Pemberton 24

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/On-Site Registration: $60 (Sept. 1 or later) 
    • 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


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.

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