Buddy Run 5K: Run. Donate. Smile. Register!
"Thank you so much to the coordinators, sponsors, volunteers, and participants of The Buddy Run. This race provides a much-needed source of community awareness and support for the Backpack Buddy programs in our area. Some people assume that Wake Forest and Rolesville programs get support from Raleigh food drives and events, but those efforts fund programs in Raleigh. The food donated at the Buddy Run comes at the perfect time for restocking our shelves after summer break, and the grocery store gift cards allow us to make purchases of most-needed items when food supplies run low throughout the year. You are a vital part of our ability to serve children in need. " - Gretchen Solomon, Wake
The Buddy Run, Saturday, September 20, 2014
Our Saturday morning run is great way for the whole family to start your day. We are usually done with all events and awards by 9:45am so you still have time to take on whatever your day brings! We will have a 2'ish-mile Roller Run, a 1-mile Family Walk, the Itty Bitty Buddy Dash, and the 5K chip-timed run. There is a bounce house for the kids, Kona Ice will be on hand selling their snow cones, and food will be available for the whole family.
The Buddy Run is a chip-timed 5K run with a non-competitive 2-mile Roller Run and a 1-mile family walk as well the highly popular Itty-Bitty-Buddy dash for our 6 and under runners.
This race benefits all the local Backpack Buddies programs supporting Wake Forest, Rolesville, and Wakefield area schools. The North East Wake (NEW) Backpack Buddy program is the largest of the 3 programs supported by this race. They are all volunteer-driven organizations providing select children in our schools with backpacks of food over a weekend. If not for the Backpack Buddies, many of these children may not have a regular meal outside of school.
This is a great way to get children of every age involved in community service. Every child understands what it feels like to be hungry. Take them to the store and give them $5 to purchase items for the food-drive.
Schedule of Events
- Friday, 19-Sept: 4:00-7:00pm packet pickup & on-site registration at Dirty Dogs on 929 Heritage Lake Road, Wake Forest
- Saturday, 20-Sept: packet pickup & on-site registration at the race site
- 6:30am - 8:00am Packet pickup & registration @ the race start
- 8:00am - 2-mile Roller Run (scooters & skates allowed) - this course is actually about 1.75 miles...
- 8:02am - 1-mile Family Walk
- 8:30am - Chip-timed 5K (no wheels except for strollers, please)
- 9:15am - Itty Bitty Buddy Dash (5 & Under runners)
- 9:30am - Awards
All the details about sponsorship are available in the Sponsor Kit. Please review and
contact Rebecca Warriner to get on board!
Sponsors cover all of our race costs from the course-certification, t-shirts, timing fees, post-race food and water, signage - everything! It is our hope that we can donate 75-90% of our registration fee to The Backpack Buddies!
Directions & Parking
Our course is run through Heritage Wake Forest. The course map,posted along with our USATF Certificate, starts behind Walgreens at the corner of Heritage Lake and Rogers Road in Wake Forest.
Parking will be available along Heritage Lake Road and at the Harris Teeter Parking lot. Limited parking will be available at the retail stores in the area.
Race-Day Food Drive
During packet-pickup and on race-day we collect food items for the Backpack Buddies. Items must be non-perishable, easy-to-open, and require no preparation, such as adding water and heating. A list of recommended types of food is below. As a general guideline, if a kindergarten-aged child can open and eat the item on their own, consider that a good donation item.
- applesauce or fruit cups
- granola, breakfast, and snack bars
- cereal cups
- juice boxes/pouches
- individual servings of snack foods (goldfish, crackers)
- pasta cups
- chicken or tuna pouches
- dried fruit
- peanut butter
- pudding cups
- pop-top pasta cups like spaghetti, ravioli
If you aren't able to grocery shop, a gift card to a local grocer is welcome.
We use Lowe's Foods to purchase the gift cards after the race since they give
us a 6% discount on the gift cards we purchase!