Carry Your Cross 5K

April 3, 2021 Candler, NC 28715 US Directions
Looking to be challenged physically and spiritually?


9:00AM EDT

Kids 1K

10:15AM EDT
The 2020 Carry Your Cross 5K has been cancelled

New Date: April 3, 2021

UPDATE: March 17, 2020
In light of the recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 - it’s no surprise that the Carry Your Cross 5K - scheduled for April 11, 2020 -  has been Cancelled for 2020.
We will press ahead with plans to host the 10th Annual CYC5K next year on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

For currently registered participants, you have 2 options.
Option 1: defer your race registration to 2021
Option 2: get a refund of your $25 race registration fee
Please select your preferred option below.

As you know, this race is a special family tradition for many of our participants on Easter weekend. We are so disappointed that our 10th event will have to wait, but we trust that none of this surprises our Lord. While many churches have cancelled services, you are invited to join Pole Creek Baptist Church on-line to view our services in the coming weeks. Visit to watch live or join us on Facebook live.

Running the race set before us,

Jane Cannon

Here Are Your Options:

Your Entry will be Deferred to the 10th Annual Carry Your Cross 5K on Saturday - April 3rd.
We will contact you with any/all applicable instructions. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Your entry free will be credited to the credit card you used to sign up in 1 - 5 days. We hope to see you at the 10th Annual CYC5K - Saturday April 3, 2021.


Looking to be challenged physically and spiritually?… join us for the 2020 Carry Your Cross 5K, 1K Kid’s Run, and Little Kid’s (Ages 2-5) Fun Run - Saturday April 11th. Always held on Easter Saturday - 5K participants carry a 4ft length of 2×4 lumber across your back for the final 2/10 of a mile – uphill! Come join us for a run that you won't soon forget.

Free Child Care for ages 2-12 while parents participate

Run solo or with your Church Team Challenge teammates.
Teams of four run on behalf of your church. The best team will win the coveted Carry Your Cross Team Trophy and bragging rights for one year as fastest church team.  Check out the details below.  


Special Commemerative Awards to:

  • Top 3 Male/Female Overall
  • Top 3 Male/Female Masters [40+]
  • Top 3 Male/Female in the following Age Groups:
  • 12+ under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 +

KIDS 1K AWARDS to the Top 3 Male/Female Overall 


Saturday - April 11th

  • 7:00 - 8:45    Packet Pick Up and Onsite Registration in the Family Life Center (gym).
  • 9:00              5K START
  • 10:00 +/-       Kids 1K START
  • 10:20 +/-       Little Kids Fun Run
  • 10:30            5K Awards Ceremony
Church Team Challenge

Up for a friendly challenge??

Put together your best team of four (4) runners. The church team with the best combined time will win the coveted Carry Your Cross Team Trophy and bragging rights for the year as a the "Fastest Church Team".

Anyone can set up a Church Team. [Do so when you register.] This person will be the "Captain". Invite other runners can join your team. Each team is limited to four (4) team members. Have 8 -12-16 runners from your church? Set up multiple teams!

All four (4) team members must finish the 5K for your team to included in the Church Team Challenge.

Note: all participants in the Church Team Challenge are also included in the Overall and Age Group scoring/results.

Need help setting up a team - send us a note via the Contact link.

The Kids 1K is FREE. However - we do ask that each child be registered online or onsite. T-shirts are available for purchase.

The Kids 1K gives children age 6 and up a taste of the Carry Your Cross 5K in that the children will run down and back up the final leg of the 5K course but do not have to carry a cross unless they choose one.

Parents be advised that this 1K course does take children onto a road that is not closed to traffic; however, it is a VERY low traffic side street and course marshals will be present to help direct runners. You are welcome to run this with your child.

Medals will be given to the top 3 male and female runners in this Fun Run.

You will still have to check in on race day to get a name tag for your child if you plan on using the free child care during the 5K.

Race Contact Info

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Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Pole Creek Baptist Church
96 Snow Hill Church Rd
Candler, NC US 28715

We are thrilled to dedicate the proceeds from our race to a local ministry.

At Pole Creek Baptist Church we encourage, educate and provide opportunities for our people to engage and support many ministries.  Visit to learn more or download the Pole Creek app.

FREE: The Little Kids Fun Run is a short race for children age 2-5. Children age 2-3 run one lap and then children age 4-5 run two laps. This race will begin after the Kids 1K is finished approximately at 10:20am so that parents can watch all of their children run!

We provide childcare during the 5K so that adults can participate too! T-shirts will be available for purchase on race day.


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