The 2015 Forrest Ray 5K

Congratulations to all participants in this year's Forrest Ray 5K!!!... And a very special thank you to everyone involved in making this year's Forrest Ray 5k Run for the Books a great success!! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves this year, and look forward to seeing everyone next year!


The 5K

This year's event will take place on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at the main library downtown and will follow a new route from our previous 5Ks in the past. The new route can be viewed here.

Registration for the 5K will begin at 7:00 am on the day of the race, and the race itself will start at 8:00 am. You can also pre-register by visiting any of our library locations or signing up at the YMCA. You may also register online at or by clicking here.

Pre-Registration Cost: $20.00

Day of Registration Cost: $25.00


The Man Behind the Annual Forrest Ray 5K

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Forrest Arthur Ray was a beloved husband, family man, teacher, musician and tireless library supporter. He originated the idea of a 5k to help raise money to expand and renovate the Downtown and Wesmark branches of the Sumter County Library System. Forrest passed away after the first 5k held in 2006, and the event was named in his memory and honor in appreciation for his work on behalf of the Sumter County Library and its mission to serve all members of the community.


Be A Sponsor

For $250.00 you can sponsor this year's Forrest Ray 5K. In addition, your company's logo will be featured on every T-shirt given to our participating 5K runners and walkers. For a sponsor agreement, please click here.


This Year's Sponsors



This Year's Donors