Sunday, Sep 3, 2023

Not-A-Sprint Weekend

153 Park Sq

Forest City, NC Dinner, 12 Hour Race, 6 Hour Race, 3 Hour Race, Golf and/or Dinner Only, Golf

This Event Took Place Sun. Sep 3, 2023


Throwing Bones 2nd Annual Not-A-Sprint Weekend! This event will be held September 2-3, 2023 and will once again offer many opportunities for you to support Throwing Bones!

Throwing Bones is partnering with the family and friends of cancer and community leader, Kirk Wilkerson, to continue his legacy of encouraging others, being physically active, and
promoting cancer education and research.

All funds raised through the 2023 Not-A-Sprint Weekend will be used to encourage those affected by cancer to stay healthy and active through treatment, and to contribute to the Kirk Wilkerson Cancer Memorial with East Rutherford High School Athletics, where Kirk made himself available as a mentor and coach for many athletes.

Not-a-Sprint Dinner - Saturday, September 2nd

Runners, golfers, and friends are invited to join us for a dinner celebrating all things Not-A-Sprint on Saturday night at 6:30 pm. The dinner will be held at @138 (138 Park Square Circle, Forest City).

The menu will include pasta choices, salad, bread, dessert, tea and lemonade. A cash bar with beer and wine will also be available.

Not-a-Sprint Golf Tournament - Saturday, September 2nd

Attitude & Effort Golf Tournament

The golf tournament will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at Meadowbrook Golf Club (1211 Meadowbrook Rd, Rutherfordton, NC).

Shotgun start at 10:00 AM.
Cost includes a box lunch.

After you register, please email player's name(s) and team name to

Not-a-Sprint Endurance Run - Sunday, September 3rd

12 hour, 6 hour or 3 hour endurance race!

The race will be a 4.5 mile out and back course beginning at POPS and following the Thermal Belt Rail Trail North to Mill Town Brewing Company in Spindale, and then back to POPS. There will be one aid station at Mill Town Brewing, and one self-serve aid/H2O station in the middle of the course.

There is a measly 95 feet of elevation over the entire course and it is paved the entire way. There will be few road crossings. Volunteers will be on hand to direct runners where necessary, but runners need to be aware of their surroundings at these intersections.

The course is partially to completely shaded on about 35% of the course which should help significantly with September temperatures!

The first runners will leave the Pavilion on Park Square (POPS) at 6am. The first wave will run 12 hours from 6am to 6pm. The second wave will run 6 hours from 6:30am to 12:30am. The third wave will run 3 hours from 7am to 10am.

There will be food, water and electrolytes available at every aid station, and various food choices throughout the day. Runners should also plan on bringing their own supplies to set up near the start/finish. Space will be provided for tables, chairs and tents for runners and their crew. There will be porta potties or public restrooms at miles 0, 4.5, 9, 13.5 and so on.

Half laps will be counted since there will be timing mats at both ends! Throwing Bones is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage cancer patients to stay healthy and active through treatment. Throwing Bones’ programs include the Cancer Active Assessment series, Cancer Active Education, and the Cancer Active Coaching Network.

All funds raised through the 2023 Not-A-Sprint Weekend will be used to encourage those affected by cancers to stay healthy and active through treatment, and to support the Kirk Wilkerson Cancer Heroes memorial contribution to East High School Athletics, where local Forest City cancer hero, Kirk Wilkerson coached the East High School Football team and changed lives.

September 3, 2023

12 Hour: 6AM-6PM
6 Hour: 6:30AM-12:30PM
3 Hour: 7AM-10AM

Please arrive early to ensure a smooth start.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be Saturday, September 2, from 4-6pm in downtown Forest City near 153 Park Square. You will see the race headquarters tent. Emails will go out well before the event to update you on the pickup location.

*There WILL BE RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP on Sunday at the race HQ starting at 5am. Please visit the start/finish area at least 30 minutes prior to your starting time to get checked in.

Emails will go out the week before the race with all options for packet pickup.

If you cannot attend packet pickup, you may pick up on the morning of race day, or have your bib mailed to you (USPS) for $10. Please email if you would like to have your bib mailed to you prior to the race.

What's Included!

Golf Tournament:

• Lunch
• Goody bag from your favorite (and some previously unknown) sponsors and fun contests and prizes.

Endurance Run:

• Short Sleeve Tri-Blend T-Shirt with a badass graphic on the front
• Goody bag from your favorite (and some previously unknown) sponsors, as well as an awesome finishers medal.
• A PERSONAL BEST! This might be your longest distance or fastest time?
• Lots of fun!
• Food! We'll have as much food as we can out there for you throughout the day, but listen to your belly and go with what works for you.
• Hydration! Water and Electrolytes.


We would love to have you volunteer with us and help make our events possible! Feel free to signup for volunteering by clicking on the volunteer button above.

As a thank you for your volunteering, all volunteers will receive an event t-shirt. Race volunteers will receive a free entry into next year's Not-A-Sprint race!

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have about volunteering and we look forward to seeing you on the trail, on the golf course, and at the dinner!

Event's current local time: 1:15 PM ET


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