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Leader of the Pack 5K

Sat May 18, 2019 Forest City, NC US 28043 Directions
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Leader of the Pack 5K

$20 8:00AM EDT Price increases after May 17, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Phantom Runner

$20 8:00AM EDT Registration ends May 18, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT

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$20 8:00AM EDT Price increases after May 17, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Join us for the Leader of the Pack 5K & Fun Run - Saturday May 18th at the McNair Stadium in Forest City, NC. Hosted by the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation 10th Annual 5K run/walk and Free 1/2 mile Fun Run is a benefit for the RCSEF initiatives. 

**If you sign up after 5/04/19 you will not be guaranteed a shirt on Race Day. You can still log in your shirt size, however, as we may have some left over after the race.**

5K Registration Rate & Dates:
Until May 17th >> Adults: $20, Students [Age 18 & under]: $15
Race Day May 18th >>Adults $25, Students [Age 18 & under]: $15
Special Pricing:

  • 5K Family Four Pack >> Four (4) runners for a $60 flat rate.  [To qualify - the four (4) runners must be signed up with the same registration/payment. This discount will end on May 15th and will not be available on Race Day]
  • Gift Certificates >> Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite runner? Sign them up for the Leader of the Pack 5K. Click on the "Gift Certificate" button above. They love the surprise and you'll be supporting a great cause too.

Top Overall Male/Female (1st, 2nd, & 3rd) 
Top Master Male/Female (1st & 2nd) 
Age Group Awards (1st, 2nd,& 3rd)  Male/Female in the following age groups: 
0-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
Top participation awards 

Trophies will be  awarded to the elementary, middle and high schools with the highest participation - School participation is based on runners present and checked in on the day of the race. Family members, staff, community members, etc. (not only students) count toward school participation if registered and checked in with their school affiliation. No school level awards will be determined by race times. 

  • The Leader of the Pack 5K is hosted by the Rutherford County Schools Education Foundation - check out thier Mission Statement and Goals. This is why we run.
  • Organizational Mission:
  • Our mission is to enrich the educational experiences for our school communities. We know that our greatest asset is our children and youth. Our schools promote leadership and citizenship while preparing their students for success. The RCSEF is helping our schools be the most progressive in the state and nation.
  • Programs Supported By Your Contributions:
  • Mentoring: The goal of this program is to provide each student with a one-on-one mentorship outside the normal student/teacher relationship, thus resulting in better family relationships, grades, attendance, and behavior. We now have coordinators at every elementary school in the county and continue our great relationship with the McNair Foundation which provides mentors for our middle and high school students.
  • Back Pack Program: The Back Pack program numbers continue to grow both in children served and the partners who make it happen. This program supplies enough food for the weekend for students in need. RCSEF serves as the facilitator for funding the program, while RCS facilitates any coordinating, training or support needed. The Back Pack Food Program is possible through a community effort with ļ¬nancial support coming mainly from faith groups, business, and local food groups.
  • Going G.L.O.B.A.L.: Rutherford County Schools is Growing Learning Opportunities Beyond All Limits. A key component of this project is a 1:1 technology initiative providing laptops to all students in grades 5 through 12, as well iPad carts for all classrooms in grades kindergarten through 4. RCSEF supports the school system in its efforts to prepare all students for college and career success by helping to eliminate any barriers that would prevent success.
  • Teacher Recognition: The RCSEF takes every opportunity to express our gratitude to our educators, both past and present, for choosing the profession of education. We have established the Rutherford County Schools Hall of Fame to recognize the outstanding work of teachers and leaders in our county, and have plans for further recognitions as funding allows.
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Additional race information can be found at http://www.rcsedfoundation.org/leader-of-the-pack-5k.

McNair Stadium
214 McNair Drive
Forest City, NC US 28043
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The 10th annual Leader of the Pack 5k is proud to be part of the Rutherford County Race Series.
TWELVE RACES!! Check out the list of races here.
All details can be found at the series website.
Come on out to join the fun!

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