Early Bird

Thu November 25, 2021 Lexington, NC 27292 US Directions

5k Run Walk

8:30AM EST
Events: 5k Run/Walk 5k Run/Walk (not timed, NO Shirt. Must bring food or pet food donation)

3k Run/Walk

8:38AM EST
Events: 3k Run/Walk 3k Run/Walk (not timed, NO Shirt. Must bring food or pet food donation)
913 Greensboro St.
Lexington, NC US 27292
Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup Tuesday 11/24 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 11/25 3:00-6:30 p.m.

Race Day Packet Pickup begins at 7:30 a.m.


We're excited to bring back the Early Bird for the 10th running this November 25th!  

The Early Bird 5K race is a family friendly wellness event that is held on Thanksgiving Day to raise money for United Way and to collect canned food for the Pastor’s Pantry and pet food for the Davidson County Animal Shelter.  This fundraiser typically raises between $6,000 - $8,500 each year for the United Way, garners over 1,000lbs of food and typically 50+ donations for the Animal Shelter. 

Participants who received door prizes for free 2020 race vouchers, those will be honored for the 2021 event.  To our generous, long standing sponsors-we thank you for your ongoing support.  To Black Chicken Coffee who donates their time and their delicious warm drinks for us on race day, please don’t get used to sleeping in on Thanksgiving Day!  

We appreciate all the participants and volunteers that have participated in the Early Bird 5K for the past nine years, and are thrilled to welcome you all back this year.

Mail-in Registration

Rather not register online?  Print, fill out, and mail in the entry form!  Registering race morning, or at packet pickup?  Save some time and fill this out ahead of time.

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Race Contact Info

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Sorry, but for safety reasons, we do not allow dogs, bicycles, inline skates or any means of transportation other than running, walking, or wheelchairs.  Running baby strollers are allowed but must have a minimum of 6" wheels.  Race Director reserves the right to reject any entry or to remove any participant from the race course without explanation.

Cancellation Policy

In the event the race should be cancelled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions, local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined.


This race will be chip timed.  Your race bib will contain a timing chip (DO NOT REMOVE IT.)  Wear your race bib on the front pinned to your outer most clothing.  Do not cover with water belt or jacket.

Awards will be presented to the following categories:

  • Top 3 Males/Females in the 3k and 5k
  • Top 3 Age groups in the 3k and 5k
    • 5k age groups: Under 13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
    • 3k age groups: Under 6, 7-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • Race Director reserves the right to combine age groups.

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