Derek Davis Memorial Run 5k

In August, we have the Derek Davis Memorial Run 5k.  This race honors the life and legacy of Holly Springs runner, Derek Davis.  In April 2015, Derek was out running with his wife, Amanda, when he was tragically stuck by a car.  From that tragedy, HSRC created the DDMR.  The race provides collegiate scholarships for Wake County cross country runners.  In addition to the scholarships, the race also promotes shoe donations and through 2016 it has gathered over 1000 pairs of shoes for people in need.

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Holly Springs Half Marathon

In November, the area’s best half marathon is held along the streets, parks and greenways around the gorgeous town of Holly Springs.  The Holly Springs Half Marathon and 5k benefits the Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Department and the Kiwanis Club of Holly Springs.

We also have several unofficial races/events throughout the year.  Most of these events are free or have an extremely low entry cost.  These races are for fun, for camaraderie and are very social in nature.  These events are usually announced through our social media pages (mainly Facebook).

Kids Break the Tape

Held at Womble Park, we bring our children out run 1, 2 or 3 miles around the park paths.  Each child registers, is assigned a bib, runs their race, breaks the “tape” when they cross the finish line and are awarded medals.  This is a free event.

Annual Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot

We run an unofficial 5k using the Derek Davis Memorial Run course.  There is no entry fee, no timing, and no swag.  The idea is to use what you would on a race fee entry on non-perishable food to be donated to the Holly Springs Food Cupboard. Bring as much or as little as you would like.  Our goal is to donate at least 500 lbs of food each year.  Families, kids, pets, walkers….everyone is welcome to participate.

Scavenger Run

The fun part about this run is that it is a team event. You will be on a team and will not be running solo. And you will not be able to choose your team. The race will randomly place you on a team. The goal is to prevent a stacked team of super fast runners. Each team will have 6-8 people depending on number of participants. Once you have your team assignment we start releasing teams in waves every few minutes. Teams will be released two teams at a time with one team running the course clockwise and the other team running the course counter clockwise. Teams will run to their first clue location, decipher the next clue and then head to the next location. Teams must run the entire course together as a team. The course is about 8 miles and there will be 8 clues.  No separating is allowed and all clues must be done in order.  A winning team will be drawn lottery style.  The fastest finishing team will have the most entries.  The slowest finishing team will have the least entries.  The winning team will have a meal bought at Bass Lake Draft House (up to $15 each person) as we will head there after the run to celebrate and socialize. The cost to participate is $5 per person which goes toward winners meals and other race expenses. Any money left over will be declared and then saved for the HSRC Christmas Drive.


We also have many other events and unofficial runs through the year including sponsored training runs, shoe demos, foam rolling clinics, yoga, costume runs, Christmas light runs and more.  The best place to find out more about these events is through our Facebook and other social media pages.