Here's a bunch of assorted racing news, some of which appeared earlier this month on my Facebook Fan Page:
The River Bound Race Series, a trail running race series I first mentioned a little over a month ago, will kick off with a 5K race on Saturday, March 13, at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. This four-race series will also include a 10K on May 22, a 15K on July 17 and a half marathon on Sept. 25; all races take place on the Whitewater Center’s trails. Proceeds will support North Carolina Outward Bound’s Charlotte programs, including the Unity Project and scholarship assistance for youth, educators, and military veterans attending wilderness courses in the N.C. mountains. For details, click here.
The second annual Earth Day 5K, set for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 17, starts and finishes in downtown Monroe; it is being held in conjuction with family-friendly Earth Day activities taking place nearby. Course is reportedly flat and fast. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity in promoting environmentally friendly building practices. Race tees are made from recyclable material. Prizes will be given to runners dressed like “environmentally friendly items” (e.g. a hybrid car, a tulip, a bumblebee, a recycled can, etc.). Register for the costume contest the day of the event. To register, click here.
The sixth annual Morrison Family YMCA 10K/5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run is set for Saturday, May 15. More than 760 runners participated in 2009. Although the event is still being held at Ballantyne Corporate Park (Exit 61 off I-485), there’s a new certified course with a new start/finish line. Also: Organizers are looking for a catchy new name; if you’ve got suggestions, e-mail them to email@example.com (limit three ideas, one e-mail per person). Deadline is March 4. Winner gets free race entry and recognition on the day of the event. For more race details, click here.
OTHER NEWS AND NOTES:
Female triathletes are invited to a Team TRIumph open house at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brooklyn South Pizza in Cornelius (19400 Jetton Road). Team TRIumph is an all-women’s triathlon and endurance sport training group in the Lake Norman area. New and experienced triathletes welcome. Members train together, and participate in clinics on topics including nutrition, yoga and Pilates. For more on the group, click here. Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do yoga (or want to start), here’s something that might interest you: Asana Activewear is hosting the “Yoga Jam,” a one-day event that brings together 13 Charlotte yoga studios as a showcase for a variety of yoga classes, styles and instructors. It takes place this Saturday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in SouthPark (6300 Morrison Blvd.). Registration is $65 and includes four yoga classes (from a choice of 20), lunch, and goodies from Asana Activewear. Space is limited to 170 people and each class is capped at 35 participants. The beneficiary of the event is Presbyterian Hospital’s Cancer Rehab and Wellness Center. For details, click here.
The 2010 Carolinas Open/Masters Track and Field Invitational will be held on Saturday, April 10, at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center at UNCC. Track events include 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m, relay, and hurdling races. Open to athletes 19 and older. This is a USATF-sanctioned event and therefore requires that all participants be active USATF members. If you are not a member of USATF, click here to join. For details on the meet, click here.
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