Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Greatest 5k(ish) in the History of the World.

December 14th, 2024.
Runners start @ 6.

Our Event:

The Running of the Balls is a unique annual event held in Greensboro, North Carolina, that has become a cherished tradition in the community.

This whimsically named community running and walking event is held in the Sunset Hills neighborhood during the holiday season. Participants, often festooned with holiday-themed attire, engage in a night-time 5k run or walk beneath a canopy of thousands of brightly lit, colorful Christmas balls that adorn the trees along the route. The twinkling spectacle provides a unique, merry backdrop to this gathering.

The event is more than just an entertaining spectacle though, as it has raised more than 4 million meals for those in need through its partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Click below to learn more and register for this year's event.

Your Impact:

CS Lewis said, "Joy is the serious business of heaven" and the joy created for our participants and volunteers has fed millions of people throughout NW NC. Below are just a few of the numbers regarding the miraculous impact of this event and the kindness of the folks in Sunset Hills.


People Who Have Participated


Years Held


Meals Provided via Second Harvest


Miles Run or Walked


Christmas Balls Hung

Get Involved:

There's a place for everyone at our event. From participants, to volunteers, and sponsorship, there's a place for everyone at the Running of the Balls. Click on the links below to find out the details and find your place!

Be A Participant

Each year more than 5,000 folks of all ages, shapes, and sizes enjoy this event. Click below to find out all the details you'll need regarding participation and sign up.

be a participant

Be A Volunteer

This event is made possible because of the tireless work of hundreds of volunteers. Young to old are able to help this event happen. Groups are welcome and various shifts are available.

be a volunteer

Be A Sponsor

Our faithful sponsors have provided millions of meals for folks in NW NC via Second Harvest, while enjoying promotion and participation in this event. Click below to hear more and register to sponsor.

be a sponsor

Our Sponsors:

Below are our faithful sponsors. Click below to learn more about each of them. We encourage anyone able to visit and support these great folks.

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