Information About the Race


On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Rocky Mount Rotary Club is hosting a 13323594_1737465619798430_6899351292898425527_oTACKLE THE TAR mud run and fun day at the Sports Complex.  The first heat begins with our kid’s 1 mile fun run at 8:45 A.M. and festivities will continue until noon.

Tackle the Tar is a 5K OBSTACLE COURSE RACE that starts at the Rocky Mount Sports complex and courses through historic Battle Park and the E.B. Grain Company property.  It comes complete with a MUD PIT and 15+ OBSTACLES to overcome.  All racers will receive: T-shirt, medal, one free beer (if over 21), and goodie bag.  See FAQ for more information. Learn more about our Obstacles.

Suggestion: Don’t wear your Sunday best to run the course!

RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE since proceeds from Tackle the Tar will be used to fund scholarships for our local colleges.

Suggestion: Run with the idea that you’re sending young adults to college.

Note on Pricing: Only race participants need to register and pay.  The event is FREE to spectators.  We welcome you to invite your friends and family to enjoy the music & festivities and watch you race.  Spectators will only need cash for parking and food and goods that you choose to purchase from vendors.  Read our FAQ page for more details.

Packet Pickup

Race packets will be available on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of race week. See our Event Schedule page for more information about the times and locations for packet pickup. 

1 Mile Kids Obstacle Race

A special 1 Mile Kids Obstacle Race will take place at 8:45 A.M. This race will include many of the same perks of the regular 5K race, including a T-Shirt and Medal. There will be 8+ obstacles designed with kids in mind. Tickets for the 1 Mile Kids Obstacle Race are also available for purchase through EventBrite. The cost is $25.

2020 Tackle the Tar Schedule

Visit our Event Schedule page to learn more about what is happening Friday Evening, and Race day.

To purchase tickets and view available heat times, go to Register/Pricing.