Cary Fire House Tour Marathon

Sun October 8, 2017 Cary, NC 27519 US Directions


Marathon: Individual

7:30AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT

Marathon: Relay

7:30AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT

Half-Marathon: Individual

9:30AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT

Half-Marathon: Relay

9:30AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT


11:00AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT


408 Mills Park Dr.
Cary, NC US 27519


"Going the Extra Mile" 

We are paying tribute to our friend and fellow firefighter Jon Schondelmayer who spent 20 years working his way through almost every station before passing in December of 2013 in a line of duty-related death.  In it's first year this grassroots event was open to only 75 runners from the Fire Department community but last year it was open to the public with over 250!

Proceeds from this year's race will also go to help set up a Project Lifesaver Program, supporting Triangle Miracle League Baseball, and hosting camp experiences for autistic children.

The event has FIVE race options:

  • Full Marathon (26.2 miles + Extra Mile): starts at Fire House 6 (Hwy Ten Ten and Kildare Farm Rd) and finishes at Fire House 8 (Mills Park Rd. and Green Level Church Rd.). Race individually or as a relay team (2-7 runners).
  • Half-Marathon (13.1 miles + Extra Mile): starts near Fire House 1 (N. Harrison and Cary Pkwy) and finishes at Fire House 8. Race individually or as a relay team (2-3 runners).
  • 10K (10K & no extra mile): starts at Fire House 5 (on High House Rd.) and finishes at Fire House 8. 

Both the full and half-marathon runners will get to join the Cary Fire Department in their tradition of "going the extra mile."

Relay team members don't need to sign up together all at once. They can sign up individually so long as they select the team name the first person who signed up created (first person pays the registration fee too!). We believe that he who pays gets to pick the team name!

The course winds through greenways and streets alike. The course not only visits almost every Cary fire station you'll also get to actually run through several of the fire station truck bays. All fire stations will act as both rest and accountability stops.

NOTE: Roads ands crossings will not be closed to traffic. Follow all pedestrian rules. Look for course marshals in yellow shirts to provide directions. 

Have questions about the race? Please read this Q&A.


Saturday October 7th

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Packet Pick-up at Omega Sports at Crossroads

Sunday October 8th

6:00 - 7:15 AM - Marathon Check-in & Packet Pickup at Fire House 6
7:30 AM - Marathon Start
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Half-Marathon Check-in & Packet Pickup on N. Harrison
9:30 AM - Half-marathon Start
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM - 10K Check-in & Packet Pickup at Fire House 5
11: AM - 10K Start
1:00 PM - Awards Ceremony at Fire House 8
2:00 PM - All Race Courses Close
*Start times subject to change due to weather or safety


Race Location: This race is a point-to-point course across Cary, NC.

Course Information: The Cary Fire House Tour Marathon starts at Fire House 6 in S.E. Cary and travels along the sidewalks and greenways to Fire House 8 in N.W. Cary. Cary Fire House Tour Map or Interactive Course Map


  • Marathon: 26.2 miles + the Extra Mile
  • Half-marathon: 14.1 miles + the Extra Mile
  • 10K: 10K

Events: Everyone is welcome to participate!  All participants will have chip-timed results that will be posted online.  All Fit & Able Productions, Inc. events are inclusion events: anyone of any age, skill-level, or ability can participate in any race! Dogs are not permitted to participate with runners in USA Track & Field sanctioned events. Kids in strollers must be registered (including kid's name and birth date)!

Athletic Trainer: Paramedics on bikes will be following the last runner and medical assistance will be available at each fire house check point.

Water Stations: There will be water stations at each fire house check point and at various points along the course. Water stations are marked on the course map.

Packet Pick-up: All participants must show a photo ID or be with a guardian with a photo ID in order to pick up their race packets. Participants may only pick up their own race packet except for parents who may pickup their minor children's packets. Packet pickup will close promptly on time. NOTE: Don't forget to pick up the timing chip on race day before packet pickup closes!

Sponsors: Race sponsorships are avaible at these levels: Fire Chief ($5,000), Fire Captain ($2,500), Master Fire Fighter ($1,000), and Fire Fighter ($500). For more information on what is included with each level, please email 

Volunteers: We need volunteers (18 years & older only please!)! Boy Scouts under 18 may volunteer so long as they have a partner to volunteer with them. You can sign up to be a volunteer here: 

Race Souvenirs: Runners in all events will receive a race shirt (if registered by September 15th) and finisher medal. Participants will be able to purchase additional performance tech Cary Fire House Tour Marathon t-shirt for $20 each.  Youth and adult sizes available.  There's no guarantee of a shirt after September 15th. Shirts and medals will NOT be mailed out. 

Transportation: The main race parking is near the finish line. Runners may get transportion to the starting area for their event: $10 for the Marathon and Half-Marathon, $5 for the 10K. Last day to signup for transportation is October 6th. Small children being transported must follow NC State law (parents must bring car seats if needed, etc.). 

Post-race Party: Cool down after a great run with music, hot dogs, and baked potatoes at Fire House 8. 

Awards: The Omega Sports (Crossroads) is sponsoring the following awards for the top male and female finishers and age group winners (19 & under, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 & over):

  • Full & Half-Marathon: 1st - $100, 2nd - $75, 3rd - $50
  • 10K: 1st - $50, 2nd - $25, 3rd - $10
  • Age Group Winner: $10

The first finisher male OR female in the full, half, and 10K will receive an official fire fighter helmet. Winners MUST be present at awards ceremony to receive awards. Awards will NOT be mailed out. 


Online registration closes on October 7 at 8 PM.  Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted at packet pick-up and race day.

Marathon Individual: 26.2 miles + the extra mile

  • Until July 15th: $70
    Until August 15th: $80
    Until September 15th: $90
    Until October 1st: $100
    On October 6th - 8th: $110

Marathon Relay (per runner): 26.2 miles + the extra mile

  • Until July 15th: $45
    Until August 15th: $50
    Until September 15th: $55
    Until October 1st: $60
    On October 6th - 8th: $65

Half-Marathon Individual: 13.2 miles + the extra mile

  • Until July 15th: $45
    Until August 15th: $55
    Until September 15th: $65
    Until October 1st: $75
    On October 6th - 8th: $85

Half-Marathon Relay (per runner): 13.1 miles + the extra mile

  • Until July 15th: $45
    Until August 15th: $50
    Until September 15th: $55
    Until October 1st: $60
    On October 6th - 8th: $65

10K: 10K (no extra mile)

  • Until July 15th: $40
  • Until August 15th: $45
  • Until September 15th: $50
  • Until October 1st: $55
  • On October 6th - 8th: $60



The Cary Fire House Tour and all its participants are subject to these event policies.

Fit & Able Productions is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting community and family fitness in Cary since 1997 through organizing creative events and training programs.  We also support many programs, such as swim safety lessons for underprivileged children and adults, youth fitness programs, and health education run by our community partners including the Cary Family YMCA, Triangle Aquatic Center, and Town of Cary.  Proceeds from our events that aren't designated to support other organizations go to support the event and other Fit & Able nonprofit activities.

We can't wait to see you at the Cary Fire House Tour Marathon!

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