Run by the river in the Highlander Half & 5K, set for April 27

The Highlander Half & 5K team.
Left to right: Mandy Rector, race volunteer coordinator; Scott Bennett, assistant athletics director for Sport Performance; Kate Daby, director of the Highlander Half & 5K and assistant director for the Center for Accessibility Services; Chad Hyatt, assistant athletics director for Sports Medicine; and KC Regis, associate director for Athletic Advancement.

Lace up the running shoes (or walking shoes) for a picturesque run through the city of Radford that takes you through town, Radford University’s campus and by the river.

The third annual Highlander Half & 5K, presented by Carilion Clinic, is set for April 27 at 8 a.m., and is a joint effort by the city of Radford, Radford Athletics and Radford University. The half-marathon has an entry fee of $85 and the 5K has an entry fee of $30 until April 1 before it increases to $35. All proceeds go towards the Radford Athletics Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.

“There are so many aspects where the city and the university blend and are cohesive,” said KC Regis, associate director for Athletic Advancement. “This is one of those opportunities where people can see a different side of what the athletic department does, and how we have worked with the city. Anyone can get involved and be a part of this experience, whether you are a runner, a volunteer, a cheerleader or a food truck rodeo enthusiast.”

As in previous years, community involvement is a cornerstone of the Highlander Half & 5K experience. As the course weaves through the city, community members and volunteers have tables and tents set up to help runners refuel. One of the popular pit stops last year was a bacon and Powerade table around the ninth mile. A Sweet and Savory Donuts and Bagels cheer stop is planned on Rock Road for when the going gets tough.

“It is not just a university thing, it is a Radford thing,” said Kate Daby, assistant director of the Center for Accessibility Services and this year’s race director. “Collaborating around an event like this shows true partnership and friendship.”

Course interaction has been increased this year, and features the Highlander Pep Band, lots of volunteers at cheer stations and live music throughout the race.

Runner safety is also a priority. Course marshals will be placed throughout the routes, and aid stations. The Radford City Police Department and Radford University Police Department will team up to ensure safe passage through all intersections. Radford athletic trainers are also on-hand to assist any runners. Photographers will be on-site to take pictures, which are available to each runner free of charge.

As participants cross the finish line in Bisset Park, more than 30 different food trucks will be lined up to greet them. After getting their daily dose of exercise, runners will be able to sample local and regional fare at the Rollin’ on the River Food Truck Rodeo. The community-focused event features activities for both runners and non-runners alike.

All participants and volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and runners who finish the half-marathon will also receive a medal. The top three runners in the half-marathon will receive awards based on age group and gender and the top three runners in the 5K will receive awards based on gender. Runners can sign up for the race by visiting the sign up web page. Radford alumni and faculty and staff receive a discount. To sign up to be a volunteer, contact

The event is part of Highlander Pride Weekend, which is a series of special events dedicated to raising funds for the Radford Athletics Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund. The Red & White Gala, Highlander Open presented by Atlantic Bay Mortgage and the Highlander Half & 5K presented by Carilion Clinic are part of the events scheduled for the weekend.

Feb 19, 2019
Max Esterhuizen