Down East Duck Run


We are so excited to be able to co-host this event in honor of Stephanie Fulcher, who was the co-founder of Sarah James Fulcher & a dear friend. The Down East Duck Run 5K will be held in Atlantic, North Carolina on Feburary 11th at 9am & costs $30 to register.

Thank you all for your never ending support.


“On February 13th, 2022,

A privately owned Pilatus PC-12 leaving Englehard, North Carolina, went down three miles east of Drum Inlet in Cape Lookout National Seashore in about 60 feet of water. There were eight people on board, including four teenagers, who attended East Carteret Hight School, all best friends, avid duck hunters, and who recently participated in a youth day waterfowl hunt at Lake Mattamuskeet. The crash yielded no survivors and devastated countless families in the surrounding Down East communities.

Those killed in the crash were pilot Ernest “Teen” Rawls, 67, of Greenville; his adult son Jeffrey Rawls, 28, of Greenville who carried a student pilot license; Stephanie Fulcher, 42, of Sea Level; Douglas “Hunter” Parks, 45, of Sea Level and partner of Stephanie Fulcher; Jonathan “Kole” McInnis, 15, of Sea Level and son of Stephanie Fulcher; Noah Styron, 15, of Cedar Island; Michael “Daily” Shepard, 15, of Atlantic; and Jacob “Jake” Taylor, 16, of Atlantic.

Stephanie Fulcher was a member of the Facebook group “Intermittent Fasting for Women of Eastern NC”, a group of nearly 40 women who supported one another in their pursuits of active lifestyles, through healthy diet and fitness. To honor Stephanie, fellow group members and life-long friends have come together to remember her through the establishment of a 5K race charity event called the Down East Duck Run, in the hopes of raising funds to be used in the support of Down East communities, particularly in the promotion of outdoor recreation, something Stephanie held dear. Donations and proceeds from the race will be collected by Sarah James Fulcher.

Sarah James Fulcher is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2017 by eastern North Carolina natives. We use innovative methods to raise funds for community-level projects that are inclusive, needed, and promote recreation in the outdoors, as well as develop conservation approaches that are unique and effective. Sarah James Fulcher focuses on inclusive recreation, community development, and conservation. We implement community projects, hold and monitor conservation easements, and help stakeholders and landowners plan their natural resource management for beneficiaries and future generations.”

The Down East Duck Run Committee would like to invite you to support this worthwhile cause. In return, your business will enjoy valuable recognition by name/logo on our promotional materials, including race T-shirts, online marketing advertising, and direct communications with hundreds of event registrants. Please refer to the following page for sponsorship levels. Donations are tax deductible as provided by law.

Please join us in honoring our lost loved ones by coming together as a community to raise the funds needed to keep their memory alive.”


The Down East Duck Run Committee

Hope Tyler, Amy Lawrence, Ty Leatherman, Marissa Lambert, Charlotte Taylor and James Fulcher


For more information on Registration, Sponsorships & Volunteering click the link below;

Down East Duck Run Website


Premier Sponsorship Opportunities

The Canvasback Level: $2,000

Company Name/Logo prominently listed on race t-shirt, entry brochure, all race and sponsor posters, and other promotional items. Prominent listing on all advertising. Includes 10 complimentary entries into race event.

The Redhead Level: $1,500

Company Name/Logo on race t-shirt (choice of sleeve or larger on back), selected advertisements, race web site, sign on course, sponsor posters. Includes 5 complimentary entries into race event.

The Mallard Level: $1,000

Company Name/Logo on race t-shirt, sponsor posters, sign on course. Listed on race web site. Includes 2 complimentary entries into race event.

The Ruddy Duck Level: $500

Company Name/Logo smaller on back of t-shirt, sponsor posters. Includes 2 complimentary entries into race event.

The Wood Duck Level: $250

Listing on sponsor poster. Includes 1 complimentary entry into race event.


**We also welcome any other tax-deductible donations.**

Online Donation Link:

If mailing checks, please provide email address for receipt and mail to:

Sarah James Fulcher

ATTN: Duck Run

PO Box 10415

Wilmington, NC 28404