Backpack Buddies 5K Run

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Calling all 5K and 1 mile runners! The second annual downtown Cartersville 5K and 1 Mile Road Races are set for Saturday August, 25 2018. The funds raised from this race benefit Backpack Buddies, and is sponsored by The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, Anytime Fitness of Cartersville, & Modern Woodmen Financial, Garth Gherardini.The 5K race will start and finish in Downtown Cartersville, with a fast 5K route encircling downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.  The 5K is a certified 5K course (Certification #GA18034WC) and is a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier! Please plan to hang around afterwards for age group awards presentations, while you enjoy vendor tents, music, and craft beer!  An awesome way to start your weekend!  


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Preregistration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 Mile. Be sure to pre-register to guarantee your t-shirt size! 

Your pre-race packet pick-up will be on Friday, August 24th from 10 AM – 6 PM at Anytime Fitness in Cartersville. The address is 10 Slope Dr. off N. Tennessee Street, and is next to the AMC Movie Theater.

Event details
  • 7 AM: Day-of registration open up
  • 8 AM: 5K begins
  • 8:45 AM: 1 Mile begins

Please note the Start and Finish lines are in separate locations. Staging area (including event parking and race day registration) will be located in the large parking lot between The Bartow County Courthouse and Sam Jones Methodist Church. The address is 135 West Cherokee Ave., Cartersville GA, 30120, and is in downtown Cartersville. This location is approximately one block from the downtown finish line location. Race day registration will also be located in the adjacent Bartow County Courthouse Parking lot located directly across Church Street behind the Courthouse.  Starting Line is located at the intersection(s) of Church Street and Bartow Street, facing South on Church. Finish Line is located inside Friendship Plaza off of Cherokee Ave. 

All runners must complete the attached wavier prior to race start.

Pre-race packet pick-up will take place on Friday, August 24th, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Anytime Fitness location in Cartersville located at 10 Slope Dr. off N. Tennessee Street, next to the AMC Movie Theater.

Race Route

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The 5K IS a CERTIFIED 5K COURSE and is a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier!