K run. If you are new to the sport or looking for a super fast course this is the event for you! This event benefits the UNC Wellness Medical Fitness Scholarship Fund. This group provides memberships and clinical services to people who have medical and financial need.

Pricing $55 until June 1, thereafter, $65.
Registration website:

If We Missed Your Race

If we missed listing your race, place add it in the comments with date, time, details and a link to registration.


Story edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Brooke Novak via Creative Commons license.


Spring 2014 Guide to Races & 5Ks is sponsored in part by Fit & Able Productions and Great Harvest Bread Company.

4 replies
  1. Doug Haensel
    Doug Haensel says:

    The Ravenscroft Running Club is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Running OVer Cancer 5K on April 6th at 2:30pm. The event is being held at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC. All proceed from the event are being donated to the American Cancer Society. Last year twelve local high schoolers got together to organize the 1st Annual Running Over Cancer 5K. It was a huge success! More than 200 people came out, and we raised over $8,000 for the American Cancer Society. Now the race is back for 2014, and we hope even more people will enjoy our race, and that we will raise even more money for the American Cancer Society.

  2. Clarenda Stanley-Anderson
    Clarenda Stanley-Anderson says:

    Inside Out 5K Run/Walk for Children’s Mental Health

    May 10, 2014 8:00 AM, Lucy Daniels Center, 9003 Weston Parkway
    What better way to spend Mother’s Day weekend than helping children in need? Join Lucy Daniels Center on May 10, 2014 in celebration of National Children’s Mental Health Month as we walk and run to help ensure that help and hope are available for children in need of mental and emotional health services.
    Event Website http://www.lucydanielscenter.org/news-events/the-inside-out-5k-run-walk

  3. Terri Bruns
    Terri Bruns says:

    The Kiwanis Club of Apex is sponsoring the first annual 5K & Play in downtown Apex on March 1st starting at 7:30am. This is on conjunction with Apex’s 1st Annual Founders Day Celebration. Partial proceed to go to Hopes Hope (www.hopes-hope.org). Please go to the Kiwanis Club website (www.apexkiwanis.org)or the FS Series website (www.fsseries.com)to register.

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