National Trails Day 5K


National Trails Day 5K/3K2023 National Trails Day 5K/3K
Saturday, June 3

The Recreation Advisory Board will host a family-friendly 5K/3K walk/run as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Check-in on the day of the event starts at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m.

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Designed to raise funds to support the maintenance of current greenways and the development of new greenways throughout Wake Forest, the National Trails Day 5K/3K is a timed walk/run for both children and adults. Strollers are welcome but will be placed at the back of the pack to allow runners a clear start.

Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers, along with the top three male and female finishers in several age categories.

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the 5K:

  • $25 before March 31;

  • $30 from April 1-May 14;

  • $35 from May 15-June 1; and

  • $40 the day before and day of the race.

National Trails Day

The entry fee for the 3K:

  • $20 before March 31;

  • $25 April 1-May 14;

  • $30 May 15-June 1; and

  • $35 the day before and day of the race.

Please note: Registrations will be accepted on the day of the event. Everyone who registers before May 15 will receive a race T-shirt.

Registered participants may pick up their packets on Friday, June 2, from 5-7 p.m. at Joyner Park Community Center. Packets may also be picked up the day of the race from 7-7:45 a.m. near the Joyner Park Amphitheater.

Race Day Schedule 

7-7:45 am

Race Day Registration & Packet Pick-Up 

7:45-8 am


8 am 

Start of 5K Race & 3K Race

National Trails DayConclusion of Race

Awards Ceremony 

Course Description

The USATF certified 5K and 3K courses will be run entirely within Joyner Park. A loop of the paved trails throughout Joyner Park will comprise the 3.1-mile course for the 5K and 1.8 mile course for the 3K. 

5K Course Map

3K Course Map

There will be water stations along the course.

Strollers are welcome but will be placed at the back of the pack.  Parents/guardians are allowed to run alongside participants. 


  • Top overall male/female 5k

  • Top overall male/female 3k

Top male/female in each of the 5K age groups: 

  • 11-19

  • 20-29

  • 30-39

  • 40-49

  • 50-59

  • 60-69

  • 70+

National Trails Day 5K
Special Events Coordinator

E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Road

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