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6 spring races to lace up for in Raleigh

Run, jog, walk, or volunteer for a cause this spring.

A family holding funny signs after a 100-mile race.

Volunteer for the The Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run.

Photo by Dennis Geiser

Lace up your shoes, Raleigh, and get ready to run, jog, or walk for a cause this spring. We’ve rounded up six upcoming races to compete in or volunteer at in the City of Oaks.

Note: All listed times are the start times of the first race.

Raleigh Run for Rare MPS | Saturday, March 25 | 8:30 a.m. | Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville | $30-$140 | The National MPS Society is hosting a 5K and one-mile walk to bring awareness to mucopolysaccharidoses and mucolipidosis. After the race, enjoy a picnic and an awards ceremony.

The Umstead 100-Mile Endurance Run | Saturday, April 1-Sunday, April 2 | 6 a.m. | William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | $180 | Run or watch athletes compete in this ultra tough race — there is also a 50-mile option.

2023 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead | Saturday, April 22 | 8 a.m. | 6000 Reedy Creek Rd., Raleigh | $20-$45 | Funds raised from this four-mile walk/run or four, seven, or 12-mile bike tour support William B. Umstead State Park. There will be activities for kids and food trucks, plus participants will be serenaded along the route by musicians.

Socks & Undie 5K Rundie | Saturday, April 22 | 9 a.m. | 4730 Hargrove Rd., Raleigh | $15-$40 | This 10th-annual race benefits Note in the Pocket, an organization that provides clothing to impoverished and homeless children and families. Runners are encouraged to wear crazy socks and funny (appropriate) boxers.

Komen Triangle Race for the Cure | Saturday, May 6 | 8:30 a.m. | Boxyard RTP, 800 Park Offices Dr., Durham | $35-$55 | Participate in a one or three-mile run or walk to help fundraise for efforts to end breast cancer.

Catching Fireflies 5K | Friday, May 19 | 8:25 p.m. | 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr., Raleigh | $25-$60 | This 10th-annual night race is lined with luminaries — race goers can purchase a luminary to honor a friend or family member who has battled cancer. All profits from luminary sales will benefit the Cancer Shucks Foundation.

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