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8th Annual Rhythm and Roots Run

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Thank you to presenting sponsor Plaster Family Dentistry and all of our Rhythm & Roots Run SponsorsPlasterFamilyD62bR01eP01ZL

Runner’s World Says This is a Run NOT to Miss!  Runner’s World listed the Rhythm & Roots Run as one of 18 5Ks that are “awesomely unique”.  Join us to find out why!


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A group of banjo players get ready to join Wiregrass bluegrass band to kick off the 4th annual Rhythm & Roots Run
A group of banjo players get ready to join Wiregrass bluegrass band to kick off the 4th annual Rhythm & Roots Run

Certified 10K Course and Dri-Fit typeT-shirts! 
As is our tradition, the run will begin with a banjo tribute to Earl Scruggs and additional entertainment at the 5K and 10K split, in the reception area of the Don Gibson Theatre following the run and throughout the course. Run, stroll, walk or walk your dog and join us for the biggest year yet!

50% Off Admission to the Center
Every registered participant of the Rhythm & Roots Run will be given 50% off of admission to tour the Center during race weekend. Show your race bib at guest services. Regular admission is $12 Adults, $8 Senior/College Students with ID, $5 Youth.  Regular operating hours are 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday and 1 pm – 5 pm on Sunday.

Banjo Player? Come pay tribute to Earl Scruggs by joining in the tribute that kicks the race off.  Wiregrass band leads in “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” as banjo players (as many as we can get) join in.  It’s a fantastic way to kick off the race as runners take off across the starting line!  Arrive and sign in by 8:00 a.m.  All banjo players that are signed in will receive a complimentary Earl Scruggs Center admission that will be valid for up to a year. (not to mention have a heck of a good time!)

Win $250 for Your School
Students in elementary through high school are encouraged to come out and bring their friends. The school with the highest number of students participating in this event will be awarded a trophy and a $250 gift to their school’s PTO to be used as determined by the PTO. The numbers from both the 5K and 10K will be added together to determine the total count per school and one award will be given based on that total. The winning school will be recognized during the awards ceremony. Jefferson Elementary School won in 2015…will your school win in 2016


Live music with a banjo tribute will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will kick off the race at 8:30 a.m. Both the 5K and 10K runs will start and finish at the Don Gibson Theatre located at 318 South Washington Street in historic Uptown Shelby. The certified course takes you through Uptown Shelby and around the historic 1907 courthouse on the beautiful court square–home of the Earl Scruggs Center. The course then passes historic homes on tree-lined streets and features live music at the 5K/10K split and at various points throughout the course and then returns through Uptown Shelby to cross the finish line back at the Don Gibson Theatre with live music and refreshments in the reception area.

Rhythm and Roots 5k 2016 Route

Rhythm and Roots 10k 2016 Route (2)

Photos will be taken throughout the course and at the awards ceremony and will be posted through Earl Scruggs Center social media channels. The awards ceremony will be held after the 10K concludes and results are compiled. Participation awards will be given to all youth (12 and under).

Certified Course – there are some changes from the route used in previous years!


Packet Pick-up
Participants may pick up race packets Friday afternoon between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm and Saturday morning between 7:00 am and 8:00 am at the Earl Scruggs Center on the Washington Street side of the court square in Uptown Shelby, NC. For mapping/direction purposes, use 116 S Washington St, Shelby, NC–look for signs.  See registration site for details.

CLICK HERE to register.


Saturday, October 14, 2017
8:00 am - 10:30 am
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