Registration Open for Pine Cone Pacer 5K

Register to run or walk in the April 13 fundraiser for Duke Forest

The Pine Cone Pacer winds through Duke Forest and is open to walkers and runners who want to enjoy Duke’s living laboratory. Photo courtesy of Duke Forest.
The Pine Cone Pacer winds through Duke Forest and is open to walkers and runners who want to enjoy Duke’s living laboratory. Photo courtesy of Duke Forest.

Registration is open for the 10th Pine Cone Pacer 5K Run/Walk. 

The annual event, scheduled for Saturday, April 13, winds through Duke Forest and is open to walkers and runners who want to enjoy Duke’s living laboratory. Taking place each year on Alumni Reunion weekend, the race brings out Duke alumni, students and employees, as well as local community members. Runners who sign up before April 3 pay $25 and are guaranteed a T-shirt. If spots remain, race-day registration is $35. Please check the website the night before to see if spots remain.

The Pine Cone Pacer is the biggest fund-raiser for the Duke Forest Improvement Fund. The fund helps expand environmental education programs, maintain trails, improve protection of natural areas and pays for projects not covered by the forest’s annual operating budget. 

“It’s exciting that we’re approaching our 10-year anniversary,” said Sara Childs, director of the Duke Forest. “it’s a testament to the enthusiasm and commitment of our Forest community that it’s more popular than ever.”

Sean Rowe participated in the race for the first time last year. He walked the 3.1 miles with a colleague.

“Most races I’ve done are through city streets or neighborhoods,” said Rowe, public relations specialist for the Nicholas School of the Environment. “To actually race through Duke Forest is spectacular. The location is gorgeous.” 

The celebration continues after the run with live music and donuts greeting racers across the finish line. 

Get race details and register at dukeforest.duke.edu/pcp.   

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