9th Annual Strut for Kids (Cardinal Strut) 2018

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8:30 AM


Saturday, March 10, 2018


Holly Tree Elementary, Wilmington, NC
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1mile DASH
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018  8:30 AM


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9th Annual Strut for Kids (Cardinal Strut)




Online Registration is closed.  Registration will be available at Omega Sports from 3pm-7pm on Friday 03/09 and on Saturday morning at Holly Tree Elementary from 7am-8:30am 


Strut for Kids is a  one-of-a kind, high flying community event!   Whether you are age 2 to 72, a walker or an elite runner, we have a race distance for you!

The Strut for Kids 5k and 10k course winds through a beautiful and quiet Wilmington neighborhood.  This is the only race run on this FAST, FLAT and BEAUTIFUL USATF certified course! 

The day begins at 8:00 AM with the New and Improved CARDINAL DASH!   ONE MILE - STRAIGHT SHOT! NO TURNS!  The first of its kind in Wilmington, NC!  Who will be named the fastest man, woman and child in the Port City!   The start line for this race ONLY is at the corner of Kirby Smith Drive and Samuel Cooper Drive.  (This is 1 mile from Holly Tree Elementary)  THERE IS NO TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED to the START of this race AND NO PARKING at the START LINE.   We suggest you park at Long Leaf Mall, take the shuttle to Holly Tree Elementary, then run, jog, skip, walk and generally warm up to the start of the Cardinal Dash.   This race begins at 8am, please allow ample time to make your way to the start line. 

AT 8:30AM we will kick off the 1 mile fun run on the Holly Tree Memorial Track 

AND at 9:00 AM we will begin the 5K and 10K.  The Strut for Kids 5k and 10k course winds through a beautiful and quiet Wilmington neighborhood.  This is the only race run on this FAST, FLAT and BEAUTIFUL USATF certified course! 

The after party is fun for the whole family and features breakfast from Waffle House!

While you are having an awesome day of running and family fun you are also “making tracks” to helping kids in the greater Wilmington area who are battling cancer.

8:00 AM - 1 Mile Cardinal Dash (TIMED)

8:30 AM - Fun Run (NON TIMED) and Cardinal DASH AWARDS - Holly Tree Field

9:00 AM - 5K and 10K

10:00 AM - 5K and 10K Awards




Event Site Rules

Parking – Parking is available at Long Leaf Mall with a shuttle to the race start.

Headphones:  While headphones are no longer banned in USATF sanctioned races, they are discouraged.   Please be considerate and safe.  You need to be able to hear safety officials, cars, and other participants.

Strollers:  Strollers are welcome!  Please be considerate if participating with a stroller by being aware of other participants and starting in the back of the group so that you will not be in the way of competitive runners.

Do I have to run or can I walk:  We welcome everyone at the Cardinal Strut!  Runners, joggers, walkers, skippers, strutters, sidesteppers, etc! 

T-shirts:  T-shirts are only guaranteed for participants who have registered by February 10.  

Dogs: While we are all DOG owners and DOG lovers we ask that you keep Fido at home on Cardinal Strut day!  We are a family friendly event and thus have lots of children who may not be fans of dogs quite yet!  So..for the comfort and safety of all of our participants please refrain from bringing your dogs. 

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup: 


Friday, March 9  3:00PM - 7:00PM - Omega Sports (3501 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403)

Saturday, March 10 7:00AM-8:30AM at Holly Tree Elementary School (3020 Web Trace, Wilmington)

Affiliated Charities

This event benefits Strut for Kids.

 Strut for Kids is a non-profit 501c3 which provides assistance funds to children in the Greater Wilmington area who are battling cancer.


Refund are not available for this event.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event does not allow deferrals.

Overall Results


2018 Age Group Results

10k Results

5K Results

1 Mile Dash Results