What's Included:

  • Fun-filled family-friendly Sunday afternoon. 
  • USATF certified 5K course.
  • Electronic timing for the 5K course.
  • Race day give-aways during registration.
  • Shirts for every runner and walker.
  • Water station on 5K course at the half way mark.
  • Finish line food and water.
  • Age group medals three deep.
  • Overall and masters awards.

It shall be the mission of the Education Foundation of Greenville to acquire and distribute financial and other resources to the Greenville Public Schools. The resources shall be used for programs and projects aimed at enhancing or supplementing educational programs and providing extended educational opportunities.

This event has been reviewed for the physical activity content and has been endorsed by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. This does not reflect endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the products used.

In case of threatening weather: The YJC may be delayed or cancelled if any of the following weather conditions exist:  Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch, Thunderstorm, Lightening or Heavy Rain.   If threatening weather forces cancellation of the event, no refunds will be provided, since funds were already spent in preparation for Race Day.  T-shirts will be distributed.

The 2017 YJC blessed us with a beautiful day for the running of the 10th annual Yellow Jacket Challenge held on Sunday, April 17.  Record temperatures in the 70’s, sunshine, and beautiful blue skies brought us the second best year ever!  We had 343 runners and more than 125 walkers.  Elementary running clubs came out in force with 46% of the total runners from the two youngest age groups.  Many people finished their first 5K.  There were personal triumphs celebrated.  Deb Bendon received a double lung transplant 16 months ago and walked the 5K with her family by her side.  Ann Harvey achieved her dream of running her first 5K after a weight loss journey from a 4XL to an XL. And, let’s not forget this year’s race winner rode his bicycle 50 miles to get here!  These stories are an inspiration to all of us and the reason why the YJC is truly a celebration of family and community.  I would like to share my sincere thanks to every person who has a hand in making the YJC such a success.  To our 23 sponsors and community partners, thank you for providing the funding necessary to make it happen.  To over 100 volunteers, thank you for managing every detail and making it look easy. To our running club coaches, thank you for instilling such excitement in our young runners.  To every runner and walker, many who have come every year, thank you for dedicating this day on your calendar and making it such a special event.  Please know how much I appreciate every single person and all they do to make the Yellow Jacket Challenge a tremendous success.  I can’t wait to see you on April 15, 2018.  We will celebrate 11 years running!

The Young Yellow Jacket Fun Runs will occur following the 5K Run. Children ages 5th grade and younger may choose to run 1 mile, ½ mile, or 50 yard dash. The events take place at center field of Yellow Jacket Stadium, led by the school district’s Physical Education instructors. All participants earn a finisher’s ribbon. Local mascots & law enforcement cheer for the children!The Yellow Jacket Challenge includes a 5K Run, 1 Mile Walk, and Young Yellow Jacket Fun Runs

The 1 Mile walk begins behind the 5K runners. You will stroll along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail and residential neighborhoods. Finish in the Greenville High School parking lot.

An awards assembly will follow the Fun Runs. Trophies and medals will be awarded to male/female for the 5K Run in the following age categories: Overall, Masters (Age 40 & older), and 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in: 9 and younger, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & older.