The Tobacco Road Virtual 5K

The heartbeat of college athletics BEATS STRONG along Tobacco Road. Passion, pride and the thrill of rivalry drive fans to go the distance for their team. Even during these unprecedented times, donors have stepped up in support of student-athletes. The road back to arenas full of cheering fans and parking lots alive with tailgating is just up ahead. In the meantime, let’s show the world that college athletics is STRONGER than ever in North Carolina! Rally behind your Tar Heels and show your support.

Join The Rams Club November 13-15, 2020 for our inaugural Virtual 5K! It doesn’t matter when, where or how. Gear up in Carolina Blue and run, jog or walk 3.1 miles on your own or with friends, family, fellow Tar Heels (or your Tobacco Road rivals!). Registration for the event is $45 with $28 from each registration (representing our 28 sports) directly supporting Carolina student-athletes!


Who can register for the 5K?

Anyone is welcome to register! We welcome Tar Heels of all ages and abilities from around the world to participate!

Do I have to be a Rams Club member to register?

Nope! Any Tar Heel is invited to register. If you aren’t a member and would like to learn more about becoming one, click here.

How do I participate in a virtual race?

Any time during November 13-15, you can run, jog, or walk a 5K (3.1 miles) around your community by yourself, or with family and friends. You will be able to record your time online to see how you stack up against your fellow Tar Heels!

What is included in the virtual race packet?

All registrants will receive access to a private webpage with words of encouragement from Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham and Tar Heel coaches and student-athletes. You will also be able to download a race bib which you can customize with your name and favorite number. A physical packet with a Tobacco Road Virtual 5K t-shirt and Carolina face tattoos will be mailed to each registrant.

Why is there a registration fee for a virtual event?

Now more than ever Carolina student-athletes need your support. $28 of your registration fee will be directed toward funding for over 500 Tar Heel student-athletes. Participating in the Tobacco Road Virtual 5K not only is a chance to connect with others in the Carolina community, but also provides crucial help for Carolina Athletics in uncertain financial times.