A couple races set for this Saturday that I've been meaning to tell you about. (Better late than never, right?)
First is the for-women-only Run Like a Girl 8K, to be held out at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in West Charlotte. The five-mile run/jog/walk will benefit the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation (which focuses on ovarian cancer), "as well as encourage you to become or continue to be active," the Web site says.
One heads-up: The site also mentions the course consists of "gentle paths and trails," but a WWC source of mine cautions that "the trail run is pretty rough ... since it is a trail with roots, rugged ground, etc." This is not to scare anybody off -- just to make you aware that it ain't necessarily a PR course. But it's a great, great cause, so even if you have to walk parts (or all), consider it.
Start time for the 8K is 9 a.m., and it's preceded by a 1-mile girls-only Run Like a Kid event at 8:15. As the trails are narrow in parts, 8Kers will be sent out in five waves, three to five minutes apart. Cost is $10 for kids, $30 for women. Race page is here.
And then there's the Sunbare Whispers 5K Run & Walk. I'll just leave this one to the reader who e-mailed me the tip last week:
"Here's an offbeat race for you to add to the calendar coming up on Sept. 19 [this Saturday]. When we discovered a flyer for the race at the Wachovia Health and Fitness Center on W.T. Harris Boulevard yesterday, we couldn't help but laugh and crack jokes like a bunch of 12-year-olds."
Click HERE for details on this event, for which you definitely will NOT have to dress to impress.