The Race for Steak

Sunday, October 10, 2021 • The Angus Barn • Raleigh, NC

Race for Steak: 9 a.m. • Walk for Hope: 10 a.m. • Festival: 10:30 a.m. 

Held on the same morning as our annual Walk for Hope, the Race for Steak is a USA Track & Field Certified run (NC091116NW) held in Raleigh, North Carolina with a timed 5k route. 100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. And, just as critically, it helps call attention to the stigma and significance of these often invisible illnesses, which affect as many as one in five American adults.

Route Details

The Race for Steak features a 5k (3.1 miles) route that begins at the Angus Barn on Hwy 70, turns around just before the Umstead Visitor Center, and returns to the Angus Barn.



The Race for Steak takes place the same morning as the Walk for Hope, just earlier – you can do both!  It is more than just a community event—it’s a huge fundraiser that directly funds the research and treatment of mental illness. Most of our walkers and runners raise the money they need to participate; in fact, the average participant in the race raises at least $150.

Many of our runners also participate in the Walk and the Festival – it’s all one price!

  • For some clever ways on raising $60 and beyond, click here (opens as a PDF).
  • To learn more about where these fundraising dollars go, click here.



Please Note:
Online pre-registration for the Run will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 7

Early Check-In Days

Beat the crowd and save time! Prior to Event Day, participants can register, turn in collection envelopes, and pick up T-shirts and event armbands at the Angus Barn. We STRONGLY encourage all participants to pre-register and attend Early Check-In days.

  • Thursday, October 7: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Walk & Festival)
  • ​Friday, October 8: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Walk, Run & Festival)
  • Saturday, October 9: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Walk, Run & Festival)

Same-Day Registration

Race for Steak registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The Race for Steak begins at 9 a.m.
Walk for Hope registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The Walk for Hope begins at 10 a.m.

To encourage early registration and check-in, ALL Event Day prices increase by $5.


A team consists of five or more participants, and teams can include walkers and runners (and runners who also walk)! You can join your team when you register online. 100% of the money raised by our participants and teams goes directly to fund mental illness research.

And if you really want to go for the gold, teams who raise $5,000 or more earn a custom flag printed with their team name for next year’s event. Once you have a flag, for each subsequent year your team raises $5,000 or more, we will attach a patch with that year on it! The week of the Walk, the flags wave from the Angus Barn wall along Route 70. Flags can also be carried on the Walk proudly!


Where should I park?

Parking is available just minutes away from the Angus Barn. There are no drop-offs at the Angus Barn, but FREE Walk shuttles will be available 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Run and the Walk both take off from and return to the Angus Barn restaurant, located at 9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617.

What is there to eat?

Breakfast items will be provided. All registered participants are welcome to join the Walk for Hope and Festival at the Angus Barn, with kids’ activities, great food, music and more.

Is there a course time limit?

Yes, all runners must be off the course by 9:50am because the Walk kicks off at 10:00am! There will be a dedicated run lane up to the Finish line so runners do not have to dodge other pedestrians.

Are there rest stops and bathrooms?

Rest stops with water and snacks are available along the route, and port-a-potties are located throughout the festival area onsite at the Angus Barn property. There are also Hopemobiles available along the route for anyone who needs a ride.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Pets are not allowed at this event (with the exception of certified assistance animals). Please leave your pets at home.

Can I run with a stroller?

Yes absolutely! If you bring a child, please remember to bring a stroller, infant carrier, baby jogger or wagon.

What happens if there is bad weather?

The Race for Steak runs in rain or sunshine. In the event of severe weather, we will post updates on our website and social media accounts. There are no refunds of the registration fee.

How do I win prizes?

Prizes are awarded for the top 3 overall male and female runners, as well as the top male and female runners in each age group.