Pemberton 24

Pemberton 24 - Festival of 5Ks

How many 5Ks can you run in 24 hours? Find out at the Pemberton 24 - Festival of 5Ks, a new event that will be held from Sept. 20-21. A  5K will start every hour on the hour for 24 hours. Runners can complete up to a total of 75 miles.

This event is a partnership between Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism and Algonquin Ultras Inc.

Participants are invited to run as many 5Ks as they like, whether it's one, five or all 24.

The course will be a 5K trail run at Pemberton Park. There will be a well-stocked aid station at the start/finish of the 5Ks, which will have cold water, snacks, gels, chips, sodas and more. Camping will be available. Tents only; no electricity provided. There will also be a festival atmosphere, with food vendors, beer and music. 

Runners can compete as individuals or as part of a four-person team.


  • Date: Friday, Sept. 20-Saturday, Sept. 21
  • Times: 
    • Friday, Sept. 20
      • 4 p.m.: Grounds open and on-site packet pickup/check-in begins
      • 7 p.m.: First 5K begins
    • 5Ks continue every hour on the hour through 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, with a 0.6 mile race afterward. 
  • Registration Fees:
    • Early registration: $50
    • Late Registration: $60 (Available Sept. 1-8 if space remains. Registration closes Sept. 8.)
    • The shirt deadline is Aug. 31. Long-sleeved shirts are available for an additional $5 if reserved by that date. 
    • Camping: $10 for a 10-foot by 10-foot space. The deadline to register for camping is Aug. 31. Max of one camping site per registrant.
  • Runners must have: 
    • Headlamp (if you plan to run any night 5Ks)
    • Water bottle or hydration belt/vest (this will be a cupless race)
    • Cup for soda
    • Chair to sit on between races


  • There is a 300-participant cap on the race.
  • Register Online
  • Bring a completed registration form and payment to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office (500 Glen Ave., Salisbury, MD; open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.)


The Pemberton 24 will not be a typical race. There will be a timing clock; however, winners will be determined based on a point system. 

Runners will earn points for each 5K they run. A runner's placement is important (for the Top 5 men and women), but not their times. To earn the point, runners must complete the 5K course in under an hour -- before the next one starts. 

Participants can earn the following points: 

  • 1 point for completing each 5K
  • 1 additional point for completing each 5K during the hours of midnight, 1 a.m., 2 a.m., 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Participants will also earn points depending on how they place in each race.

Placing points for each 5K: 

  • 4 extra points for placing as the first male or female
  • 3 extra points for placing as the second male or female
  • 2 extra points for placing as the third male or female
  • 1 extra point for placing as the fourth or fifth male or female
In the case of a tie for male or female, the 0.6-mile race at the end will determine the winner.

Categories and Winners

There will be two categories: the individual category and the team category. Those competing in the team category will not have their points count toward the individual category. Each category will wear a different bib color.

The team category will include teams of four runners. Runners who compete in the team category will have their points added with the points of their three teammates for a combined score. Teams can draw points from either males' or females' placing points, so there will be just one division for teams (not a male division and female division).

Awards will be given for the Top 3 individuals for both men and women and the Top 3 teams. 


If a runner quits, cuts short (and tells race officials) or finishes late for any 5Ks, he or she is still welcome to run the next 5K on the next hour, but the runner will not receive a point for the 5K that he or she quit/cut short or finished late in. 

If a runner cuts the course and does not tell race officials, that is cheating. Any runner caught cheating will be disqualified. 

Runners can aid other runners on the course, but cannot receive aid from a crew or others not running the race, unless it is at the start/finish location. Crews are welcome to help runners at the start/finish. No pacers are allowed. No crew members are allowed on the course.

Sponsorship and Vendors

Interested in being a sponsor or vendor at this inaugural event? Learn more and fill out the application here.


James Simmons: 410-548-4900 x114,

Trent Swanson: 443-944-1240,

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