Johnston Health Champions 5K & 10K

Sat April 13, 2019 Smithfield, NC US 27577 Directions

10K Run

9:00AM EDT
509 N. Brightleaf Blvd
Smithfield, NC US 27577

Welcome to the 8th Annual Johnston Health CHAMPIONS 5K & 10K event presented by HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center. It is a timed run and fun walk event for all ages and fitness levels – definitely family, dog and stroller friendly.

NEW! The Champions 5K/10K is now a part of the Johnston Health Race Series. Now, you can register for both the Champions 5K/10K (April 13, 2019) and the Gobble Waddle 5K/10K (November 16, 2019) in one transaction. Two great races for two great causes - the Johnston Health Foundation Heart Fund & Healthy Kids Fund. Race series participants will receive a special long-sleeved commemorative t-shirt upon completion of both events.

Both events feature
1) USATF Certified Courses.
2) Accurate electronic timing.
3) A timer, t-shirt, snacks, water, awards, and other sponsor goodies for all participants.

Before the Champions 5K/10K

  • Thursday, February 28: Early Registration for the Champions 5K/10K closes at 11:59pm
  • Thursday, April 11: Online registration closes for the Champions 5K/10K at 5pm (note: Gobble Waddle registration will remain live)
  • Friday, April 12 | 7am - 7pm: Champions 5K/10K Packet Pick Up Day at HealthQuest. You don't have to check in at the event if you pick up your race packet on April 12. The packet will include your t-shirt, race bib with timer chip, pins and event day information. Pre-event offline registrations will also be accepted.

Champions 5K/10K Event Schedule - Saturday, April 13

  • 8:00 - 8:45am: On-site registration & participant check-in.  Have selfie & team photos taken.  Visit sponsor tents and the Kids Zone.  Honor your loved ones by writing their names on our Tribute Wall.
  • 8:40am: Opening program
  • 8:50am: Warm ups
  • 9:00am: Race kick off; (1st wave: Runners; 2nd Wave- Dogs Runners; 3rd wave: Walkers; 4th wave: Dog Walkers).
  • Awards will be presented as participants arrive back to the race site. Enjoy sponsor stations, healthy snack, cool-down exercises, and games for the kids!

Gobble Waddle 5K/10K

  • Tuesday, September 3: Early registration closes at 11:59pm
  • Thursday, November 14: Online registration closes at 5:00pm
  • Saturday, November 16: Race begins at 9:00am



  • Top three 5K runners in the male and female categories
  • Top three 10K runners in the male and female categories
  • Top three registered dogs in both male and female owner categories
  • The top three finishers of the 5K event in each age division in both male and female categories
    • 9 and under
    • 10 - 12
    • 13 - 14
    • 15 - 18
    • 19 - 29
    • 30 - 39
    • 40 - 49
    • 50 - 59
    • 60 - 69
    • 70 - 79
    • 80 and older

The following special awards will also be given

  • Most Creative Team Name
  • Largest Team
  • Most Creative Outfit
  • The Fast & The Furriest Cutest Dog Award
  • Champion Spirit Award (for an individual with high energy and enthusiasm)


  • Need information? You may approach anyone in bright green event shirts, visit our information tent or ask for event day info sheets from our greeters.
  • First aid for humans is available at the registration tent; First aid for dogs is available at the Pet Zone tent.
  • Parking is free and we will have a shuttle from the parking area to the event site.
  • All dogs must be sociable and friendly and be on a fixed / non-retractable leash, and owners are required to pick up after their dogs throughout the duration of the event. Poops bags and trash cans will be available at the Pet Zone. Dog water stations will be available along the route, and dog snacks will be given after the event.
  • This is a rain or shine fundraising event. Last minute changes based on weather will be posted on the Johnston Health Foundation's Facebook page.

All entry fees are non-refundable and include a participant t-shirt, snacks, water, timer, and transaction fees. Preferred t-shirt sizes are not guaranteed for those registering after March 15. Online registration closes on April 11 at 5pm. Onsite registration will be available on April 13 at 8am.

5K Run/Walk
Before February 28, 2019: $30 per person
March 1 - April 13: $35 per person

5K Dog Run/Walk
Entry fees also include a doggie bandanna. Each runner/walker can register 1 dog and the dog must be on a fixed leash at all times.
Before February 28, 2019: $35 per person
March 1 - April 13: $40 per person

10K Run
Before February 28, 2019: $40 per person
March 1 - April 13: $45 per person 

Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels. For more information on sponsorships, contact the Johnston Health Foundation at 919-938-7169 or

For event updates, please LIKE the Johnston Health Foundation on Facebook.
Text JHraces to 41411 to get event reminders.
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Race Website

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Race Contact Info

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5K/10K Courses

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Due to recent rain, both of the original 5K and 10K race routes along the Buffalo Creek Greenway have flooded. With more rain in the forecast, we are implementing our "plan B" route, which avoids the greenway completely.


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Presenting Sponsor
Start Line Sponsor
Finish Line Sponsor
Walk 'n Wag Sponsor
5K Race Sponsor
Work Out Plaza Sponsor
Tribute Wall Sponsor
Refreshment Sponsor
Hydration Station Sponsor
Team Sponsor
We Are Health Champions Sponsors
Trail Marker Sponsor
In-Kind Sponsor