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ECU College of Nursing PirateNurse 5K

The PirateNurse race is an annual, certified 5K that draws runners from across the state. The race got its start in 2013 when the ECU College of Nursing Student Leadership Council brought the event idea to faculty advisors. They planned that the original race proceeds would help fund the ECU College of Nursing General Scholarship Fund and the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Fund, both of which provide financial support for nursing student education. The Linda Pynn Fund has since become fully endowed, so the race proceeds now provide much-needed support for the ECU College of Nursing General Scholarship Fund. Those scholarships are awarded to by the College's Scholarship Committee to nursing students and are presented by the dean of the College of Nursing during our annual scholarship ceremony.

Exceeding the expectations of the Student Leadership Council, the PirateNurse 5K has become a popular legacy event for current students. It's also a welcome opportunity for alumni to come back, visit the campus and re-connect. In concert with nursing culture, the charitable aspect of the event is integral to the ideal of service, one of the hallmarks of nursing education at the ECU College of Nursing.

The custom 5K race course, which traverses the ECU Health Sciences Campus, was laid out and certified with help from "Run the East". (You can download a course map here: Founded by Greenville resident James Orr in 2010, "Run the East" is an experienced race hosting company and a leading provider of professional racing events in North Carolina. "Run the East" manages the technical and logistical aspects of the PirateNurse 5K, including electronic timing chips for official timing results. The PirateNurse 5K race is listed on the Run the East website (, and the race results are collected and displayed there, as well as numerous other race events and results from across the state.

We also conduct a Kid's Fun Run, which is held just prior to the adult race. The Kids' Fun Run is free, but we do ask that you register each child participant.

Signing Up, Fees, Race Times, and Awards

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 will mark the 6th annual Pirate Nurse 5K on the ECU Health Sciences Campus. We strongly encourage all runners to preregister/prepay for the race at our secure, PirateNurse 5K online store (Click the "Register Here" Button below).

All racers will be required to sign a race waiver. Kid's Fun Run participants will need a waiver signed by their parent/sponsor. You can download a waiver here:

  • Individual Registration: $25
  • ECU Student Registration: $15
  • Kid's Fun Run (ages 3-8): Free

Race participants receive a PirateNurse 5K race t-shirt if their registration is received before March 10th. Because of the time required to have t-shirts printed, participants registering on March 10 and later will not qualify for a shirt. Also, you must be present the day of the race to receive your shirt, regardless of registration date.

(**Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. If the event has to be canceled or postponed, refunds will not be given, but race packets and shirts will be available for pick-up. We will not be able to ship/mail any items.**)

In-kind contributions are also welcome and very much appreciated. You will have the opportunity add an additional contribution amount to your registration fee when registering at the online store.

Awards will be given to the top two males and females in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over.

  • Kid's Fun Run begins at 8:45 a.m.
  • The 5K start begins at 9:00 a.m.


The Pirate Nurse 5K is also seeking sponsors for the event. Sponsorship levels include:

  • Large Logo on the t-shirt: $500
  • Small Logo on the t-shirt: $250
  • Business mention: $100

Please contact Jane Boardman at or 252-744-6504 for information about becoming a sponsor.