Virtual - OPEN | In-Person - SOLD OUT

On September 17, 1920, at Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership in downtown Canton, Ohio, owners representing 10 professional football teams met, organized and formed the American Professional Football Association. The name was changed to the National Football League in 1922.



For the past century, the NFL has grown in popularity and become a fabric of our culture. On September 17-19, 2020, we will celebrate the National Football League’s 100th birthday in the city where it was born. Join us for this memorable 5K run/walk as we take you through 10 decades of professional football.

Race Date: Saturday, September 19th, 2020

In-Person Race Start / Finish: 8:00AM in Stadium Park near the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A staggered starting schedule will be sent to all participants on August 21st.



​​Race Distance: 3.1 miles / 5K

Time Limit: No Time Limit - Runners and Walkers

Virtual / In-Person Format: Run at home or run with us in Canton

Race Beneficiary: Timken Family Cancer Center

Awards: In-Person AND Virtual - Top 5 Men / Women, Top Male & Female Master & Grand Master, 5 Deep in Age Groups 1-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+ Prizes to every 100th finisher in the in-person and virtual race.

Runner SWAG: HUGE finisher medal, cool event shirt, door prizes, food & beverage

Team Competition: You will randomly be placed on 1 of 10 teams that represent the 10 decades of the NFL. The winning team members will receive a special prize. The team competition is for the in-person AND virtual events.

Virtual Option: You can elect to Run at Home rather than come to Canton.

In-Person Run of Show

  • Friday, September 11th – We will mail your race bib and social wrist band to your home.

  • Saturday, September 19th

    • First Group starts at 8:00am

    • Last group starts at 10:30am

    • You will run in pre-assigned groups of 10 people, starting every 3 minutes

    • Awards Ceremony – Virtually on Facebook Live at 4pm

Virtual Run of Show

  • Monday, September 7th through Saturday, September 12th

    • Packet Shipment

    • Social Media Buildup

  • Monday, September 14th through Saturday, September 19th

    • Virtual Running across the USA

    • Final Run on Saturday

  • Sunday, September 20th

    • Post Virtual Results

    • Post Prizes

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to come to Canton to run?

A: No. You can register as a virtual runner and run at home wherever you live. We will send you your event shirt, finisher medal, and race bib one week before the event. You simply run and let us know what your time was. We will include you in the Virtual Run Results


Q: Why would I want to come to Canton to do this run?

A: The 5K is part of a larger planned celebration of the first 100 years of the NFL. There will be a variety of activities here in Canton that will be family oriented and fun! Our course will be based in Downtown Canton and the new Centennial Plaza. The race itself will be really cool as we take you through 10 decades of the NFL along the course and past the actual location where the NFL was born. The in-person race will also have great overall and age group awards. Most importantly we want to run together in a safe environment so look for our NEW safety procedures!


Q: What about the COVID-19 situation? Will this race even be approved?

A: We honestly don’t know. We will follow all of the State of Ohio mandates regarding Mass Gatherings and Sporting Events.

Q: How will the in-person race work?

A: Runners will receive their race bibs in the mail the week prior to the event. Everyone will be assigned a specific starting time. You will run in groups of 10 people starting every 3 minutes. You will be grouped with others of similar ability. You will be asked to wear a mask prior to and up until the start of your group. You will be asked to wear your mask immediately after you finish. We will provide masks if you do not have one. Once you finish you will receive your event shirt, finisher medal, and a bag of goodies. We will kindly ask you to leave once you have finished your race.


Q: What do I get with my race registration?

A: You will receive a limited-edition event shirt, a large finisher medal, a very unique race bib, and a safe and family friendly event. Virtual runners will receive those items as well as 3 digital commemorative Mile Markers and a digital start / finish line to use when they run at home.


Q: Who benefits from this race?

A: The event is part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon series. We have selected the Timken Family Cancer Center at Aultman Hospital as our race benefactor.


Q: I am not a runner. Can I walk the event?

A: Yes. There is not a time limit to finish the race here in Canton. We encourage everyone to participate.


Q: What if I change my mind about running in-person?

A: Not a problem! Just let us know by September 7th so we can mail your stuff to you.



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