Race to the River 5K & Fun Run

Sat September 24, 2022 Spencer, NC 28159 US Directions
To Benefit Rowan County Creek Week 2022
Spencer Town Hall
460 S. Salisbury Avenue
Spencer, NC US 28159
Join us for the 1st Annual Race to the River 5K & Fun Run in conjunction with Rowan County Creek Week 2022!
Race to the River 5K:  Rowan Creek Week's first annual Race to the River 5K will begin near Spencer's Town Hall at the intersection of S. Yadkin Avenue and 4th Street in Spencer.  The race will end at the old site of the North Carolina Finishing Plant at the Yadkin River - site of Spencer's future Yadkin River Park Trailhead.
5K Course:  Race will start behind Spencer Town Hall heading Northeast on S. Yadkin Avenue towards 5th Street.  Runners will turn right onto Cain Street and then take a left onto US-29 North until they reach the finish.  Transportation will be provided back to Spencer Town Hall.
Rowan Moves:  All Rowan Moves members are eligible to sign up at the discounted link above!!  If you are a Rowan County resident and not already involved in Rowan Moves, please click HERE to check out the website, join the county-wide initiative to get people movin', and become eligible to register for the Race to the River 5K at a discounted price! 
Race to the River Fun Run:  Following the 5K, a 1/2-mile fun run will be held, starting at the Yadkin River Park (1212 Wil-Cox Way, Linwood, NC  27299) on the Davidson County side of the Wil-Cox Bridge.  Runners will run across the Wil-Cox Bridge to the Rowan County side.
Shirts:  Each participant will receive a shirt.
Awards -  Following the races at Davidson County Yadkin River Park:
5K - Top 3 Overall Male & Female as well as First Place in each age group Male & Female:  10 & Under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 & Over
Fun Run - Top 3 Overall ages 12 and under
Race-Day Registration ($20-5k / $15-5k-Rowan Moves / $10-Fun Run) & Check-In / Packet Pick Up:  3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - at Spencer Town Hall with Medication-Take Back and other booths
All proceeds benefit Rowan Creek Week.
Timing and scoring for the 5K will be provided by Salisbury Rowan Runners.
Race Beneficiary - Rowan Creek Week

Creek Week is a week-long celebration of local waters throughout North Carolina. This year, Rowan Creek Week will be September 17th-24th. In conjunction with multiple organizations and local municipal departments, Creek Week offers recreational, educational, and volunteer opportunities to allow everyone to enjoy and contribute to healthy waters in our area.

Schedule of Events

3:30 PM - Reception Start and Registration Opens at Spencer Town Hall with Medication-Take Back and other booths

4:45 PM - Pedal Factory Bike Ride Begins with the Pedal Factory in downtown Spencer

5:00 PM - 5K Starts at Spencer Town Hall

6:00 PM - Fun Run Starts at Wilcox Bridge at Davidson County River Park

6:15 PM - Awards at Wil-cox Bridge at Davidson County Yadkin River Park

7:00 PM - Paddle Starts with Row Co River Adventures at Wil-cox Bridge at Davidson County Yadkin River Park

Reception - Spencer's Big Green Deal

For the reception, join the Town of Spencer at its new Town Hall (460 S. Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, NC 28159) for a reception and presentations on the Town’s “Big Green Deal” happening in northern Rowan County’s Big Green Nation – Spencer’s grand vision for recreational and green spaces to connect the Yadkin River to Spencer and surrounding communities. Presentations will highlight the Town’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan and projects such as the Yadkin River Park Trailhead, Park Plaza Park, Fred and Alice Stanback Educational Forest expansion, 8th Street Ballpark renovations, and future town greenway and bikeway plans.

Medication Take Back Event

The Town of Spencer, Spencer Police Department, Rowan County Government's Soil and Water Conservation District, the Rowan County Sheriff's Department, Rowan County Public Health and HOPE Rowan will be hosting a Medication Take- Back from 3:30-5:00 PM the day of the race. For more information on the types of medication you can drop off, please visit the Rowan County Public Health website, found here.

Pedal Factory Bike Ride

Join the Pedal Factory for a bike ride from downtown Spencer to the Yadkin River Park. Meet at Spencer Town Hall (460 S. Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, NC 28159) in Park Plaza. The peloton will depart promptly at 4:45 pm. Participants need to BYO bikes and helmets, or rentals are available. Advance signup is required. More information, contact the Pedal Factory at (704) 870-7145 or visit the Rowan County Creek Week Website: RowanCreekWeek.org

Row Co River Adventures Sunset Paddle

Join Row Co River Adventures for a guided group sunset paddle along the Yadkin River. The group will meet and launch at the York Hill Boat Access at Yadkin River Park at 7:00pm. Approximate trip is a 2-mile, 1/2-hour, easy paddle. Row Co River Adventures will be providing kayak rentals for the event. Participants can rent a single kayak for $15 and a double kayak for $25. Have your own equipment? Join us at no cost. Advance signup is required. To book a rental please contact Nicky at Row Co River Adventures at (704) 433-1066 or email rowco@rowcoriveradventures.com. All proceeds will be donated to Rowan County Creek Week.

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