Run the Quay: Two Decades of Dashing

The starting pistol is about to go off for the annual Run the Quay! Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the race offers 5K and 10K, and even virtual, course options — as well as the 15-Quay Challenge Event, which invites participants to run the 5K and 10K courses back-to-back — at an event produced by the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, which has become a fixture on the community calendar.

Runners of all ages are welcome to dart through Historic Downtown Fuquay-Varina in the family-friendly event, with a 7 a.m. start time for the 10K, followed by the 5K course at 8:30 a.m. The Kids Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. (sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Lions Club) on the Fuquay-Varina Middle School football field follows awards presentations and offers both a 100-yard dash and 1-mile race.

Registration for all races closes May 31. Runners can pick up their race packets starting at 6 a.m. on race day, but onsite registration will not be available.

Presented by John Hiester Chevrolet of Fuquay-Varina, and with Downtown Fuquay-Varina Rotary Club as the 2024 charity partner, local businesses and community groups will be present for what organizers expect to be the biggest race in its two-decade history.

According to Race Director and Committee Chair Lisa Schreiner, “Newcomers can expect enthusiastic volunteers and community support. We have a vendor village for participants and their families to interact with local business owners who support the event. We have a DJ and music that make for a party-like atmosphere at the finish line. Race day is always hot, humid, hilly, and FUN!”

With an afterparty hosted by the Mason Jar Lager Company — which will provide all over-21 participants, sponsors, and volunteers with a free 16 oz. beer, Kooldown Kolsch, which was specially brewed in honor of the event and named by public votes — and food trucks present all day, the fun doesn’t have to end when the pounding of pavement stops.

Saturday, June 1. Start time at 7 a.m. for 10K, 8:30 a.m. start time for 5K, Kids Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. $35 for 5K, $45 for 10K, $55 for 15K. Fuquay-Varina Presbyterian Church, 309 N. Ennis Street.

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