2022 New Year's 5K - Saturday, Jan 1st

Sat January 1, 2022 Directions
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.cvilletrackclub.org/new-years-day-5k.html.

Free Union

Fee (in-person or virtual)
$40 ($35 CTC Member)

*CTC Members receive a $5 discount. Membership must be valid on 1/1/22 to receive discount.

Established in 1976, the Charlottesville Track Club (CTC) is the driving force behind running in Central Virginia Each year, the CTC directs some of the most popular local races including the New Year's Day 5K, Charlottesville Women's 4 Miler, Charlottesville Ten Miler, Bruce Barnes Mile, All-Comers Summer Track Meet Series and Rivanna Greenbelt Marathon​. These well-organized, not-for-profit races attract thousands of runners and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities annually.​

PROCEEDS BENEFIT CTC Skip Kinnier Scholarship Fund

The scholarship is awarded annually by the Charlottesville Track Club to high school seniors. The applicant must live in one of ten counties: Albemarle, Greene, Orange,

Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Nelson, Augusta, Rockingham, or Madison; or the cities within these counties. The applicant must express an interest in running by either being a member of their local high school cross country or track teams, or participate in a Charlottesville Track Club event within the past year. Charlottesville Track Club members, as well as participants of a Charlottesville Track Club event within the past year are eligible regardless of school attended (including private or home school that are located in the ten counties above). The scholarship is based on personal recommendations, academics, and community or extracurricular activities, in that order. It is not based on athletic achievement. If you are awarded this scholarship, it will be sent by the Charlottesville Track Club to the college (2 year or 4-year college) you will attend to be applied to your tuition bill.

Thanks to Blue Ridge Timing for providing chip timing on the Free Union course

Jobs are parking (5) and course guidance (7). Time would be from 8:20 am to noon. Please contact Keith McLaughlin at VermontKM@gmail.com

Jan 1, 2022 starting at 11:00am

Masks are required at all times with the exception of when you're actually out running or walking the 5K course. All volunteers will be masked as well.

Run your 5K anywhere between 12/30/2021 and 1/01/2022.

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR DEFERRALS. NO strollers or dogs will be allowed on the race course.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How hilly is the course?
The course will is relatively flat. 

Will it be a mass start?
No. Participants will start within their expected mile average.   There will be three groups.  

Do I need to wear a mask?
Yes please, you MUST wear a mask anytime you are NOT on the course.

Will there be bathrooms out at Free Union?
Yes. We will have porta-johns with hand sanitizers. 

If I can't make it to Charlottesville, is there another option for me?
Yes, we are also doing a virtual ANYWHERE option!

Should I bring my own water on the day of the race?
That would be very helpful but we will have water on the course and at the finish.

Will there be medical coverage?

Are strollers or baby carriers allowed on the race course?
No. The Charlottesville Track Club follows the guidelines of the Road Runners Club of America. 

Are dogs allowed on the race course?
No. The Charlottesville Track Club follows the guidelines of the Road Runners Club of America. 

It looks like it might rain on race day! What is the weather plan?
The race happens rain or shine, However it may be canceled in the event of snow/ice.  Please dress appropriate for the weather.   .  

I don’t want to run 5K, is it okay if I walk?
YES!  We will have a separate path for walkers only that will be parallel to the runners course.

Is there packet pickup?
YES, there is race day packet pickup at Free Union from 10:00-10:45 am 

Who are the race beneficiaries?
Proceeds benefit Charlottesville Track Club Skip Kinnier Scholarship. 


Can I switch from the Anywhere virtual event to the Foxfield event (or Foxfield to virtual)?
Absolutely! The following link explains how you can transfer events. 
How to transfer events:
How to access your RunSignup profile:


5404 Wesley Chapel Rd, Free Union VA
From Barracks Road Shopping Center take Barracks Rd. west for approx. 1 mi. to the intersection at Georgetown Rd.
Continue straight on Barracks Rd (which becomes Garth Rd./Rt. 601) approx. 4.2 mi. to Hunt Country Store.
Turn Right and continue on Rt. 601 approx. 4.2 mi to Free Union, VA.
As you come out of Free Union continue on Rt. 601 bearing to the left for approx. 75 yards.
Turn left on Millington Rd. for approx. 0.3 mi. and turn right on Wesley Chapel Rd.
Stay on Wesley Chapel for 2.4 miles where you will bear to the right (staying on Wesley Chapel) for 0.1 mi. to the parking area on the left.
As you come down Wesley Chapel you will pass the starting line on the right and Wesley Chapel on the left.
Please do not park anywhere on the side of the road nor in the chapel parking lot. Volunteers will assist you with parking.

Please plan your return route in advance as it's a race day packet pickup in Free Union and there may be limited cell service and GPS access at the race.​



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