Conn Cougar 5K + wellness event

families that run together, have fun together!

Conn PTA hosted its Inaugural Conn Cougar 5K + Wellness Event on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024! Cloudy skies and a bit of mist didn't hold back our runners/walkers. The community showed up in big ways. Our hearts are full and we look forward to bringing this community event back for round two! Please share your feedback, email Tracie @

Race results can be found here.

2024 conn cougar 5K

Enjoy a morning 5K race (and walk or run) through Conn's surrounding neighborhoods or partake in a community fitness program near the track.

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 2024; event will kick-off around 8:15 am with race starting promptly at 9 am

Where: Pedestrian Bridge/Track at rear of Conn Magnet Elementary School (1220 Brookside Drive)

Cost: Race registration is set at $25 to help cover event expense and support Conn's PTA. However, expense should not be a barrier to participating! Please use code RUN4CONN* to register at no cost! *Due to costs incurred with hosting this event, we ask that this code be used by direct Conn community (i.e. students, parents, staff, etc).*

Swag: Registered race participants will receive a race medal at the finish line.

T-shirts, featuring design by one of our Conn students, are available for an additional cost when registering or via the PTA givebacks store.

*T-shirt pre-orders have been reopened! T-shirts are only availabe through the givebacks store as of February 24th. T-shirts purchased after Sunday, February 18th will be delivered after the event, using the information provided during purchase. T-shirt pre-orders will close on Sunday, 3/3, at 5:00 pm eastern.*

Awards: 1st and 2nd place male and female <10 and 10-19 age group winners will receive a gift card to So & So Books. 1st and 2nd place male and female in the 20+ age groups will receive gift cards from Trophy Brewing Company (1st) and Runologie (2nd).

Age groups for the race are <10, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+

The CONN Cougar 5K + Wellness event is for the entire CONNmUNITY and beyond! This inaugural Conn Cougar 5K + Wellness event will feature a timed race course for runners and walkers as well as a curated fitness program near the end of the bus loop (see event layout map below)!

Any proceeds received from the event will cover the cost of the event and then go on to support Conn's students, families and staff through Conn's PTA! PTA aims to support funding for additional bike loops, other wellness-related expenses and general operating expenses through event proceeds and donations.

Cannot attend the event, but wish to give to Conn PTA?! You may do so via our givebacks store. Donations are tax deductible and support Conn's students, families and staff through PTA.


Volunteers are a critical element in hosting a safe and sound event. Interested in supporting the event through gift of time?! Please consider signing up to cover a shift or two... help set-up, aid runners and/or breakdown! Many hands make light work!

Have questions? Please reach out to

All registered volunteers, 21 years of age and older, that show up and work at least one shift will be entered to win a certificate good for a night at The Umstead Hotel and Spa (inclusive of breakfast at Herons the following morning). Each volunteer that meets the minimum age and checks in at the event will have their name entered once. Winner will be announced around 10 am when race winners are announced.

Volunteer signup link





Thursday, February 29th 5-7 pm at Tap Yard Raleigh

Friday, March 1st 4-5:30 pm at Conn Magnet Elementary Campus (we'll be near that path that leads to the race starting line!)

PARKING - We encouarge participants to walk or ride a bike if they can. Limited parking will be available on the right side of school property (facing the school, car rider loop; this is the school entrance immediately across from Frank Street). Event attendees can park at Tap Yard Raleigh or in the parking lot near Good Dirt as overflow.

To ensure the safety of all participants dogs and other pets are not permitted. Registered service dogs permissible.

We ask that scooters and bikes remain parked for the event. Push strollers are permitted along the race course.

The event will take place on Conn Magnet Elementary School's campus. The school will be locked and closed. Building entry will not be permitted during the event.

CONNmUNITY Day Out @ TapYard

The fun continues at Tap Yard Raleigh! Follow the crowd on over to Tap Yard for drinks and eats. Spend some time enjoying our CONNmUNITY and eating lunch while the kids run around and have fun with friends! You'll be supporting a great cause! 20% of all sales generated will go to benefit Conn's PTA.

Time: 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Food: High Top Burgers and one other food truck TBD

Conn PTA Business Sponsors

Conn PTA would like to thank these businesses! Their support helps produce this and other wonderful Conn PTA programs and events! 

If you would like to showcase your business among our 500+ students, families and local Downtown and Southeast Raleigh community, please visit our business sponsorship levels info sheet or contact Ginger at 

Presenting Sponsors

Accelerator Sponsors

Incubator Sponsors

Venture Sponsors

Carolina Pediatric Dentistry

Fleet Feet


Talbert Building Supply

Trophy Brewing Company

Other Event Supporters

So & So Books


Conn PTA is a 501(c)(3) organization and sponsorships may be tax deductible, Tax ID # 58-1595652.

5 weeks to 5k! 

Conn PTA has your training needs covered with a 5 week training plan thanks to our very own Tracie Rodriguez!

Let's go!