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Sunrise Run on the Greenway

Sat September 9, 2023 Morganton, NC 28655 US Directions


5K Run

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

10K Run

8:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Student Fitness Challenge - Fun Run

9:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Race Events Have Been Cancelled For This Year (2023)

Due to rising costs and lack of participation the Historic Morganton Festival, Inc Board of Directors has made the tough decision to cancel the 2023 races.


This event has been canceled for the year 2023.


Test your endurance during the Morganton Festival's annual Sunrise Run on the Greenway, hosted by the Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. It takes place on the morning of Saturday, September 9, along a beautiful stretch of the Catawba River Greenway.

The morning will start with tunes from local DJ that will surely get your blood pumping bright and early. So whether you are a runner or just the support group, there will be fun to be had by all!

The most popular and highly anticipated, Student Fitness Challenge, will see Elementary and Middle School students run for their school at 9:30am. This challenge is offered to Burke County Elementary and Middle Schools and is an opportunity to garner $200 for their physical education programs by having at least 10 participants complete the sunrise on mile fun run/walk; the school with the most finishers will receive an additional $500 for their program! Students must register online OR through their PE Teachers by 5:00pm on Friday, September 1st; registration per student is $7.00 and includes a t-shirt! - No late entries accepted for the Student Fitness Challenge\Fun Run

Pre-registration and packet pickup will occur at the race site between 5:00pm and 6:00pm at Catawba Meadows on Friday, September 8th. Follow the signs! You can also sign up for the 5K or 10K race during pre-registration and race day (until 7:30am).

After the race, be sure to stop in Downtown Morganton and attend the Morganton Festival 

Trophies awarded to overall winners in the 1 mile fun run, 5K and 10K.
Medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female winners in the following age categories for the 5K & 10k: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.
And in the 1 mile fun run/Student Fitness Challenge: 5 and under, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14+

If you are interested in the race routes, click the links here for route details: 5K [NC11083PH] and 10K [NC11084PH]. 


Catawba Meadows Park
701 Sanford Drive
Morganton, NC US 28655

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