Orion International

2nd Annual Patriot Challenge 5K
Show Your Colors in support of Military Veterans!

Proceeds benefit Wounded Service Members, Transitioning Combat Veterans, and Children of Fallen Military Service Members
Patriot Challenge 5K

Cary, North Carolina
September 26, 2015

Koka Booth Amphitheatre | 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC 27518

Join us for the 2nd Annual Patriot Challenge 5K at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre! This family friendly event will feature a timed 5K run/walk for adults and kids alike, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

Proceeds directly benefit our partner Veteran Organizations - Operation Military Embrace, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, and Warrior Hike.


NOTICE: This is a RAIN or SHINE event!

  • Timed 5K Run/Walk - 9:00am Start Time
  • T-Shirts and Goody Bags for all Participants
  • Show Your Colors!
    Show your American Pride and support Military Veterans by wearing your Red, White, and Blue gear.
    Want MORE Color?
    Before the race starts, stop by our All American Color Booth! Give us a thumbs up and we'll add some strs and stripes to your arms, legs, face, or hair!
    **(All paints used are safe for use on skin and hair, water based, alcohol-free, and FDA approved. Remove with soap and water.)
    Photos will be taken and posted on our website for you to download and share!
  • Sponsorship Tents and Vendors
  • Members of Rolling Thunder will be in attendance to lead runners along the road portion of the course
  • Awards for the overall top 3 Male and Female runners - provided by Omega Sports
  • Awards for the top male and female in each age group (excluding the overall winners)
    Age Groups: (19-Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+) - Awards provided by Omega Sports
  • Enjoy post-race Snacks, Beverages and Music
  • Post-race Raffle - We’ll be raffling off over $2,000 in prizes including:
    • 4-pack of Tickets to N.C. State and ECU Football Games
    • $100 and $50 Gif Cards to Sheetz
    • Salon Gift Certificates to Tanas Hair Designs
    • Free Rounds of Golf at Reedy Creek and Lochmere Golf Courses
    • Cabela’s Gift Card
    • 4 Tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes Game
    • $100 Gift Card to Cameron Bar & Grill
    • And Much More!

Proceeds benefit Wounded Service Members, Transitioning Veterans, and Children of Fallen Service Members

Course Map

Packet Pickup

  • Early Packet Pick-Up - Friday, September 25, 2015
    Registrants may pick up race packets prior to race day at Omega Sports in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Cary from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Address: 314 Crossroads Blvd | Cary, NC 27518 (View on Google Maps)

    All others may collect packets at the registration table at Koka Booth on race day.


Register as an individual or as part of a team! If choosing to register as part of a team, be sure to indicate your team name during registration where prompted.

  • Online Registration is Closed
    You may still sign up at Race-Day Registration!

  • Race-Day Registration - September 26
    5K Run/Walk (timed) - $35 - Payment Options Below
    Race Day Payment Options:
    Checks: Make checks payable to Operation Military Embrace. On the Memo line, please list Patriot Challenge 5K.
    Cash: Exact Cash will be accepted - change will NOT be available. (Excess cash payments will be accepted as donations toward Operation Military Embrace. - Thank You!)

    **Please Note: Race shirts are only guaranteed to participants who register on or before Tuesday, September 15th. Any participants registering after September 15th will receive a shirt on a first come, first serve basis on race day.

2015 Event Schedule

**This is a RAIN or SHINE event!**

  • Race Day Schedule - Saturday September 26th, 2015
    View the course map and other detailed locations here

    7:30 am - 8:50 am - Visit our All American Color Booth! Add some strs and stripes to your arms, legs, face, or hair. - Dont forget the photo op!

    8:00 am - Check in and packet pick-up; Late Registration

    9:00 am - Chip Timed 5K Run and Walk - Led by members of Rolling Thunder

      Following The 5K Run/Walk:
    • Snacks and Beverages
    • Music and Awards - awards provided by Omega Sports
    • Raffle with over $1,000 in prizes! - Only $5 per raffle ticket!
    • Pull-Up Challenge with local Marine Corps Recruiters

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