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  • 2021 Backpack Run

    8th Annual Backpack Run




    Registration now open!


    Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation, a 501©3 non-profit organization, is presenting the 8th 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.

    The Backpack Run is back and ALL NEW!  This year we are offering the best of both worlds - in-person and virtual races for the 5K and 10K distances. (note the in-person races have ended - the virtual option is still available).

    NEW THIS YEAR - a virtual half marathon and an all new BACKPACK CHALLENGE - participate in all three events to earn not only the three individual finisher medals but a fourth exclusive Backpack Challenge medal!! Runners can participate virtually for all three events or can choose to run either the 5K or 10K in person (only one in person event - other two events are virtual). 

    Virtual events can be completed at your own pace!  ANY kind of exercise counts - running, walking, treadmill, bike. ellipitcal - 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.  In-person 5K and 10K finisher medals will be presented at the finish line on race day.

    Registration fees:

    5K (virtual):  $25-$40
    10K (virtual):  $40-$60
    Half Marathon (virtual only):  $65-$80
    Backpack Challenge (5K, 10K, & half marathon + 4th exclusive medal):  $140-$160


    T-shirt deadline (in-person races)
    Register for the 5K or 10K by March 1 to guarantee an event t-shirt. Those registering after March 1 may not receive a shirt, depending on available supplies.


    Pictures from the 2019 Backpack Run

    2019 Backpack Run Results


Backpack run sponsors


    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 (5K or 10K)
    Company Logo on race t-shirt
    Company Logo on virtual race bib

    Finish Line Elite Sponsor: 
    Johnson Orthodontics

    Champion Sponsor (5 sponsorships available) - $500 for one, $750 for two, $1000 for four
    Shown as Champion Sponsor at one (or more) kilometer marker(s) along the race course and virtual race markers.
    Company Logo on t-shirt

    Current Champion Sponsors:
    Member One
    Packaging Corporation of America

    Sprinter Sponsor - $250
    Company name on t-shirt

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