High Cotton 5k/1k
September 10, 2022

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The Fayette Cares High Cotton 5k/1k is back!  Run, walk or dance to first place in this super fun race! 

The event features a scenic course,  including a historic cemetery, and cotton-themed 5k awards presented at the Fayette County Chamber Cotton Festival, which offers live music, inflatables, games, food, a car show and more. 

Adult registration is only $30, children 18 & under $15.  Bring the whole family and rally your friends so everyone can enjoy a memorable day of fun for a great cause!

It was wonderful to see hundreds enjoying a gorgeous day at the 2021 High Cotton 5k/1k benefiting Fayette Cares.
 
THANKS to every supporter for making this a truly special return of our beloved event.
 
From the Pledge of Allegiance & customized 5k medals crafted by a local veteran, to the flag presentation at the festival honoring the fallen, this was a moving way to turn the tragedy of September 11th into a day of remembrance and caring.
 
We hope to see you back this year!

THE TOTAL PACKAGE!
Choose the Team Registration & Games option for speedy and safe check in.  This total package registration provides each player with 2 Mulligans, 1 Putting Contest pass, and 1 Closest to Pin Contest pass. Glide through check in for more time to warm up on the driving range!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

PACKET PICKUP
Friday, September 9, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Somerville First United Methodist Church (race site) 
202 S. East St., Somerville, TN 38068

RACE DAY
Saturday, September 10, 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Somerville First United Methodist Church (race site) 
202 S. East St., Somerville, TN 38068

7:00 – 8:15 AM – Check in

8:30 AM – HIGH COTTON 5K RUN/WALK

9:30 AM – 1K FUN RUN 

10:30 AM – AWARD CEREMONY

Cotton-themed 5k awards and 1k fun run medallions will be presented at the Fayette County Chamber Cotton Festival featuring live music, inflatables, games, food, a car show and more.

TIPS FOR A GREAT RACE

Arrive early, especially if you’re picking up your race packet and runner number on race day.

Pin your race number on the front of your shirt/shorts so its most visible for photographers and timing volunteers.

Line up at the starting line according to how fast you plan to run/walk. Slower runners and walkers should move to the back of the race pack.  

Listen for pre-race instructions.  You may need to hear last minute changes or other important information.

If you drop something as the race starts, don’t stop and pick it up! Wait until most have crossed the starting line.

Move to the side if someone behind you says “excuse me” or “on your right/left”.  It’s proper race etiquette to let that person pass without blocking their effort.

Wear only one ear bud to better hear foot and vehicle traffic or race course directions. When passing someone with headphones, gently touch their elbow or shoulder as you pass to alert them of your presence. 

Move to the side of the road and step off the course if you need to tie your shoe or stop for any reason (phone call, nose blow, etc.) 

Pay attention to your surroundings. The course is not closed to traffic.

Yield the right of way to all police and emergency vehicles. Yield the course to wheelchair athletes.  You can change direction or stop more quickly than they can, especially on a downhill.

Do not block others from accessing the water tables or volunteers from handing out fluids. If you need to stop at a water station please move off the course.

Toss your used cup away from the course. Drop your cup down by your waist as opposed to tossing it over your shoulder and showering the person behind you! 

Have fun! You’re doing a great thing for yourself and for those in need. Thanks for caring!

FAQ'S

REGISTRATION & PACKET PICKUP QUESTIONS

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Click to register online 

AM I GUARANTEED A SHIRT?

Sign up by August 22nd to guarantee your requested shirt size.  Late sign ups will get shirts as available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

WILL I BE ABLE TO CHANGE MY SHIRT SIZE?
We encourage those who want to swap shirts to ask about possible available sizes at check in.  We’ll do our best to make everyone happy but can’t guarantee sizes unless you sign up by August 22nd.

CAN I GET A RACE SHIRT IF I DO NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE?
Of course!  Click to buy a shirt now! Your purchase supports the life changing work of Fayette Cares. You may pick up your shirt at  packet pick up day.  or on race day.

WHERE DO WE PICK UP OUR PACKETS?
See the Schedule of Events page for details.

WHAT WILL WE RECEIVE AT PACKET PICK UP?
You’ll receive your race shirt and runner number.  When you get your race packet early there’s no need to check in on race day, just warm up, run and have fun!

CAN I PICK UP A PACKET FOR A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER?
Yes!  We can even bundle groups for easy pickup.  Just call (901) 465-3802 x 221 a day or two before packet pickup and we can prepare your school, church, or work team packets.

RACE DAY QUESTIONS
WHERE IS THE RACE LOCATED?
Somerville First United Methodist Church, 202 S East St., Somerville, TN 38068
Click for Course Details

WHAT TIME DOES THE RACE START?
5k Start – 8:30 am

1k Start – 9:30 am

WHAT IF IT IS RAINING ON RACE MORNING?
We get wet!  Rain runs can be fun and refreshing! 

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Come at least 30 minutes prior to race – warm up with fun music! If you haven’t picked up your packet, please arrive at least one hour before race start.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO FIND A PLACE TO PARK?
Around 10-15 minutes. To avoid lines, please arrive early.

WHERE DO I PARK?
Free parking is available in and around race start/finish.

ARE BABY JOGGERS/BABY STROLLERS ALLOWED IN THE RACE?
Yes, but please start towards the end of the pack to allow for competitive runners.

ARE WALKERS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE?
You’re welcome to walk, skip, or dance!  But please start towards the end of the pack to allow for competitive runners.

WILL THERE BE AWARDS?
Cotton-themed 5k awards are presented based on age and gender.  All 1k fun runners will receive a finisher medallion. Click to see prior year results.

If you plan to run the 5k race, be sure the information on your runner number is correct.  Do not swap your number with another runner as this may cause an award gender or age error. 

WHEN ARE THE AWARDS?
The awards ceremony will begin at 10:00 am at the Fayette Co. Chamber Cotton Festival stage on the Somerville Court Square, a short walk from race start/finish.  

If you have additional questions, please call (901) 465-3802 x 221 or info@fayettecares.org

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