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Clayton Area Runners is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization in Clayton, North Carolina. We are a free association of runners and running advocates who live in and around Clayton. 

We strive in promoting running culture and the sport of running in our community through social engagement and community activity. 


Our Runners & Volunteers

What makes Clayton Area Runners so great is the people! We share a love of running and when you combine so many great people with a shared interest, it's a wonderful thing. Join us on a weekly run or special event and see what makes it so incredible. 

"Running with friends is always better"

Community Engagement

Currently we support three separate efforts to help our community. Our members continue fill local Blessing Boxes and conduct quarterly Trail Cleanups. Our fundraising efforts go towards local programs that benefit many.

Trail Cleanup

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We conduct a quarterly trail cleanup on the Neuse River Trail to keep the area clean and beautiful for everyone. All members are invited to participate. Keep an eye on the Club Calendar for upcoming dates and locations.

Blessing Boxes

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Twice a year in November and December we hold a dedicated food drive to fill all of the local Blessing Boxes in Clayton, Archer Lodge and Wilsons Mills. Outside of these dedicated food drives our runners take it upon themselves to help keep these boxes full of non-perishable foods.


Every QUARTER the CAR-501(c)3 allocates $100 to buying food and filling the blessing boxes as best as we can.  

Local Programs

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  • March 2022:  $500 to Cooper Academy Backpack Buddies. (1st Club Donation)

  • February 2023:  $675 Riverside Ranch

  • February 2023 :  $675 to Her Haven of Light  

  • November 2023:  $1,000 to Riverwood Middle School Resource Room

  • November 2023:  $1,000 to House of Hope. 

  • January 2024: $1400 to CPD for a Ballistic Vest for Officer K9 "Tim"   

Our fundraising efforts during the year are used to support local programs that make a difference to our community.

Future Giving?

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Our organization is growing due to incredible runners like you. We continue to look for future opportunities to help our community and grow the running culture in Clayton. 

If you have a great idea for fundraising, growing the culture and sport of running in Clayton or an organization that we can align with, reach out to us at


Jesse Rinehart


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Daniela Giordano

Communications Chair

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Amy Phelps

Vice President


Rhonda Ragland

Race Coordinator

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Kim Paisley



Laura Edwards

Volunteer Coordinator


Sharon Freeman


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Paula Clark

Fundraiser Coordinator

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