10 years running
Catching Fireflies 5k
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!
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. 100% of the purchase price of the luminaries goes directly to Cancer Shucks.
In 2022 the event raised over $5,000 to help Cancer Shucks 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 19, 2023 (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!
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
6:00 PM Packet pickup and new registrations
8:10 PM Runners make their way to the starting line
8:10 PM Welcome; Information about Cancer Shucks; National Anthem
8:25 PM 5k and 1m start
9:30 PM Awards Ceremony
10:00 PM Pack up and get on with your night!
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.
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.