Friday Night Lights XC Festival

Kernersville, NC

Meet Information

Online Registration Instructions

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Friday Night Lights XC Festival 

(NCHSAA State Meet Course @ Ivey M Redmon Park - Kernersville, NC)

Friday - September, 6th 2019

Sponsored By: JDL Fast Track - Camel City Track Foundation

Hosted By - Mount Tabor High School

Tired of the same old 5ks? How about a Saturday morning free for a long run or time with your family? Friday Night Lights XC Festival is a celebration of distance running for all teams and abilities. This meet will start in the evening and finish under the lights for the Invitational & Championship races.  Professional sound, DJ, vendors,  Chick Fil A, and 5 additional food trucks is available for food, slushy's, dessert and a real fireworks show sponsored by the Town of Kernersville will wrap up this evening of racing! 

Entry Costs: 

$150 for entering 40 or less athletes (combined genders) with payment postmarked by August 1st.

$200 per school for 41 or more athletes (combined genders) with payment postmarked by August 1st.

$200 per school for any school with payment postmarkedAFTER August 1st.

All schools mailing payment postmarked after August 1st the cost is $200.

Individuals representing their member schools may enter for $20 and can be paid on site. 

No unattached runners or club teams are permitted.  Only athletes in 9th-12th grade may participate.

High School teams ONLY.  

Meet is sanctioned for border states with teams from VA, SC, & TN & GA. 

No middle school athletes (grade 6th-8th) from private schools may compete.

A max of 76 full teams will be allowed into the 2019 edition of Friday Night Lights XC Festival on a first entered and PAID  format.

Payment: Checks should be made payable to: Mount Tabor High School.

Payment Address:
Mount Tabor High School
C/O Patrick Cromwell
342 Petree Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27106

Time Schedule:

4:30 pm Park Opens

6:00 pm Developmental - GIRLS 2 Mile - Race Clocks STOPS at 23 min - (Unlimited Entries)

6:20 pm Developmental - BOYS 2 Mile - Race Clocks STOPS at 20 min - (Unlimited Entries)

6:35 pm JV Boys - Blue Race (Invitational Varsity Division) 5k (Up to 8 athletes) - Race Clock STOPS at 24 min 

7:00 pm JV Girls  5k (Up to 7 athletes) - Race Clock STOPS at 25 min

7:25  pm JV Boys - Gold Race (Championship Varsity Division) 5k (Up to 8 athletes) - Race Clock
STOPS at 24 min 

Varsity Races Begin

7:50  pm Invitational Girls Race (Up to 8 runners)

8:15 pm Invitational Boys Race (Up to 8 runners)

8:40 pm Championship Girls Race (Up to 8 runners)

9:10 pm Championship Boys Race (Up to 8 runners)

9:40 pm Fireworks (by the Town of Kernersville)

10:00 pm Park Closed. Safe Travels

Meet may run up to 5 minutes ahead of schedule.  Report to starting line no later than 15 min

prior to listed start time!

TIMING: Professional "chip" timing  done by Rhodes Race Timing.

(Coaches' responsibility to collect chips post-race and return)

COURSE: 2 Mile or 5km at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, NC.

LIGHTING: There will be 40 HIGHWAY TOWERS ILLUMINATING the course.  Sunset is 7:38 pm.


ADMISSION Fee: All Spectators $8  Ages 12 & under Free.

A portion of the gate fee goes to the Town of Kernersville for facility upkeep and course enhancements.

(Only NCHSAA Coaches passes honored for free admission)

AWARDS: (Pick Up adjacent to the DJ tent once results are final and posted online)

Top 10 athletes will be awarded glow in the dark medals for all 5k races.  The Top 2 Teams will be awarded team trophies for all 5k races.   No medals or trophies for the 2 Mile developmental races.

RESULTS: Live results will be available online throughout the evening at

BUS PARKING: Please pull bus into lower lot to unload team and equipment by the softball fields. You will unload your team equipment once parked. Overflow for bus parking (if needed) will be in the lowest lot near the soccer fields like they do at the NCHSAA XC State Championship.

TEAM CAMPS:  Teams can access the team camp area by walking between the softball fields and toward the finish line.

TEAM CAMPS: Team tent area will be adjacent to the finish line area in the fenced off area, NOT at the softball fields. An Overflow tent area will be outside this fencing in the last section of the parking lot closest to course at the Mile mark. Do NOT put tents within 20 feet of the finish line straightaway fence so we can leave room for spectators.

CONCESSIONS:  (Chick Fil-A , Zeko's Food Truck, Pacific Rim (Asian), Kona Ice, Ice Cream Truck, & a Dessert Truck.

Food Trucks will be available in the parking area adjacent to the finish line.  There will be FIVE food trucks in all. These vendors will also serve refreshments. Water will also be provided to all athletes and spectators by Primo.

Teams should also bring their own water coolers for their squad.

REGISTRATION: Please pick up your packet at the Mount Tabor navy blue tent near finish line labeled packet pick up. Your race numbers (bibs), shoe timing chips, pins, trash bag, instructions for the timing chips, receipt, and a course map and wristbands for all competing athletes and 2 coaches. You must put on your athlete and coach wristbands before entering the team area.

Team managers, athletes NOT competing, and "extra" coaches can receive wristbands when you check in. 
PLEASE JUST ASK.  However, these individuals MUST come in with the team all at once at packet pick up.

NOTE: You, as the coach, are ultimately responsible for the timing chips.  Make sure they are properly fastened into the athletes' shoe laces and returned by you all at once. There will be instructions inside your packet.The Coach should collect all chips and return in the Ziploc bag after your last race. The coach and school will be financially responsible for any lost chips.


T-SHIRTS: A "Friday Night Lights" t-shirt will be available for purchase for $20 at the JDL Fast Track Tent.
Only 600 will 
be available and they always always sell out!

A portion of the event proceeds goes to the JDL/Camel City Track Foundation 
that provides opportunities to under served groups in the area and free use of their facility.

MEDICAL:  A certified trainer, 1 transport ambulance, and an Ambulance "Bus" will be just outside the finish line chute area for any medical situations.   Please have a coach, parent, or other designee to help your athletes that may need assistance.   A Gator will trail each race with two MD's aboard to attend to emergencies on the course.

RULES: ALL NCHSAA RULES WILL BE FOLLOWED.  Follow them and please follow instructions from the starter, course marshals, parking attendants, finish line officials, and everyone else volunteering their time to help pull off this event.

DIRECTIONS: Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex - 808 Beeson Rd Kernersville, NC

From Winston-Salem

Take I-40 East to exit 203, Hwy 66. Take a left on to Hwy 66. At Shields Rd. take a left. Continue to Beeson Rd, take a left on to Beeson Rd. Fields will be on your right.

From Charlotte

Take I-85 North to I-85 Business North/US 52N towards Lexington/Winston Salem. Continue on US 52N. Take the exit onto I-40 E/US-311 S toward Greensboro/High Point. Take exit 203 for N Carolina 66 toward Kernersville. Take a left on to Hwy 66. At Shields Rd. take a left. Go left on Beeson Rd. Fields will be on the right.

From Raleigh

Take I-40 West to exit 203 for N Carolina 66 toward Kernersville. Go right on to Hwy 66. At Shields Rd. go left. Take a left on to Beeson Rd. The fields will be on your right.

For additional meet info contact: Patrick Cromwell at