Cook Medical Beat the Heat 5K

Sat July 22, 2023 Winston-Salem, NC 27105 US Directions


1 Mile Walk/Run for all ages

Family Fun Run

$10 6:00PM EDT Registration ends July 22, 2023 at 6:00pm EDT
1 Mile Race for ages 5-13

Youth Mile Race

$20 $15 6:00PM EDT Price increases after June 30, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT
Open to ages 5 - 13.
5K Walk or Easy Pace Run

Beat the Heat 5K Walk

$40 $35 6:15PM EDT Price increases after June 30, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT
5K Race

Beat the Heat 5K Run

$40 $35 6:30PM EDT
Increases to $40 after the first 500 people register. (288 spots left)

Price increases after June 30, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT
Elite Race

Elite/NC USATF 5K Championship

$35 7:30PM EDT Price increases after June 30, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT

Announcements 2023

Registration is Open!  Next price increase is July 1.

Beat the Heat will be held on July 22, 2023. 

Get Your Name on Your Bib!  Participants who register by June 22 will have their first name printed on their bib.

5K Training Program Available! Crazy Running and Breakthrough Physical Therapy are teaming up to offer a Summer Adult Training Program to prepare for Beat the Heat.  Click here for more information.

1 Mile Youth Training Program Available!  Crazy Running's Summer Speedsters program will have a focus on getting kids prepared for a fast Beat The Heat Mile. Click here for more information.

Charity Partners Selected!  The 2023 Charity Partners are Ainsley’s Angels in the Triad and Community Care Center for Forsyth County, Inc. Click here for more info and to donate.

Sponsorships are available now!  Click here for more info.

Exhibitor spots are now available!  Click here for more info.

Earlier start times in 2023!  All events are moved up by 30 minutes.  Click here for the race day schedule.


Beat the Heat has been one of the most popular races in North Carolina for more than 30 years!. It has been selected multiple times by Endurance Magazine as the best 5K in Triad NC and was featured in Running Journal magazine as the #1 “Under the Radar” race in the South. Beat the Heat is a charity event with proceeds going to local non-profits that support health and fitness in the community.

We will again be hosting the NC-USATF 5K Championship for NC elite runners.  Elite runners should contact the race director at for elite entry standards.

Packet Pickup begins on Friday before the race from 3-7pm at Fleet Feet Winston-Salem and continues on race day at the Fairgrounds.  Click Here for More Packet Pickup Information 

Click Here for Awards Information

Shirt quantities are limited.  Register soon to be assured of getting the shirt style and size that you want.

Participant names will be printed on race bibs for those who register at least 4 weeks in advance or by June 22.


USATF Certified and Sanctioned Race

Cook Medical Beat the Heat and NC USATF 5K Championship races are certified and sanctioned by USA Track & Field.

Event License ID: #136713

Beat the Heat 5K Course Information

USATF NC 5K Race and Course Information

Race Contact Info

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Winston-Salem Fairgrounds - Northwest Gate Main Entrance
410 Deacon Blvd
Winston-Salem, NC US 27105


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