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09/15/2018 @ 8:00 am
Buddy Run 5k & 1-Mile
A 5k to help fill a child's backpack with food for the weekend.
Wake Forest, NC
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Buddy Run 5k & 1-Mile

Why Run in the 2018 Buddy Run 5K?

Obviously, for the fun, fitness and comraderie you will enjoy during your stroll or run through a friendly Heritage/Wake Forest neighborhood.

BUT MOSTLY, 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. 15, 2018 (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 10th annual Buddy Run is Saturday, September 15, 2018 with festivities running from 7am-10am. There will be three events to choose from, so everyone in the family can participate!
  • 8:00am: 1mile and 3K run/walk (not timed)
  • 8:15am: 3.1mile/5K chip-timed run/walk
  • 9:30am: FREE Itty Bitty Buddy Dash 25meter dash for runners 5 & under 

Course Description

The starting line is right in front of Discovery Point on Thompson Glenn in Heritage Wake Forest. Continue through the round-a-bout following Heritage Links to Marshall Farm. Turn left on Marshall Farm and go up to Hartsfield Forest where you turn left. The aid-station and u-turn is at the end of Hartsfield Forest; return and come on back.

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.

Race Amenities

Runners will receive the official 2018 Buddy Run T-shirt and a finisher's medal. 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.

Post-Race Party

Our post race party is very kid-friendly with free face painting, a bounce house, sidewalk chalk, coloring books, games, and snacks. Watch here for more fun additions as we get closer to race day.

Food Drive

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 used immediately 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.


The top three overall male and female winners will receive a special award. (More information to follow)
The top three overall male and female masters winners will receive a special award. (More information to follow)
The top three male and female athletes in each age group will also receive awards. 

Age Group Categories for Men and Women

8 and under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+


The Buddy Run has a long-standing tradition of dog tags. We've been doing the race for 9 years and the last 7 we have had dog tags for every finisher.

What do you do with your dogtag? Put it on a keychain, hang it from your rearview mirror, or add it to your collection of race medals! It aso looks perfect on your kid's backpack. Hardware is hardware, right!