The Rookie Run ‘N’ Walk 5K


The Rookie Run ‘N’ Walk is a beginners event designed to take the fear and anxiety out of a typical 5k by offering an untimed event using the same race course as the regular 5K. Buddies will line the course to give you encouragement as you take control of your fear and overcome a great obstacle.

Proceeds will benefit the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. Click here for more information on their programs.

  • Why

    Cadie Jessup: Founder of The Rookie Run ‘N’ Walk 5k

    In 2009, a blood clot resulted in the amputation of my left leg above the knee. Prior to this, I lived a very active and athletic lifestyle. I felt lost after my amputation. I thrived when I was active and didn’t know what my “new” life would be like. I vowed to do whatever it took to regain the confidence sports gave me. Seven months after receiving my prosthetic leg, I completed my first-ever triathlon. Completing the triathlon was amazing, but what was more of a boost was the crowd’s reaction. I was the only amputee participating and everyone seemed inspired by my effort.
    My athletic pursuits and challenges have only increased since my amputation. Not only do I strive to be active and challenge myself, I make it a point to mentor, coach, and inspire others to do the same. In fact, I find my greatest joy in seeing someone achieve something they never thought possible.
    I coach amputee running. Hearing an amputee say they can’t run (or walk) a 5k saddened me. I could answer most of their objections, but understood when they said they were embarrassed to participate in a “normal” 5k. Even when I was a runner prior to my amputation, I was nervous about running in 5ks so I understood their fear.
    This inspired me to create a 5k for the true beginner. It is an untimed event and will be held within the constraints of a park so no one who isn’t participating in the event will see them. It takes the fear and anxiety out of the event as much as possible. I will have “buddies” along the course to help them when they fatigue or start doubting themselves. I envision participants will be people of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. I want to show them there is nothing that can hold them back from achieving this goal. To help them achieve this goal, I will implement a weekly in-person and virtual training program.
    Today, my vision and dream of a beginner 5k becomes a reality.

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At the OrthoCarolina 10k/5K Classic – Food Truck and Beer Fest
Saturday August 19, 2017
6:30 AM Packet Pick Up
7:35 AM Race Start
10:00 AM Event over
Limited to 300 participants.


OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine
1915 Randolph Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28207

Be a Buddy

Share a person’s exhilaration and excitement as he or she crosses the finish line of their first 5k.

The goal of The Rookie Run ‘N’ Walk is to provide an opportunity for someone to reach a goal they never dreamed possible. We will take the fear and anxiety out of the 5k by offering an untimed event.
A buddy runs or walks with a Rookie Run ‘N’ Walk participant. They offer encouragement and support throughout the event whether it is at the start line of somewhere along the course.

Be a Buddy. Sign up for The Rookie Run ‘N’ Walk today.

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