Campus Recreation

5K Races at Clemson

5ks at Clemson

Welcome to the home of Clemson's on-campus 5k’s. You’ll find all race information, application process and management tools here!

Want to run a race in Clemson?

March 1, 2015: Together We Rise 5k at 8 a.m. in the Botanical Gardens.

March 8, 2015: HonduRUN at 8 a.m. in the Botanical Gardens.

April 25, 2015: The Color Run™ at 8 a.m. at the Club Sport Fields.

All Clemson races will be registered through raceroster.com. Visit their website and search for "Clemson" to view upcoming races!

Want to host a race in Clemson?

We are no longer accepting race applications for the Spring 2015 semester.

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  • 5k Application Process

    Step 1: Submit the online 5k Application Form.

    Step 2: Consideration will be made after the following dates:

    • No sooner than April 1 for fall race requests

    • No sooner than October 1 for spring race requests

    • No sooner than March 1 for summer race requests


    1. It is our goal to host 3-4 races per semester: if multiple groups want the same race date and meet all guidelines, then it’s first come first serve or you may work together.  *See below for information on race dates.
    2. Must submit application at least 3 months prior to race date.
    3. Race host must choose from two authorized routes listed in application packet. *Some routes may not be available on specific dates.
    4. Race host must use Race Roster for participant registration.
    5. Race must begin at agreed upon time.
    6. Aim for a goals of at least 200 participants for race.
    7. The event sponsor is responsible for all actions of individuals in the event. If university policies or guidelines are not followed, the reservation will be terminated. In addition, this may cause penalties and/or loss for future reservations.
    8. If race a host is not university affiliated, they must provide a liability insurance policy with at least $1 million dollars of coverage. Proof of insurance must be provided before approval.

    Step 3: The organization will be contacted by the Events Coordinator before approval. A mandatory meeting must take place before requests are approved. All events will be approved or denied in writing. Additional operational meetings may be required for certain events. Event will be cancelled upon failure to attend scheduled meetings.  

  • Route Information

    1. Dike Route

    Dikes 5k Race Route

    *Dike Route races must begin before 10 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday mornings

    START: Williamson Road by Fike’s back deck and head south

    Left on Perimeter Road

    Right on Old Stadium Road

    Right on Madren Center Drive

    Right on Lake Drive

    Follow through between Madren Center and Driving Range

    At fork veer left and follow service road downhill

    Sharp left uphill to top of the dike

    Cross dike

    Right on Dykes Road

    FINISH: Club Fields

    START Address- 110 Heisman Street, Clemson, SC 29634

    Parking- Heisman street lots (E-05, E14), Avenue of Champions North Lot (C-07), street parking along Williamson Road

    2. Botanical Gardens Route

    Botanical 5k Race Route

    *Botanical Garden’s races must begin between 7–8 a.m. on Saturday mornings

    START: Meadow Pond

    Right on Garden Trail

    Left on Perimeter Road

    Right on Cherry Road

    Right on McMillan Road

    Left on Perimeter Road

    Right on Garden Trail

    Veer right on Garden Trail

    FINISH: Meadow Pond

    START Address- 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson, SC 29631 (102 Garden Trail if using a GPS)

    Restrooms- Open on the Garden Trail head

    Parking- Parking lot by entrance; overflow parking in R1 (Kite Hill)

  • Prices

    Route fee:

    • Botanical Gardens: $150–$200

    • Dike: $15–$30 per hour.

    Administration fee: $150

    Police fee: City of Clemson ($37.50+2 hour minimum) and CUPD ($37.50+2 hour minimum)

    Also consider:

    • Athletic Trainer: $20 (if requested and available on race day)

    • Custodial staff: $20 (if deemed necessary by event coordinator)

    Equipment rentals: (varies)

  • Cancellation Policy

    • Must make cancellations in writing at least 14 days prior to the event.
    • No refunds for reservations not properly cancelled.
    • Campus Recreation staff will make decisions for weather related cancellations 24 hours in advance. No fees will be charged to the organization. 
    • The university has final rights to cancel or change any reservation.
  • Things to Consider:

    • Event size- Accommodate race based on participant numbers
    • Participant waivers- Participants must sign Participant Waiver and Release Form
    • Volunteers- Registration, promotions/marketing, photographer, water stations, course monitoring, finish line, clean-up
    • Course markings- Cones, flags, volunteers, temporary signage, and mile markers *Only acceptable course markings; do not make any permanent markings or holes
    • Water- 2 mile mark, finish line
    • First Aid- Supervisor with CPR/First Aid certification or athletic trainer
    • Event Wrap-up- Responsible for returning route to pre-race conditions (clear the course of all runners, remove signage and markings, dispose of trash, return equipment, etc)
  • After Approval

    Step 1: Race host will receive an email from Campus Recreation notifying them the race is approved. This will include the race time, race date, route, a police duty roster, and resources. The race host will also be connected to a Race Roster Account Specialist to create a registration page. Both the host, Campus Recreation and Race Roster will have access to this page.

    Step 2: Set up initial meeting with Campus Recreation.

    -Review race packet: route, responsibilities, and timeline of tasks to accomplish by race day

    -Confirm contact information

    -Additional questions

    Step 3: Follow “Host Checklist” information.

    Step 4: Submit rental equipment request form at least 1-2 weeks prior to event.

    Step 5: Set up final meeting with Campus Recreation the week of the race.

    -Equipment and race participant numbers

    -Volunteer positioning pre-race meeting

    -Race-day timeline

    -Review EAP

Thank you to our 5k race sponsor, Gotta Run Clemson!

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