Date March 7, 2020
Start Time 8:00am (both races start at same time)
Location Ninth Street (700 block), Durham, NC 27701
$25 for 5K; $35 for 10K until January 10, 2020
$30 for 5K; $40 for 10K until February 7th
$35 for 5K; $45 for 10K until March 4th
$40 for 5k; $50 for 10K Packet Pickup & Same Day Registration (space permitting)
T-shirts Florence Forth shirts guaranteed for all runners registered by Feb 14

Register Here

Changing Race Distances

Participants may change their race distance until February 7th. Additional charge may apply.

After February 7, participants may be able to change race distance at packet pickup on Friday March 6th (space permitting). You will be asked to pay the difference if moving to a longer race. Refunds will not be provided if you are moving to shorter race.

Refunds & Transfer Policy

All registration fees are non-refundable. Event registrations are non-transferable between individuals or years. Runners may be able to change categories from the 10-K to the 5-K run and visa versa (as described above).

Do not run a different distance than shown on your race bib! 

Weather & Cancellation Policy

Races are held rain or shine, unless the Florence Forth race directors determine that conditions are too dangerous. This will be based on a prudent decision made race week or race day by Florence Forth and local law enforcement officials. If the race is canceled due to inclement weather there will be neither refunds nor transfers. This position is consistent with USA Track & Field recommendations and with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of running. In the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances Florence Forth race directors reserve the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race.


No dogs are allowed on the race course. Baby strollers are allowed but are asked to begin at the back of the race and be considerate of other runners. No skates, rollerblades, scooters or other wheeled vehicles are allowed on the race course.

The start and finish lines will be on Ninth Street, Durham (in the 700 block).

10K Course on MapMyRun


5K Course on MapMyRun


10K Certified Course Map [#NC18001BDS]

5K Certified Course Map  [#NC14012DF]

FF_5K_certified course map

Friday March 6:

3pm – 7pm Pre-race T-shirt and bib # pick up
Hilton Garden Inn
2102 W Main St, Durham[Race registration while space remains]

Saturday March 7:

6:30am – 7:45am Race day T-shirt and bib # pick up AT START/FINISH AREA
[Race Day Registration available while space remain available]
7:45am Line up for 10K and 5K races
7:55am Welcome and announcements
8:00am 10K and 5K start
Kids activities by Art Post at Yoga Off East
8:30am Post-race activities begin at finish area.  (more info)
9:15am 1st Call for Kids’ Cape Dash
9:30am Finish line closes
9:35am Kids’ Cape Dash
Consider having brunch at restaurants on Ninth Street after the race.
10:30am After party wraps up. See you in 2021!!
11:30am Patient & Family lunch for autoimmune encephalitis patients and their family. For More Information 


After the race, join your friends, family, other runners and walkers and race volunteers on Ninth Street for food, music and kids’ activities.


Activities for kids will include

  • Kids Cape Dash down main street
  • Creative fun games such as hula hoops, bean bags and balls
  • Art projects and letter writing for sick kids at Duke Children’s Hospital
  • Florence Forth face painting

Hilton Garden Inn

This year, we have reserved special room rates at two nearby hotels. Please note that Florence Forth again occurs on the same day as the Duke-UNC basketball game. We encourage all out-of-town participants to make reservations early.

Hilton Garden Inn Durham / University Medical Center

Again this year, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn located just steps away from the Florence Forth starting line on Ninth Street. Rooms are available Friday and/or Saturday night.

2102 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27705

$139 / night until February 1, 2019 or the block of rooms fills up (which usually happens).

Rooms can be reserved through this website or by calling the hotel at 919-286-0774 and using group name “Florence Forth Race 2020”


residence-inn-durhamResidence Inn Durham McPherson

We are reaching out to the Residence Inn Durham McPherson to explore options for a block rate. The Residence Inn is located about three-quarters of a mile from the start / finish. For those who have run before, this hotel is located at the split for the 5k and 10k runners and within walking distance of downtown. We anticipate the Residence Inn will offer a shuttle service on race morning.

1108 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701 

Rooms can be reserved by calling the hotel at 919-680-4440.

Cambria Hotel Durham

We are also reaching out to the Cambria Hotel Durham is a recently renovated, boutique style hotel located near the Duke University Medical Center and 1 mile from the start/finish area of the race. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle and should be able to offer service on race morning.

2306 Elba Street, Durham, NC 27705

$99 / night until February 9th or the block fills up.

Rooms can be reserved by calling the hotel at 919-286-3111 and using group name “Florence Forth Road Race 2018”


Other Hotels in the area include:

King’s Daughters Inn (0.8 mile from Ninth Street – Start/Finish area)

Hampton Inn & Suites (1.6 mile from Ninth street – Start/Finish area)

Holiday Inn Express (1.6 miles from Ninth Street – Start/Finish area)

Several downtown hotels include Aloft Downtown Durham, 21c Museum Hotel, The Durham Hotel and Durham Marriott City Center.  Each of these is about 1.5 miles from the start/finish

NOTE: The approximate distances identified do not include distance to race day parking. (See details below)

Race Day Parking at Duke Lot

Parking at Florence Forth this year will be in the Duke University R1 lots on Hillsborough Street, 2100 block of Hillsborough Rd // Durham, NC 27705

Driving directions provided here from Greensboro, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Richmond.

After parking, follow the purple routes from your parking area to registration area. If parking at the Duke lot, please use caution crossing Hillsborough Rd.

NOTE: NO race day Parking in the Harris Teeter parking lot.


USATF NC 2020 10K State Championships

Logo1USATF 10K State Championship Prize Money ($2,400 total):

  • Open Men & Women: 1st: $400, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $150, 4th: $100, 5th: $50
  • Masters Men & Women: 1st: $100, 2nd: $50

To be eligible for USATF awards, athletes must be full time 12 month resident of NC and a member of the USATF North Carolina Association.  USATF eligibility will be verified after the race. Cash prizes will be mailed to winners after eligibility has been confirmed for all USATF award winners and final verification of times and placement.

If you have any questions or need assistance with membership, please email Jason Bryant or Jordan Zwick.

Elite Athlete Entry

Florence Forth accepts a limited number of elite athlete entries each year. Additional information on elite entry and to submit an invitation request.