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August 9 Midnight: Online registration closes

August 11 4pm - 7pm:
In-person registration & race packet pickup

August 12 6:30am - 7am: In-person registration & race packet pickup

7:30am-The 1st Annual Pirate 5K beings

8:30am-5K Awards Ceremony

10:00am-Brunch with a Pirate 

9:00am-Dr. John "Jack" Lassiter Cemetery Tour

9am-11am St. Luke's Episcopal Church will be open for viewing

9am-11am Jean Lafitte/St. Luke's Commemorative Coins available


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Event Sponsors

Countdown until the 1st Annual Pirate 5K!

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5k Course Map

The event will start at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,
315 North Cedar Street, the runners will travel south to
E. Pine St., turning right on E. Pine, runners will travel 1 ½ blocks west on East Pine, then turn left, entering the Lincolnton Rail Trail at First Federal Park.  The runners will travel south on the Rail Trail to the end, Motz Ave., at which time they will reverse course re-entering the Rail Trail traveling north to Pole #N-12 at which time they will again reverse course and travel south to the E. Sumner St. crossing, where they will exit the Rail Trail, then travel approximately 25 yards and bear right onto N. Poplar St., the runners will travel one block then turn left onto E. McBee St., travel one block turning right onto North Cedar, then travel one block to the finish.



Pirate Week 2023 is official

August 7 through August 12, (Monday through Saturday)

The second annual Pirate Week in Lincolnton, NC, is set for August 7-12, 2023, featuring fun events beginning Monday night, August 7 and ending with a full day of activities at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Saturday, August 12.  The week-night events will be held Monday through Friday, August 7-11 at Pleasant Retreat Academy.

Full schedule is as follows:

MONDAY, AUGUST 7:  "X Marks The Spot: The Improbable End of the Last Great Pirate" - By popular demand, authors Ashley Oliphant and Beth Yarbrough are excited to announce their second Laffite book which deals with the local details of the pirate's last years.  As an added bonus, the book features an expanded walking tour and map of Lincolnton In The Day Of Laffite.  Presentation and book signing will take place at Pleasant Retreat Academy, 129 East Pine Street, Lincolnton, NC starting at 7PM.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8: "Laffite In His Own Words" - The brothers of the local Freemason lodge, LIncoln Lodge 137, present "the pirate Laffite himself" in full costume and character for an evening of conversation and fun. The upper floor of Pleasant Retreat Academy was the original home of Lincoln Lodge 137, one of whose founding members in 1852 was Lorenzo Ferrer (aka Laffite).  It was also the original location of Laffite's famous sword, which just may make an appearance as well.  Playing the part of Laffite will be Lincoln Lodge 137 member Tommy Smith.  Program begins at 7PM.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9:  "The Magical Pirate Mystery Show" - Everyone's favorite local magician, Rick Ramseur, will delight, shock, surprise, and maybe even scare you out of your flip-flops with his truly inventive and thoroughly entertaining pirate-themed magic show at Pleasant Retreat Academy.  Rick is the owner of historic Woodside, which features heavily in the Laffite narrative, so he may even be willing to tell a few ghost stories of Woodside as an added bonus.  Fun for the kiddos aged nine to ninety!  Starts at 7PM..

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11: "Laffite's Treasure Hunt" - Who doesn't love a good Scavenger Hunt?  Starting at Pleasant Retreat Academy at 7PM, you are invited to launch on a wild race to be the first to return to home base with a completed list of oddities that may or may not be easy to locate, but that's what makes the fun.  Hunt ends at 8:30, with First, Second and Third Prizes waiting for you when you return.:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12:  "St. Luke's Day, Featuring The First Annual Pirate 5K Run/Walk/Adaptive "  The first annual Pirate 5K Run/Walk, a part of the second annual Pirate Week, will begin on North Cedar Street in Lincolnton at Historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and use the Lincolnton Rail Trail for most of the run which will end back at the church. St. Luke's graveyard is the final resting place of Lorenzo Ferrier who may or may not be Jean Lafitte. This is an event sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 315 N. Cedar St. Lincolnton N.C., on Saturday, August 12, 2023, starting at 7:30am, with proceeds going to the church. The event will include 5k Run/Walk/Adaptive Wheelchair participants along with a 1k Kid Fun Run.  For more information and to sign up for the event please visit: Following the 5K, enjoy "Brunch With A Pirate" at St. Luke's Parish House.  We have it on good authority that "Laffite" will probably be making the rounds.

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