Wild Bill 5k

Sat August 7, 2021 Raleigh, NC 27613 US


$40 7:00AM EDT Registration ends August 6, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Kids Race (~1/2 Mile)

$10 8:00AM EDT Registration ends August 6, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT
Seven Oaks Swim and Racquet Club
2500 Howard Road
Raleigh, NC US 27613

In both memory and honor of William “Wild Bill” Sonner, Seven Oaks and the Stonehenge HOA are proud to announce the inaugural Wild Bill 5k. Wild Bill was a coach, mentor and community leader in Raleigh for decades. The same passion that made Wild Bill an All-American athlete at NC State, made him a beloved Raleigh fixture for nearly 70 years. While his forte was swimming, Wild Bill was well known for running daily, no matter how hot the summer days got. Wild Bill was relentless and we wish to harness that energy to raise money for good causes in his honor.

The 5k course has been certified by USATF and issued course number NC21006BDS.  An easily viewable course map is linked below and HERE using mapmyrun.


Online Registration:  HERE (day of registration in person only: 6am to 6:30am)

In Person Registration: At Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club (payment by check only- no cards accepted in person for advanced registration).

Benefitting Charities

Hospice of Wake County

The Helene Foundation

The American Stroke Association

Can't participate this year but still want to support the Wild Bill 5k?  Please make a contribution to our charity partners here!

Race Schedule

Packet Pick-Up: Friday, August 6th: Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club (Noon to 7pm): 2500 Howard Rd., Raleigh NC 27613

5k Race: Saturday, August 7th : Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club: 7am

Youth Fun Run: Saturday, August 7th : Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club: 8am

Post-Race Party: After you finish your race! Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club – to include awards ceremony


5k Race: $30 if registered by the end of May //  $35 if registered between 6/1 and 6/30  // $40 if registered after 6/30  // Race Day Registration will be in person only and will be available from 6am until 6:30 only!

Youth Fun Run: $10, with the option to add a shirt for an additional $15 at checkout.


Awards will be given to Top 3 overall for both male & female,  Top 1 overall Master for both male & female, along with top 3 per age group.  Overall awards will be based on gun time; Age group awards will be based on chip/net time. All youth participants will receive a prize. You must be present to receive awards/prizes (none will be mailed). Gift cards to Runologie will be provided to overall winners and age group winners per gender (5k race only).

An award will be presented for best costume!

The final award will be for the finisher in 114th place in honor of Wild Bill's birthday.



All 5k participants will have Chip Bib timing. For the youth race, a simple running clock will be used. Youth participants will receive a standard numbered race bib (not Chip)

Race Swag Shirts

Each 5k Participant will receive a cool, unisex race t-shirt (Adult S-XL). To be guaranteed a t-shirt, you must register no later than Noon on July 23rd.


Race Rules

No headphones allowed for safety reasons. While little to no traffic is expected and volunteers will be protecting the course, the race course is technically not closed, so we want runners to remain as aware as possible. No pets/dogs allowed on the course. Strollers are allowed, but we request that strollers and baby joggers start at the back of the field for safety reasons. For the 5k race, participants will have 60 minutes to complete the course prior to the start of the youth race.

Water Stations

Water stations will be available at miles 1 and 2 on the course.

Race Day Parking

Limited parking will be allowed in the Seven Oaks Parking Lot (2500 Howard Rd.), BUT- no cars will be allowed in or out starting 45 minutes before race time and until the end of all races. Park wisely! Additional parking will be available on Stonehenge Drive (street parking) and the Diocese building lot on Creedmoor Road.  We encourage carpooling and for Stonehenge residents, consider walking or jogging to the race due to your close proximity.

Post-Race Party

Once you finish conquering the race course, you’ll be ready to celebrate! Breakfast will be provided, along with other snacks & goodies. We will have beer vendors on site providing free beer for participants. A DJ will be spinning tunes and we’ll have a bouncy house for the kids, along with other fun activities. We will of course have the standard post-race offerings as well (bananas, water, etc.). MUST HAVE VALID ID TO DRINK BEER (NO ID = NO BEER)

Inclement Weather

In the unlikely and unfortunate event that inclement weather dashes our plans,  please understand that no refunds will be given. Rest assured knowing that your funds will still go to three great charities and your will have an awesome Wild Bill T-shirt to show your support!

Want to Volunteer?

Do you want to volunteer to assist with the race to include: Packet Pick Up; Course Marker; Water Stations; etc?  Input your name HERE and our Volunteer Coordinators will reach out to you!  Thanks in advance!!

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