Friday, May 17, 2024

Catching Fireflies 5k Run/1m Walk
5K, 1 Mile Run
Raleigh, NC

About the Event

Event Starts In

What //

5K, 1 Mile Run

When //

Friday, May 17, 2024

Where //

2200 Wakefield Pines Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614

Event Overview

Come out for an evening with friends, family and community to run/walk a 5k at night on a course lined with a fantastic display of luminaries.  This unique event is the only luminary run in Raleigh held on a lovely, warm North Carolina evening where you may even have a chance to catch a few fireflies!  Check out photos from last year's event! Photos

Runners please wear reflective or light up arm bands or vests. 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.  100% of the purchase price of the luminaries goes directly to Cancer Shucks Foundation.

In 2023 the event raised over $3,000 to help Cancer Shucks Foundation assist families, dealing with cancer, in ways that affect the family's day to day ability to maintain order in their home as well as their lives. 

Join us Friday, May 18, 2024 (start time 8:25 PM)  -- 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*

The 5k course runs 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.

*USATF Certified Course

Race Night Schedule

6:45 PM    Packet pickup and new registrations
8:15 PM    Runners make their way to the starting line
8:10 PM    Race announcements
8:25 PM    5k and 1m start
9:30 PM    Awards Ceremony
10:00 PM  Packet up and celebrate your accomplishment with your friends and family!

Virtual Race Option

We are committed to providing options for everyone.  If you want to be part of the community and give back but prefer to do it closer to home or on another course. You will receive all the swag, and part of your registration fees will support Cancer Shucks. 

Race Amenities

Runners will receive the official Catching Fireflies t-shirt and finisher's medal. 


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+

*Overall winners from the above categories are not eligible for age group awards.

**You must be present to claim your award - they will not be mailed or saved.

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