Families on the Run: Triangle 5Ks for All Ages

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A 5K race can be fun for the entire family, but not all 5Ks are geared toward little legs. Here are some family-friendly options well-suited for competitive – and not-so-competitive – runners, as well as events that incorporate running as a family affair.

2015 Races

Run the Quay 
Fuquay-Varina
June 6
10K, 5K, Children's Fun Run

Komen Triangle Race for the Cure
Raleigh
June 13
5K, 1-Mile Fun Run, Kids' Dash

Run for Liberty
Cary
June
27 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run
Wear a patriotic costume. 

Raleigh's Finest 5K
Raleigh
July 25
5K, Kids' Fun Run

North Hills 5K Run/Walk
Raleigh
September 12
5K Run/Walk, Senior Stroll, 1-Mile Fun Run, 100-Yard Kids' Dash

Triangle Run/Walk for Autism
Raleigh
October
10 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, 1-Block Kids' Dash
Children's play area

Renaissance Center Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
Durham
November 26
8K, 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run, 100-Yard Kids' Dash

2016 Races
Some events have not posted 2016 dates. Please check websites for updates.

Run to Change the World
Cary
January
5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run pic-1-courtesy-of-hot-chocolate-run.jpg

Hot Chocolate Run
Cary
January 3
5K, 1-Mile Race

Run for the Roses
Raleigh
February
5K, 100-Meter Fun Run, ¼-Mile Fun Run
Parents are encouraged to run with their children. Also includes face painting.

Orilio 5K 
Clayton
February
5K, Kids' 100-Meter, Youth Mile
Inflatables, characters and games

Apex Kiwanis 5K & Play
Apex
February
5K, 1-Mile Fun Run, 200-Yard Kids' Dash

Florence Forth Road Race
Durham
March
10K, 5K, Kids' Cape Dash
Kids' activities

Get Your Rear in Gear
Raleigh
March
5K Run/Walk, Kids' Fun Run

St. Paul Village 5K Walk/Run
Chapel Hill
March
5K, kid-approved games

Sola Hot Mini 5K
Raleigh
March
5K, Kids' Fun Run

Kidney Kare 5K Run/Walk
Carrboro
March
5K, 1-Mile Kids Kare Run

Chick-fil-A Connect Race Series
Raleigh
March
10K, 5K, 1-Mile
Untimed Fun Run, Family FunZone

5K Family Fun Run/Walk
Garner
March
5K Families are encouraged to participate together.

MyRun for Myron
Raleigh
April
5K, 50-Yard
Children's Dash

70's Throwback 5K Run/Walk Community Event
Raleigh
April
5K Run/Walk, Kids' Fun Run

Cary Road Race
Cary
April
10K, 5K, 1-Mile Fun Run

Quintiles Girls on the Run Spring 5K Fun Run
Durham
April
5K for all ages, Family Festival

PinWheels for Prevention Family Fun Day
Durham
April
5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run
Registration includes activities at Wheels Fun Park.

Angels Among Us 5K and 3K Family Walk
Durham
April
5K, 3K Family Walk
Activities for children

Briar Chapel Earth Day 5K and Kids' Dash
Chapel Hill
April
5K, Kids Dash

March of Dimes Triangle Run for Babies
Morrisville
April
5K, Kids' Zone

Second Empire 5K Run/Walk
Raleigh
April
5K, 1-Mile Fun Run, 100-Yard Kids' Dash

Stampede 5K
Morrisville
April
5K, 1-Mile Run
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Triangle Run to Remember
Cary
April
5K, 100-Yard Kids' Dash

Race Rusty the Raptor
Chapel Hill
Spring 5K Fun Run, games and bounce houses

Purple Cloth 5K and Kids' Dash
Cary
May
5K, 200-Yard Kids' Dash

Monarchs in Motion
5K run/walk
Apex
May
5K, Children's Fun Run

Rolesville Cow Patty 5K and Family Fun Day
Rolesville
May
5K, family-oriented activities

Socks & Undie 5K Rundie and Kids' Fun Run
Raleigh
May
5K, ½-Mile Kids Fun Run

Mother of All Races 10K and 5K
Raleigh
May
10K, 5K; children are encouraged to run

Run Like a Mother
Raleigh
May
5K, Kids' 1-Mile Race Kids' activities

PurpleStride Raleigh-Durham
Raleigh
May
5K Run, Family-Friendly Walk Children's activities

St. Francis Run for Peace/Walk for Wellness
Raleigh
May
5K Run/Walk, Free Kids Fun Run
Entertainment, face painting, balloons and wellness related activities

The Minuteman Muster
Raleigh
May
8K, 5K Run/Walk, games and events for children

5K Fun Run/Walk
Cary
May
5K, kids under 12 run free

Robyn Kinsey Mooring is a Durham-based writer and the mother of two boys.

Photos provided by the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism and the Hot Chocolate Run
 

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