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  • 2022 Backpack Run

    9th Annual Backpack Run - March 19

    In-person 5K/10K on March 19 - Race starts at 9 a.m.

    In-person 8-Miler on March 19 - Race starts at 9 a.m.

    Location:  Green Hill Park, Salem, VA

    Virtual options available for all races and the Backpack Challenge
    NOTE:  8-Miler has been moved from March 20 to March 19 at 9 a.m.

    Online registration has closed.  
    In-person registration is available at packet pickup on Friday, March 18 at RunAboutSports in Roanoke from 3-6 p.m. or from 8-8:30 a.m. at Green Hill Park before the races start at 9 a.m. There is a $10 late registration fee and no discounts are available. Must pay by cash or check payable to the RCPS Education Foundation.

    Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation, a 501©3 non-profit organization, is presenting the 9th Annual Backpack Run. Proceeds will be used to provide financial support for Roanoke County Public Schools education programs including grants for teachers and scholarships for students.

    Once again this year we are offering the best of both worlds - in-person and virtual races.

    NEW THIS YEAR - an IN-PERSON 8-miler and the BACKPACK CHALLENGE - participate in all three events (5K, 10K & 8-miler) to earn not only the three individual finisher medals but a fourth exclusive Backpack Challenge medal!!

    Virtual events can be completed at your own pace!  ANY kind of exercise counts - running, walking, treadmill, bike, elliptical - ANYTHING!!!  Best of all you can do this at your pace - you can do a mile or two at a time and combine those miles over time to meet the requirement for each event or the Backpack Challenge.  Mileage is on the honor system.

    Note:  Virtual/challenge medals will be available for pickup or shipping in May.

    Registration fees:

    5K (March 19):  $25-$40
    10K (March 19):  $40-$60
    8-Miler (March 20):  $65-$80
    Backpack Challenge (5K, 10K, & 8-Miler + 4th exclusive medal):  $140-$160

    T-shirt deadline (in-person races)
    Register by March 1 to guarantee an event t-shirt. Those registering after March 1 may not receive a shirt, depending on available supplies.


    2019 Backpack Run Results



    Elite Sponsor (1 available) - $1000
    Shown as Elite Sponsor at Start Line sign for in-person races and virtual race markers
    2 Complimentary Runner Registrations for a single race (5K, 10K or 8-Miler)
    Company Logo on race t-shirt
    Company Logo on virtual race bib

    Champion Sponsor (10 sponsorships available) - $500 for one, $850 for two, $1000 for three
    Shown as Champion Sponsor at one (or more) kilometer/mile marker(s) along the race course.
    Company Logo on t-shirt

    Sprinter Sponsor - $250
    Company name on t-shirt

    Contact Chuck Lionberger (562-3797 or to sign up as a sponsor!

5K/10K course (5K one lap, 10K two laps):

8-Miler Course (two laps):
  • The course for the 2022 Backpack Run 5K and 10K is unchanged from recent years. Runners will begin near the front parking area, curving around the south side of the Green Hill property.  Runners will cross the creek and use a short trail to connect to the south side of the baseball field access road.  Runners will then pass along the baseball parking lot and connect to the greenway, passing the water station.  Runners will follow the greenway back to the greenway parking lot near the entrance of Green Hill Park.  At this point, runners will turn around and follow the same course in reverse.  5K runners will complete one lap of this out-back course.  10K runners will complete two laps of this out-back course.

    The revised course for the new 2022 Backpack Run 8-Miler will follow the existing 5K/10K course with one deviation near the creek crossing.  8-Miler runners will complete two laps of this 4-mile course.