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Stars, Stripes, & Strides

In-Person Race Nov. 9th OR Virtual Race Nov. 2nd - Nov. 9th Cary, NC 27513 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
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$55 $45 Price increases after October 11, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT
Most Popular Race!


$45 $35 Price increases after October 11, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Fun Mile

$35 $25 Price increases after October 11, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Kids in Strollers

$5 Registration ends November 8, 2024 at 9:00pm EST
Open to ages 4 and under.
Shipping Included!

Virtual 10K

$35 Registration ends November 8, 2024 at 9:00pm EST
Shipping Included!

Virtual 5K

$35 Registration ends November 8, 2024 at 9:00pm EST
Shipping Included!

Virtual Fun Mile

$35 Registration ends November 8, 2024 at 9:00pm EST


$100 Registration ends November 7, 2024 at 9:00pm EST


Benefitting the US Veterans Corps

Course Records - Fred G. Bond Metro Park
Set a NEW course record & win a $10 gift code!

5K - Male: J. Broussard - 20:07 (2023)          10K - Male: T. Woolard/M. Yarborough - 40:44 (2023)
5K - Female: R. Bhatnagar - 23:36 (2022)          10K - Female: L. Watt - 51:59 (2023)


Fit & Able is proud to bring back the Stars, Stripes, & Strides event benefitting the US Veterans Corps to celebrate Veterans Day weekend!

Their Mission: We are a Corps of Military and First Responder Veterans performing "Hands On" community service with a mission deployment attitude!

The US Veterans Corps was an idea that was based on the experiences that Ft. Bragg and Camp Lejeune Veterans had while volunteering for ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition and Operation: Coming Home that built and donated a brand new Hero Home for a disabled combat veteran. When the keys were delivered and the event ended there was a strong urge from these Veterans to continue the mission and therefore created the US Veterans Corps.


Other US Veterans Corps missions include:

  • Toys For Lil’ Troops - Toys For Lil’ Troops provides toys to the children of deployed or low income troops.
  • Rescue Ruck - Rescue Ruck provides food for US Military & First Responder Veteran families in need.
  • Rescue Response Team - The Rescue Response Team provides aid during natural disasters. We also respond to other emergency and contingency missions.
  • Tactical Caisson Unit/Funeral Honors - The US Veterans Corps Tactical Caisson Unit transports US Military & First Responder Veterans. No hearse for our Heroes.
  • Military Vehicles USA - Military Vehicles USA is a group of veteran volunteers who restore military vehicles and equipment for civilian service. Our objective is to educate and serve our community with these historic vehicles.


  • IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL 5K, 10K, and Fun Mile race options
  • Stars, Stripes, & Strides shirt & finishers medal included for 5K and 10K finishers (guaranteed if signed up by October 27th); shirts are available for sale separately
  • Over $4,000 in potential in-person & virtual Overall (Top 3 Male / Female), Age Group (Top 3 Male / Female), and New Course Record awards 
  • Great rewards and prizes you can earn by referring your friends and family to sign up with you or even recruiting them to race as a "team"! * More details below
  • Earn points for Fit & Able's Free-for-All Race Series to win big end-of-year prizes! Check out the current standings: Free-for-All Race Series

If you are interested in sponsoring the Stars, Stripes, & Strides please email for more information!

We can't wait to see you at Stars, Stripes, & Strides!

Refer Friends, Build a Team, and Fundraise for Prizes!

Referral Rewards

Sign up, invite friends and family to join you, and get over $150 in rewards and swag! Yes, really!


1. First, sign up for the 5K or greater distance! 
2. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a unique referral link in your confirmation email to share with your friends and family or post on social media. Get more info on Referral Refunds here.
3. Get 5 friends to sign up using your unique referral link and you will automatically receive up to a $15 refund. Boom!
4. Get 5 more friends (10 total)  to join you and get up to another $15 of your registration fee back.
5. Get another 5 friends (15 total) to sign up and we will send you a FREE "Certified Fit & Able" t-shirt.
6. But if you can get 25 friends or family all in to race with you, then we will give you $100 CASH!


PLUS, if your friends and family sign up through your referral link within 72 hours they can use the special code in your registration confirmation pop-up to get a $5 discount at checkout too!

Team Rewards

You can also potentially get up to $15 off each team member's registration fee when you recruit a team!


1. First, create a team while you're signing up for any distance! 
2. Invite your friends and family to sign up and join your team. (Pssst... they can use your unique referral link so you get the credit towards the referral swag!)
3. After 10 members join the team all will get an automatic $5 refund on their registration fee! Plus a $5 discount for future team members.
4. When your team reaches 25 members everyone will get another $5 refund! Plus a $10 discount for future team members. 
5. AND, when your team reaches 50 members everyone will get yet another $5 refund! Plus a $15 discount for that last team member!

Fundraising Rewards

ALSO, you can get up to $25 of your registration fee back when you choose to become a fundraiser for any participating charity while signing up and requesting a refund if you raise at least $250 (must check the box during signup!).


Some Restrictions and Limitations Apply. Check the Event FAQ or contact if you have questions. * Rewards do not apply to Fun Mile or Kids in Strollers registrations.

Official Stars, Stripes, & Strides Playlist

If you have a song you'd like us to add to the Official Stars, Stripes, & Strides Playlist (and it's both appropriate for all ages and fits the Stars, Stripes, & Strides theme!), then please send your suggestion to and we will check it out!


Stars, Stripes, & Strides and all its participants are subject to these event policies


Information from this master site is often shared to or scraped by other online sources that aren't updated when changes are made here. This site on RunSignUp is the only official and updated source for information regarding this event. Everyone who registers for this event will be automatically subscribed to Fit & Able's email distribution list and may unsubscribe at any time. 


Fit & Able Productions is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting community and family fitness in Cary since 1997 through organizing creative events and training programs. Proceeds from our events that aren't designated to support other organizations go to support the event and other Fit & Able nonprofit activities.

Race Contact Info

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Stars, Stripes, & Strides.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To


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