Run In One Of The Oldest 5Ks In North Carolina

A group of runners in a cross country race.

As warmer weather arrives, you’ll begin to see organizations announcing different 5K run/walk events. Not only do they provide great exercise, but they’re also fun. If you enjoy participating in this type of activity, there’s one run you don’t want to miss. That’s the “Run for a Child” race, one of the oldest in North Carolina.


Most people who participate in this race choose the 5K route. However, you can also opt for the 1K, 10K, and 10M routes. In addition, you can run or walk the entire time or do a little of both. With different options, it’s a great way for families to spend quality time together. Whether participating alone, with a friend, or with a family member, it’s for a great cause.

This race initially began in 1979. It has occurred every year since then, except for 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still going strong after 44 years, you can be a part of the celebration whether walking, running, volunteering, or donating.

What Does the Race Support?

The Sunrise Kiwanis of Goldsboro facilitates this event to help young children and teenagers throughout the community. With the money raised through registration fees and event sponsorships, it can provide financial assistance to 20 community organizations.

In turn, those organizations reach out to Wayne County children and teens who need financial assistance.


You can pre-register online to participate in your preferred event and categories now through 11:00 p.m., April 19. It’s $15 for the 1 Mile Fun Run and $25 for the remaining events, including the 5K Walk, 5K Run, and 10K Run.

However, you’ll pay an additional fee if you wait to register after that date. Also, by pre-registering, you can pick up your package starting as early as 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the race.

Everyone who pre-registers will receive a free race t-shirt as well. The shirts are available in small, medium, and large sizes for youths and adults. However, adults can also choose extra-large.

When and Where

Scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2023, you’ll start the walk or race from The Hub at 200 S. Center Street. It sits downtown on the Southeast intersection of W. Chestnut and S. Center Streets.


As you’ll discover, the “Run for a Child” race welcomes many categories. These include:

  • Corporate Series / Team Competition – Each team consists of three to five members. For this category, everyone must pre-register as an individual. Then on race day, the group will register as a team starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Masters – Anyone age 40 and older can compete in this category
  • Male (non-corporate teams)
  • Female (non-corporate teams)
  • Schools – Combines both males and females

Anyone can participate in this amazing race regardless of age.

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Not only does the “Run for a Child” race focus on fun, but it also serves a great cause. Even so, some people think of it as competitive, so organizers hand out awards. Regarding the Corporate Series/Team Competition category, the first three people to finish the race count toward scoring.

  • First Place (all categories) –Trophy
  • Second Place – Silver Medallion
  • Third Place – Bronze Medallion
  • First Three Places in each Age Group – Medallion
  • 1 Mile Fun Run – All participants will receive a medal

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