Sadly, next month’s 10th annual Run for Peace/Walk for Wellness will be canceled.
For the last couple years, the City has increased the requirements needed to secure a special events permit. The staff time and costs to meet the requirements were increasingly more and more burdensome. Then, two weeks ago, with all our paperwork turned in, we were notified that we could not receive our permit unless we closed our entire course to all traffic to protect the safety of all participants and public. Given that our event is through several neighborhoods, this is an impossible request to meet. We have tried to resolved this issue, but we have not been able to come to an agreeable solution. Therefore, given we are only a few weeks away from the event, canceling our event seems to be the most prudent thing to do. While public safety is an important concern, and one we certainly took seriously for our 9 years of event coordination, we are extremely frustrated with this entire one-size-fits-all process now in place that is not able to adapt to the diverse nature of each event. Given our size and location, there’s no incentive for the City to see an event like ours succeed. In fact, there’s enough stacked up against us that it seems like the City would rather we just go away. And, in the end, I guess, the City wins this race.
We are so very sorry to do this as this was a great community builder for our parish and neighborhoods and raised money for our Fr. David McBriar Endowment for Justice and Peace to support our outreach to those in need in our Raleigh/Wake community. Thank you for supporting this event all these years.
Given the violence and discrimination in today’s world, there are so many opportunities to work for peace and healing of our community. We hope that you find something meaningful to do in the name of peace and wellness. If you’d still like to donate to our McBriar Endowment to support our outreach, you can send a donation to the following: David McBriar Endowment, 11401 Leesville Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27613.
As we look to next year and beyond, we will be exploring ways to resurrect a community event for peace. Possible ideas have included a concert, a walk/run course around campus, a golf tournament, and symposium. If you have some ideas or would want to be part of a committee to explore what this looks like, let Trevor Thompson know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Run For Peace Race Description
The 5k run/walk will start at 8am in the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church (11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC) parking lot and proceed through local neighborhoods before looping back around and back toward the church. Baby joggers are permitted. No pets, bicycles, skates, or skateboards allowed.
The kids fun run will begin at 9:15am.
The entry fee for the 5K is $30 and includes a t-shirt. There is no fee for the kid’s fun run, but parents must register their children and sign a waiver either at either the pre-race packet pickup or on race day.
After May 6th, the fee is $35 up to and including race day. The fee includes a t-shirt, guaranteed to those registered by May6th. After that date, it will be “as available.”
Race packets can be picked up and late entrants can register in front of the middle school at 11401 Leesville Road on Friday, May 20, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm or on race day beginning at 7 am.
All proceeds from the St. Francis Run for Peace/Walk for Wellness benefit the David J. McBriar Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace, which helps fund ministries that support and work in the Triangle Community. For more information about St. Francis of Assisi visit www.stfrancisraleigh.org.
Refund, Transfer and Weather Policy
No refunds are available for this event, your registration fees are for charity.