The 2016 Forrest Ray 5K

Congratulations to all who ran or walked in the 11th Annual Forrest Ray 5k on Saturday. The overall male winner was Bradley House with a time of 17:43 and the overall female winner was Margaret Kelly with a time of 23:07.

We would also like to Thank everyone who came out Saturday to support the annual Forrest Ray 5k. A special thanks to the Sumter Series sponsored by Anytime Fitness, the Girl Scouts of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, volunteers from Wilson Hall School, and Sumter Law Enforcement for their assistance at the race intersections.

We also would like to give a special thank you to SAFE for their continuing support as Presenting Sponsor of the Forrest Ray 5k. Thanks also to our sponsors, Palmetto Health Tuomey; Liberty Seafood; the Kiwanis Club of Sumter; Piggly Wiggly; and the Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association...

And look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

The 5K

This year's event will take place on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at the main library downtown and will follow the route from our last year's 5k. The 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