Location: Valdese, NC US 28690 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk
Event Time Price Details
5,000 Meter Run
8:00AM EDT
10,000 meter Run
8:00AM EDT
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
9:30AM EDT
312 Massel Avenue
Valdese, NC US 28690

Come out to Valdese and join us for the 39th running of the Great Waldensian Footrace to celebrate the Festival of the Glorious Return. A long-running staple of the August race calendar, the Great Waldensian Footrace features a 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, surrounded by the Historic Valdese Festival. All participants & guests are invited to take a cool, post-race swim in the Valdese Community Pool. Enjoy local crafts, food, and great entertainment throughout the day.

Day of race registration is available from 7:00am to 7:45am. Race day entry fees are $16, or $6 without a race tee shirt.


Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top 3 Overall Male & Female finishers in the 5,000 meter run, 10,000 meter run, and 1 Mile Fun Run. 1 Mile Fun Runners must be aged 13 or under to be eligible for awards.

5K and 10K age group awards will be presented to the top 5 finishers (male and female) in each of the following divisions:  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 and over. 

No duplication of awards.


Refund Policy

We're sorry, but registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE to another person or to a different year. We appreciate your understanding.

Race Contact Info

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Title Sponsors

The Title Sponsors of the Great Waldensian Footrace are the Historic Valdese Foundation and the Town of Valdese


Packet Pickup & Race Day Registration

Race packets will be available for pickup at the Valdese Community Center starting at 7:00am the morning of the race. Race day registration will also be available through 7:45am. If you are planning to register at the race, please arrive early: registration will close promply at 7:45am to ensure an on-time start!


Post-Race Activities

The Valdese Community Center pool will be available to all registered participants and their guests. Afterwards, please stay and enjoy the Historic Valdese Festival -- 

  • FUN
  • FOOD
  • ARTS