Welcome to Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy's “2nd Annual McNair Cares STEAM 5K Walk/Run”.  The race begins at 8:00 AM. We are excited you have decided to walk/run with us to help support our dynamic Thoroughbred students. Be part of something special with 100% of the proceeds from the race supporting the following:

1.  Our STEM program to help develop our future doctors, scientists, and engineers

2.  Our McNair Missions Department that will help support our mission to eradicate hunger in students around the world

3.  Our future state of the art Performance Arts Academy that will house our Musical Engineering/Film Animation and Video Production Studio. The Academy will help prepare our students for careers in these fields.

The Vision of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy is to become an internationally recognized school of excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. McNair Academy made history in 2016 by becoming one of the first predominately African American and 100% free and reduced lunch certified STEM schools in the nation.

Our students believe that it is not where you come from but where you are going that is more important.  The students of McNair Academy will continue to move closer to college and successful careers with your support.


Event details and schedule

Greetings Walkers/Runners! 

The Race is almost here! Walk up registration will take place at 6:30 am. Walkers and runners are asked to report at 7:00 a.m. Parking will be available for all registrants. Participants will receive a goodie bag with special treats from our students. All runners and walkers will receive a commemorative McNair Cares 5K Race t-shirt, snacks, and water. 


  • 5K Men's and Women's Overall Awards 
  • 5K Men's and Women's Masters Awards
  • 5K Age Group Awards for the top three men and women in each age group (14 and up, five-year increments up to 80 )

All participants in the 50m Dash will receive a ribbon.         


Participants must follow the directions of course monitors and on-course signage and stay within the course boundaries at all times as designated by a fence, traffic cones or other markings.

Age limits at the McNair Cares 5K are based on the best practice recommendations of USA Track & Field, the sanctioning body of running and field events in the United States. The race will be open to runners 9+. All students and children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during the race. 

Weather Cancellations & Delays 

The McNair Cares 5K will be held rain or shine. However, the occurrence of lightning or other severe weather in the vicinity of the event may result in a delay or cancellation.

McNair Cares 5K closely follows weather forecast and other outside factors that may result in a cancellation or delay. Participants and volunteers will be alerted via email, social media and McNair Academy's website at the first sign an event may be canceled or delayed.

When possible, McNair Cares 5K will make decisions concerning the cancellation or delay of an event no later than two hours before the scheduled start. This will immediately be emailed to all registered participants and volunteers, posted on McNair Academy's website.

In the event of lightning within eight miles of the event location, it is mandated the event be delayed for 30 minutes following the lightning strike. Participants, volunteers, and spectators will be asked to take cover at the school or in their vehicles. 

Please understand some outside factors that cause a delay or cancellation are unpredictable and may not allow for advanced warning. McNair Cares 5K will always ensure and even err on the safety of its participants and volunteers as a matter of policy.


Offensive, violent or otherwise unsportsmanlike conduct toward race officials, volunteers and fellow participants may result in disqualification and removal from the event venue. It may also impact a participant’s eligibility to participate in future McNair Academy events and programs. Observation of unsportsmanlike conduct should be reported to a race official or McNair Academy staff member. 

Refund Policy

McNair Cares 5K will not offer refunds for any reason, which is stated during the event registration process. The policy is in place to cover operational costs incurred well before the event takes place. A refund will only be given if the race has to be canceled. 

Emergency Contact Information

McNair Cares 5K requires participants to provide emergency contact information both during registration and on the back of race numbers. Please be sure to fill out the requested information on the back of your race number so we can quickly identify you and contact family members in the unlikely event of an emergency.


All spectators are welcome to support our students and cheer on the participants.  

Volunteer With Us

Interested in giving back to education and supporting students? Come volunteer with us! To learn more, please contact Dr. Miller at or Dr. Harden at 



If you have additional questions regarding the event, please call (470) 205-9996 or send an email to  Dr. Miller at or Dr. Harden at 




Organised by

Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy

2162 2nd Ave, Decatur

Phone: 404-713-3895

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