About Tuxedo Trot

The Tuxedo Trot: Run for the Penguins is a fun, family-friendly event created by the Greensboro Science Center's Conservation Committee to raise funds for endangered African penguins. The birds' population has declined dramatically in the past 10 years and there is an urgent need for your help. 100% of profits will be donated to African penguin conservation.

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A beautiful course that utilizes the Greensboro Science Center, Lawndale Drive and Country Park.

Start time: 8am

Registration Fees:
$25 through February 28, 2018
$30 from March 1 through noon on May 17, 2018
$35 at packet pick up and on race day

presented by Greensboro Pediatricians
A short course through the Greensboro Science Center's zoo that includes child-friendly obstacles.

Start time: 9am

Registration Fees
$15 through noon on May 17, 2018
$20 at packet pick up and on race day

New in 2018


Our race, with its fun, no-pressure, family-friendly atmosphere, has always been a great one for walkers and those attempting their first 5K. If you’re just getting starting in the world of running, this is the perfect year to join us! The 2018 Tuxedo Trot will feature pacers -- experienced runners who can set the pace and help you reach your goals. We’ll have folks setting the pace for everything from an eight-minute mile to a walking group.

Bag Check

Are you excited about the race, but don't want to schlep your stuff with you on the course? Great news -- thanks to the team at Fleet Feet, you won't have to! They’ll have a tent for bag check set up at the Tuxedo Trot beginning at 7:00 a.m. They’ll give you a bag, mark it with your race number and watch over it for you while you run, walk or waddle your way to 5K!

Gear Night

Register by February 28 and you’ll be invited to an exclusive Gear Night at Fleet Feet Greensboro just for Tuxedo Trot participants! The talented team at Fleet Feet will be on hand to help you prepare for the race by sharing their expertise at four stations: shoes, socks, sports bras (with fittings!), and apparel/accessories. There will even by a nutrition tasting station (yay for food!!!!) and free socks for all who participate. Don’t forget – register by February 28, then keep an eye on your email for additional details!

Runner Awards:

Awards will be given to the top male and female in the following age groups: overall, 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80 and over.

Costume Awards:

We also give out three awards for best costume, so be sure to come dressed in your penguin best. The costume contest starts at 7:30 in front of Admissions. Winners are based on audience votes, so be extra cute and creative to earn their applause.

Enthusiasm Awards:

Yes, you can win an award at the Tuxedo Trot for just being awesome...and enthusiastic. These are based on staff and volunteer nominations, so be sure to penguin...er, ham it up if you see our team! We'll call your bib number during the awards ceremony so listen up to hear your number called.

Awards Ceremony:

We start the awards ceremony as close to 9:00 as we can. We know this overlaps with the 9am start of the Fun Run. We'll hold your award for you if you're unable to make it to the ceremony. All awards must be picked up on site. They cannot be mailed.

SO WHAT ARE THESE AWARDS? That's a surprise. But we can tell you they'll be created for YOU especially by our penguins.




Why not? They're funny, adorable and smell like fish. Plus, they need your help... Read on.
The cold weather birds get all the hype. It's about time our warm-weather penguin pals get some love. Plus, their populations are declining very rapidly, with no turn-around in sight.

Yup. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species says "immediate conservation action is required to prevent further declines."

But, fear not! You can help. Sign up to run and help save a species. And if you can't run, donate.


An awesomely fun time! Isn't that enough? No? Okay, you'll get other stuff, including an awesome T-shirt (T-Shirts only guaranteed to the first 500 registrants), a medal (for the 5K and the Fun Run), the satisfied feeling that comes with helping to save a species and whatever else we decide.
Race day registration will be available as long as there is room.


The Kids' Fun Run is for children 10 and younger. The 5K is for anyone that can make it 5K.
It's not necessary, but if needed, one adult may run to assist your child.
Not to run. We don't want to risk stepping in... well, you know. Fido is welcome to watch the 5K, though. There's plenty of room on the sidelines.

Yes, but you'll have to start in back.

Strollers are strongly discouraged on the Fun Run due to the obstacles. It's tough to make a stroller jump over bales of hay. Trust us... we tried.


Friday, May 18, 2018 at Fleet Feet from 4-7pm - 3731 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27455 (336) 288-7071

Saturday, May 19, 2018 7-8am: Greensboro Science Center – 4301 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455 (336) 288-3769

Fleet Feet generously shares a portion of their sales during Packet Pickup to the Tuxedo Trot, so be sure to buy some great merchandise when you stop by!

At least 90 minutes before your race begins. The Greensboro Science Center's parking lot will be closed to traffic during the 5K (which begins at 8am) so be sure to arrive well ahead of that time.

Plus, if you arrive early, you can meet and mingle with our race sponsors. Check out their giveaways, grab some coupons, play games, enter raffles, and enjoy some yummy food.

Parking is available at the Greensboro Science Center, but spaces are limited, so carpool. Arrive early and carpool. Oh yeah, and please carpool. The lot WILL be closed to traffic during the race, so reallly... arrive early and carpool.

Additional parking is available at the Spencer Love Tennis Center located at 3802 Jaycee Park Drive. (But still... carpool.)

The same thing a penguin would wear... Black and white. Costumes are highly encouraged!
What, you want MORE? Fine, we'll feed you AND let you into the Greensboro Science Center on race day free of charge (you must present your bib to enter). You also get a custom t-shirt (5K and Fun Run), an awesome medal (5K and Fun Run), live chip timing and results (5K only), and complimentary key/bag check provided by Fleet Feet Greensboro.

Sure is! But you don't have to be fast to participate. This race is more about having fun, celebrating these amazing little animals and in the process, giving them a fighting chance for the future.

The course is not certified.

You'll get wet. It's okay, though. That'll just make the experience more penguin-like. They do swim, you know.
We'll consider changing the charity to support emperor penguins.
If it rains, there will be plenty of water, but just in case there will be one water stop.


Email Tux at tux5k@greensboroscience.org.