Stars, Stripes, & Strides

In-Person Race Nov. 5th OR Virtual Race Oct. 29th - Nov. 5th Cary, NC 27513 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
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10K

$35 Price increases after September 9, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
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5K

$25 Price increases after September 9, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

Fun Run

$15 Price increases after October 7, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

Kids in Strollers

$5 Registration ends November 4, 2022 at 6:00pm EDT
Shipping Included!

Virtual 5K

$25 Registration ends November 5, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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Virtual 10K

$45 Registration ends November 5, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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Virtual Fun Run

$15 Registration ends November 5, 2022 at 10:00am EDT

Event Vendor

$150 Registration ends November 3, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Description

Benefitting the USO

Fit & Able is proud to launch the inaugural Stars, Stripes, & Strides event benefitting the USO. It's not quite a Veterans Day race but its pretty close and we hope you, your friends, and family will join us at our newest race at a park we love. 

Their Mission: The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Since 1941, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side. Today’s USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. 

The USO is not part of the federal government. A congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish our mission of connection. The reach of the USO’s more than 250 centers extends to countries on every continent, operated by thousands of staff and volunteers whose goals are to match our service members’ vigilance and provide best-in-class service to those who sacrifice so much for America.

Virtual race options are also available for those runners who are participating from far away or aren't comfortable racing in-person yet. * Shipping included for virtual races. 

Scroll down for more details about how you can win great prizes and swag by referring people to sign up with you!

Invite your friends and family to run together!

Stars, Stripes, & Strides is part of Fit & Able's Free-for-All Race Series

If you are interested in sponsoring the Stars, Stripes, & Strides please email Info@FitandAble.net for more information!

* * * Due to the constantly evolving pandemic situation any specific changes to event operations for protecting participant health and safety in compliance with the most up-to-date recommendations and requirements will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the race. A virtual component is available for all races for those runners who aren’t comfortable racing in person yet but still want to participate in the event. * * *

We can't wait to see you at Stars, Stripes, & Strides!

IN-PERSON Race Information

Schedule

  • 8:30 AM - Health Check Open
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Packet Pick-up & Check In
  • 9:30 AM - Fun Run Staggered Start
  • 10:00 AM - 10K & 5K Staggered Start

* Start times subject to change due to weather or safety

Information

* Final pre-race packet pickup and race day information and updates will be emailed to all registered participants and volunteers the week prior to the race. 

Race Location: Fred G. Bond Metro Park (801 High House Rd., Cary, NC 27513). (Venue subject to change as permitted by local officials.)

Course Information: The course is around Bond Park with dirt, grass, paved, and natural trails with moderate to big hills; conditions depend on the weather prior to the event. The course is NOT USATF certified. GPS tracking apps are not suitable for measuring course distances accurately.

Stars, Stripes, & Strides Course Maps
5K       10K       Fun Run

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! 
* No dogs or bikes permitted in the race. 
* We strongly discourage participants wearing headphones of any sort while racing for their own safety and so they can properly hear instructions on the course.
* Kids in strollers must be registered and be with a parent registered in either the 5K, 10K , or Fun Run. Kids in strollers must be numbered, properly buckled into the stroller, and we strongly encourage them to wear a helmet.
* If you or one of your party have a physical or developmental need that may require special accommodation please contact us at least one month prior to the event to discuss reasonable accommodations that may be available. 

Course Aid: An athletic trainer will be available at a medical tent located near the finish line. There will be a water station on the course and near the finish line.  Water is also available at the registration and refreshment area.

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 and can only pick up their own race packet. Early packet pickup details will be announced the week prior to the race.

Volunteers: We need your help! If you're available to assist us with registration, handing out water, and cheering on runners please sign up to volunteer between 8:00 AM -12:00 PM.Sign up through the link in the menu!

Race Souvenirs: Stars, Stripes, & Strides shirts are included with registration for all events until October 20th. * In-person race packets will not be shipped!

Awards: Awards are provided by Omega Sports and Fit & Able Productions. Award distribution information will be provided in pre-race email. Save your Stars, Stripes, & Strides bib number to get 20% off in store at Omega Sports!

  • 5K & 10K Awards:
    • Top 3 Male/Female Overall (Omega Sports gift cards)
    • Top Male/Female Age Group (Fit & Able gift codes)
      • (9 & Under, 10 - 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 & Over)
  • Fun Run Awards:
    • Top 3 Male/Female Overall (Fit & Able gift codes)

Registration

Online registration closes on November 4th at 6 PM. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted at packet pick-up and race day between ONLY 9:00 - 9:30 AM.

VIRTUAL Race Information

* Final pre-race packet pickup information and updates will be emailed to all registered participants the week prior to the virtual race. 

Schedule

  • October 29th at 12:00 PM - Virtual Race Start
  • November 5th at 12:00 PM - Virtual Race Finish
  • November 5th at 5:00 PM - Final Results Posted

Information

Race Location: Anywhere you want to run! You can run wherever you are comfortable: on the greenways, in your neighborhood, even around your living room. Just stay safe, have fun, and log the distance you signed up to run.

Course Information: Course conditions depend on the weather and where you choose to run. There will not be an athletic trainer or any water stations provided on the course other than public restrooms and water fountains available at parks. A virtual race is BYOB! 

Events: All results must be submitted by participants; we highly recommend tracking your run on RaceJoy (completely optional!), which can automatically submit your finish time. All Fit & Able Productions, Inc. events are inclusion events: anyone of any age, skill-level, or ability can participate in any race!

Race Souvenirs: Stars, Stripes, & Strides shirts are included with registration for all events until October 20th. * Virtual race packets will be shipped!

Packet Pick-up: Race packet shipping is included with virtual race registration. All packets will be shipped the week following the in-person race. 

Awards: Awards are provided by Fit & Able Productions. Award distribution information will be provided in pre-race email. Save your Stars, Stripes, & Strides bib number to get 20% off in store at Omega Sports!

  • 5K & 10K Awards:
    • Top 3 Male/Female Overall (Fit & Able gift codes)
    • Top Male/Female Age Group (Fit & Able gift codes)
      • (9 & Under, 10 - 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 & Over)
  • Fun Run Awards:
    • Top 3 Male/Female Overall (Fit & Able gift codes)

Registration

Online registration closes on November 5th at 10 AM. 

Refer Friends, Build a Team, and Fundraise for Prizes!

Referral Rewards

Sign up, invite friends and family to join you, and get over $150 in rewards and swag! Yes, really!

1. First, sign up for the 5K or greater distance! 
2. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a unique referral link in your confirmation email to share with your friends and family or post on social media. Get more info on Referral Refunds here.
3. Get 5 friends to sign up using your unique referral link and you will automatically receive a $15 refund. Boom!
4. Get 5 more friends (10 total)  to join you and get up to another $15 of your registration fee back.
5. Get another 5 friends (15 total) to sign up and we will send you a FREE "Certified Fit & Able" t-shirt.
6. But if you can get 25 friends or family all in to race with you, then we will give you $100 CASH!

PLUS, if your friends and family sign up through your referral link within 72 hours of you registering they will get a $5 discount automatically applied at checkout!

Team Rewards

You can also potentially get up to $15 off each team member's registration fee when you recruit a Charity Race Team!

1. First, create a Charity Race Team while you're signing up for any distance! 
2. Invite your friends and family to sign up and join your team. (Pssst... they can use your unique referral link so you get the credit towards the referral swag!)
3. After 10 members join the team all will get an automatic $5 refund on their registration fee! Plus a $5 discount for future team members.
4. When your team reaches 25 members everyone will get another $5 refund! Plus a $10 discount for future team members. 
5. AND, when your team reaches 50 members everyone will get yet another $5 refund! Plus a $15 discount for that last team member!

Fundraising Rewards

ALSO, you can get up to $25 of your registration fee back when you choose to become a fundraiser for any participating charity while signing up and requesting a refund if you raise at least $250 (must check the box during signup!).

Some Restrictions Apply. Message Info@fitandable.net if you have questions.

  • Registrations for all distances count towards the threshold requirements but only registrations for 5K and greater races are eligible for refunds.
  • Friends must register with your referral link at the time of registration. Those who sign up without your link will not be added to your referral account.
  • Using a referral link is not required to join a Charity Race Team. 
  • Refunds will be automatically credited to the card you registered with within 20 days fo reaching the required referral total.
  • Rewards combine but the maximum refund cannot exceed the registration fee paid, including any discounts. $5 of each registration is non-refundable. 
  • Refund only applies to the registration fee portion of the entry. Transaction fees or other fees or charges will not be refunded.
  • Only the participant who paid the registration fee and whose credit card is in the system will receive a refund ($0 registrations have no funds to refund). 
Official Stars, Stripes, & Strides Playlist

If you have a song you'd like us to add to the Official Stars, Stripes, & Strides Playlist (and it's both appropriate for all ages and fits the Stars, Stripes, & Strides theme!), then please send your suggestion to info@fitandable.net and we will check it out!

Disclaimers

Stars, Stripes, & Strides and all its participants are subject to these event policies

Information from this master site is often shared to or scraped by other online sources that aren't updated when changes are made here. This site on RunSignUp is the only official and updated source for information regarding this event. Everyone who registers for this event will be automatically subscribed to Fit & Able's email distribution list and may unsubscribe at any time. 

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. Proceeds from our events that aren't designated to support other organizations go to support the event and other Fit & Able nonprofit activities.

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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 Stars, Stripes, & Strides.

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.

Send-a-Cheer

  • 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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