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Additional race information can be found at https://www.unioncountyheritagefestival.org/.
The Wild Turkey 5K Trail Run and Walk will again offer two options this year to allow everyone to participate in the way they feel most comfortable!
On-Site Wild Turkey 5K - Come run with us again this year!! Run, jog or walk our exciting, mostly wooded 5K (3.1 mile) trail at the Union County Agriculture Center on Saturday, September 17, 2022, starting at 8:00am to support our local Carolina Waterfowl Rescue charity. This event will be managed to accommodate all in-force and prudent COVID-19 practices (if they are still necessary) that may be in place at that time, to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. If there are any specific guidelines for participants, we will let you know well ahead of time. Registration fees are $20 until July 31, $25 until August 31st, and then $30 until 7:45am on Race Day. If you register for the On-Site Wild Turkey 5K, and then have concerns about participating at an in-person event, you can convert to the virtual format Run Anywhere Wild Turkey 5K and get a refund of any registration fee you paid over $20; (refunds, if needed, will be processed after Race Day). Groups of 4 who register together receive a $5.00 discount each! Children aged 5 to 14 pay just $10.00! First Place finisher medals will be awarded for overall Men and Women, and the top finisher guy or girl in each of the age brackets (14 and under, 15-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65+). Results will be recorded by the Race Committee, separately from the Run Anywhere event.
Run Anywhere Wild Turkey 5K - Walk, jog, run or race 3.1 miles anytime, anywhere (instead of meeting and running/walking the specified course with a group at a designated time), by yourself or with friends between 8:00am Saturday, September 17th and 5:00pm on Sunday, September 18th! Everyone is welcome! Stay active, stay connected with others via social media, and support our Carolina Waterfowl Rescue charity through the Run Anywhere Wild Turkey 5K, a fun option for your 3rd weekend in September! Registration is $20 anytime up until midnight on Thursday, September 15th. No performance prizes will be awarded for the Run Anywhere race. Groups of 4 who register together receive a $5.00 discount each! Children aged 5 to 14 pay just $10.00! There will be NO price increases closer to the event for the Run Anywhere race. If you are a brand-new runner, by all means alternate running and walking, or feel free to break the walk into 2 or 3 sessions, just get 3.1 miles in during the race window! Recording results is optional, but virtual runners may post their times and course on our Facebook page so we can all share in your accomplishment. You may also post on this website under the RESULTS tab.
For BOTH the On-Site and Run Anywhere events:
Choose which race format suits you best for 2022 and REGISTER! Remember to chat to friends to get the group discount when you register together at one time.
Generate 4 registration referrals and get $10 refunded on YOUR registration!
Pick up your swag bag and T-shirt on Race Day (Saturday, September 17, 2022) at the Union County Agriculture Center, or, for Run Anywhere participants, get the swag bag mailed to you for an additional $5 (we'll try to get it to you by Race Day, but no promises, especially if you register after August 21st!).
We will award fun prizes to randomly selected On-Site participants, but you must be present (at the 9:30am Awards ceremony) to win.
Proceeds from the 2022 Wild Turkey 5K events benefit the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, a non-profit wildlife rescue organization located in Indian Trail, NC. CWR is run by federally licensed migratory bird rehabilitators specializing in waterfowl, providing medical treatment and care to orphaned or injured wild birds and other animals. CWR is an all-volunteer group that donates their time, money and expertise to helping North Carolina's birds in need.
Take a selfie after you’ve completed your run/walk, add a short blurb about your experience, and post to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnionCountyHeritageFestival/
If you are free for a few hours between 9am and 4pm on Saturday, September 17, 2022, plan to come on out to the Union County Ag Center to join your friends, family and neighbors for the 9th Annual Heritage Festival! Check out the website: https://www.unioncountyheritagefestival.org/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnionCountyHeritageFestival/ for regular updates.
Donate! If you’re unable to participate, but would still like to make a donation to help out the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, click on the DONATE tab at the top.
Save the date for the next Wild Turkey 5K and Union County Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 16, 2023!
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