“We Plan, We Run, We Race for Them”  was a motto that originated seven years ago as a group of moms sat around the kitchen table to plan the First Annual Cardinal Strut.   This group of moms  made a promise to two other Holly Tree Elementary moms - that their sons, Bryson Parry and Jakob Hatton, who lost their battles with cancer, would never be forgotten.    Over the years the call to support other local families whose children were diagnosed with cancer grew stronger, and led to the formation of Strut for Kids, Inc.  in 2016.

Strut for Kids, Inc.,  is a non-profit  organization that provides assistance funds to families of children in the Greater Wilmington area who have been diagnosed with cancer.   The proceeds from Strut for Kids will now directly impact children in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties.  The race continues to be hosted by Holly Tree Elementary School and would not be possible without the strong support of Holly Tree Elementary PTA.

​Thank you for supporting Strut for Kids and helping us to make a positive impact in the lives of children in our community. 

​​We are honored to dedicate the Cardinal Strut to the memory of our dear friends Jake Hatton and Bryson Parry.  May their love of life live on through each runner who passes through the Memorial Field.  

​March 3 2018



The same great 5k and 10k course our participants have loved for the past 7 years!  FAST, FLAT and BEAUTIFUL! and  USATF certified and champion chip timed.


The New and Improved CARDINAL DASH!   ONE MILE - STRAIGHT SHOT! NO TURNS!  The first of its kind in Wilmington, NC!  Who will be named the fastest man, woman and child in the Port City!


The 1 mile fun run is for KIDS of ALL AGES!  4 Laps around the Holly Tree Memorial Track.  This a non-timed event.