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July 27, 2024

Nashville’s Metro Water Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC), and the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA) are teaming up together for the 12th Annual chip-timed 5k Urban Runoff run and Water Quality Festival in Nashville.

The race is held at Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park to showcase a park setting and weaves its way past several cool and innovative green stormwater management practices. A fun and educational and free Water Quality Festival held at the same time will provide entertainment and environmental information!  

All runners, walkers, strollers, families and dogs are all welcome!

Thank you for participating and helping to keep TN Water Clean!

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We are aiming for a Zero Waste Event this year.

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Race Info

Date: July 27, 2024

Location:  Shelby Bottoms Park and Greenway, 1900 Davidson St.  Nashville, TN 37206

Start Time: 5 km Run/Walk: 7:30 a.m.

Inclement Weather: The race will be held rain or shine


Registration Fee:  $35

On Site Registrations Available by phone via QR code. 

Early Packet Pick Up: Friday July 26, time TBD, near the melting Silver Bird at Shelby Park.

Race Day Packet Pick Up: 6:30am-7:20am

Water Quality Festival:  6:30am-9:30am

Benefits the Tennessee Stormwater Association

Race categories:

  1. Runners

  2. Teams

Grant Opportunity

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Watershed Quality Contest Overview:

In order to promote the implementation of local watershed quality stewardship projects, a portion of the proceeds generated from the Urban Runoff 5K (UR5K) will be awarded back to the community through one watershed quality award of $1000.00. Local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will have the opportunity to submit specific stewardship proposals that will be judged by the UR5K Planning Committee.   The committee is seeking projects focused on Pollutant Runoff Reduction Implementation. Contest entries include any proposed project that involves the implementation/installation Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will improve runoff within a specific watershed.  Examples BMPs could include, but not be limited to, rain gardens or other bio-retention basins, tree plantings, downspout disconnection, rain barrels, etc.    

Eligibility: The UR5K Prize can be awarded to any Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that submits an application with a signed Implementation Certification Statement that attest the award money will be utilized to implement the project as submitted in the contest entry form.NGOs can submit proposals for both Watershed Quality Award categories.NGOs are not required to be tax-exempt organizations for eligibility in this contest.


Strollers will be permitted but will start after the runners and walkers.


Dogs are permitted on the race course at a certain time after the runners, walkers, families/strollers have started. Please take doggy poop bags with you and clean up any waste that your pet may produce. Thank you.

Awards for Top Finishers

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd males & females in the following categories: Overall, Under 10, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-76, 77+. The awards ceremony will take place after the race.

Water Quality Family Fest

The Urban Runoff will lead into a post-race, family festival from 6:30am – 9:30 a.m. The Festival celebrates clean water and green infrastructure and includes kids’ activities, hands-on education, and more! Contact for more information.

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Education “On the Run”

The Urban Runoff, and Water Quality Family Fest following the race will include public education efforts, educational signage about water, runoff, and pollution along the course. To learn more about stormwater pollution, visit Metro Nashville Stormwater’s Pollution Prevention webpage.


We are seeking volunteers to assist with race support, waste and recycling, and festival activities. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and snacks. Student organizations,  non-profit organizations and individuals who wish to support the race can contact TBD.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued for this race. If you are unable to race, you may transfer your entry to another participant.

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Sponsorship and WQ Booth Information

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Online Payments

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Performance Sponsors

Green Sponsors

Water Quality Grant Sponsor

Splash Sponsors

Additional Sponsors

Partnering Government Agencies

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