5K start 8:30 am, Kids race 9:30

About Race

Mettle Events continues its annual Thanksgiving Day 5K for its second year at an exciting new venue, New Town in Williamsburg, VA. After eight successful years in Down Town and a successful first year in New Town, we're thrilled to be working with the many great merchants in New Town to expand upon our holiday tradition that provides all that you've come to expect from a Mettle Events race; a great fitness and family oriented event with something for everyone. We'll have great T-shirts, finisher medals, local food and entertainment. Event proceeds will benefit R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA. Also this year we’ll be collecting nonperishable food items for FISH. FISH, Inc. of Williamsburg, Virginia, is an all-volunteer not-for-profit agency providing help to residents of the greater Williamsburg area. During 2016, FISH provided food equivalent to over 150,000 meals.

Events will be held for children and a raffle of outstanding food & wine items will help raise money to help local charities.

Event Highlights

About New Town

New Town is Williamsburg's vibrant 365-acre community where people play, work and live. With more than 170 shops and restaurants to choose from, a host of service businesses and a charming main street, New Town really is Your Town. Take a break to enjoy our 12-screen movie theater, parks and walking trails, concerts and special events. Whether you visit for an afternoon - or change your address to one of New Town's residential streets – you're sure to find a place in Town to call your own.

Event Information

5K start 8:30 am, Kids race 9:30 New Town

This race will be timed using the Chronotrack B-tag timing system. No other timing chips can be used. Please click on the following link for B-tag usage instructions. B-Tag Instructions


Awards ceremony will start at 10:00am located in NEW TOWN. Enjoy great post-race refreshments. Stick around for great awards and a great raffle with many wines and gourmet food products supplied by our many great race sponsors.

Age Groups Recognized

5K age groups as follows top three Male & Female Overall, Top three Male & Female Walkers and Top three Male & Female in each age group will receive an award.11 and Under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. First Place Overall Male & Female will each receive special prize.

5K Course Map

(Map depicts longer distance, but this is an accurately measured 5K course)

Download a detailed course map here

Kids Race Map:


Online registration is available here.


5K - $35 until Oct. 1; $40 until Nov 22 and $45 on race day 1 Mile Kids Fun Run - $15

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“Fabulous job today! Thank you for taking great care of our charity and accommodating us all weekend! You guys went over the top and truly made us feel special... Awesome event!”

Abbey B.


Packet Pickup:

Packet pickup will occur on Wednesday, November 22nd at Pivot Physical Therapy (formerly Tidewater Physical Therapy) located in New Town at 4125 Ironbound Road #100 Williamsburg, VA 23188 between 3 and 7 PM. Avoid long race day lines and pick up early if you can. Since the race will be timed with the disposable Chronotrack B-tag system, you will be able to pick up your timing chip as well. So you will have everything you need to hit the starting line on race day!

Race Day:

Race morning packet pickup and late registration will occur between the hours of 7 and 8 AM at Sullivan Square on Center Street in New Town. 4301 New Town Ave, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Ample FREE parking is available in the surrounding lots of the New Town Shopping District. Click here to view the parking options.

Non-perishable Food Donation:

Please bring non-perishable food items for FISH to either packet pickup or on race day. FISH, Inc. of Williamsburg, Virginia, is an all-volunteer not-for-profit agency providing help to residents of the greater Williamsburg area. During 2016, FISH provided food equivalent to over 150,000 meals. Find out more about FISHhere.

Coming Soon


The success of MettleEvents races depends on volunteers who give their time and energy in a variety of ways in support of these events. Many volunteer positions for this event still need to be filled. We ask that you, your family or group please consider signing up for one of these positions.

As an event volunteer, you will receive great satisfaction appreciation from your fellow athletes and the event charity. Volunteering at this event can also provide you or your group with community services hours that may be needed. On top of that each volunteer will receive a free race premium and goodie bag as well as being able to attend a very fun post-race party.

To register as an individual or group volunteer for the event, please click on the link below, read through the job descriptions, check the job for which you would like to perform and complete the necessary personal information.


See your 2017 live results and finisher videos here

Event Sponsors

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Benefiting r.f. wilkinson family ymca

All funds donated to R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA benefit the following program areas: Bright Beginnings Program, 3-4 yr. old Preschool Scholarship Program, YMCA Camp Kekoka Overnight Camp Scholarship Program, Safety Around Water Program, Summer Day Camp Scholarship Program, 2nd Grade Learn To Swim Program, Diabetes Prevention Program, Individual and Family Membership Financial Assistance Scholarship Program, Teen Leaders Club Program(high school), Junior Leaders Club Program (middle school) Even if you can’t be there in person, you can still donate;



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