The inaugural Blue 5k with the Carolina Hurricanes, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and assisted by Raleigh Orthopaedic, will take place at PNC Arena on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. The race is part of the Blue 5k Race Series, and all proceeds will benefit the Kids 'N Community Foundation. The event will include a 5k race around PNC Arena and surrounding areas, 100- and 200-yard kids’ dashes, multiple inflatables, and appearances by Hurricanes mascot Stormy and the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad. Members of the Carolina Hurricanes as well as the team’s staff and alumni are scheduled to participate. A pancake breakfast for all participants will follow the 5k race. All registered participants will be eligible for special drawings including autographed Carolina Hurricanes items.
All proceeds will benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation. The Kids ‘N Community Foundation provides much needed funding to children’s charities and education programs throughout North Carolina. The Foundation has funded scholarship programs, youth hockey, educational and literacy efforts, children’s health programs, the arts and other children’s related initiatives.
In the 2012-2013 year of funding the Kids ‘N Community Foundation donated $436,600 to 26 different children’s charitable organizations in the Triangle and North Carolina. This number brings the team and Foundation’s donation total to $11 million in cash and in-kind services since 1997.
Annually, the Foundation provides cash and in-kind contributions of more than $1 million to charitable and educational programs in North Carolina. Every member of the Hurricanes organization is actively involved in community activities and the Hurricanes take great pride in the ability to have a positive impact in our state.
For more information on the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, visit www.carolinahurricanes.com/foundation.
Race Day Information
7:00 am- Registration and Packet Pick-up
Inside PNC Arena (next to the box office)- updated!
9:00 am- Blue 5K with the Carolina Hurricanes
9:30 am - Pancake breakfast will be served to all participants, compliments of the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena
10:15 am - 100-Yard and 200-Yard Kid’s Caniac Dash
10:30 am – Award Ceremony and drawing for participant enter to wins
Blue 5K with the Canes – Day of Race Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I go when arriving for the race?
Upon arrival at PNC Arena you will be directed by parking attendants to the appropriate spot. Parking is free. If you need to sign up or pick up your packet (race bib and t-shirt), please enter PNC Arena next to the box office and follow the signs. If you have everything pre-race ceremony will begin at 8:45 and the race at 9:00 a.m.
Can I sign up for the Blue 5K with the Canes on the day of the race?
Yes. On September 8, individuals can sign up starting at 7:00 a.m. Patrons should enter PNC Arena next to the box office. Registration will close 10-15 minutes before the race at 9:00.
We will be accepting cash, credit card or check. The cost for the 5K will be $30 and the Kids Dash $10. Checks should be made out to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.
The last time for online registration was Thursday, September 5 at 11:59 p.m.
Please note, the last day to guarantee a t-shirt or size was posted as August 28, 2013. It is our goal to have enough and we have over ordered a number that strives to meet all race day demands.
How did I pick up my packet?
There are two options. There will be a packet pick up on Friday, September 6 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m. at PNC Arena (1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC) Fans can park in the VIP lot and enter via the VIP entrance.
On race day, fans will be directed by parking attendants on where to park and beginning at 7:00 fans can enter PNC Arena by the box office to pick up their packet.
Where will members of the Carolina Hurricanes team and staff be?
The team and front office staff will be introduced at 8:45 a.m. on stage during the pre-race ceremony.
Will I be timed?
All individuals in the 5K will have a chip placed on their bib.
Will there be water on the course?
There will be one water station around the 1 and 1/4 mark and at the finish line. Fans are allowed to bring their own source of water/sport drink.
Can family and friends attend?
Yes, the event is open to the public!
Are the drinks and pancakes for the general public?
The drinks and pancake breakfast are for participants only.
Are strollers allowed on the course?
Awards and Prizes for the 5k:
**Top 3 overall (male/female)
**Top overall (male and female) from the following age groups
* 19 and Under
* 20-29 (male and female)
* 30-39 (male and female)
* 40-49 (male and female)
* 50-59 (male and female)
* 60 and above (male and female)