Dashing in the Dark - Canton

600 Brown Industrial Pkwy
Canton, GA 30114

Running > 5k

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Event Description

Grab your glow sticks and head out to Etowah River Park in Canton for a Dashing in the Dark 5K event! 

We've got neon lights, music, and loads of fun to start and finish your 5K. 

We've got a super flat course, awesome race shirts, and awards for the Overall M/F, Overall Masters M/F, and all the top 3 in the 5 year Age Groups.

It's going to get dark so don't forget your headlamp/light~

Event details and schedule


Preview Registration:  (ends 10/29/2023)

  • 5K:  $35
  • 5K-No Swag:  $30
  • Virtual 5K:  $40

Early Bird Pricing:  (ends 11/28/2023)

  • 5K:  $37
  • 5K-No Swag:  $32
  • Virtual 5K:  $40

Regular Registration (ends 02/26/2024)

  • 5K:  $40
  • 5K-No Swag:  $35
  • Virtual 5K:  $40 (closes 02/10/2024)

Late Registration:  (ends 03/01/2023)

  • 5K:  $45
  • 5K-No Swag:  $40

Race Day Registration:  

  • 5K:  $50
  • 5K-No Swag:  $45


Register by 2/10/24 to guarantee your shirt & size.  Afterward, shirts will be available while supplies last.

* Use of a headlamp/light is recommended



Can't make it out to the event site on race day?

Still want to participate or support the cause and have a shot at an award? Or, maybe you saw the shirt and said:  "Sweet...I want one!"  Then the virtual race is for you.  Run when & where you want, just submit your time by end of Race Day.  We'll ship out virtual packages the Monday after event date! *Shipping available for continental US only.

New to Virtual Running?  Here's how it works:

Step 1

Get excited, grab some friends & pups to join you!  Sign up and register for the Dashing in the Dark Virtual 5K!

Step 2

Download your Custom Digital Bib!  Hydrate, grab your buddy & pup (or not) and get ready to get moving!

Step 3

Get out there and run or walk! You can run at the park, your favorite route in your neighborhood; anywhere you want.   Please remember to be safe!

Step 4


Share your distance, a selfie, or a picture along your race route and use the hashtag #DashingInTheDark5K #fivestarntp #fivestarrunning

Step 5

Submit your results directly on RunSignUp.com through your Profile or registration.

You can submit your race time HERE on the Virtual Results page through end of day 3/2/24.

Step 6

View your Virtual Results HERE Monday after the Event Date.




We're in North Georgia, and there's not much that anyone can call flat & fast.  So yes, there are some hills, but it's nothing crazy, and you'll be so busy having fun, that you won't even notice.  

The 5K course is an out-and-back.  

Use of a headlamp/light is recommended


Awards & Goodies

We've got some awesome race shirts lined up and guaranteed for everyone that registers by 2/10/24.  We'll be ordering extras, but they'll be available while supplies last.

 Great custom award medals in the following categories:

  • Top 3 Overall M/F
  • Top 3 Masters M/F (40+)
  • Top 3 Overall Grand Master M/F (50+)
  • Top 3 Overall Senior Master M/F (60+)
  • Top 3 M/F in each of the normal 5 year age groups; 10 & Under through 75+ will earn awards. 


Groups & Teams

Running is more F-U-N together, even if we're far apart! 

Grab your friends, co-workers, neighbors, or family and participate as a TEAM.  Your TEAM can be local or across the states; virtual participants will have their shirts shipped!  *Teams of 5 or more receive discounts off their registration, discounts below. 

  • 5+:    $2.50 off
  • 11+:  $3.75 off
  • 21+:  $5 off
  • 51+:  $6.25 off
  • 100+:  $7.50 off

Grab some friends to race with you, and grab some great swag!


Five Star Championships & Turkey Trots

All participants will automatically qualify for (1) FREE entry into one of the 2024 Five Star Thanksgiving Turkey Trots. See event website

Top finishers will also have the opportunity to earn a spot in the Championships held in January 2025. The number of spots available is based on the total registration.  See event website


Event Courtesy & Refund Policy

Our events are designed to be fun for the entire family. With that in mind; any competitor, spectator, parent, volunteer, or sponsor, exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct or interfering with the positive, competitive atmosphere of the event will be immediately disqualified, asked to leave the venue and course immediately with no refunds.

All registrations are final. There are no refunds, deferments, or transfers.

Event will take place rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, we will cancel for the safety of the participants; there are no refunds in this case.

Participants that do not show up to race/event forfeit their right to any swag.

No COVID-19 Refunds.  If unforeseen circumstances arise due to COVID-19, including any Federal or State Health Emergency, refunds will not be provided.  The event will go 100% Virtual & shirts will be shipped to participants.


Event Schedule

February 10th            

  • Deadline to register and receive a guaranteed shirt

March 2nd (Race Day)         

  • 6:00 pm - Registration & Check In Open
  • 7:00 pm - Race Starts

Event Location & Accomodations

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