Not-A-Sprint WEEKEND


3rd Annual Not-a-Sprint Weekend

2024 Weekend Schedule

EventDateTime (EST)
Not-a-Sprint Silent AuctionAugust 21st – September 4th10:00am – 7pm
Attitude & Effort Golf TournamentAugust 31st10:00am
Not-a-Sprint Celebratory DinnerAugust 31st6:30pm
Not-a-Sprint Endurance RunSeptember 1st6am – 6pm

Join us August 31st – September 1st, 2024, for an impactful event that promises to leave a lasting impression. Throwing Bones is excited to host the 2024 Not-A-Sprint Weekend—an extraordinary opportunity for you to show your unwavering support for an incredible cause.

The 2024 Not-A-Sprint Weekend is a powerful platform for us to rally together and make a difference. Every dollar raised during this event will be utilized to empower individuals affected by cancer, fostering their well-being and promoting an active lifestyle throughout their treatment journey. By investing in their physical and mental health, we aim to provide invaluable support and a renewed sense of strength.

In partnership with the beloved family and friends of Kirk Wilkerson, an exemplary figure in both cancer advocacy and community leadership, Throwing Bones is committed to advancing his remarkable legacy. Kirk stood as a pillar of motivation, promoting physical activity and leading initiatives in cancer education and research. Moreover, a significant portion of the funds raised will be directed towards the Kirk Wilkerson Cancer Memorial, a lasting tribute that will benefit East Rutherford High School Athletics. Kirk’s remarkable impact as a mentor and coach touched the lives of countless athletes, shaping their character and guiding them towards success. By contributing to this memorial, we honor Kirk’s dedication and continue his legacy of inspiring young athletes to achieve their full potential.

The 2024 Not-A-Sprint Weekend is more than just an event, it’s an opportunity to make a lasting difference. By participating, you act as a pivotal force for transformation, helping us create a supportive environment for cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Together, let’s celebrate Kirk’s life and accomplishments, while propelling our collective efforts towards a brighter future for patients, caretakers and the support we offer both.

Your participation and generosity will create a ripple effect of hope and healing that will resonate far beyond the event itself. Join us as we make strides towards a healthier, more compassionate world. Together, we can turn the challenges of cancer into triumphs of resilience.

Where to Stay:

Not-a-Sprint Weekend Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Tee Box Sponsors

Friend Sponsors

12, 6 or 3 hour race Sunday, September 1st

Not-a-Sprint Endurance Run

This course is fast! If you’re attempting distance for time, this course is for you. Last year, we had many runners who were able to complete 50 miles in less than 12 hours. Our top runner, ran 64.05 miles and it was her first time running more than 50 miles at one time! 

The race will be a 4.5 mile out and back course beginning at POPS and following the Thermal Belt Rail Trail North to Mill Town Brewing Company in Spindale, and then back to POPS. There will be one aid station at Mill Town Brewing, and one self-serve aid/H2O station in the middle of the course.

There is a measly 95 feet of elevation over the entire course and it is paved the entire way. There will be few road crossings. Volunteers will be on hand to direct runners where necessary, but runners need to be aware of their surroundings at these intersections.

The course is partially to completely shaded on about 35% of the course which should help significantly with September temperatures!

The first runners will leave the Pavilion on Park Square (POPS) at 6am. The first wave will run 12 hours from 6am to 6pm. The second wave will run 6 hours from 6:30am to 12:30am. The third wave will run 3 hours from 7am to 10am.

There will be food, water and electrolytes available at every aid station, and various food choices throughout the day. Runners should also plan on bringing their own supplies to set up near the start/finish. Space will be provided for tables, chairs and tents for runners and their crew. There will be porta potties or public restrooms at miles 0, 4.5, 9, 13.5 and so on.

Half laps will be counted since there will be timing mats at both ends! 

T-shirt, goodie bag, and race bib will be given at packet pickup.

Packet pickup options:

Not-a-Sprint Dinner
Saturday, August 31st, during the Not-a-Sprint dinner. Details on the dinner will be released soon.

Endurance Run
Sunday, September 1st, before the race starting at 5am. Please visit the start/finish area at least 30 minutes prior to your starting time to get checked in.

Emails will go out the week before the race with all options for packet pickup.

Race Registration Deadline:


What You Get:

Race Day Schedule

EventDateTime (EST)
Packet Pick Up (Pavilion on Park Square in Forest City)September 1st 5:30am – 6:30am
12 Hour RaceSeptember 1st 6:00am – 6:00pm
6 Hour RaceSeptember 1st6:30am – 12:30pm
3 Hour RaceSeptember 1st7:00am – 10:00am

A key Throwing Bones event to help people #keepmovingforward

Attitude & Effort Golf Tournament

The Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Putting Competition and Golf Tournament, will be held on Saturday, August 31st at Meadowbrook Golf Club.

The 6700-yard course rolls gently up hills and down through meadows with Henson Creek and Davis Creek creating challenging holes on both nines. The golf course is characterized by its tree-lined fairways and  of water. Henson Creek, Davis Creek, and two ponds come into play on ten holes.


1211 Meadowbrook Rd, Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Shotgun Start:


Cost includes a box lunch.

Tournament Registration Deadline:


A celebratory event on September 2nd.

Not-a-Sprint Dinner

Attention all runners, golfers, and friends! You’re invited to join us for a fantastic dinner celebrating the amazing Not-A-Sprint event. It will take place on Saturday night at 6:30 pm at @138, located at 138 Park Square Circle, Forest City.

We have a scrumptious menu planned just for you to refuel after the tournament or prepare for the endurance run ahead. You can choose from different types of pasta, enjoy fresh salads, warm bread, and delicious desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth. We’ll also have refreshing iced tea and lemonade to quench your thirst. And for those who’d like a drink, there will be a cash bar where you can buy beer and wine.

But it’s not just about the food! The Not-A-Sprint Dinner is a special occasion to come together, meet new people, and celebrate the incredible journey of Not-A-Sprint. Share your stories, listen to others, and have a great time connecting with fellow participants and supporters.

Join us for a memorable evening filled with laughter, good company, and tasty treats. We want to honor all the runners, golfers, and friends who have been a part of this extraordinary event. Let’s raise a glass and toast to their achievements and the spirit of Not-A-Sprint.

Make sure to save the date for the Not-A-Sprint Dinner on Saturday night at 6:30 pm. We can’t wait to see you at @138, where delicious food and wonderful company await.

Dinner Registration Deadline:

Silent Auction 2
Silent Auction Items

Ready to make a difference?

2024 Not-a-Sprint Silent Auction

The silent auction will be a remarkable showcase of items generously donated by local businesses, community members, and supporters.

From luxurious getaways to exclusive experiences, there will be something for everyone to bid on and enjoy.

Auction Dates

Opens: August 21st @ 10am EST
Closes: September 4th @ 8pm EST

Stay tuned to explore the auction!

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2024 Not-a-Sprint Weekend Sponsorship Opportunities

Throwing Bones events are only possible because of the generosity of our donors. For this 2024 Not-a-Sprint Weekend, we have 6 different sponsorship opportunities ranging from $250 to $10,000. In return for being a sponsor, you’ll receive benefits like event tickets, logo and name recognition on banners, individual banners, attire, website and social media, prime race expo placement, item selection to add to the giveaway bag and more!


Ready to make a difference?

2024 Not-a-Sprint Volunteer Opportunities

Everyone who volunteers for Not-a-Sprint weekend is helping make an incredible impact. However, they also get some amazing perks!

We have shifts August 31st and September 1st for the golf tournament, dinner and endurance runs.

All weekend volunteers will receive a free t-shirt AND FREE entry to the 2025 Not A Sprint 3, 6, or 12 Hour Endurance Runs.

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