The Buddy Run benefits the NEW (North East Wake) Backpack Buddies, Wake Forest Presbyterian Backpack Buddies (serving Wakefield area schools), and Wake Forest United Methodist Backpack Buddies (serving Heritage Elementary).
Through the kindness of volunteers and generous donors, Backpack Buddies collects food and provides children with 7 meals each weekend of the school year. These children may not have a regular meal outside of school without the support of Backpack Buddies.
On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the 5th annual Buddy Run and food drive will bring our friends and neighbors together to help feed children right here in our community!
Our race features a 3.1-mile run through Heritage Wake Forest, in addition to 2'ish-mile Roller Run (for scooters and skates), a 1-mile family walk and a 50’ish yard itty-bitty-buddy-dash.
In collaboration with the North East Wake Backpack Buddies, Wake Forest Elementary School, and Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, proceeds from this event are divided among the Rolesville, Wake Forest, and Wakefield Backpack Buddy programs. Together over 250 children are fed!
Where: Heritage Wake Forest, Wake Forest, NC 27587
- 50’ish meter Itty Bitty Buddy Dash for runners 6 and under
- 1-mile Family Walk (untimed)
- 2'ish-mile Roller Run for roller skaters, bladers, boarders and scooter-ers of all ages (no bikes please)
- 3.1 chip-timed course through Heritage Wake Forest
- Race-weekend food drive to collect Buddy-friendly food to stock the shelves of our local programs
- A morning of fun, fitness, friends, family and feeding hungry children in our schools
It is our hope that we will continue to donate 100% of our entry fees directly to the local Backpack Buddies programs!
Buddy Run 5k Pricing:
The last day to register online for the Buddy Run 5k is Tuesday, September 24, 2013. On-site registration may be available if this event is not full, but your best bet is to register online.
Buddy Run 2-Mile Roller Run & 1-Mile Family Walk Pricing:
The last day to register online for the Buddy Run 2-Mile Roller Run & 1-Mile Family Walk is Tuesday, September 24, 2013. On-site registration may be available if this event is not full, but your best bet is to register online.
Race Day Information
We will have a donation truck setup on race day and are asking people to bring a pre-packaged, easy-to-open, non-perishable food item that is appropriate and healthy for small children. This is a great way to get kids involved in community service. Let them pick out their favorite (healthy) food item and give that to a child who is truly hungry!
Parking is available at the Harris Teeter parking lot on Rogers Road and Heritage Lakes Drive. If you live in Heritage Wake Forest please try to walk or ride your bike to this event and save parking for those traveling to our neighborhood.
Race day timeline
- 7:00 am Packet pickup & food drive begin
- 8:00 am 2-mile Roller Run
- 8:05 am 1-mile Family Walk
- 8:30 am 3.1 chip-timed run
- 9:30 am Awards
Packet Pickup will be Friday, September 27 from 4-7pm at Dirty Dogs (929 Heritage Lake Road in Wake Forest), and Saturday, September 28 from 7-8am at the race site.
- Collectors edition 5-year Buddy Run t-shirt
- Buddy Run dog tags for all kids
Top 3 Overall Male/Female
Top 3 Age Groups
- 8 and under
Contact Rebecca Warriner at Rebecca@MilesIntoSmiles.com for questions or click the Volunteer button to register as a volunteer and we will contact you 2 weeks before the race.
Refund, Transfer and Weather Policy
No refunds are available for this race! If you are unable to race, we thank you for your donation to help feed hungry children in our area. Your race entry fee will fill 2-3 backpacks!