Morganton, NC – Test your endurance during the Morganton Festival’s annual Sunrise Run on the Greenway, hosted by the Historic Morganton Festival, Inc. and presented by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge! It takes place on the morning of Saturday, September 7, along a beautiful stretch of the Catawba River Greenway.

An average of 500+ runners and walkers of all ages compete in the 5k, 10k, fun run and Student Fit-ness Challenge. To register go to or call 828/438-5252 for an application.

DJ Aaron Mirtsching will be on site to get the blood pumping bright and early Saturday morning. Along with DJ Mirtsching, a host of sponsor tents will be on site at Catawba Meadows Park offering everything from healthy snacks to stretching exercises for before and/or after your run! So whether you are a runner or just the support group, there will be fun to be had by all!

The most popular and highly anticipated, Student Fitness Challenge, will see some 400+ students run for their school at 9:30am. This challenge is offered to Burke County elementary and middle schools and is an opportunity to garner $200 for their physical education programs by having at least 10 participants in the sunrise one mile fun run/walk; the school with the most students will receive an additional $500 for their program! Students must register through their PE Teachers; registration per student is $7.00 and includes a t-shirt!

Pre-registration and packet pickup will occur at the race site between 5:00pm and 7:00pm at Catawba Meadows on Friday, September 6th. Follow the signs!

Please note that participants in the Student Fitness Challenge MUST register with their PE Teachers by Friday, August 30th in order to be eligible for the race.

After the race, be sure to stop in Downtown Morganton and attend the Morganton Festival where over 40,000 people experience a variety of arts, crafts, foods, and entertainment. Bring the whole family! For details go to

Time and Date
Friday September 6th, 2019 Pre-registration & packet pick up 5pm – 7pm, Catawba Meadows
Saturday, September 7, 2019 (rain or shine.) Sorry, no refunds.
Race-day registration is from 6:30 until 7:30 a.m.
5K and 10K begin at 8:00am
Fun Run/Walk and Student Challenge begins at 9:30 a.m.
5K & 10K Early Registration (before August 16th) $20
(Early registration guarantees a t-shirt)
5K & 10K Registration (August 16 – September 5th) $25
5K & 10K Race Day (September 6th & 7th) $30
Fun Run/Walk Early Registration (before August 16th) $10
Fun Run/Walk Registration (August 16 – September 5th) $15
Fun Run/Walk Race Day (September 6th & 7th) $20