As a matter of fact, Saturday's Morrison 10K/5K Race & 1 mile Fun Run may boast the only Charlotte-area 6.2-miler this side of fall. (Thanks, Jason, for reminding me of this one!)
The addition of the 10K (and the 1-mile "fun run") to the Morrison YMCA's fifth annual event, a 5K-only in years past, should attract a larger-than-usual crowd to the Ballantyne Corporate Park. 5Kers and 10Kers start together at 8 a.m.; Fun Run is at 9.
There'll be live entertainment, free food and giveaways sponsored by Ballantyne shops and restaurants. Cost for the 10K is $25 if you register here, or $30 at the Morrison or Ballantyne Village Y. 5K fees are $20-$25.
The race scene goes quiet locally for Memorial Day Weekend (although feel free to chase some skirts in Raleigh), but May 30 boasts a few attractive options:
- The Charlotte Run for Peace at Home is a 5K trail run set for that morning on the McAlpine Creek Greenway (just a couple miles from Matthews). Notably, the men's and women's starts are staggered by half an hour -- they're at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively -- with a children's fun run/walk to follow at 9. Target audience here is anyone who enjoys small cross-country events: Last year's race featured just 260 runners, and the scenic trail consists of both open flats and challenging hills. Register online through May 23 by clicking here. Proceeds benefit anti-domestic violence programs in the Charlotte area, and the motto of the 15-year-old race is "Peace begins at home." The event has been at McAlpine Creek Greenway since 2007.
- Brand-new to the annual calendar of events is the RLJ Be the Match 5K, set for 8 a.m. on a course just south of Lake Wylie, near the York County line. Run in memory of Robert Lawrence Johnson, the race benefits the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches leukemia and lymphoma sufferers with potential bone marrow donors. The 5K's slogan -- "run some hills for a great cause" -- also alludes to the rolling course along the Grand Palisades Parkway. Start and finish is at the Charlotte United soccer fields. Strollers and children are welcome; pets aren't. Free massages afterward. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 on race day. For more info, click here.
- Finally, if you're in a multi-sport mood, there's the Over the Mountain Triathlon (1.5K swim, 45K bike, 10K run) in Kings Mountain. It's a point-to-point race that begins at Moss Lake, west of the town, and ends in the downtown area. The bike course winds through two state parks, one national park and in and out of South Carolina. For a map of the route, click here.