Fuquay Varina Active Living: Downtown Cooldown added to 15th Annual Run the Quay Event


On Saturday, June 1 a tradition in Fuquay Varina Active Living adds a new dimension to an old favorite. The 15th annual, “Run the Quay” road race will be accompanied by the “Downtown Cooldown.” This will be a street fair, with food trucks local breweries, live music, and children’s activities as well. As in years, prior, the race starting point location is Presbyterian Church on Ennis Street in Fuquay. As always this traditional community event is presented by the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce.

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Runners and walkers both young and old are shown participating in last years’ “Run the Quay” community active living event

Run the Quay: A Classic in Fuquay Varina Active Living

The 15th annual Run the Quay event starts at 7:00 am. Always centered around being a community event, there will be a family-friendly 5K course, a more difficult 10K course and the ultimate, the 15Quay Challenge, which combines both races.

In addition to these races, there is a Fun Run for the kids on site. The youngsters can participate in the Fuquay Varina Active Living event. They will have two choices to select from. This is for children from toddler-10 years old in a non-competitive race. The kids can choose between a 100-yard dash or a mile run.

To enter any of the Fuquay Varina Active Living race options at Run the Quay, packets are available either preceding or immediately prior to the event. At the bottom of this article is a schedule for all you need to participate and for the races individually.

Introducing the Downtown Cooldown Street Fair


Adding a fun-filled twist to the 15th anniversary of Run the Quay, “The Downtown Cooldown” will have even more “something for all ages” fun on June 1

Beginning at 9 am- 2 pm on the “Varina side of town,” the Downtown Cooldown is a new addition to this 15 year Fuquay Varina Active Living event. The official event website describes this as ” a free street fair that, like our race, has something for everybody.”

That “something” they spoke of includes on-site food trucks, local breweries, live music, and activities for the kids. Once again referring to fuquay-varina.com, they urge all residents to attend whether they are participating in the races or not, saying, “Whether you’re cooling down after the race, or just want to have some cool drinks and great food.”

Run the Quay Registration Packet Pick Up (Note the different locations)

  • Thursday, May 30– 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Omega Sports, Cary Crossroads
  • Friday, May 31– 4:00 – 7:00 pm at GNC of Fuquay-Varina
  • Saturday, June 1– 6:00 am until the start at the race site

Run the Quay Race Schedule and Information

  • 7:00 am– 10K Race Begins
  • 8:30 am– 5K Race Begins
  • 9:30 am– Kid’s Fun Run begins

Note: To enter the 15Quay Challenge you must complete both the 10K and 5K. Combine these two times and the top score determines the winner.

The 15th annual Run the Quay event takes place only a few minutes from your new home in Fuquay Varina at South Lakes. Whether you “Run the Quay,” or just stop in for a “Downtown Cooldown,” your Fuquay Varina Active Living options are plentiful on what is sure to be a memorable day of family fun.

Photo Credit: Town of Fuquay-Varina