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The second half of the Run Kannapolis Series is underway. There are only three runs left in 2017. Over 1,000 people have joined us this year to walk and run in the series.

Run Kannapolis is part of the City of Kannapolis’ Discover a Healthy Life brand and cosponsored by Carolinas Healthcare System. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in a unique series featuring the best 5K runs/walks in the city. Each run is held in Downtown Kannapolis and hosted by a nonprofit in the City who benefits from the entry fees.

The First Knight 5K is a virtual 5k. It can be completed at any time at any location of the participant’s choice by the end of the year. However, we do ask that you register by October 14 to let us know you will be participating in this virtual run. The First Knight 5K believes in the honor system, so no proof is required for your race completion. However, we encourage you to post pictures, videos, etc. to social media using the hashtag #runkannpolis to share your experience with other participants who are completing the 5K. Funds from this run will be used by the Kannapolis Rotary Club for the Early Act First Knight Program that teaches students what it means to put service before self.

The inaugural Fall Back 5K is a new and exciting event which starts and ends on the beautiful NC Research Campus. The run will start at 1:50 a.m. on November 5th. (The run will take place during the time change, which happens at 2 a.m. For example, if you run a 30 minute 5K, your finish time will be around 1:20 a.m.) We’ll have lots of fun staying awake and falling back in time! Proceeds will benefit the Fire Explorer Post.

The Frostbite 5K returns this year on December 16. A great time is always had by all as you enjoy the chilly weather and run/walk to get warm. Monies from this run benefit the YMCA Scholarship Fund.

Runners/walkers are encouraged to participate in the entire series of eight races for a unique prize but you can win awards for finishing no less than five events. Register at

We hope to see you all at the finish line!