Location: Cary, NC US 27511 Directions
Type: Run Only, Walk Only, Other
201 Soccer Park Dr
Cary, NC US 27511
Event Time Price Details
5K - Adult Run Timed
8:00AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT
WA - Adult 5K/2.5K Walk Not Timed
8:00AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT
5K - Child (Under 18) Run Timed
8:00AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT
WA - Child (Under 18) 5K/2.5K Walk Not Timed
8:00AM EDT - 9:30AM EDT
KD - Kids Activities Including Fun Run
7:15AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
SP - Spirit Runner
8:00AM EDT - 9:00AM EDT


The Bella Rose Strides for Babies 5K is a run/walk with proceeds benefitting CJ First Candle held every August at the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, NC in honor of Bella Rose Diaz.

In May of 2011, tragedy struck the Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine family when Amy Diaz, one of our beloved employees, suffered the heartbreaking loss of her beautiful and charismatic baby daughter Bella Rose to the dreadful mystery that is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. To honor her, Carolina Family Practice and Sports Medicine worked with the CJ Foundation for SIDS (now CJ First Candle) to organize the Bella Rose Strides for Babies 5K. In 5 years, the event has raised nearly $125,000 for the cause. We hope to have another great event this year further helping to promote awareness and fund research for SIDS.

Visit Bella Rose Diaz’ Facebook page

This Event Features...

  • -5K timed Run and 5K/2.5K Walk without timing
  • -Free Kids Activities (requires at least free registration) including 100m Kids Fun Run, Face Painting, and Bounce House
  • -Fundraiser prizes including an exclusive T-Shirt for "The Friends of Bella Rose"
  • -Gender Specific Tech T-Shirts for pre-registrants
  • -Silent Auction
  • -Top 3 Leashed dog competition
  • -Top M/F Stroller competition
  • -Gift certificate prizes

Regarding Dogs:   

All participants should plan to be around leashed dogs at the 2017 Bella Rose Strides for Babies as we will be having a competition category for the fastest dogs. Dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs leashed and under control and should responsibly dispose of any waste in the appropriate receptacles. Improper management of dogs will result in dismissal from the event.

Awards and Fundraising Incentives
Awards - Place [Prize]
1st place overall (M/F) [$75 gift certificate]
2nd place overall (M/F) [$50 gift certificate]
3rd place overall (M/F) [$25 gift certificate]
Age Group/Category Winner [$10 gift certificate]
Top 3 per Age Group/Category [Medal Awarded]
Above gift certificates from Inside Out Sports

Fundraiser Prizes Fundraising Level [Challenge Reward]
$250 Fundraiser [T-Shirt]
$500 Fundraiser [T-Shirt + $50 Gift Card*]
$1,000 Fundraiser [T-Shirt + $100 Gift Card*]
$2,000 Fundraiser [T-Shirt + $200 Gift Card*]
* Gift Card TBD based upon potential sponsorship suppport
Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pickup will take place on Friday, August 4 from 4 - 7pm at:

Inside Out Sports - Cary
Preston Walk Shopping Center
2002 Grisdale Lane
Cary NC 27513

If you are unable to attend, you may pick up your packet on race day beginning at 7:15am at Wake Med Soccer Park.

Course Map

See below for a map of the course.

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Join Us as a Sponsor

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The friends and families of Bella Rose that are working on the Bella Rose Strides for Babies 5K would appreciate any help that local businesses or community members can give us including direct financial support or in-kind goods and services. All contributions are tax-deductible and sponsors will be represented on the website and event t-shirt as described in more detail in our sponsorship packet below.

Additional Sponsors

We appreciate the support of these additional sponsors:

American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness

Memorial Posters

We would like to remember those babies who have died suddenly and unexpectedly so we encourage parents, family and friends of these babies to bring a poster memorializing your loved one. The posters will be set up under one of the tents. If you are interested in remembering a baby this way, please contact Aaron at aaronleininger@yahoo.com.  

Silent Auction

There will be a silent auction with bidding ongoing from 7:30AM to 9:45AM. Winners will need to be present at 9:45AM on 8/5/2017 to claim their prize. Registration is not necessary for the silent auction.

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