Points count towards 5k & Back of the Pack Series. Points will also count towards the Fall Series. Find more info about the series here.
This 5K run/walk travels through the quaint town of Wakefield, Virginia and out through the surrounding countryside. The streets and county roads are well-maintained for a comfortable run. There will be turns, small hills, and a nice straightaway for the competitive runner, exercise enthusiast or those new to 5K races.
Runners are encouraged to donate a canned food or non-perishable food item, if possible. Items will be given back to the local food bank.
Runners are also encouraged to come dressed festively for the event (dressed as a turkey, for example)!
Strollers are welcome to attend this event.
Event T-Shirt & A Chip Timed Event
Funds from the race will go towards our students and programs that promote a strong college preparatory education.
Race Start Times
Fun Run – 9:30am
5k – 10am
5k – $30, until Oct 23 ($40)
Fun Run – $15, until Oct 23 ($20)
T-shirts guaranteed to runners registered before Oct 23 (11/22 is the end of early registration). We will order extra t-shirts for those who register after that date, but it is on a first-come first-served basis.
T-shirt design for the race is available here as soon as it has been approved.
Race Medal Design
Course Maps can be found at
Live Race Results
Live results will be posted on Athlinks.com. Additionally, there will be a QR code at the race for you to scan to immediately view your results. Final race results with series points will be posted to our website on the Monday following your race.
1st Male and 1st Female winner in each age group receive a medal. Age groups are: 14&Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+
We will post any photos taken by staff on our Facebook page by Tuesday after the event.
Social Media Challenge
On Tuesdays, we pick our favorite Instagram or Facebook post from the previous race weekend. The winner will receive 50% off a future race! Make sure to tag us in your race photos at:
Packet pickup is available on race morning at 9am.
Race Day Registration
There will be race day registration. Participants will need to arrive around 45 minutes before the race to get registered for the event. T-shirts sizes can not be guaranteed for race day registers.
There will be 1 water station along the 5k course at approximately mile marker 2. Water stations are subject to change as deemed necessary.
Bathrooms are located in the Academy.
Weekly weather reports are posted on the Thursday before race weekends on our Facebook page by Chad Merrill with the Hagerstown Almanack. Race officials may delay, change or postpone the event due to weather conditions. All registered runners will be notified via email of any changes. In most cases, a decision is not made until the night before the race, and a decision could come as late as the morning of the event.
Refunds & Transfers
To view our full refund/transfer policy, click here.
Directions to Parking
The race starts and ends at Tidewater Academy (217 W. Church St).