Wednesday, November 18, 2009

And we're off to the races...

Several of the fall's more unique races and runs are taking place around the region this weekend:

1. The Hendrick Marrow Program Half Marathon and 5K, Sunday, next to the Hendrick Motorsports' complex at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord: This new event's primary draw is the chance for half-marathoners to run through several Lowe's facilities, including the dirt track, the drag strip, and one lap around the NASCAR oval itself. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Hendrick Marrow Program of the Be The Match Foundation. The half marathon ($45) begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K ($25) at 8:30. There's a kids' 100-yard dash ($10) at 11:30 a.m. For the race Web site, click here. To register, click here.

2. The Santa Scramble 5K, Saturday, in downtown Concord: Three things set this race apart from the typical 5K. No. 1, it's got an afternoon start, at 2 p.m. No. 2, it's a point-to-point race, with -- I'm told -- an overall net loss of elevation (i.e. it's mostly downhill). No. 3, it kicks off the annual Concord Christmas Parade, so you can expect good crowd support and a festive mood all along the way. Buses will begin taking runners from the Cabarrus County Senior Center (331 Corban Ave. SE) to the start area at noon. All runners need to be at the starting line by 1:45 p.m. For the race Web site, click here. To register, click here.

3. The Thin Blue Line Run, 8 a.m. Saturday, at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Fire Training Academy, 1770 Shopton Road in southwest Charlotte: This brand-new 5K also takes place at a novel venue -- on the grounds where CMPD's recruits are trained. There's a good FAQ about what to expect here; it notes the race is not chip-timed, T-shirts vary, and there's no post-race food. BUT ... registration is just $10 (additional donations are welcomed). The proceeds will fund scholarships for high schoolers seeking careers in law enforcement, and two fallen officers will be honored on race morning. More info here.

4. The Fellowship of the Idiots Run, Saturday, at the Stanly County Family YMCA in Albemarle: Not so much a race as it is a loong training run (19.7 miles), from the Y in downtown to the top of Morrow Mountain and back. Start time is 5:30 a.m. There'll be water at Mile 6 and at Mile 13.7, and refreshments at the finish. Runners who complete the trek get a "Fellowship of the Idiots" T-shirt and a certificate, and their name will be engraved on the FOTI plaque at Vac & Dash. The best part? It's free. To sign up, e-mail your name and T-shirt size to or call 704-983-3274. More info here.

And don't forget the second of Run For Your Life's Thunder Road Marathon Course Preview Runs, 7 a.m. Saturday, the Dowd YMCA (400 E. Morehead St., on the edge of uptown): Runners will head out to preview the "back" 13.1 -- which reaches down into South End and up into NoDa. You can e-mail Dexter at with questions ... or just come out and register for $10. (Note: If you paid for Part 1, you're already good to go for Part 2.) Fee gets you water and/or Powerade at multiple hydration stations as well as a technical T-shirt, although quantities of the latter are now limited.


Anonymous said...

I have run at the CMPD Training Academy in other races in the past. They all are run on this same course. It is challenging and there is a hill at about the 2 1/2 mile mark called "Bubba" that goes staight up for about 100 yards. Great cause, great group of people. Count me in. I'll be there.

Anonymous said...

I checked out the Hendrick site because running on the tracks looked interesting. Never have I seen a site give so little info about an actual race. If this was just a 5K, I would not be too concerned, but since there is also a half marathon, I would like to see a course map, any water on course, if run on road, is it closed to traffic. I hope the races do well, and raise a lot of money, but they should also better advertise and explain their event.

Theoden Janes said...

Hey runners: Half-marathon course map is here:

Anonymous said...

I've also ran the CMPD Training Academy course a number of times and really enjoyed it. Don't let Bubba get to you, it's totally doable. If the preview wasn't this weekend I'd do the race.

Davidson Area Running Team said...

Lemme throw another local race into the mix: Davidson Turkey Trot 5k, Saturday, November 21 at 9:00 AM. A casual 5k to benefit the Free Clinic of Our Towns at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. For details go to