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Sole Mates is a celebration of health and fitness and is coming back for another year! There's no better way to celebrate than with friends and family. So grab your running buddy and get to the starting line!
This year Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (a nonprofit service organization) is joining us to support Soles4Souls's global mission to wear out poverty in developing countries by providing gently worn or even new shoes to those who currently do not have.
"Every day children are prevented from attending school, adults are unable to work. Walking becomes unbearable. A new pair of shoes provides relief in many developing nations around the globe, in times of disaster, and helps bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada. We the Cary Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha are specifically working towards wearing out poverty in Haiti. We believe that every donation matters be it in the form of shoes or monetary donations to purchase shoes to send."
Soles 4 Souls - Wearing Out Poverty will be collecting shoe donations on race day, so please bring out any new or gently-used shoes with you to help support their mission. We are also collecting donations on their behalf online and appreciate your generous support of this incredible organization.
First, participants can choose to run the race individually (as usual) or they can team up with a partner (separate awards for both categories!). Instead of placing by their individual race times, partners will instead place by their combined times. Run together and win together! We might call it "Sole Mates" but it doesn't matter if you pair up with your spouse, kids, significant other, best buddy, or neighbor.
The second change is the course. You've all probably run the WakeMed course at some point. We know that "the Hill" is a tough climb. That's why we're running the course backwards! That means you run down the hill more times than you have to run up it.
Also, third, just like last year we will have hot baked potatos with all the toppings and homemade brownies for post-race refreshment! The Doubles costume contest will also be judged after the race.
If you're looking for a great Valentines Day gift for a friend or loved one, sign up for the Sole Mates Run!
Sole Mates is part of Fit & Able's Free-for-All Race Series, a fun way to enjoy all our events and earn more prizes!
Race Location: WakeMed Soccer Park located at 201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary, NC 27511, USA.
Course Information: The course is on WakeMed's cross country course with natural trails. Course conditions depend on the weather prior to the event.
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! USATF Rules: No dogs, bikes, or strollers permitted in race!
First Aid: First Aid is available at the registration tent located near the finish line.
Water Stations: There will be a water station on the course near the 1 Mile and 2.5 Mile marks and near the finish line. Water is also available at the registration and refreshment area. Additional water stations are marked on the maps (see above).
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. Adults may not pick packets up for other adults. Pre-race packet pickup time and location will be announced by email. Early packet pickup will be announced race week.
Awards: Top 3 Male/Female Overall and Top Male/Female Age Group awards for 5K and 6.5 Mile individual races. Top 3 Team awards for 5K and 6.5 Mile doubles races. Top 3 Overall Male/Female awards for Kids Sprint. Awards are sponsored by Omega Sports (Crossroads). There is also an award for the best Valentine's Day Doubles costume.
Race Souvenirs: Sole Mates long-sleeve tech t-shirts are available for $20 until January 15th. A shirt is included with 6.5 Mile registration if registered by January 15th (size and color are first come first serve at packet pickup). All race finishers will receive a medal. Legacy Sole Mates shirts also available for purchase.
Online registration closes on February 5th at 9 PM. Cash, check, and credit card are accepted at packet pick-up and race day.
Sole Mates 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 at-risk 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.
AFTER you sign up you can get up to $15 back when you REFER at least 5 friends to register too (and another $15 after 10 more referrals)! Check your confirmation email for YOUR unique referral link and send it out! Learn more about how Referral Refunds work here.
PLUS, anyone who signs up using your link within 72 hours after you register will get a $5 discount automatically applied at checkout!
AFTER you register you can get up to $25 back when you RAISE at least $250 through your fundraising page! Set up YOUR fundraising page during registration and send it out! Learn more about how to become a Fundraiser here.
PLUS, create a fundraising team to invite others to help you with their own fundraising pages, whether or not they register to run!
* Only 5K and greater races are eligible for referral refunds; only 1 Mile and greater races are eligible for fundraising refunds. $5 of each registration is non-refundable. Message Info@fitandable.net if you have questions. *