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Wild Bill 5k

Sat August 3, 2024 Raleigh, NC 27613 US



$40 7:00AM EDT
470 spots left. Price increases after June 28, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual 5k

$45 Registration ends August 3, 2024 at 7:00am EDT

Kids Race (~1/2 Mile, 10 and under)

$25 8:15AM EDT
100 spots left. Registration ends August 3, 2024 at 7:45am EDT
Open to ages 1 - 10.


Seven Oaks Swim and Racquet Club
2500 Howard Road
Raleigh, NC US 27613


In both memory and honor of William “Wild Bill” Sonner, Seven Oaks and the Stonehenge HOA is proud to hold our annual Wild Bill 5k in 2023. Wild Bill was a coach, mentor and community leader in Raleigh for decades. The same passion that made Wild Bill an All-American athlete at NC State, made him a beloved Raleigh fixture for nearly 70 years. While his forte was swimming, Wild Bill was well known for running daily, no matter how hot the summer days got. Wild Bill was relentless and we wish to harness that energy to raise money for good causes in his honor.

The 5k course has been certified by USATF and issued course number NC21006BDS.  An easily viewable course map is linked below and HERE using mapmyrun.

Course Map

Course Records: Male Record - Andre Michaels - 16:20.4    Female Record - Kaitlyn Estep - 18:00.6. 

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.



Our race capacity is 500 runners for the 5k, so be sure to register before we sell out!  

Can't be with us in person? Sign up for the Virtual 5k option!

Benefitting Charities

The 2023 Wild Bill 5k benefited the Ronald McDonald House and The Helene Foundation charities.  Be on the lookout to see who the race will benefit in 2024!


Can't participate this year but still want to support the Wild Bill 5k?  Please make a contribution here!

Race Schedule

Packet Pick-Up: Friday, August 2nd: Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club: 2500 Howard Rd., Raleigh NC 27613

Race Day Packet Pick-Up & Registration: Saturday, August 3rd: 6:00 am - 6:50 am @ Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club: 2500 Howard Rd., Raleigh NC 27613. 

5k Race: Saturday, August 2nd : Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club: 7:00 am

Youth Fun Run: Saturday, August 2nd : Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club: 8:15 am

Post-Race Party: After you finish your race! Seven Oaks Swim & Racquet Club – to include awards ceremony


5k Race: $35 if registered by December 31, 2023//  $40 if registered between 1/1/24 and 6/30/24  // $45 if registered after 7/1/24

Virtual 5k Race: $45 and includes T-shirt mailed to you after race

Youth Fun Run: $25, includes T-shirt and race swag ( 10 and under)


Awards will be given to Top 3 overall for both male & female,  Top 3 overall Master for both male & female, along with top 3 per age group.  Overall awards will be based on gun time; Age group awards will be based on chip/net time. All youth participants will receive a prize. You must be present to receive awards/prizes (none will be mailed).

No awards for Virtual 5k participants



All 5k participants will have Chip Bib timing. For the youth race, a simple running clock will be used. Youth participants will receive a standard numbered race bib (no Chip)

Race Swag Shirts

Each 5k Participant will receive a technical, gender-specific cut race t-shirt (Youth S - XL; Adult Men's S - XL or Women's XS - L). To be guaranteed a t-shirt, you must register no later than Noon on July 12th.

Each Kid's Race Participant will receive a youth, cotton t-shirt sizes Youth S- XL. To be guaranteed a t-shirt, you must register no later than Noon on July 12th.

Virtual 5k Participants must already register by Noon on July 12th to be guaranteed a shirt.  Shirts will be mailed to Virtual 5k participants after the race on August 3rd to those who registered by Noon on July 12th.



Race Rules

No headphones allowed for safety reasons. While little to no traffic is expected and volunteers will be protecting the course, the race course is technically not closed, so we want runners to remain as aware as possible. No pets/dogs allowed on the course. Strollers are allowed, but we request that strollers and baby joggers start at the back of the field for safety reasons. For the 5k race, participants will have 60 minutes to complete the course prior to the start of the youth race.

Water Stations

Water stations will be available at miles 1 and 2 on the course.

Race Day Parking

Limited parking will be allowed in the Seven Oaks Parking Lot (2500 Howard Rd.), BUT- no cars will be allowed in or out starting 45 minutes before race time and until the end of all races. Park wisely! Additional parking will be available on Stonehenge Drive (street parking) and the Diocese building lot on Creedmoor Road.  We encourage carpooling and for Stonehenge residents, consider walking or jogging to the race due to your close proximity.

Post-Race Party

Once you finish conquering the race course, you’ll be ready to celebrate! Breakfast will be provided, along with other snacks & goodies. We will have beer vendors on site providing free beer for participants. A DJ will be spinning tunes and we’ll have activities for the kids, along with other fun activities. Take a plunge in the Seven Oaks Pool after you run or walk.  We will of course have the standard post-race offerings as well (bananas, water, etc.). MUST HAVE VALID ID TO DRINK BEER (NO ID = NO BEER)

Inclement Weather

We will race Rain or shine!  In the unlikely and unfortunate event that inclement weather (such as thunderstorms and lightning) dashes our plans,  please understand that no refunds will be given. Rest assured knowing that your funds will still go to support our wonderful charity partners!

Race Contact Info

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2023 Bronze Sponsors


Don't run but want to be a part of the action? Volunteer to assist with The Wild Bill 5k!  Sign up Here!

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