Why Run The Catching Fireflies 5k?
Where else will you get the opportunity to run 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. A portion of the proceeds and 100% of the purchase price of the luminaries goes directly to Cancer Shucks.
Join us Friday, May 20, 2022 (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.
Race Night Schedule
6:00 PM Packet pickup and new registrations
8:10 PM Runners make their way to the starting line
8:10 - 8:23 PM Welcome; Information about Cancer Shucks; National Anthem
8:25 PM 5K Start
9:15 - 9:30 PM Awards Ceremony
10:00 PM Pack up and get on with your night!
New Virtual Race Option for 2022
We are committed to providing options for everyone. This year we are introducing a virtual option 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 2022 Catching Fireflies t-shirt and finisher's medal. In addition, we will have our glow-in-the-dark backdrop for picture fun!
Awards from Shuckers
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+
You must be present to claim your award. We will not mail out or save awards - so make sure to stick around and enjoy all the festivities!