Following recommendations from the CDC, our President, and NC Governor Roy Cooper, we are postponing the Follow Your Heart 5k. It is our intention to reschedule this event in 2020.

The 6th Annual Heart for Monroe – Follow Your Heart 5k takes place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8:00am in Downtown Monroe!  The event brings the community together to address hunger, homelessness, education, and relationships in our area. As part of our 6 year celebration, we want to invite our entire community to join us by running, walking, or just cheering for our runners, students, and running buddies. This Follow Your Heart 5k will be an event to remember in downtown Monroe.

Your registration fee provides Title 1 schools in Union County with mentoring programs, school supplies, and other essential items they may not be able to afford otherwise. Race participation will support the students and teachers of Benton Heights Elementary, East Elementary, Rock Rest Elementary, Walter Bickett Elementary, Marshville Elementary, Wingate Elementary, Union Elementary, East Union Middle, Monroe Middle, Monroe High, and Forest Hills High.

By running or walking, you will also support families and individuals from the Union County Community Shelter, Turning Point, as well as UCPS students that are in need of beds, bedding, new pillows and more. Show your Heart for Monroe by registering for the Follow Your Heart 5k or sponsor a student to run! Hope to see you on the race course April 4th!

WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8:00am (Downtown Monroe at the Union County Courthouse between Jefferson St & Main St)

WHORace is open to all ages including runners and walkers.


  • $25 for students and teachers
  • $30 standard registration with a cotton t-shirt
  • $35 upgrade registration with a performance tee
  • $25 donate a race package for a student

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITYSponsor a child/student from a Title 1 school in Union County. Each student that participates in the race will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal.

ALL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVEA string bag, race t-shirt, and finisher’s medal.

The race will be officially timed and the course will be USATF certified.
Packet Pickup

The Follow Your Heart 5K race packet pickup will be held Friday, April 3, 2020. It will be held at Monroe Middle School from 4pm to 7pm in the cafeteria.

Monroe Middle School
601 E Sunset Dr, Monroe, NC 28112
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Race Day Packet Pickup: Race packets will also be available from 6:30am-7:30am race morning at the check-in tent located at intersection of West Jefferson and Main St. in downtown Monroe.

Race Day Info

6:30-7:30 a.m. – Packet Pickup (intersection of West Jefferson and Main St.)

8:00 a.m. – Race begins by Historic Union County Courthouse

There will be a water station located at a place on the course that you will pass twice so there are two opportunities to get water.

Restrooms will be available.

Volunteers: Volunteers need to report at 7am unless otherwise notified.

Course Map

Click on the button below to download a PDF of the course map.