YMCA Gastonia Grizzlies 5K

YMCA Gastonia Grizzlies 5K

Join us for the 6th Annual YMCA Gastonia Grizzlies 5K!

Sims Legion Park
1001 Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr Way
Gastonia, NC 28054

Saturday, June 9 @ 5:00 pm

NEW! Race Day is SATURDAY!

Run with the Gastonia Grizzlies  on Saturday, June 9 for the 6th annual YMCA Gastonia Grizzlies 5K. Runners start in the outfield of Sims Legion Park, wind through the North Gastonia Greenway, and finish at home plate. All runners will receive a game ticket, t-shirt, and all the entertainment that evening.

Course map and race certification here Note: The race starts in right field and ends with a 1/4 mile run around the inside of the baseball field.



  • $25 Y Members, $30 Program Participants
  • Additional $10 Week of Registration
  • Register online today – Click here
  • Download a printable registration form – Click here

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Where should I park for the race?

Parking is at Woodhill Elementary School, just .25 mile from the stadium!

  • Woodhill Elementary School – 1027 Woodhill Dr, Gastonia, NC 28054

What are the age groups for awards?

Awards will be given to the first overall male & female runners, overall masters male & females, and  five year increments for male and female runners.

9 and Under     10 – 14     15 – 19     20 – 24    25 – 29     30 – 34

35 – 39     40 – 44     45 – 49     50 – 54     55 – 59

60 – 64     65 – 69     70+     Grand Masters (2)

Overall Male & Female

When and where is packet pickup?

Early packet pick up will be Friday, June 8  at the Warlick YMCA,  from 1-6PM.

Day of packet pick up will be at Sims Legion Park from 3-4:30PM.

Can I walk the 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. We will not have an awards division for walkers.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. We try to lessen as much traffic as possible, but realize we cannot close off traffic 100 percent. Strollers are allowed, pets are not.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Great! We LOVE volunteers! Contact Sharon Stephens at sstephens@gastonymca.org today!

Where does my hard earned money go for this race?

Your fees support  the YMCA Annual Giving Campaign. Through public support and contributions to the Gaston County Family YMCA and its branches, we are able to provide access to quality programs and services to everyone regardless of ability, gender, age, or socio-economic status. We thrive on serving as many people in the community as possible, but cannot do so without your help. Every day nearly 100 programs and services help shape our neighborhoods, but the call for assistance keeps growing.

Who can I contact for more information?

The race director is Sharon Stephens and can be contacted at sstephens@gastonymca.org.

We are looking for Sponsors!

Are you interested in helping to make our race happen AND supporting the YMCA! Contact Michelle Miller at mmiller@gastonymca.org or Sharon Stephens at sstephens@gastonymca.org today!