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Stay Away 5k

Multi-colored ring-tailed lemur graphic that reads "Stay Away 5K 2021 Duke Lemur Center," next to a bright blue t-shirt

Shirts update

If you registered prior to 4/20/2021, your shirt is in the mail to you. Those who registered after that date, we are expecting the shirts to be finished by May 4 and in the mail ASAP. Thanks so much for your patience!

Save the date for 2022!

We’re no longer accepting registrations for the 2021 Stay Away 5K, but please mark your calendar for next year’s 5K on Earth Day weekend—April 23-24, 2022! Registration will open next March via the Stay Away 5k homepage.

Next year, we’ll start our plans earlier for both the shirt design contest and registration process to allow more time for shirts to get to our early registrants before the race. Until then, we invite you to stay in touch with all of the happenings here at the DLC by reading our seasonal e-Newsletters. Browse previous issues within our newsletter archive, or sign up for the mailing list!

Thank you so much for making this event such a success! The event raised nearly $77,000 and drew 2,189 participants from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Tanzania, and the Netherlands!



Just because we have to keep our distance, doesn’t mean we have to stay inside! Join the Duke Lemur Center on Earth Day weekend (April 24-25, 2021) for our very own Stay Away 5K, with all proceeds benefiting lemur care and conservation!

Register below, then run—or walk—a 5K, by yourself or with your immediate family, on the date that’s most convenient for you. Your $30 registration fee benefits lemurs AND includes a Stay Away 5K commemorative t-shirt and decal printed with the winning designs from our T-shirt Design Contest, selected from over 50 entries and more than 1,200 votes!

What’s a Stay Away 5K? Scroll down watch a video of Greg Dye, Executive Director of the DLC, and DLC mascot Maky showing you exactly how to do it!

Register now

With the center’s closure due to COVID-19, your support means more than ever! Donations through this event will help us to make up for revenues that we would have otherwise generated from spring and summer site tours and fundraisers. Gifts through this virtual race will support our care and conservation of lemurs, the most endangered mammals on Earth.


I’d like to register and
I’d like to receive a commemorative t-shirt and decal and
I live in the U.S.*

CLICK HERE to register ONE person for the Stay Away 5K ($30, includes one t-shirt and decal)

CLICK HERE to register TWO people for the Stay Away 5K ($60, includes two t-shirts and decals)

CLICK HERE to register THREE people for the Stay Away 5K ($90, includes three t-shirts and decals)

CLICK HERE to register FOUR people for the Stay Away 5K ($120, includes four t-shirts and decals)

Registering as a member of a team? Scroll down to the next section for details.

I’d like to register but
I don’t need a t-shirt/decal or I do not live within the U.S.**

CLICK HERE to register ONE person for the Stay Away 5K ($30, no t-shirt or decal will be sent)

CLICK HERE to register TWO people for the Stay Away 5K ($60, no t-shirts or decals will be sent)

CLICK HERE to register THREE people for the Stay Away 5K ($90, no t-shirts or decals will be sent)

CLICK HERE to register FOUR people for the Stay Away 5K ($120, no t-shirts or decals will be sent)

Registering as a member of a team? Scroll down to the next section for details.

*If you choose to receive a t-shirt, the tax receipt you will receive from Duke University will show your total payment less the value of the t-shirt as goods and services ($8 per person), and the resulting value of your tax-deductible donation.

**T-shirts and decals can be mailed only to U.S. addresses, including Alaska and Hawaii. We regret that we cannot ship to addresses outside the U.S.

Build a running team… and win!

Teams that run together have fun together! Build a running team and help support lemur care and conservation! Two lucky teams will be selected via a randomized drawing to receive a virtual Walking with Lemurs tour! To enter, here is what you need to do:

1. Since this is a virtual 5K, your team can consist of anyone in the world! Family, friends, running team, co-workers, book club, etc.

2. Create a unique team name that will be used exclusively to track registrations from your team. The name should be out of the ordinary to ensure that another team does not create the same one (example: Team5$^9, ###479, TeamLi$@)

3. Team members can register individually or in groups using the links in the “Register now” section above, but in the Team Name section of the form, each registrant must enter the team’s unique name. Team names must be EXACT for each team registration. (NOTE: If you are registering internationally or prefer not to receive a t-shirt, your team name can be entered in the Notes section of the form.)

4. To qualify for the prize drawing, teams must have a minimum of seven registrations with the identical team name.

5. More registrants = more chances to win!Each registrant for your team = one entry for the drawing. For example, if your team has eight members register, then that team will have eight chances to win. If your team has 20 members register, then the team will have 20 chances to win!

6. The winning teams will be announced by April 28, 2021. Each winning team will receive a private virtual Walking with Lemurs tour (one tour per team). Because all prize components are virtual, the tour can be enjoyed by team members anywhere in the world!

Curious how many people have registered for your team? Click here to view a chart updated April 21! To be eligible for the prize drawing, your team should have at last seven entries. We’re accepting registrations through Tuesday, April 27, so it’s not too late to convince a few more friends to register improve your chances to win!

What is a Stay Away 5K?

Because this is a virtual run or walk, you and your family and friends can participate from anywhere in the world! In 2020, we had more than 1,800 participants from all 50 US states and the District of Columbia, and from at least 11 additional countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam!

Photos and videos

The race is on the honor system, but we would LOVE for you to share your photos! Email images of you running or walking your Stay Away 5k to our social media specialist, Anna Lee (, and we’ll post them on the DLC’s social media channels the weekend of the race!


If you have questions about registration, please contact our business manager, Melissa Dean, at

If you have questions about a donation, please reach out to our development officer, Mary Paisley, at

All other questions, including those related to the t-shirt design contest, should be directed to

Huge thanks to Blue Lizard Screen Printing, Inc. of Durham, NC for providing the t-shirts and decals for our race!