Moonlight Howl and Run

Moonlight Howl and Run


A signature Wolfpack Welcome Week event, the Moonlight Howl and Run is a great way to actively get to know the campus. This 2-mile fun run begins promptly at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 19 at the Belltower.

There will be a post-run celebration in Stafford Commons with late night snacks, a DJ and games ending at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 20.

This is a free event. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 18. To register, participants must be logged in to their NC State email address and use their Unity ID to register.

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Packet pick-up and check-in will take place on Monday, August 19 from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. in the Coastal ballroom inside the Talley Student Union. The first 1,500 participants to check-in on August 19 will receive the popular Moonlight Howl & Run t-shirt.  A final check-in option is available at the Belltower from 9-10:30 p.m.

All race-day information will be communicated through Twitter. Please follow @NCStateWellRec for up-to-the minute information on the Moonlight Howl and Run.


Race Route

  • Run/walk will begin at the Belltower on the NC State campus.
  • Participants will head south onto Pullen Rd.
  • Participants will then head West on Stinson Dr. and turn south toward Yarborough Dr.
  • Participants will then head West on Yarborough Dr. toward Dan Allen Dr.
  • Participants will turn South on Dan Allen Dr. and then East on Cates Ave.
  • Participants will follow Cates Ave. to Jensen Dr. and turn North
  • Participants will turn left on Dunn Ave. and proceed straight to the Brickyard/DH Hill Library

Packet pickup/Check-In

  • Participants may check-in and pick up their packets on Monday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Coastal ballroom inside the Talley Student Union.  The first 1,500 participants to check-in will receive the popular Moonlight Howl and Run t-shirt. Packets will include t-shirts for the first 1,500 participants to check in for the run, as well as glow accessories for all registered participants.
  • A second check-in option will be available at the Bell Tower between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
  • Participants must present their NC State ID in order to check-in and pick up their packets.

Race Information

Who is eligible to participate?

All students and faculty/staff of NC State University are eligible to participate. T-shirts are only guaranteed to the first 1,500 participants to register for the run.

How do I register?

Register online through Sunday, August 19.

To register, participants must be logged into their NC State email address and use their Unity ID to register.

What do I wear?

Stand out from the crowd at the Moonlight Howl and Run by wearing bright, neon athletic clothes. Optional accessories include hats, fanny-packs, tutus, and more. Show us your creativity. Take your picture at the NC State Belltower, and then post it to social media, tagging @NCStateWellRec, @ncstatedining or using the #ncstatewww hashtag.

Where and when do I get my t-shirt?

T-shirts will be given to the first 1500 participants to Check in at Packet Pickup in Talley Student Union, Coastal Ballroom between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, August 19.  Participants will need to present their NC State ID in order to receive their t-shirt and glow accessories.

When and where will the run take place?

Please view the below map for the specific route.

Race Map

What time should I be there?

It is recommended that all participants arrive no later than 11:00 p.m. Pre-race activities, including a group warm up led by Wellness and Recreation, will begin at 11:15 p.m.

Where should I park?

On-campus residents are encouraged to walk to the Belltower. Parking will be available in the Dan Allen and Coliseum parking decks.

What route does the run follow?

  • Run/walk will begin at the Belltower on the NC State campus.
    Participants will head south onto Pullen Rd.
  • Participants will then head West on Stinson Dr. and turn south toward Yarborough Dr.
  • Participants will then head West on Yarborough Dr. toward Dan Allen Dr.
  • Participants will turn South on Dan Allen Dr. and then East on Cates Ave.
  • Participants will follow Cates Ave. to Jensen Dr. and turn North
    Participants will turn left on Dunn Ave. and proceed straight to the Brickyard/DH Hill Library.

Will the race be cancelled due to bad weather?

The run will be canceled if inclement weather is expected to arrive during the event. An email will be sent out to all registered participants if a decision is made to cancel. Please follow @NCStateWellRec on Twitter to stay up to date on any weather-related delays.

Are dogs allowed on the run?

Dogs will not be allowed on the run route.