Date March 4, 2017
Start Time 8:00am (both races start at same time)
Location Ninth Street (700 block), Durham, NC 27701
$35 for 10K; $25 for 5K until Jan 6, 2016
$40 for 10K; $30 for 5K from Jan 7 to Feb 3
$45 for 10K; $35 for 5K from Feb 4 to Mar 2
$50 for 10K; $40 for 5k Same Day Registration (space permitting)
T-shirts Race tech t-shirts guaranteed for all runners registered by Feb 10.

Register Here

Changing Race Distances

Participants may change races at packet pick-up on Friday, March 4th (space permitting). You will be asked to pay the difference with cash or check if upgrading to a longer race. Refunds will not be provided if you are downgrading. Please do not change races without letting us know!

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 without changing your registration! Please come to packet pickup prepared to pay the difference if upgrading to the 10-K. No refunds will be provided if you are downgrading to the 5-K run.

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 Florence Forth courses will be the same as the previous 3 years.  Each course has been certified by USATF.  NOTE:  The 5K will be about 100 meters longer than the certified 5K to accommodate a shared starting line with the 10K.  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 [#NC14011DF]

FF_10K_certified course map

5K Certified Course Map  [#NC14012DF]

FF_5K_certified course map

Friday March 3:

3pm – 7pm Pre-race T-shirt and bib # pick up
Urban Durham Realty **NEW LOCATION**
401 Foster St, Durham[Race registration while space remains]

Saturday March 4:

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
8:30am After Party begins near finish area.  (more info)
Kids’ activities begin
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 2018!
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

UPDATED October 17, 2016

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. Below are additional details and a link to the group registration page.

2102 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27705

$119 / night until February 3rd or the block of rooms fills up (which usually happens).

Rooms can be reserved on-line or by calling the hotel at 919-286-0774 and using group code FF17

Residence Inn Durham McPherson

residence-inn-durhamNew this year, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Residence Inn Durham McPherson 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 

$159 / night until February 1st or the block fills up. This rate is for a king studio with sofa bed and kitchen. Breakfast included.

Rooms can be reserve on-line or by calling the hotel at 919-680-4440.


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)


Parking for Florence Forth will in the Duke University R1 lots on Hillsborough Street.

2100 block of Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705

Please enter the primary parking area from Hillsborough Road (blue “P”).  After parking, please cross Hillsborough St near covered bus stop. We will have a marked cross walk and volunteers there to assist with crossing the road safely. Then follow walkway (in purple) to registration area.

Overflow parking in the other green lots on the map below.

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

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



USATF 10K State Championship Prize Money ($2,000 total):

  • Open Men & Women: 1st: $500, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100, 4th: $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.

USA Track & Field links:
For information on becoming a USATF member or team (club), visit these links:
Membership Information & Registration
USATF Club Membership Information & Registration

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


Elite Athlete Entry

Florence Forth is accepting applications for a limited number of elite athlete entries.  Elite Athlete Entries will receive a low bib number, reserved parking, complimentary entry fee and expedited packet-pickup.  A limited number of Elite Entry applications will be accepted on a first-come basis.

To qualify for Elite Athlete status, you must have achieved the following standard within the past 3 years:

Men’s open:  32:00
Men’s masters:  35:00
Women’s open:  37:00
Women’s masters:  40:00

For Elite Athlete status, email Will McDow with name, birth date, gender, and copy of / link to qualifying race result.