5K Run

Registration

Race Information

Parking

T-shirts

Awards

Volunteer

Donations 

Past Results

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The NC DNA Day 5K is an annual run to support science outreach in North Carolina. Funds raised from this event will support outreach events including North Carolina DNA Day – an annual event that connects over 100 scientists from NC research institutions with high schools classrooms across the state – from Murphy to Ocracoke!  RUN FOR SCIENCE!

We regret to inform you that the DNA Day 5k will be postponed until Spring 2022. This decision was not easily made, as we were excited to hold it and we know that many of you have been preparing with training, lab t-shirts, etc. However, this decision is in accordance with UNC School of Medicine policies and our belief that it is important to show respect to UNC’s heath care physicians, nurses, and staff who are currently treating a record number of COVID patients. By postponing to the spring we expect that the race can be carried out with the social aspects that many runners appreciate. In addition, we are planning to bring our DNA Day school visits back in person this spring and hope we can celebrate that with a full, in person 5K around the same time.

REGISTER NOW!

In-person registration is available during packet pickup at Fleet Feet in Carrboro and on race day at the registration tent. Only cash or check will be accepted on race day, although ATMs are conveniently located near the registration tent.

      • Student Registration ($20): This discounted rate will only be available for a limited time.  Students must show a valid student ID when picking up your packet.  High school students without student ID can also register for the discounted price.  Registration includes DNA Day 5K T-shirt.
      • Non-Student Registration ($25): This discounted rate will only be available for a limited time. Registration includes DNA Day 5K T-shirt.
      • Kids Fun Run ($5):  Online or in person registration ($5) includes science prizes.
      • In Person Registration ($35): available during packet pickup (see below) and on race day.
      • Donation only:  If you’d like to make a direct contribution to support NC DNA Day, please GO HERE! Make an individual donation or support an existing fundraising team. Donations of at least $25 will be listed on the NC DNA Day website and will be announced on race day. Your donations are tax deductible (Federal tax ID number: 56-6001393), and all proceeds support NC DNA Day and science outreach in North Carolina. THANK YOU!

Packet pickup TBD. Packets will also be available on race morning at the race tent on UNC Chapel Hill campus starting at 6:30am. To expedite the pickup process, we STRONGLY encourage runners to pick up their packets and shirts in advance on Friday at Fleet Feet in Carrboro.

Refunds and Transfer Policy:  All registration fees are non-refundable.  Event registrations are non-transferable between individuals, events, or years.

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2021 Race Information

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Start time:  8:00am on Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Line up location:  UNC Campus, Old Well.  Cameron Avenue. Recommended parking in the Cobb Parking Deck.

Runners are asked to begin lining up behind the start line at 7:45am.  Important race announcements will be made at 7:50am and the race will start on time at 8:00am.

Kids Fun Run:  We will have a special run for kids (ages 12 and under).  Parents are welcome to walk/run with your child.  Line-up for the kids run will begin at 8:45am.  Distance will be a 100 meter dash. Finisher medals for all kids!

Chip Timing:  Each registered runner will receive a bib with timing chip that will record your official time.

Parking: Free parking is available on UNC Campus in close proximity to the start location.  Please see the list below for more specific parking locations.

    • Cobb Parking Deck
    • Bell Tower Parking Deck
    • School of Government Parking Deck
2017 5K Route

Route PDF 

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T-shirts

Coming soon! For now, feast your eyes on a previous year’s shirts! This year’s shirt will be similar but a different color.

 

Proof of Shirt 2017.

Every registered participant will receive a t-shirt.  Shirts are ordered based on the sizes indicated during online registration.  To guarantee a shirt in a requested size, you must register by Oct 1st.

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Awards

Cool prizes will be given to winner from each category!

Prizes will be available for the following overall and age group awards:

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  • Top three male and female overall
  • Age Groups – Top Finishers
    • Male 13 and under
    • Female 13 and under
    • Male 14-19
    • Female 14-19
    • Male 20-29
    • Female 20-29
    • Male 30-39
    • Female 30-39
    • Male 40-49
    • Female 40-49
    • Male – 50-59
    • Female – 50-59
    • Male – 60 and over
    • Female – 60 and over

Claiming awards: Runners will be able to claim their awards at the Awards Ceremony to be held near the start/finish line at 9:00 am. We do NOT ship unclaimed awards, but they can be picked up by emailing race coordinator, Jeff Steinbach.

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Volunteer

Run, Cheer, Volunteer!

Here’s a great opportunity to help runners successfully cross the finish line at the NC DNA Day 5K.  Our volunteers are the most important factor in truly making this event possible.  Be part of the fun and help support science outreach and education in North Carolina!

The following volunteer positions are needed and available:

    • Packet Pickup (day before race)
    • Course monitors (7-9am)
    • Race Day packet handout (6:30-9am)
    • Refreshments (6:30-9am)
    • Post-race cleanup (9am-10am)
If you’re interested in volunteering on race day, sign up here!

Volunteer Training:  All race day volunteers are required to attend the pre-race training session that will occur at 7 AM on race day.  The meeting will be held at the Campus Y building across from the old well.

Important Reminder:  Volunteers are the most important part of a well-organized and successful event. Every little task and detail is important to the overall athlete experience. The day, time of day, and activity that you help with is very important. Please don’t sign up to volunteer unless you are sure you will be able to attend.  Each person has an intricate role and no-shows can cause great difficulties for the execution stage of the race. We ask that you report on time and stay on task for the duration of your shift.

Thank you!

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Donations

If you’d like to make a direct contribution to support NC DNA Day, please GO HERE! Make an individual donation or support an existing fundraising team. Donations of at least $25 will be listed on the NC DNA Day website and will be announced on race day. Your donations to NC DNA Day are tax deductible (Federal tax ID number: 56-6001393), and all proceeds support NC DNA Day and science outreach in North Carolina.  THANK YOU!

2019 Results

Final 2019 NC DNA Day 5K Results

2019 Award Winners

2018 Results

Final 2018 NC DNA Day 5K Results

2018 Award Winners

 2017 Results

Final 2017 NC DNA Day 5K Results

2017 Award Winners

2016 Results

Final 2016 NC DNA Day 5K Results

2016 Race Photos!

2015 Results

Final 2015 NC DNA Day 5K Results

2014 Results

DNA Day 5K final overall results

DNA Day 5K awards

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