Robert Stephen Gilmore Labor of Love 5K - Presented by the Javon Hargrave Foundation

Sat September 2, 2023 Salisbury, NC 28144 US Directions


5K Run/Walk

8:30AM EDT

Fun Run

9:30AM EDT


1625 Park Road West
Salisbury, NC US 28144


1st Annual Robert Stephen Gilmore Labor of Love 5K - Presented by The Javon Hargrave Foundation

All proceeds go to support Stephen's Purpose.  This is the first year for the 3.1 mile race in honor of Robert Stephen Gilmore and to raise monies to benefit children who may experience cancer or developmental delays.  This race will benefit children and families in need in our community.  Robert always loved giving back and doing for others, and this is a way to continue this in his honor.

Race Location:  Knox Middle School - 1625 Park Road West, Salisbury, NC  28144 - Take I-85 to Salisbury Exit #76 toward downtown.  Follow Innes Street straight through town to Mahaley Ave (approx 2.5 miles).  Turn right on Mahaley Avenue, then go 0.4 miles to Park Rd.  Turn left on Park Rd.  Knox Middle School will be on your left.

Course:  Mostly Flat, Scenic Course!  See course map below.  Dogs are not allowed on the course with participants.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Start Times: 5K 8:30AM | Fun Run 9:30AM

Race Day Registration:  7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. on site near start/finish - to the left of Knox Middle School

Awards (participants must complete race to receive an award - walkers are eligible for age group awards!):
Top Three Overall—Male and Female in 5K (Overall winners not eligible for Age Group Awards & Awards will not be mailed)
Top Three in Each Age Group—Male and Female in 5K
Top Three Overall in Fun Run (ages 10 & under)
Age Groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & Over

Short-Sleeve T-Shirts for preregistered runners and will be available to registrants on race day while supplies last.

Entry Fee for 5K:  $25 preregistration (by 9-1-23); $30 race day (7:30 – 8:15 a.m.)

Entry Fee for Fun Run (ages 10 & under):  $10 preregistration & race day - 1/2 mile run

Facilities:  Bathrooms available at Horizons Unlimited building behind Knox Middle School.

For more information contact Jill Debose (704) 210-4066, Christal McRae (980) 234-6419, or Ed Brown (704) 232-4100

Timing and scoring of the event will be provided by Salisbury Rowan Runners.

Stephen's Purpose

Stephen’s Purpose, Inc. is a 501(c)3 that began to honor the memory of Robert Stephen Gilmore, a three-time cancer survivor who passed on February 16, 2016 from colon cancer. Stephen was initially diagnosed at 3 years old with a brain tumor (Medulloblastoma). 

​At 15 years old, Stephen was diagnosed with colon cancer as a result of the damage from treatment for the brain tumor. He was known of King Robert at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem because of his love for the other children there. He was lovingly called Stephen for most of his life. 

Stephen was a faithful and inspirational young man who was very passionate. His passion was his love of God, football, LeBron James and The Carolina Panthers. He adopted their motto “Keep Pounding.” As a teen, he decided to start saving his own money for gas cards for other families. 

That led to the SISI’s Robert Stephen Gilmore Childhood Cancer Initiative which gave $25 gas cards to families to help with transportation cost to and from the hospital. In the spring of 2018, Stephen’s Purpose, Incorporated was founded by his mother, Wendy Baskins.

Stephen’s Purpose is committed to S.A.E. (Support, Advocacy and Education) for childhood cancer families and education for the intellectually delayed.

Course Map

Start on the parking lot side of Knox Middle School near Horizons Unlimited.  Exit the parking lot and turn left onto W. Park Road. Continue in front of Knox Middle School then turn right at Hickory Drive, left on E. Park Road, right on W. Park Road, enter Greenway, along the Greenway to Prescott Drive, turn left on Prescott, turn right on Knollwood, turn left on Courtland Drive, turn left on Wake, turn right back onto Prescott. Proceed to end of Prescott, turn around at cul-de-sac and proceed back straight on Prescott and turn right on the Greenway by following the reverse route back to the start/finish line.

The fun run will be 1/2 mile.







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