Why Run in the 2019 10th Annual (AGAIN) Buddy Run 5K?
Hurricane Florence spoiled our plans in 2018 for the 10th Annual Buddy Run, but we want to blow you away in 2019 with a new, improved Buddy Run! So, let's just call this the 10th Annual (Again) Buddy Run. It will be the same course with lots of fun, food and fitness for your family! Run with a friend and your family and enjoy the comraderie as you stroll or run through a friendly Heritage/Wake Forest neighborhood.
BUT MOSTLY, run this year because this is one of the primary fundraising events benefitting the North East Wake Backpack Buddy Program, and everyone who participates can make a difference by helping to provide weekend meals and snacks to children who might not otherwise have food on the table.
Join us Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 (start time 8:00am)
Come out to Heritage and run or walk on an out-and-back neighborhood course that will help you start off a late summer day in the right way! With mid-September morning temperatures in the Triangle averaging in the mid-60's it will be perfect conditions for some friendly competition or just to walk and talk with your friends and family.
The event is stroller-friendly and pet-friendly so don't worry about getting a babysitter or dogsitter - we don't want anyone in the family left behind!
Race Day Schedule
The Buddy Run is Saturday, September 14, 2019, with festivities starting at 7am and wrapping up around 10am. There will be three events to choose from, so everyone in the family can participate!
8:00am: 3.1mile (5K) chip-timed run/walk.
8:15am: 1 mile run/walk (not timed)
9:15am: FREE Itty Bitty Buddy Dash 25 meter dash for runners 5 & under
The starting line is right in front of Discovery Point on Thompson Glenn in Heritage Wake Forest. At the half-way point for the 5K, you will find a sponsored aid station with ice cold water and maybe some special fun!
The 5K course is USATF certified and sanctioned, therefore bicycles, tricycles, skates, boards, or scooters are not allowed. See here for the turn-by-turn instructions and course map.
Runners will receive the official 2019 Buddy Run T-shirt and a finisher's medal. This year we will have fun custom medals instead of the traditional dog tags. All runners will also get plenty of water and refreshments at the finish line, and children will be able to enjoy extra fun at the Post-Race party.
Our post race party is kid-friendly with free face painting, a bounce house, a kids fitness adventure station, sidewalk chalk, coloring books, games, and snacks.
We ask that everyone attending our event (runners, volunteers, and spectators) please bring a food item to our race weekend food drive. While you are running, the North East Wake Backpack Buddies will be organizing and dividing the food so that it can be distributed to feed our local children.
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.
Not sure what to buy? See the list of food here for an idea. Monetary donations are also welcome!
The top three overall male and female winners will receive a special award from Run N Tri Outfitters. The top three overall male and female masters winners will receive a special award from Nutrishop Wake Forest. The top three male and female athletes in each age group will also receive awards.
Age Group Categories for Men, Women and Children
Special Categories for Children:
8 and under; 9-11 and 12-14
Men and Women Age Groups:
15-19, 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+