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05/17/2019 @ 8:15pm
The 8th Annual Catching Fireflies 5k Run/Walk
5K Run
Raleigh, NC

About the Event

What //

5K Run

When //

Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 8:15pm

Where //

2200 Wakefield Pines Drive
Raleigh, NC 27601


** Online registration is now closed -- you can register in person at Wakefield High School (2200 Wakefield Pines Drive, Raleigh NC 27614) on Friday, May 17 starting at 6:00pm. Check or  cash only - $18 for under 13 years-old; $30 for adults. 

Why Run The Catching Fireflies 5k?

 Where else will you get the opportunity to run a 5k at night, on a course that is lined with an amazing display of luminaries? This unique event is the only luminary run in Raleigh held on a nice, hot North Carolina evening where you may even have a chance to catch a few fireflies!

Runners also get a glow stick or glow necklace. It's a sight to behold watching a trail of lights along the quiet streets!
At the same time you can honor a friend or family member who has battled cancer by purchasing a luminary with their name on it - to help light the way for others.  A portion of the proceeds and 100% of the purchase price of the luminaries goes directly to Cancer Shucks.

Join us Friday, May 17, 2019 (start time 8:25pm)  -- Remember, this is at night!
The event is stroller-friendly and pet-friendly (pets on leashes) so make this a family event and bring everyone - we don't want anyone in the family left behind! 

Course Description

This is a 5k course run entirely on the streets of Wakefield. There will be a water station around  the halfway point. All registered runners will receive official times, and are eligible for awards. Check out the course information here.

Race Night Schedule

6:00pm- 8:00pm: Packet pickup and new registrations
8:10pm: Runners make their way to the starting line
8:10-8:23pm: Welcome; Information about Cancer Shucks; National Anthem
8:25pm: 5K Start 
9:15-9:30pm: Awards Ceremony
10:00pm: Packup and get on with your night!


Race Amenities

Runners will receive the official 2019 Catching Fireflies t-shirt, and finisher's medal. New in 2019 look for our glow-in-the-dark backdrop for picture fun!  (* Our registrations exceeded our expectations  -- the first 750 registered runners will get a finisher's  medal.)

Awards from Shuckers

Top three overall female and male winners
Top three overall masters female and male winners
Age Group Categories for Women, Men and Children
The top three male and female athletes in the following age groups will receive awards:
8 and under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+

You must be present to claim your award. We will not mail out or save awards - so make sure to stick around and enjoy all the festivities!