Charlottesville Track Club 2023 New Year's Day 5K - Saturday, Jan 1st

Sun January 1, 2023 Directions

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


Free Union


Fee (in-person or virtual)
$40 ($35 CTC Member)

*CTC Members receive a $5 discount. Membership must be valid on 1/1/23 to receive discount.

Established in 1976, the Charlottesville Track Club (CTC) is the driving force behind running in Central Virginia Each year, the CTC directs some of the most popular local races including the New Year's Day 5K, Charlottesville Women's 4 Miler and Men's 4 miler, Charlottesville Ten Miler, Bruce Barnes Mile, and All-Comers Summer Track Meet Series.  These well-organized, not-for-profit races attract thousands of runners and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities annually.​  In addition, we provide Half Marathon and Marathon training programs as well as training for the C10M.  

PROCEEDS BENEFIT The Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia  

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia offers a lineup of nationally recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues. For 30 years, our core programs have engaged young people in activities with adults and peers, building our kids’ self-esteem and helping them reach their full potential. With locations in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Madison, and Orange, our Clubs now serve more than 2,000 kids annually.

The Club provides an after school and summer program for children and teens ages 5-18, comprised of diverse activities that meet the interests of all youth. Our goals are to ensure that all teens graduate from high school with a plan for their future, that all members develop a healthy lifestyle and strong character and citizenship. Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers a lineup of tested and proven nationally recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life.

Thanks to Blue Ridge Timing for providing chip timing on the Free Union course

Jobs are parking (5) and course guidance (7). Time would be from 8:20 am to noon. Please contact Keith McLaughlin at

Jan 1, 2022 starting at 11:00am

Run your 5K anywhere between 12/30/2022 and 1/01/2023

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR DEFERRALS. NO strollers or dogs will be allowed on the race course.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How hilly is the course?
The course will is relatively flat. 

Will it be a mass start?
No. Participants will start within their expected mile average.   There will be three groups.  

Do I need to wear a mask? 
No as the race will be adhering to the current state guidelines.  

Will there be bathrooms out at Free Union?
Yes. We will have porta-johns with hand sanitizers. 

If I can't make it to Charlottesville, is there another option for me?
Yes, we are also doing a virtual ANYWHERE option!

Should I bring my own water on the day of the race?
That would be very helpful but we will have water at the finish.

Will there be medical coverage?

Are strollers or baby carriers allowed on the race course?
No. The Charlottesville Track Club follows the guidelines of the Road Runners Club of America. 

Are dogs allowed on the race course?
No. The Charlottesville Track Club follows the guidelines of the Road Runners Club of America. 

It looks like it might rain on race day! What is the weather plan?
The race happens rain or shine, However it may be canceled in the event of snow/ice.  Please dress appropriate for the weather.   .  

I don’t want to run 5K, is it okay if I walk?
YES!  We will have a separate path for walkers only that will be parallel to the runners course.

Is there packet pickup?
YES, there is race day packet pickup at Free Union from 10:00-10:45 am 

Who are the race beneficiaries?
Proceeds benefit Charlottesville Boys & Girls Club

Can I switch from the Anywhere virtual event to the Free Union event?  
Absolutely! The following link explains how you can transfer events. 
How to transfer events:
How to access your RunSignup profile:


5404 Wesley Chapel Rd, Free Union VA
From Barracks Road Shopping Center take Barracks Rd. west for approx. 1 mi. to the intersection at Georgetown Rd.
Continue straight on Barracks Rd (which becomes Garth Rd./Rt. 601) approx. 4.2 mi. to Hunt Country Store.
Turn Right and continue on Rt. 601 approx. 4.2 mi to Free Union, VA.
As you come out of Free Union continue on Rt. 601 bearing to the left for approx. 75 yards.
Turn left on Millington Rd. for approx. 0.3 mi. and turn right on Wesley Chapel Rd.
Stay on Wesley Chapel for 2.4 miles where you will bear to the right (staying on Wesley Chapel) for 0.1 mi. to the parking area on the left.
As you come down Wesley Chapel you will pass the starting line on the right and Wesley Chapel on the left.
Please do not park anywhere on the side of the road nor in the chapel parking lot. Volunteers will assist you with parking.

Please plan your return route in advance as it's a race day packet pickup in Free Union and there may be limited cell service and GPS access at the race.​



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