2023 NORTH HILLS 5K Beneficiary—BackPack Buddies
BackPack Buddies is a program that runs in numerous U.S. cities and seeks to provide children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children are idenfified by school guidance counselors and social workers to be recipients of the BackPack meals at the end of every week. All food is non-perishable. The food is placed in a backpack, so the need is less noficeable to other children.
According to the USDA, in the U.S., 12 million children may not know where they will get their next meal. Please join us on Saturday, September 9, 2023, as we raise funding to support this crifical program to eradicate child hunger in our area. Children in our own community should not have to worry where they will get their next meal. If you are not able to join us on race day, please consider a donafion of any amount (www.northhills5k.com).
NC Race Series
We are proud to be a part of the NC Race Series. Formerly known as the Second Empire Grand Prix Series, the new NC Race Series is carrying on the traditions of bringing runners together for fun, community and competition.
The series continues to have a great, competitive culture for those who are interested in running for time and placement. In order to be eligible for the Series Awards, runners must run in at least 8 races and register in each race as a competitive runner. At the end of the season, the best 8 times will be scored and totaled. The lower times will be dropped. Awards will be given to the top 5 overall men and women. Awards will also be given to the top 3 age group finishers, men and women. Age groups are as follows: 12-under, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-over.
Now in its 17th year, this race raised over $39,000 for Backpack Buddies last year. In 2022, Banks Blizzard finished 1st overall in the 5K race with a time of 17:38, while Jamie Hollen was the top female with a 21:02 clocking..
Sam Montclair hold's the course record at 16:00 in 2018.
Betty Geiger holds the women’s course mark of 18:25 set in 2011.
Click here to download a course map.
The morning begins with the 100-yard Dash for Kids beginning at 8:45 am. The 5K starts at 9 am. BibTag timing will be available for the 5K. No official times will be taken in the Kid's Dash.
There also will be a Senior Stroll for people ages 60 and older which begins at 9 a.m. This is a walking event on the Recreation Outreach Center's indoor track. There is no set distance. Participants can register the day of the race for $10, which includes a t-shirt.
The entry fee for the 5K is $30, increasing to $35 after August 21. The fees for the Kid’s Dash is $7 increasing to $10 on race day. T-shirts are guaranteed to all those registered by AUGUST 21. Those that register on August 22 or after will NOT receive a race t-shirt.
In the 5K, awards will be presented to the first three males overall, to the first three females overall, and to the first three finishers in each of the following age groups: 12-under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80-over.