Merry Fitness 5k

Sat December 4, 2021 Jacksonville, NC 28546 US Directions


$25 9:00AM EST Price increases after December 3, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

Kids Dash

$10 9:45AM EST Registration ends December 3, 2021 at 8:30am EST
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Jacksonville Commons Elementary School
1121 Commons Drive North
Jacksonville, NC US 28546

Join us as GOTR/STRIDE celebrate the completion of a 10-week run program!

We believe that accomplishment comes in all flavors and everyone who participates, whether they run, walk, hop, skip, or even cartwheel across the finish line. It is to be honored and congratulated. 

The season of learning about the importance of taking care of our emotional and physical health truly embodies our mission of inspiring young ladies and men to be joyful, healthy, and confident as the culminating event of the GOTR/STRIDE curriculum.  It is a moment in time that beautifully reflects the very essence of the program goals.  

Public runners are welcome as this race provides scholarships to children who need assistance participating in the Girls on the Run and STRIDE programs. Professional race production by the New River YMCA and timing by Run with the East ensures a fun, safe, and accurate 5K race experience. 


Girls on the Run and STRIDE participants DO NOT NEED to register for the 5K. Participants are already registered with the program registration.



Friday, December 3rd, 4:00PM -7:00PM at the New River YMCA. 


Saturday, December 4th, 7:30am - 8:30am at Jacksonville Commons Elementary School for those that already registered.  Same Day Registration: Debt/Credit Card ONLY! **NO CASH**



Awards will be given to the top overall 3 male and 3 female finishers. 

Awards will also be given to the top male and female in each of the following categories:

Age Groups: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & over.


7 years and younger: 40 yard dash 

All Kids Dash participants will receive a medal. 

Race Contact Info

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The race will go on rain or shine!

In the event of inclement weather the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement does not pass in time to complete the event safely, the event will be canceled. 

Inclement weather includes:

  • Severe winds over 35 miles per hour
  • Lightning, as shown on a lightning detector, is within 10 miles of the event

Every effort will be made to hold this event on time on this date. Should this event be canceled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race director's control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers. 

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. 

By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy. 


Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission Race Series

The Merry Fitness 5K is part of the Jacksonville Onslow Sports Commission (JOSC) Race Series. In 2021 this series consists of nine races featuring everything from roads to beaches to even a triathlon. The series has great year-end prizes and awards for those that finish at the top and even for those that just participate in the majority of the races. For more information on this series please visit


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