Tuesday, April 20, 2010

And we're off to the races...

Looking for a race on Saturday? Here are the options I've been able to find for you:

The Charlotte Skyline Run

What: Central Piedmont Community College hosts the 15th annual event, which includes the Kaye McGarry 5K Run; the SunTrust 5K Walk for Health; and the half-mile Nothing But Noodles Family Fun Run for ages 12 and younger.
When: 5K Run and Walk start at 8 a.m. Saturday (Fun Run starts at 7:30).
Where: CPCC Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave.
Why: Proceeds are used for CPCC student scholarships and other student needs.
Cost: $18 for the 5K, $8 for the Fun Run.
Of note: The 5K course was designed to be flat and fast. ... It's a decent-sized race: In 2009, there were 844 official finishers. Robert Miller won the men's race in 16:33 and Alana Hadley won the women's race in 18:15. ... Runners, walkers, wheelchairs and baby joggers are welcome.
More race info here. To register, click here.

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The Holy Trinity Middle School Athletic Association's Bulldog Run 5K

What: 5K and Fun Run.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday.
Where: The 5K starts and finishes at St. Matthew Catholic School, 11525 Elm Lane in Charlotte.
Why: The proceeds will benefit the Holy Trinity Athletic Association and Crisis Assistance Ministry of Charlotte. Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.
Cost: $20 in advance, or $25 on race day. Fun Run is $10.
Of note: The event is in its second year. The course remains the same as last year, except this year it will run in the reverse direction. ... Bulldog hosted 252 runners in 2009; 251 are already signed up for this year's race.
More race info here. To register, click here.

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The Bumblebee 5K

What: 5K run/walk.
When: 9 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Course starts and finishes at Gaston College's Lincoln Campus in Lincolnton.
Why: The race is hosted by Mission 2010, and proceeds will help fund a Long Shoals Wesleyan Church mission trip to Leon, Nicaragua.
Cost: $15 through Thursday, $20 thereafter ($10 for kids 12 and younger).
Of note: The course is described as "mostly flat." ... This is the second year for the event.
There is no online registration, but a mail-in entry form is here, or you can register till 8:30 a.m. on race day.

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Oh, and if you're looking for something low-key and informal (but still in support of a good cause): The inaugural Woodland Heights 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday at The Point Lake and Golf Club, 110 Meeting House Square in Mooresville. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $20, and you can only register on-site. Proceeds will benefit Woodland Heights Elementary School's Student Support Services fund, which assists students in need of medical, dental and vision care. Food and drinks will be provided, and the first 100 participants will receive race T-shirts. Says organizer Clinton Fisher: "It'll be good old-fashioned racing -- no chips, just a clock at the start line." The course will go through The Point neighborhood, which Fisher says is somewhat hilly. Details: E-mail him at clinton@sitemind.com.

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