Flunk Cancer 5K

Wilmington, NC & VIRTUAL RACE
August 29

When & Where

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Wilmington Rotary Garden
1940 Amphitheater Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28401
– or –
Race virtually August 28th – 30th!


1 Mile  –  TIMED or VIRTUAL


Start Times

8:00 AM  –  5K Start (First Wave)
9:00 AM  –  1 Mile Start

Participants will begin in Waves.
Wave Start Times will be posted by August 22nd.



While we are excited to celebrate the inaugural Flunk Cancer 5K, we want to be sure we’re celebrating safely.

For participants running the race in person, here is our social distancing and sanitization plan approved by the City of Wilmington.


  • Start Line
    1. There will be 2 start lines and 1 finish line.
    2. Ground markings will be at the start line for participants to start 6 feet apart.
    3. Groups will start in staggered waves. Number of participants per wave will be determined on gathering numbers.
    4. Waves times will be listed near the top and bottom of this page in the schedule sections by August 22nd.
    5. Participants are asked to not come to the Start Line until 5 minutes before their Wave Start Time.
    6. Single use face masks will be available at the start line. Per the NC Governor’s Executive Order: Participants are to wear a mask, including at the Start Line, when social distancing is not possible.  Masks can be removed once the race starts. Do not wear while running.
  • Finish Line
    1. Participants will be asked to exit the finish line area immediately following their race.
    2. Single use face masks will be available at the finish line.
    3. Family, friends, and participants watching the race are not permitted at the Start and Finish Lines to stay within the mass gathering number.  To watch runners, please find a spot anywhere along the course.
    4. Water bottles will be available at the finish line for runners to grab on their own.
    5. No medals or awards will be given at the finish line.
  • Water Stop
    1. Small water bottles will be available at the water stop for runners to grab on their own.
  • Face Coverings
    1. It’s Go Time staff and volunteers are required to wear face coverings. 
    2. Single use face masks will be available at the start line. Per the NC Governor’s Executive Order: Participants are to wear a mask, including at the Start Line, when social distancing is not possible.  Masks can be removed once the race starts. Do not wear while running.
    3. Single use face coverings will be available at the finish line.
  • Cleaning & Hygiene 
    1. Staff will perform routine cleaning of any frequently touched areas.
    2. Hand sanitizer will be readily available at the Finish Line.
  • Monitoring for Symptoms
    1. Participants are being reminded if they display any of the COVID-19 symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, to remain home.
  • Protecting the Vulnerable Populations
    1. We are asking all participants who fall into the vulnerable population class to stay home and run the event virtually.
  • Registration / Packet Pickup
    1. Onsite Registration: NO day of registration will be available at the race. 
    2. Packet Pickup:  Fri. August 28 from 4pm – 6pm at Omega Sports Wilmington (for In-Person participants, Virtual participants will be mailed)



– Download the App called “IYR VIRTUAL” on your phone.  IYR has several apps, so be sure to download the one called IYR VIRTUAL. The App is not required, but makes uploading your results automatic.

– Once you open the App, you will be asked for your name and email address to find your registration record.  You will need to use the email address associated with your registration profile. If someone else’s email address was used for your registration profile, you will need to use that email.


– Run or walk the distance you registered for at any time and anywhere between August 28 and August 30.

3. SUBMIT YOUR TIME (read before you run)

Option 1: Run with the IYR Virtual App, and let it record your finish time. The App will track your run, tell you when you finish the race, and automatically upload your finish time to the race results.

1) When you’re ready to run, open the IYR Virtual App using the email address associated with your registration record.

2) Search for the name of the race.

3) Click on “Tracker” and then on “Ready for My Race”

4) You will be prompted to enable Background Location in your Settings.  Make sure this background setting is set to ALWAYS, and NOT Only When Using.  The ALWAYS setting ensures that if the phone goes to sleep, or you play music, the App will still track your run.  Following your race, simply go to Settings, find IYR Virtual, and turn off Background Location.

Option 2: Use the IYR Virtual App to Manually Upload your results from your Garmin, GPS, or Strava to the IYR Virtual App after your race.  After your race, open the App, find the race, click on Tracker, then Upload Results.


– Be sure to take pictures of your run/walk and share them with us.  We will be creating a Facebook album.  SUMBIT PICTURES HERE – Link Coming Soon!

The Inaugural Flunk Cancer 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run will benefit the Flunk Cancer Foundation – a non-profit that supports local teachers and their families with the emotional, physical and psychological effects of cancer. The run is also in memory of Shannon McHone, a teacher whose valiant battle with Glioblastoma ended April 2019. The Flunk Cancer Foundation continues her legacy by benefiting teachers battling this disease.

About the Cause

The Flunk Cancer Foundation was created by the family and friends of Shannon McHone, a 2007 graduate of UNCW. Two years after earning her degree in Elementary Education, she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and after a valiant, nine year battle, she passed away in April 2019. Flunk Cancer’s purpose is to address, educate and provide aid and relief to teachers and school administrators, their families and caregivers suffering from newly diagnosed cancer and/or ongoing treatment.

The Flunk Cancer mission is “Just Living”, which reflects the desire to allow teachers and their families affected by cancer to “Just Live” their lives. This is accomplished by providing assistance and support to teachers with cancer and their families and help guide them through the difficult avenues of cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

5K Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female
• 1st Overall in Age Groups, Male & Female:
12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

1 Mile Awards
• Top 3 Overall, Male & Female

Race Swag

Shirts are guaranteed to participants who register by 11:59 PM on Saturday, August 8, 2020. The shirts are available in Youth S-L and Adult Unisex S-XXL cut sizes, and are made of Cotton.

Participating virtually?
Race packets will start being mailed on August 20th.

This will start and finish at the Wilmington Rotary Garden, taking participants through scenic Greenfield Lake Park. This is an all-flat course, mainly on sidewalks and paved roads through the park.

This race course is also stroller, wheelchair and dog friendly!

Schedule & Parking Info

Friday, August 28, 2020

Omega Sports
3501 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403

4 PM – 6 PM – Packet Pickup

If you cannot make it, packets can also be picked up at the Race. Please allow enough extra time before the race starts to pickup your packet. There will be NO Sign Ups at Packet Pickup. You can still register online using your own device.

Virtual Participants: Packets will be mailed to you.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Wilmington Rotary Garden
1940 Amphitheater Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28401

7:00 AM  –  Packet Pickup Opens *
8:00 AM  –  First 5K Wave Start
8:45 AM  –  Packet Pickup Closes
9:00 AM  –  1 Mile Start
9:15 AM  –  Awards
(Wave Start Times will be posted by August 22)

* Please Note: There is NO Day of Sign Ups *

Race Day Parking

Parking is available around Greenfield Lake.

Want to Sponsor or Volunteer?

Questions About the Event?


5K Race
Through June 13  —  $25

June 14 through July 18  —  $30
July 19 through August 27  —  $35
August 28 & August 29   —  $40

1 Mile Race
Through August 27  —  $20
August 28 & August 29   —  $25

Virtual Race
5K: Through August 27  —  $35 + Shipping
1 Mile: Through August 27  —  $20 + Shipping

PLEASE NOTE: On-Site Registration will NOT be available at packet pickup or on race day.
You can still register the day of the race online on your own personal device.


Gold Sponsors


Waiver: The Registration Agreement & Liability Waiver is linked to the Online Registration. This must be selected and approved during registration.

Packet Pick-Up: Family or Friends may pick-up your Race Packet at Packet Pick-Up.

On-Site Registration: Registration is available starting one hour prior to race start. It closes 20 minutes prior to start.

Timing: Jaguar Bib Chip Timing will be used to time this race

Weather: This race is rain or shine. It will be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled if a severe weather warning is in effect.

Refunds: There are no refunds, registration will be accepted as a donation.

Entries are not transferable to other races Timed by Go Time as each race is organized by a different group.
We must stick to this policy as race items have been purchased based on current registrations and it is not fair to choose who receives a refund and who does not.