Mardi Gras Run for Their Lives

Cary, NC

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a 5K/10K run on the American Tobacco Trail
one month before the ATT marathon

Location: White Oak Church Trailhead at 1305 White Oak Church Rd. Apex 

Run for a great cause
Zoe Empowers Our goal is to impact 250,000 orphaned children and vulnerable youth by the end of 2025. 150+million children worldwide are orphaned or acting as caregivers for compromised adults. We empower child-headed households to overcome poverty and move beyond charity.

Through a three-year, locally-led program, participants become safe and healthy, skilled for long-term success, and able to lead meaningful lives within a supportive community.

Fun for the family!
  • Bounce Houses
  • Free kids dash for Mardi Gras beads
  • Heaters and warm drinks (coffee and cocoa)
  • Mardi Gras costume contest (family friendly costumes only please)
  • Music and food trucks
  • Runners will get long-sleeved tech shirts, Mardi Gras goodie bags, and finisher medals.
  • Runners over 21 will get a complimentary beer at our after party.

Lots of unique, custom race awards!

Top awards will feature original race art from well-known local artist, Jeff Christian.  Keep an eye on the race website and social media for teasers!

Both 5K & 10K
  • 3 overall Male and Female
  • 1st overall M&F Master (age 40+)
  • 1st overall M&F Grand Master (age 50+)
  • 1st overall M&F Senior Grand Master (age 60+)
  • Top 3 M&F 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
  • Top 3 M&F 14 and under,  15-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65

Registration Fees:

5K Race:
  • Through Dec 31:  $30
  • Jan 1 - Feb 9:  $35
  • Race Day:  $40
10K Race:
  • Through Dec 31:  $35
  • Jan 1 - Feb 9:  $40
  • Race Day:  $45
Registration includes a long sleeve tech shirt, goodie bag with a Mardi Gras theme, finisher medal, and a post-race party at Bottle Theory.  Runners over 21 will receive a beer at the after party.

Race Logistics:

Parking: We have arranged for parking at White Oak Elementary School, .4 miles from the race at 1512 White Oak Church Rd.  A complementary shuttle will be provided.

Dog Policy: We love dogs but we have a narrow start so to ensure everyone's safety, our insurance has advised us not to allow dogs.  

Early Packet Pick-up
:  Friday evening at Bottle Theory, 3675 Green Level West Rd, Apex, time TBD.

Race Day Schedule:

8:00 am - Late Registration and Packet Pick-up
9:00 am - 10K start (Start and finish line are in the parking area,  with a left turn at the trailhead)
9:15 am - 5K start (Save Start and finish at the 10K but with a right turn at the trailhead)
10:00 am - Free Kids Dash for Mardi Gras Beads
10:15 am - Costume Contest at Zoe Empowers Tent near the stage
11:00 am - After party at Bottle Theory, 1 mile from the Parking Area, 3675 Green Level Church W Rd., Apex.

Bottle Theory has a family friendly vibe with both an indoor area and a heated outdoor area.  Food trucks are TBD.  Use your bib tag to claim your free beer before 2:00 pm.


When & Where

Feb 10, 2024


8:00 AM

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