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.Register or Donate See the Competition
TUXEDO TROT 5K
A beautiful course that utilizes the Greensboro Science Center, Lawndale Drive and Country Park.
Start time: 8am
$25 through February 28, 2018
$30 from March 1 through noon on May 17, 2018
$35 at packet pick up and on race day
KIDS' FUN RUN
presented by Greensboro Pediatricians
A short course through the Greensboro Science Center's zoo that includes child-friendly obstacles.
Start time: 9am
$15 through noon on May 17, 2018
$20 at packet pick up and on race day
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Wayne Jones and Susie Karczewski