What is the Corner Store Country Run?

The Country Run is a 5K fun run brought to you by Corner Store that will bring out your inner cowpoke or cowgirl. Participants are encouraged to don over-the-top country attire and gallop, trot or do-si-do their way across that finish line. Afterwards, everyone is invited to stick around for a family-friendly country fair with live music, food, beer garden, carnival games and giveaways. Beer garden will require ID and wristband access. All participants should bring an ID to check-in.

Where do the proceeds of the race go?

100 percent of proceeds will benefit charitable causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the world’s largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network making meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the globe. Additional funds will be donated to local children’s charities in each city.

What is Corner Store?

Corner Store is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the Fortune 500 company employs nearly 14,000 team members at nearly 2,000 locations throughout the United States and eastern Canada offering a broad array of convenience merchandise, beverages, snacks and fresh food. Find out more at CornerStore4U.com.

Do I need to be some sweet ’ole runner to do this?

Absolutely not. The Country Run is all about having good old-fashioned fun with the family. You can jog, walk, or trot through the course. Those who want an official time must sign up for chip timing upon registration.

Is this a timed event?

Yes, for those who choose optional chip timing for an additional $5 upon registration. We will bestow prizes upon the fastest thoroughbreds in several categories. If you’re not into it, no problem. There will be lots of folks just out to have a rootin’ tootin’ good time. Runners who do not select chip timing will not be timed.

What is chip timing?

When you select chip timing for an additional $5 upon registration, you will receive a bib with an electronic chip that automatically tracks your time. The run is a gun start, which means the clock starts when the race begins, not when you reach the starting line. To ensure the most accurate time, chipped runners should position themselves at the front of the starting block. If you purchased a chip, you will be eligible for awards and able to see your time and ranking at the results tent following the race.

What are the award categories and prizes?

The three top overall finishers in men’s and women’s categories will win a Corner Store gift card and custom medal. The top three finishers in the following age subcategories will receive a custom medal: 12 and under; 13-15; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and over.

Is there an age limit? Is this a kid-friendly event?

All are welcome and children under 12 are free. The course is stroller-friendly and there will be a family-friendly country fair with live music, food, refreshments, carnival games and giveaways. The Country Fair area will be open for the duration of the race for little ’uns who don’t feel like strapping on their spurs.

What is the Country Fair?

The Country Fair will feature sponsor booths, beer garden, food, live music and giveaways. Everything at the fair is included in the price of registration. Those who don’t register for the race can buy a ticket to the fair for $5. Beer garden will require ID at check-in and wristband access. The fair area will also include children’s activities such as face painting and balloon twisting and will be open for the duration of the race.

Can I skip the run and just come to the Country Fair?

You sure can, but you’ll need to buy a ticket for $5. Tickets can be purchased online beforehand or at point of entry. The Country Fair opens at 8:30 am.

When and where is packet pick-up?

Once you have registered, you can pick up your packet at the venue on race day beginning at 7 am or on the day before the race from 11 am to 6 pm.

Can I pick up a packet for someone else?

Yes, just give staff the full name and date of birth of all registrants.

When does registration close?

Online registration will close on the Friday (or Saturday in Round Rock) before race day, but you can still register in person at the venue on the day before the race from 11 am to 6 pm, or beginning at 7 am on race day.

Can I get my packet mailed to me?

We are not offering this option at this time. Packets must be picked up in person and cannot be mailed before or after the race.

What do I need to bring?

Bring your ID, you will need it for packet pick-up and for access to the beer garden.

Are dogs allowed?

You’ll need to leave Old Yeller at home for this one, no dogs allowed on the course.

Will there be food available?

Yes! Everything at the Country Fair will be FREE to all registrants, including food, carnival games, giveaways and beer garden. Beer garden will require ID and wristband access.

What should I wear?

Yer finest country swagger of course. Throw on some overalls, daisy dukes, cowboy hats and belt buckles cause we’re fixin’ to have some fun and you’ll want to look the part! See some examples of country get-ups, or just watch a few reruns of Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies and you’ll get the picture.

What happens if there is bad weather?

A little weather won’t stop us from having a good time. If there are major weather warnings in your city during the weekend of the event, check your city’s event webpage and stay tuned for emails with updates.

Can I volunteer?

Get your country on and volunteer for a day of fun! Volunteers are needed to help with various tasks such as checking in 5K race participants, passing out swag, and assisting on the course. Sign up now as a volunteer

Additional Information

  • There will be no refunds for this race. Up to 30 days prior to the event your entry can be transferred to the next year. A $25 transfer fee may apply.
  • Entries are non-transferable.
  • Race Management reserves the right to cancel or modify the event due to unfavorable conditions.
  • Registration fees are not refundable in the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God.”