38th Annual Winter Flight 8K & 5K

Sun January 17, 2021 Mount Ulla, NC 28125 US Directions
NEW LOCATION for 2021 - Millbridge Ruritan Building / Sloan Park - Mt. Ulla, NC.
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.salisburyrowanrunners.org.

Millbridge Ruritan Building
490 Sloan Road
Mount Ulla, NC US 28125
Winter Flight 8K & 5K Pre-Registered Wave Assignments: Winter Flight Wave Assignments


The 2021 New Sarum Brewing 38th Annual Winter Flight 8K/5K and Fun Run will not be held on the historic course beginning at Catawba College this year. Catawba is still supporting the event, but we could not get clearance from the City of Salisbury for traffic control on the usual streets. 

The new location for the event will be headquartered at the Millbridge Ruritan Building at 490 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla (28125), just across from Sloan Park and about eight miles from Salisbury. All the races will use an especially beautiful and scenic rural course, similar to the Santa Run 5K held each December. Participants will pass the historic Kerr Mill, built in 1824, and farmland that has been in the same dairy family for many generations. 

All the races again benefit the wonderful work done by Rowan Helping Ministries in Salisbury. The course location has changed, but the quality of the event has not. Meredith Abramson’s hoodie is ready to go, and she has hit another home run. We will have the latest in technology again at the start and finish, wonderful refreshments, fantastic awards, and more.

Statement from RHM Director, Kyna Grubb - Salisbury Rowan Runners is an amazing partner of Rowan Helping Ministries. This year has been about protocols, partnerships, prayers, and pivoting.  Planning for Winter Flight and how our partners have re-imaged and overcome barriers to ensure a fun and safe run has all of these components.  Winter Flight will provide much needed funds to our agency and give our community a healthy, fun, and safe opportunity to participate in this longstanding tradtion.  At every turn, SRR shows up to keep us moving forward.  From stepping in to prepare and serve meals in Jeannie’s Kitchen to ensuring our Runs are successful, SRR are a blessing to Rowan Helping Ministries. 

Saturday, January 16, is early check-in/packet pick up and registration at Ralph Baker Shoes (428 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144) from 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

GREAT NEWS from Ralph Baker’s:  Attention all Winter Flight 8K & 5K runners, come pick out a FREE pair of Feetures socks when you pick up your race packet or register in person on Saturday 1/16.  Avoid the lines at race day check-in and get a great pair of free socks (they have a lifetime warranty) as well as check out all the latest in running and other shoes that Ralph Baker’s has to offer! 

Please save this link for race results:  Race Day Results.  In lieu of a finish-line kiosk (due to Covid precautions), 8K & 5K race results will be updated at this link throughout the duration of the races.  Full results will be transferred to RunSignUp at the conclusion of the event.

Please remember that all walkers should be registered in the 5K. No walkers are allowed in the 8K due to a strict time limit of 90 minutes. We must stay on time for road openings, fire department release and timely awards ceremonies. Thank you for your cooperation. 

On Sunday, January, 17, race-day check-in/packet pick up and race-day registration ($35) begins at 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the Millbridge Ruritan Building  - 490 Sloan Rd., Mt. Ulla, NC  28125.

** Please note that masks are required inside the Ruritan Building.**  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter (all current NC Covid guidelines are in effect throughout this event – see below for further details).  We greatly appreciate the Ruritans and the use of their building!

Please plan an early arrival at the race location (before 1:30 p.m.) to allow ample time for parking and check-in.  The fun run is scheduled for 1:30 pm, and Sloan Road will be closed to traffic at that time to ensure the safety of those in the fun run.  

Parking will be limited at the Ruritan Building, but there are multiple parking lots (with restrooms) across the road at Sloan Park.  Two parking lots are located by taking the first road to the left after entering the park and another by driving straight after entering the park.  Restrooms are also located at the Ruritan Building as well as port-a-johns on site.  If it is possible for you to carpool with someone, please do so.  

For everyone’s safety, the race will start in waves/corrals of 50 or less runners three minutes apart beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Your wave/corral number will be listed on your race bib.  A list will also be posted here on RunSignUp and at Salisbury Rowan Runners by Sunday morning.  8k runners will be released first according to age groups followed by 5k runners according to age groups.  Runners must run in their assigned wave to avoid disqualification. 

The certified 8k course map is attached below.  The 5k course will use part of this same 8k route (will not use Sloan Park, Kerr Mill, or the Lyerly extension).  Both races are run on pavement and use the same starting and finish lines.

Sunday, January 17, 2021 - at Millbridge Ruritan Building, 490 Sloan Road, Mt. Ulla, NC  28125

12:00 pm - 1:45 pm - Registration and packet pickup at the Millbridge Ruritan Building 

1:30 pm - 1/2 Mile Fun Run (Sloan Road will be closed at this time for the safety of those in the fun run)
1:58 pm - Push Rim Wheelchair
2:00 pm - 5K - Run/Walk
2:00 pm - 8K Run

PASTA DINNER - Due to Covid restrictions and considerations, the Annual Winter Flight Pre-Race Dinner has been cancelled for 2021 and will return in 2022.


In case of inclement weather on race day, visit our website for information about delays, postponement, etc. - www.salisburyrowanrunners.org

RACE COURSE 8K USATF (Course Map Attached Below)
Certified Course starts and ends near the Millbridge Ruritan Building.

5K & 8K races will use chip timing.  All participants will be able to get their finishing time as updated at the results link during the races and will also have access to a personalized finish video, both linked to their bib number.

Great looking Lightweight, Long-Sleeve Commemorative Hoodie for all 8K and 5K participants.  Picture attached below (color is heather blue with neon yellow drawstrings).

Top 3 Overall Male & Female Runners
Top Male & Female Masters, Grandmasters, & Senior Grandmasters Runners
3 Deep Age Group Awards, Male & Female

Top Overall Male & Female Runners
3 Deep Age Group Awards, Male & Female

Top 3 Overall, Ages 12 and Under
Medals to all other Fun Run Finishers Ages 12 and Under

Overall Winners not eligible for Age Group Awards.
Awards will not be mailed. Please make arrangements to pick up.

14 & 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, 75-79, 80 & over

14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over

$750 BONUS FOR NEW 8K WF RECORDS (A winning time on the 2021 course faster than the previous course record will still earn $750)
ELIUD NGETICH - 23:07 (2015)
JOAN NESBIT - 26:48 (1992)
$100 to First Male & Female Finisher
$25 to First Male & Female at One Mile Mark (must finish race)
$25 to First Male & Female Rowan County Finisher

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: (Following Covid-19 NC guidelines)

-       Runners need to make sure to keep distance during the start and finish and when passing other runners as well. 

-       Please do not congregate at the start and finish.  

-       All participants, volunteers, and spectators are expected to follow social distancing rules, keeping at least 6 feet of distance from other people other than members of their family.

-       Masks should be worn when not running if you are unable to maintain at least 6 feet of social distance before or after your race.  

-       If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, have a pending COVID test or positive test in the last 14 days, have experienced symptoms related to COVID-19 (sore throat, fever, lost of taste/smell, shortness of breath) or are in quarantine for COVID-19 then you cannot attend or run in the race.



Mission Statement:  The mission of ROWAN HELPING MINISTRIES
is to serve, through cooperative community action, our neighbors
in Rowan County who are in crisis, by providing essential life needs
and educating and empowering them to break the cycle of crisis.

The 2020 Winter Flight race earned over $13,000 for these families and individuals, and it is our goal to exceed that
amount this year!!

For more information about Rowan Helping Ministries, please visit www.rowanhelpingministries.org.

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Winter Flight Hoodie
8K COURSE MAP (2021 - Mt. Ulla Course)

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