Elves and Bells is a 5K competed on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in downtown Spindale. Family Resources of Rutherford County puts on the event to raise funds for their efforts to help with troubled family situations in the county. This event has been a stable on the race series calendar for 10 years with several different producers. While some treat the event as a real race; others take it as a family fun event associated with Thanksgiving. In 2023 they it will start and finish at the Spindale House.



18th Annual  Bear Foot 5K and 1/2 Mile Fun Run.

The 5K race at Sunshine Elementary known as the Bearfoot 5K is held annually to raise funds for programs at the school. The course is a basically flat, out-and-back course where fast times are typical. The event is noted for its high quality hoodies provided for all early registrants. They also do many age groups awards in a ceremony in the school gym immediately after the race. They offer chip timing and early packet pickup for those in the area. 2023 will be the 18th annual event. Proceeds go to Sunshine Elementary School. Fun Run is for children 5th grade and under.



Years on current course: 2010-2023

Male – Levi Wiseman-Floyd – 16:56 (2012)

Female – Jennifer Fisher – 18:51 (2023)

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COURSE MAP (below)