Pups & Pastries

In-Person Race Sep. 23rd OR Virtual Race Sep. 16th - Sep. 23rd Cary, NC 27511 US Directions RaceJoy Ready
Thank you for racing with Fit & Able!




Thank you again for signing up for Pups & Pastries and hanging with us this week to give the in-person race the best shot of happening to support Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

Although the forecast yesterday suggested we would have only light wind and rain during the race, with the storm tracking further west than originally predicted the weather has increased to a level we feel would be potentially hazardous to participants, spectators, volunteers, and our crew, including a flood warning that was issued for Wake County at 2:45 AM where much of course is in a low-lying in a run-off area and has an increased risk of falling trees and branches in the wooded areas. 

As such, we have made the tough decision to cancel the in-person race this morning. * There is no postponement date available at WakeMed Soccer Park due to other currently scheduled commitments at the venue. 

Here's what you need to know to enjoy a great virtual Pups & Pastries:

I. As provided in the posted policy, all registered in-person race participants have already been switched to the virtual race. No other registration changes are available. 

II. The virtual race information and instructions have been copied below. Due to this change the deadline to submit your finish time online has been EXTENDED further to 12 PM Noon on Monday September 25th. This gives all runners the opportunity to run in safer conditions after the storm has passed. 

III. Also, given this change, the planned in-person race awards (Fleet Feet gift cards and Fit & Able gift codes) will be provided to the virtual race Overall and Age group winners. 

IV. Your race packets, including your shirt, finishers medal, and pastry, will be available for pick up between 7:00 - 10:00 AM this morning in the main cross country course parking lot at WakeMed Soccer Park - 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary, NC 27511. A friend or family member may pick your packet up for you if you are not able to make it.

We were really look forward to seeing you and your pups this morning and are disappointed the weather necessitated this decision so we want to offer you all bonus discount another Fit & Able race this year. 


* Excluding the Cary Greenways Tour

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Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you all online at the virtual Pups & Pastries. 

Thank you for racing with Fit & Able. 

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Dear virtual Runners,

Thank you so much for racing with Fit & Able to participate in the VIRTUAL Pups & Pastries. 

Due to the weather predicted we are EXTENDING the deadline to submit your finish time to 12 PM Noon on Monday September 25th

If you haven’t already done your race yet here’s everything you need to know to have a great virtual race experience! 

In-person race participants who switched to the virtual race after the Thursday September 21st deadline will be able to pick up their packets, including their shirt, finishers medal, and pastry at the in-person race between 7:00 - 10:00 AM at WakeMed Soccer Park (201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary, NC 27511). 

If you have any questions, please just reply to this email or contact us at info@fitandable.net

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Step 1. Download Your Digital Bib (Optional)

Just like at a live race everyone gets a personalized race bib number! We hope you will take a selfie with it and share it on social media.

You can access your digital bib by logging into your RunSignUp account and under “Upcoming Events” click “View Digital Bib” by Pups & Pastries or downloading it here: %DIGITAL_BIB_LINK%. 

Step 2. Download RaceJoy (Optional)

Racing virtually means you need to time yourself with your watch or any tracking app of your choice. We recommend RaceJoy (it’s FREE). Not only does it track your run but can submit your results too.

You can find instructions for how to download and use RaceJoy either in your registration confirmation email or on the main site at https://www.pupsandpastries.com/.

Step 3. Race Virtually!

The best part about racing virtually is that you can run ANYWHERE you want! All you need to do is just run, walk, roll, or stroll the distance you signed up for!

But remember, because there will be no official water stations, directional markings, or volunteers for you on your chosen course. So please, make sure you bring a water bottle, run somewhere familiar, observe road crossings, and carry a phone with you in case of emergencies. Put your safety first!

Step 4. Submit Your Results Online

Once you’ve run your race you MUST submit your results ONLINE! If you used the RaceJoy app to track your run you can submit your results directly from the app with a click of a button. 

Otherwise you can submit your results here (click “Submit Virtual Results”): https://runsignup.com/pupsandpastries/results 

You may submit your results online any time between 12 PM September 16th - 12 PM September 23rd. We will send reminders to post your results and if you need help please email us at info@fitandable.net.

* Due to the weather predicted for this weekend we are EXTENDING the deadline to submit your finish time to 12 PM Noon on Monday September 25th. *

Once you click “Submit” it may take 1 - 3 minutes for your results to appear on the leaderboard as they get recalculated. BUT remember, your placement may change before the results window closes. 

* * * You DO NOT need to send a screenshot of your time or any other results verification. * * *

Step 5. Post a Picture

Immediately after posting your results you will see an option to post photos to the race photo album.

Take a selfie with your bib number on or a picture with anyone you ran with. Or post a screenshot of the course you ran. So, whatever it may be we would love to see something from your virtual race! 


Again, if you have any questions about any of this or need help with anything, please reply to this email or contact us at info@fitandable.net

Have a great virtual race and we appreciate you supporting Fit & Able at Pups & Pastries. 

Thank you for racing with Fit & Able. 


All Runners Switched to Virtual Race

Supporting Second Chance Pet Adoptions

Course Records - WakeMed Soccer Park
Set a NEW course record & win a $10 gift code!

5K - Male: R. Lichtenwalner - 18:52 (2021)          6.5 Mile - Male: C. Holt - 42:18 (2021)
5K - Female: S. Warwick - 20:05 (2022)          6.5 Mile - Female: L.A. Taylor - 51:25 (2021)


Help us get to 500 participants (in-person or virtual 5K and 6.5 Mile) and we will give ONE MALE and ONE FEMALE participant a FREE YEAR of Fit & Able-owned races! That's a FREE entry of your choice to each Fit & Able race - a nearly $1,000 VALUE!
* Must be registered in the in-person or virtual 5K or 6.5 Mile to be eligible to win. Random drawing after the in-person race.

Mutts & Marshmallows was able to do so much for helping abandoned dogs that we wanted to have another dog-friendly event in the Triangle to support Second Chance Pet Adoptions. Plus, runners really enjoyed the opportunity to race with their four-legged friends and Pups & Pastries is a fun way to help “combat animal homelessness"

Fit & Able loves family fitness and whose four-legged furry friend isn't part of the family? Dog owners are welcome to run with their pups in the Doggie Dash 5K and Doggie Dash 6.5 Mile! For only $10 per pup it will be happy trails for both runners and their dogs. AND, the full $10 dog fee goes to support Second Chance Pet Adoptions!

Give An Animal a Second Chance to Find Love 

Second Chance Pet Adoptions is the oldest no-kill animal rescue organization in the Triangle and as of February 2021, over 15,000 lives have been saved by our staff and volunteers. Today, Second Chance operates out of a facility that holds 120 animals and welcomes over 3,500 visitors per year. All of these programs are enabled by the generous support of the community. With your help, every animal can get a second chance to find love! You can learn more about Second Chance Pet Adoption's great work here: https://www.secondchancenc.org/ 


NEW RRCA INSURANCE GUIDELINES: Only one dog per registered runner and dogs must remain on leashes at all times. You MUST register your dog in order for them to run with you. Dogs are ONLY allowed in the Doggie Dash 5K and Doggie Dash 6.5 Mile. Kids 12 & Younger are NOT allowed in the Doggie Dash 5K or Doggie Dash 6.5 Mile.

*** The Doggie Dash Dog Registration is an add-on you can select WHILE registering for the in-person Doggie Dash 5K or Doggie Dash 6.5 Mile or any virtual race. ***


  • IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL 5K, 6.5 Mile, and Fun Run race options
  • Dog-friendly Doggie Dash 5K and Doggie Dash 6.5 Mile races too ($10 Doggie Dash fee goes to support the race mission) * Kids 12 & Under may only participate in the regular 5K, 8K, or Fun Run races. Dogs may only join in the Doggie Dash races. 
  • Pups & Pastries shirt & medal included for all 5K and 6.5 Mile finishers (guaranteed if signed up by September 10th); shirts are available for sale separately too.
  • Over $4,000 in potential in-person & virtual Overall (Top 3 Male / Female), Age Group (Top 3 Male / Female), and New Course Record awards 
  • Great rewards and prizes you can earn by referring your friends and family to sign up with you or even recruiting them to race as a "team"! * More details below.
  • Earn points for Fit & Able's Free-for-All Race Series with your finish place, making a donation, or bringing a volunteer to help at the race to win big end-of-year prizes! Check out the current standings: Free-for-All Race Series

If you are interested in sponsoring Pups & Pastries please email Info@FitandAble.net for more information!

We can't wait to see you at Pups & Pastries!

Refer Friends, Build a Team, and Fundraise for Prizes!

Referral Rewards

Sign up, invite friends and family to join you, and get over $150 in rewards and swag! Yes, really!

1. First, sign up for the 5K or greater distance! 
2. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a unique referral link in your confirmation email to share with your friends and family or post on social media. Get more info on Referral Refunds here.
3. Get 5 friends to sign up using your unique referral link and you will automatically receive up to a $15 refund. Boom!
4. Get 5 more friends (10 total)  to join you and get up to another $15 of your registration fee back.
5. Get another 5 friends (15 total) to sign up and we will send you a FREE "Certified Fit & Able" t-shirt.
6. But if you can get 25 friends or family all in to race with you, then we will give you $100 CASH!

PLUS, if your friends and family sign up through your referral link within 72 hours they can use the special code in your registration confirmation pop-up to get a $5 discount at checkout too!

Team Rewards

You can also potentially get up to $15 off each team member's registration fee when you recruit a team!

1. First, create a team while you're signing up for any distance! 
2. Invite your friends and family to sign up and join your team. (Pssst... they can use your unique referral link so you get the credit towards the referral swag!)
3. After 10 members join the team all will get an automatic $5 refund on their registration fee! Plus a $5 discount for future team members.
4. When your team reaches 25 members everyone will get another $5 refund! Plus a $10 discount for future team members. 
5. AND, when your team reaches 50 members everyone will get yet another $5 refund! Plus a $15 discount for that last team member!

Fundraising Rewards

ALSO, you can get up to $25 of your registration fee back when you choose to become a fundraiser for any participating charity while signing up and requesting a refund if you raise at least $250 (must check the box during signup!).

Some Restrictions and Limitations Apply. Check the Event FAQ or contact Info@fitandable.net if you have questions.

Official Pups & Pastries Playlist

If you have a song you'd like us to add to the Official Pups & Pastries Playlist (and it's both appropriate for all ages and fits the Pups & Pastries theme!), then please send your suggestion to info@fitandable.net and we will check it out!


Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Pups & Pastries.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To


Pups & Pastries and all its participants are subject to these event policies

Information from this master site is often shared to or scraped by other online sources that aren't updated when changes are made here. This site on RunSignUp is the only official and updated source for information regarding this event. Everyone who registers for this event will be automatically subscribed to Fit & Able's email distribution list and may unsubscribe at any time. 

Fit & Able Productions is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting community and family fitness in Cary since 1997 through organizing creative events and training programs. Proceeds from our events that aren't designated to support other organizations go to support the event and other Fit & Able nonprofit activities.

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