1st Day 5K


North Carolina State Parks has been a part of the 1st Day Hikes nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks since 2013.  The goal is to get kids and adults all across North Carolina outdoors  and active on January 1st in a beautiful park setting with the hope that they will continue to do so throughout the year.  This is the second year of the 1st Day 5K at Haw River State Park.  The race will take place on the newest trail to open at the park on the new 800 acre section off of Church Street.  Proceeds will go to the Friends of Haw River State Park and help with educational programming.


When and Where

Sunday January 1st, 2017

Haw River State Park
8305 Oak Arbor Road
Greensboro , NC 27455


Since we are anticipating many more participants than the 30 space parking area can hold, parking for the race will be in a nearby field.  The address is 8305 Oak Arbor Road, Greensboro, NC 27455.  Drive to the end of Oak Arbor Road and continue through a gate into the park.  Parking signs will be placed the day of the race.

Schedule of Events

  • Packet Pickup: 11:00am – 12:45pm
  • Race Start Time: 1:00pm
  • 1st Day Hike: 2:00pm (Free guided hike for those who would like a slower start to their new year and a guided tour!)

Entry Fees

Category Through Dec 1st Through Race Day
Adult (13+) $30 $35
Youth (Under 13) $15 $15

Please sign up before December 18th to guarantee a shirt.  If signing up after December 18th, shirt size availability will be limited.

What You Get With Your Registration

  • Tech long sleeved shirt
  • Post Race food and drinks


Prizes will awarded to the following categories:

  • Top 3 overall Male and Female
  • Top Masters (40+) Male and Female
  • Top 2 in each of the following age groups:
    • 12 and Under Male and Female
    • 13 – 19 Male and Female
    • 20 – 29 Male and Female
    • 30 – 39 Male and Female
    • 40 – 49 Male and Female
    • 50 – 59 Male and Female
    • 60 and Over Male and Female


Course Maps

    The course will start and finish with a long straightaway allowing athletes to spread out before they reach the trail.  Water will be available on the course and the course will be marked with H – Frame signs and volunteers.


Rules & Guidelines

In the event the race should be canceled for reasons beyond the control of the Race Director or Race Committee (inclement weather or unsafe weather conditions; local, state or national emergency), refunds will not be made, but race packets, including race shirts, will be available at a location to be determined. Information will be available on the race website.

Refund Policy: No refunds for any reason will be issued for this event within 30 days of the event start date. Earlier than 30 days before the event, a request may be made for a 50% refund (this will be 50% of entry fee, excluding any processing fees). Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy. To request a refund, please contact us on our Contact page and select “Registration” as the reason for your message.

Transfer policy: Entries can be transferred to another individual for a $5 transfer fee. T-shirt size will not be changeable. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another event or year. To request a transfer, please contact us on our Contact page and select “Registration” as the reason for your message.



Results for this event are available below: