NC Fossil Fest 5K

Sat May 20 - Sun June 25, 2023 Aurora, NC 27806 US Directions RaceJoy Ready


NC Fossil Fest 5K

05/29 8:00AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT

Virtual 5K (May 20-June 25)

$30 Registration ends June 25, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT


Main Street
Aurora, NC US 27806

The NC Fossil Fest 5K has not been postponed. It will STILL be held on Memorial Day morning in Aurora NC.

Despite the postponement of the festivities for the weekend events of the NC Fossil Fest due to the threat of inclement weather, the forecast is for improved conditions on Monday in Aurora. As such, the in-person 5K race will still be held as originally scheduled starting at 8am on Memorial Day Monday in Aurora. Parking and course maps are shown below.

Please arrive by 745am so you can park and pick up your bib prior to the start. If you arrive after 740am, please plan to park in the church lot or the grass lots shown on the map as Main Street will be full of runners by that time.


The in-person 5K race will be held as scheduled on Memorial Day in Aurora, NC.

Join us for our Annual NC Fossil Festival 5K Fossil Run! The 5K will take place in the Town of Aurora. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Aurora Fossil Museum.  All runners participating in the 5K will have access to the VIP Fossil Pit after the run to search for fossils on Memorial Day!  All runners participating in person will be eligible for awards.  Awards will be given for Top Overall Male/Female as well as age group awards for Male/Female.  Race bibs can be picked up on race day in front of the Aurora Fossil Museum starting at 7am.

If you can't make it to the in-person event, you can opt to participate in our virtual event during the dates of May 20 - June 25*. See virtual FAQ's for more information on how to download the RaceJoy app and submit your results. An $8 shipping fee will be added to the registration fee to cover the cost of mailing your race packet to you.

*Virtual Race dates extended until the weekend of the rescheduled Fossil Festival (June 24-25).

All racers, whether in-person or virtual, will receive a custom Finisher's Medal to commemorate participation in this year's Fossil Fest 5K! 

Racers signing up by May 1st will also receive a Fossil Festival T-shirt!


Finisher's Medal

Parking on Memorial Day

5K Course Map

Here is the Course Map for the Memorial Day NC Fossil Fest 5K!  Start and Finish at same location on Main Street.


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

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Virtual Race FAQs

Virtual Race FAQs
What is a virtual run?

A virtual race is an event where you sign up and participate on a course of your choosing (or a treadmill). This is a great opportunity to work towards your running goals, stay healthy and support a great cause, when you are unable to join in-person!

The event will feature a leaderboard so you can still see how you stack up against your fellow competitors!

Where do I run?

You can run at a course of your choosing, including on a treadmill. 

When do I run?

You can run (or walk) anytime on May 20 - June 4, 2023.

Will this race be timed?

The virtual run will not be officially timed, but by using the RaceJoy app, you can receive a GPS-based time which will automatically submit your time for you. There will be an online leaderboard showing everyone's times.

How do I post my results?

The easiest way is to use RaceJoy during the race! If you choose not to use RaceJoy, then you can visit the results page and click the "Submit Virtual Results" link at the top of the page.

When/how will I get my swag?

Swag will be shipped out directly to your address.



Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the NC Fossil Fest 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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