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The Pirate 5k Run/Walk

Sat August 17, 2024 Lincolnton, NC 28092 US Directions


5k Timed

$35 7:30AM EDT Registration ends August 14, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


315 North Cedar St
Lincolnton, NC US 28092


     Join us for our 2nd Annual  Pirate 5k Run/Walk (dress in pirate costume theme if you wish)

     Date:         Saturday, August 17, 2024

     Time:         07:30 am 5k Kicks off

                       Register on race day between 6:30-7:00am

     Location:  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

                       315 North Cedar Street

                       Lincolnton, NC  28092


Packet Pickup:

Friday Aug 16th from 4-7pm
Saturday Aug 17th from 6:30-7am (At the Parrish house at St Luke’s)

Overall Male and Female
1st-3rd place in each age group

Finisher medal for all participants

Age Groups (Male and Female) 14 and under 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+


Deadline for guaranteed shirt: Aug. 2nd


     The second annual Pirate Week is scheduled for the week of August 12 through August 17, 2024.  Laffite researchers Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough are planning activities ending with a  day of fun at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 18.

   The full schedule for the week will be announced on June 15, 2024, on the author’s website at, so stay tuned.


     The second annual Pirate 5K Run/Walk, a part of the third annual Pirate Week, will begin on North Cedar Street in Lincolnton at Historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  The church graveyard is the final resting place of Lorenzo Ferrier who may or may not be Jean Lafitte.


From St. Luke’s the runners will work their way to the Lincolnton Rail Trail at First Federal Park at East Pine Street crossing.



For more information pertaining to St. Luke’s please visit the church website.


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Lincolnton, is a North Carolina non-profit 501 (c)(3) and donations may be tax deductible.


     The Marcia H. Cloninger Rail-Trail, known locally as the Lincolnton Rail-Trail, is a 1.5-mile paved trail, and is especially popular with walkers, joggers, bikers, and parents pushing baby strollers. Benches line the route, inviting you to pause and take in this enchanting town and trail. The trail is maintained by the City of Lincolnton.

     The trail offers a chance to search the heart of this small Southern town, highlighted by a stately courthouse, model Main Street, thriving arts scene, and nearby lakes and mountains. Once an eyesore covered in kudzu and debris, the former Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor is now the pride and joy of “Lovable Lincolnton”.


For more information on the Lincolnton Rail Trail visit



"In 2021, a book entitled Jean Lafitte Revealed, Unraveling One of America’s Longest-Running Mysteries by Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough presents the theory that Jean Laffite, did in fact successfully change his name and live out the rest of his natural life, dying 1875 at the age of 96, under the pseudonym, “Lorenzo Ferrer” in Lincoln County, North Carolina. Ferrer is buried in a marked grave at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Lincolnton, North Carolina. The grave is commonly referred to as locals as “The Pirate’s Grave.” Whether or not the story is true, it would make for a great movie."


The Current:

"Laffite’s legend in Lincolnton involves a possible son by Louisa, an alleged murder at a plantation, an argument with another Frenchmen also living undercover and a sword with his initials hidden in plain sight."

Race Contact Info

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5k Course Map

The event will start at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 315 North Cedar Street, the runners will travel south to E. Pine St., turning right on E. Pine, runners will travel 1 ½ blocks west on East Pine, then turn left, entering the Lincolnton Rail Trail at First Federal Park.  The runners will travel south on the Rail Trail to the end, Motz Ave., at which time they will reverse course re-entering the Rail Trail traveling north to Pole #N-12 at which time they will again reverse course and travel south to the E. Sumner St. crossing, where they will exit the Rail Trail, then travel approximately 25 yards and bear right onto N. Poplar St., the runners will travel one block then turn left onto E. McBee St., travel one block turning right onto North Cedar, then travel one block to the finish.

Race Event Parking

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