FROM THE RACE ORGANIZERS
A record field of 214 runners and walkers signed up for this event in 2017. Nelson Martinez led all finishers in 18:45 setting a new course record in the process. Heather Dunkerley was the top woman finisher in 24:52. Lane Dickinson (22:04) holds the women’s course record set in 2013.
The race takes place in the Walnut Creek subdivision in Goldsboro with the 5K beginning at 3:30 pm and the one mile starting 30 minutes later. The address for your GPS is 103 Village Drive in Goldsboro.
The event is in honor of Piper Wilhide. In the words of Haleigh Wilhide, the race director and Piper’s mother:
On October 17, 2012, my life changed. My husband’s life changed. Our family’s lives changed. Our precious daughter Piper, who just days earlier was told she had a perfect two-week checkup, was diagnosed with Stage III Neuroblastoma at just 4 weeks old. We quickly absorbed that Piper wasn’t the only one with cancer; this disease was going to affect and change all of our lives. The battle had begun!
Our hearts are full of gratitude and sincere appreciation for the endless acts of kindness shown to our family throughout our journey. We cannot thank our family, friends and strangers enough. Specifically, Riley’s Army and the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC are two charities that we “promised” to give back to once Piper was healed.
Piper has been declared NED (No Evidence of Disease) since February 2013, and we are on a mission to give back to those that gave to us! Please come celebrate and help us pay it forward at this the 6th Annual Piper’s Promise 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run! Last year’s event was a GREAT success, and we hope for an even larger turnout this year!
The entry fees are $25 for the 5K and $15 for the mile. On race day, the 5K fee will be $30. T-shirts are included with the entry fee – sizes are guaranteed to all those registered by September 10th. After that date it will be as available.
In the 5K, awards will be presented to the first three males overall, to the first three females overall, and to the top three in each of the following age groups: (both sexes) 12-under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-over.
In the mile, awards will be presented to the first three males overall and to the first three females overall who are ages 12 or under.