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Community Center: 

Hours of Operation: 
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
​Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Winter Hours (Nov. 1 – Feb. 28):
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Physical Address:
715 Amelia Church Road
Clayton, NC 27520

35th Annual Clayton Road Race – USATF Sanctioned 5K, Health Walk and Tot Trot on May 12, 2018​

Have you ever wanted to run through the scenic streets of Downtown Clayton? Now’s your chance!

The 35th Annual Clayton Road Race is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12, complete with a chip-timed, USA Track & Field sanctioned 5K race for runners ages 7 and up – a 5K health walk for those who just want to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Town – and a 0.1 tot trot for the little ones!

Register by Sunday, April 22 and pay just $25! After that registration increases to $35 through May 10. Registration on the day of the race day costs $40. The tot trot costs $5.

Click here to register online, and click here for a map of the race. You can also register in person at the Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Road. Sign up by April 22 to make sure you get a T-shirt!

Join the hundreds of people who compete each year in one of the Triangle’s longest-running road races!  For more than three decades, the annual Clayton Road Race has brought out everyone from 7-year-olds to 70-year-olds to enjoy a scenic and challenging 5K through Downtown Clayton! Both runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.

Would your little one love a race bid and a ribbon of their own? Sign them up for the 0.1-mile tot trot! Kids ages 6 and under will run two city blocks along Horne Street and through the finish line!

On race day, register and pick up your timing chip and T-shirt from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton. Parking is available in lots at The Clayton Center and Town Square, as well as Clayton High School and anywhere you can find a spot along our downtown roads.

Returning for 2018, racers will be timed by chips that start counting when YOU cross the starting line. That provides ultra-accurate timing and split times at one and two miles! Awards will be given to top finishers in different age groups, and water is available at the half-way mark.

For more info, call the Town of Clayton’s Parks and Recreation Department at 919-553-1550.

Road Closures and Traffic Considerations

The race route runs through the streets of Downtown Clayton as well as the Candlewood and Willow Park neighborhoods. Unless noted otherwise, the following streets will be COMPLETELY CLOSED from about 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12:

East Horne
East Second (Closed from Fayetteville to Lombard – 100, 200, 300 blocks)
West Horne
West Second
Hamby (Closed from Fayetteville to Lombard – 100, 200, 300 blocks)
Jones Circle
South Church (Closed from Horne to Main)
South Fayetteville (Closed from Main to U.S. 70 Business)
South O’Neil (Closed from Blanche to Second)
South Robertson (Closed from Main to U.S. 70 Business)
Willow Drive

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this two-hour community tradition, but hope you'll come out to support one of the longest-running races in the Triangle! If you live on one of these streets and need to drive somewhere during the closures, please plan ahead and park the night before along one of the streets not affected by the race route.

Thank you for your patience and good luck to all the runners! 

Previous Race Results


Congrats to everyone who participated in the 34th Annual Clayton 5K Road Race today! Awesome run by Shan Guo of Cary with his winning time of 18:01! Three seconds behind him was 14-year-old Zachary Clark of Garner and coming in 3rd overall with a time of 18:42 was 17-year-old Andrew Amaya of Clayton.

Finishing first for the females was Lori Ligouri of California with 21:48. Right behind her at 21:52 was Susan Brosnan, followed by 18-year-old Rachel Strickland of Clayton with 21:56!

We had an 8-year-old AND a 74-year-old bound across the finish line! Special thanks to the Clayton Police Department and the residents of Downtown Clayton for helping us hold this community tradition! CLICK HERE FOR FULL 2017 RACE RESULTS


What a beautiful day & great turnout for the annual Clayton Parks and Recreation run through Downtown Clayton, NC! We had 73-year-old finishers and 6-year-old finishers! We had a Councilman, a Great Dane, and another dog named Eddie Vedder! We had strollers, walkers, and an entire family of 6 who finished the race! Thank you to everyone who participated and THANK YOU to all the residents and businesses of Downtown Clayton for sparing a few hours on a Saturday in May each year for this Clayton community tradition! Congrats to 14-year-old Ethan Frey of Garner on his 18:09 finish! And Alicia Rider, a return 1st place female finisher, with her time of 20:26!  CLICK HERE FOR FULL 2016 RACE RESULTS.

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