Information About the Race



On Saturday, May 18, 2019, 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 at 9:00 A.M. and festivities will continue until noon.

There’s 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.


Three Days of Fun!

See our Event Schedule page for special Tackle the Tar activities on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


1 Mile Kids Obstacle Race

A special 1 Mile Kids Obstacle Race will take place at TBA 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. Take advantaged of reduced prices by registering early. The cost will be $20 on race day.


2018 Tackle the Tar Schedule

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

2018 Heat Schedule

  • 9am – Competitive Heat (50 Person Max) – Timed
  • 9:10am – Competitive Heat (50 Person Max) – Timed
  • 9:20am – Competitive Heat (50 Person Max) – Timed
  • 9:30am – Fun Run Heat (100 Person Max) – Timed
  • 9:45am – Fun Run Heat (100 Person Max) – Timed
  • 10:00am – Fun Run Heat (100 Person Max) – Timed
  • 10:15am – Local College Heat (100 Person Max) – Timed
  • TBA – NRMPS Heat
  • TBA – 1 Mile Kids Obstacle Race (Ages 8-13)

Cash Prizes

We are offering cash prizes for the best performers in our competitive heats.

Our competitive heat will be limited to our competitive heats.  Cash prizes are to be determined.

Top Male

  • 1st $750 each
  • 2nd $500 each
  • 3rd $250 each

Top Females

  • 1st $750 each
  • 2nd $500 each
  • 3rd $250 each

We will be awarding additional prizes, to be announced.