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Ultimate Runner

Sat June 29, 2024 Winston Salem, NC 27101 US Directions
37th Annual Ultimate Runner
Countdown to Race Day


$5 off for TCTC Members

Ultimate Runner

$75 4:30PM EDT
15 spots left. Registration ends June 29, 2024 at 11:59am EDT


Mark your calendars now for the 38th Annual Ultimate Runner on June 29, 2024!

Registration opens on April 15, 2024.

Expedited awards process this year. Shirts will be distributed as participants complete the 5K race. At the post race party, awards will be distributed in groups rather than 1 person at a time. 

Race insurance available at the time of registration. See more details below.


Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to escape the ho-hum of ordinary road races.

Five events in one night, four on the track and a 5K cross country. You must complete all five events to get a finishing score and receive the coveted Ultimate Runner t-shirt and a 4.91 Ultimate Runner car decal.  The order of events is 1 mile, 400m, 800m, 100m, 5K XC.  Track events are run in heats based upon submitted seed times.

Registration Info

The field size will be capped at 114 participants based upon the number of heats we can accommodate.  All runners are seeded in heats by their best mile time in the last year. IMPORTANT: If you have questions about your registration, need to drop out, or wish to change your seed time send an email to the race director at

NOTE: Twin City Track Club members receive $5 off registration.  You must have claimed your membership at to receive the discount.   

Post Race Party

 Spend the evening at the post-race awards ceremony at Joymongers Barrel Hall across the street from Hanes Park. All entrants and volunteers are invited. Guests are also welcome for a nominal fee.   Click here for more info!


Bob Sosnik Track at Hanes Park
775 West End Blvd
Winston Salem, NC US 27101

NEW THIS YEAR: Race Insurance

When registering for the race, participants will be given the opportunity to purchase race insurance in the event they are unable to attend the event due to injury, illness, family emergencies, work travel conflicts and more.  See more info about insurance cost by clicking here.

Train for Ultimate Runner at the Summer Track Series

The TCTC Summer Track Series is a great tune-up for the Ultimate Runner Event.  The Summer Track Series (4 meets) is held at the Bob Soznik Track at Hanes Park, near the R.J. Reynolds High School gym in Winston-Salem. For 2024, the first meet is on Wednesday, May 29 and continues on June 5, 12 and 19.  All of the meets start at 6:00 PM. There is no entry fee. You may run as many events as you like. These events are for runners of all abilities and ages. We will have a digital clock set up, but there will be no official timekeeping or records kept.

Click here for more details about the Summer Track Series.

Seed Times

All participants are required to enter an estimate 1 mile race time when registering.  Your estimated mile time will be used for seeding in all events.  Please be realistic --- you don't want to be placed in a heat that is too fast or too slow for you.  If you decide to change your mile seed time after registering, you can self manage this change up until 1 week before the race.  Log into your RunSignUp profile, select Manage Registration and then select Update Question ResponsesMore info here.

Race Day Schedule

3:00 PM             Runner Check-In/Bib Pickup Opens
4:00 PM             Deadline For Bib Pickup (NO EXCEPTIONS)
4:20 PM             Race Announcements
4:30PM              Mile Heats Begin
5:30PM (est.)     400m Heats Begin*
5:50PM (est.)     800m Heats Begin*
6:30 PM (est.)    100m Heats Begin*
7:15 PM (est.)    5K Begins*
8:00 PM (est.)    Post Race Party and Awards

*Note:  We’ll move things along as quickly as possible.  If we get ahead of schedule, then heats will begin earlier than the estimated times shown above.  Keep alert.  Any runner who fails to check-in to their assigned heat on time will be disqualified.

We will not delay the start, and you must check in by 4:00 in order to participate. There are lots of places to park around Hanes Park. Please allow plenty of time for any driving and parking issues.

Ultimate Runner in Runner's World

Ultimate Runner was featured in the April 1997 edition of Runner’s World magazine. Race Director Sandy Wetherhold convinced Runner's World contributing author, Don Kardong, to participate in the 1996 Ultimate Runner competition. The 8-page article was published the next spring.  Kardong was an outstanding runner himself, finishing a close fourth in the marathon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, just three seconds behind the bronze medal winner.

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