UPDATED INFO at 10:28 a.m. Friday!
From Jay Holder of the Charlotte Running Club: "Due to flooding issues at McAlpine Park, we are moving tomorrow's Dollars for Distance Event to the Dowd YMCA (400 East Morehead St. near uptown). We will meet on the back porch at 8 a.m. and run in the direction of Freedom Park. Other than that, the concept remains the same. We hope you can still make it. (CRC Chairman) Aaron Linz and I will be there to collect donations, and help people split into pace groups. See you in the morning!"
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UPDATED INFO at 10:07 a.m. Thursday!
From Tom Walsh at TrySports: "We are going on with the TrySports fun run (Haiti fundraiser) -- rain, shine, snow, sleet or ice! Crossing our fingers and hoping for the best!"
From Jay Holder of the Charlotte Running Club: "The Dollars for Distance event is going to be rain or shine. We talked about moving it back, but ultimately decided runners are a pretty crazy group and will come out in the rain."
Also, in regards to the latter event, I just got an e-mail from Eimear Goggin of the Charlotte Running Club. She says if you can't make it to McAlpine Park on Saturday but still want to contribute, just keep track of the miles you do that day in your neighborhood or at your gym, then arrange to get a donation into a club board member's hands. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to do that. If you're injured, she says, you're welcome to show up Saturday and sponsor another runner.
If you're interested in meeting some new runners while helping earthquake victims in Haiti, you'll have two choices this Saturday.
And you will indeed have to choose -- because by (apparently) coincidence, both the Charlotte Running Club and the TrySports store in the Blakeney Shopping Center have scheduled fun runs/fundraisers at overlapping times on the same morning.
TrySports' "Run For Haiti" is likely to be the more organized of the two events. The combination 3 Mile Fun Run and Shoe Donation Drive is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and participants are being asked to donate $20 and/or pairs of used or new shoes. All profits will be donated directly to the American Red Cross; the shoes will get to Haiti by way of Deserving Soles. Store is at 9830 Rea Road, Suite H. Details: 704-544-4626.
But the Charlotte Running Club's "Dollars for Distance" fundraiser, scheduled for McAlpine Creek Park (8711 Monroe Road), has a more novel concept: Runners will meet at the park's main entrance at 8 a.m., divide up into pace groups, and start running. When you're tired, just stop, tally up your miles, and donate a dollar for every mile you've run (cash or check will be accepted). All proceeds go directly to the Red Cross Relief Fund.
Presumably, these two events -- which are taking place less than 20 minutes away from each other -- were scheduled independently and not intended to compete. That's a little unfortunate, since I'd have made a point to attend both if they'd been planned on separate days.
Still, I'd strongly endorse either of these runs. The CRC and TrySports are wonderful contributors to the local running community, and I hope the turnouts are terrific at both McAlpine and Blakeney. The more money these two organizations can raise for earthquake victims in Haiti, the better.
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