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Please join us this year for what we promise to be a thrilling event conducted in a different format. With the current uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, the races will all be virtual this year for the safety of participants, volunteers, and spectators. But we promise it will still be fun and a high-value event for all runners! Please join us in mid-July and run your race! Run it for our charity partners. Run it for community health. Run it to cross your own finish line!
Beat the Heat has been one of the most popular races in North Carolina for more than 30 years!. It has been selected multiple times by Endurance Magazine as the best 5K in Triad NC and was featured in Running Journal magazine as the #1 “Under the Radar” race in the South. Beat the Heat is a charity event with proceeds going to local non-profits that support health and fitness in the community.
Virtual races have become a new normal in this age of coronavirus. And people love them!
You must register to participate in the Cook Medical Beat the Heat events.
You can run your virtual race anytime between Wednesday, July 15 and Saturday, July 18.
Race results will be uploaded by participants. Instructions will be provided when you register.
Results must be reported no later than midnight on Saturday, July 18.
You can run on any course you choose. GPS distances and treadmill dashboards are acceptable for distance verifications.
Note that you must be registered and have an assigned bib number to submit results. Look up your bib number on your registration confirmation email or on the Find A Participant link above after registering.
Race T-Shirts AND Official Beat the Heat Pint Glasses are guaranteed for all 5K participants registered by June 30. After that, it is first-come, first-serve for remaining inventory. Ther is a limited supply of both and some shirt sizes will run out soon. Beat the Heat Pint Glasses are awarded most years only to the top finishers. This year, every 5K participant gets a glass if one of the first 475 to register! It is your reward for participating in this unusual year. Shirts and glasses are provided at no extra charge at a drive through packet pickup during race week (details to be announced soon.) We can mail the shirts and glasses for an extra fee to be paid during registration. Or you can decide to waive your shirt and glass with your extra funds going to our charity partners instead.
First Time 5K Runners will receive Beat the Heat Wrist Bands when they pick up their shirts and will be email customized Finisher Certificates after they finish. And we will give special recognition to all First Time 5K Runners after the race through social media. Run your first 5K in the 2020 Beat the Heat Virtual Races!
We have 3 time periods when participants can pick up t-shirts and pint glasses during race week at a drive-through packet pickup at Fleet Feet Sports Winston-Salem.
4pm to 6pm on Thursday, 7/16
4pm to 6pm on Friday, 7/17
10am to 1pm on Saturday, 7/18
If you post a time, then you are in the drawing for some awesome door prizes! We have over $3,000 in door prizes to give away. Finish your race and post your time to be eligible.
Twin City Track Club is delighted to announce the selection of Beat the Heat Charity Partners for 2020.
- Ainsley's Angels in the Triad
- Mission: Feet First (MFF)
The Charity Partner program is a way to further support our mission to promote fitness and health, and to improve the quality of life for individuals and families. A portion of the event proceeds goes towards each of these non-profit charities.
Race participants are given the opportunity to contribute to the Charity Partners at the time of event registration, further increasing the charitable contributions.
Anyone can make a donation to the charity partners at any time. You do not need to register to make a donation.
With all other summer races canceled, this is the opportunity for elite runners in North Carolina to toe the line virtually and compete against each other and determine who are the fastest runners in the state. Beat the Heat NC Elite Virtual Race will be open to NC residents only and entry is by invitation only. A special code is required to register for the Elite Race. Contact race director if interested.
Top Finishers will be recognized for all events by display in the online results and post race communications. No awards will be presented for top finishers this year.
One Mile Run
Top 10 Finishers in age groups as follows:
6 & under; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14
Beat the Heat 5K
Top 5 Overall Finishers - Male and Female
Top 5 Finishers in each Age Group - Male and Female
Age Groups: 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, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over
NC Elite 5K
Top 20 Open Finishers: (Men and Women)
Top 5 Masters: (Men and Women)
Top 3 Grand Masters: (Men and Women)
USATF North Carolina Awards will not be available in 2020.
Ainsley’s Angels in the Triad takes people off the sidelines to over the finish line. Through endurance events and road races just like Beat the Heat, the organization promotes teamwork, fitness, and inclusion by pairing an able-bodied runner with a special needs athlete rider. When an angel runner lends their legs and is pulled by one of our angel riders in a race, they give the rider the ability to participate in something previously thought impossible. Funds awarded will be used towards the purchase of specialized racing chairs to service our rapidly expanding athlete rider base. More racing chairs gives us the ability to reach and serve more families, and 100% of money awarded through this partnership will stay local to impact our Triad riders.
Mission: Feet First (MFF) was created by the owners of Fleet Feet Winston-Salem to blend their passion for good fitting shoes with their desire to help those in need in the local community. Proper fitting shoes are a basic need, and allows both children and adults to operate comfortably not only throughout the day, but during any fitness activities. Since 2009, Mission: Feet First has been fitting local low-income running groups and clubs at elementary schools and the Rescue Mission. MFF fits over 1,000 people for shoes annually and donates another 1,000 pair. Proceeds from Beat the Heat will be used to purchase shoe inventory for the Mission: Feet First program.
Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the Cook Medical Beat the Heat 5K Virtual Races.
Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:
The Cook Medical Beat the Heat 5K Virtual Races is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).
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