Revamped “Into the Woods” 5K race takes place on December 5

Chatham County, NC – Into the Woods 5K has been revamped for 2020. It will take place on Saturday, December 5 and feature staggered start times of 10 person waves to keep everyone safe. This year, the entire course will take place on Woods’ campus and you’ll have the option of participating in the 5K or the Fun Run (which is 1/2 of a 5K). There is also a virtual option for those who would rather run it elsewhere.

New course this year allowing for different start and finish lines. Both the Fun Run and 5K are entirely on Woods’ campus. The school is located at 160 Woodland Grove Lane, Chapel Hill, NC US 27516.

Start times will be staggered by ten minutes, with ten racers per wave. You choose your start time when registering for the race.

As always, the race is open to runners, walkers and your four-legged friends. Jogging strollers are welcome as well, but be advised there will be rough terrain.

Fees for the 5K, Fun Run and Virtual 5K include race t-shirt.

5K: 2020 Style

$35 9 AM EST. Registration ends December 2, 2020 at 11:59pm EST Sign Up

Fun Run (1/2 5K)

$35 9 AM EST. Registration ends December 2, 2020 at 11:59pm EST Sign Up


$35 Registration ends December 2, 2020 at 11:59pm EST Sign Up

COVID-19 Plan and Precautions

Woods Charter School is committed to providing a safe environment and successful event for our participants and volunteers. The event will comply with all North Carolina COVID-19 Executive Orders that are in place on December 5th, 2020.

Race Operations Plan and Protocols:

Social Distancing
The race will be started in waves. Participants will choose a specific start time and each wave will be limited to 10 people or less. Waves will be ten minutes apart.
Participants will be asked to stay near their vehicles and/or not congregate in the pre-race staging area until 10 minutes before their start time.
There will be a designated staging area adjacent to the start line. It will be large enough to allow for six feet of social distancing between participants and volunteers.
Signage will remind participants of social distancing and the 3 W’s – Wear, Wait, Wash.
Packet pick up will be available at school the week before race day to avoid race day lines/congregations.

Face Coverings
All race volunteers will be required to wear face coverings.
Participants are required to wear face coverings until the start of the race. Single use face coverings will be available at the start line in case a participant forgets his/hers.

Cleaning & Hygiene
Hand sanitizer will be readily available for everyone.
There will not be access to the school building. There will be a port-a-john in the school parking lot, with a hands-free hand sanitizer pump available beside it.
There will be no water stations or finish line refreshment table.

Monitoring for Symptoms
A symptom screening and temperature will be taken of all race volunteers upon arrival to the race.
Information will be sent to participants reminding them 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 Vulnerable Populations
Woods Charter School is asking all participants who fall into the vulnerable populations class to stay home and participate in the event virtually.

The Race Course

By the nature of racing, participants will be spread out along the course. Social distancing of six feet is expected and usually easy to maintain. If you need to pass someone and are not able to maintain six feet of social distancing while passing, the passing participant is expected to announce him/herself and put his/her face covering on while passing.
Volunteers serving as course monitors will be required to wear a face covering and stand six feet away from runners.

The Finish Line

The number of participants allowed at the finish line at one time will reflect the Mass Gathering number issued by Governor Cooper for whatever Phase is in effect on December 5, 2020. Woods Charter School will not exceed that amount and congregated runners will be asked to leave the area.
Participants should be prepared to get in their vehicles and leave upon completion of the course, as to avoid congregating/exceeding the Mass Gatherings number.
There will not be a refreshments table at the finish line.
Race times will be published by Monday, December 7.
If you have any questions about this race, click here.

Course Map