Tuesday, July 27, 2010

And we're off to the races...

Looking for a race to run this weekend? Pickings are pretty slim -- I think it's because we're in the heart of vacation season -- but here they are:

Summer Track Meets
What: A "very casual" track meet, open to all ages from youth to masters.
When: Friday. Registration begins at 5 p.m. First running event is at 6:15.
Where: Irwin Belk Track and Field Center on the campus of UNC Charlotte.
Cost: $3.
Of note: Scheduled events are: 50m for kids 8 and under, followed by the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3200, plus 400 and 1600 relays. Field events include hammer, discus, shot put, javelin, pole vault, long jump and high jump. ... This is the final installment of a every-Friday-in-July series that has been plagued by inclement weather -- the first two meets were rained out, and participation last Friday was "extremely low," organizers say. ... Sponsored by the UNCC Charlotte track team coaching staff and the Carolinas Track & Field Club.

Mountaineer 5K
When: 8 a.m. Saturday.
Where: North Carolina Research Campus, 201 N. Main St.
Why: Appalachian State University is a participating school at the North Carolina Research Campus.
Cost: $25 until Friday, $30 at the event.
Of note: The certified course starts and finishes near the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory building and runs through the Kannapolis Greenway, Village Park, and part of the Kannapolis Village (view it by clicking here). ... All pre-registered participants will receive a dri-fit T-shirt and a gift bag. ... Yosef, the ASU Mountaineer mascot, will be on hand throughout the event for photographs and the event festivities. ... A one-mile "fun run" will immediately follow the start of the 5K.
Details: Click here.

Marine Mud Challenge
What: The race features a 5-mile course with a variety of obstacles, including mud pits, a low crawl through a pipe and a 5-foot wall.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road.
Why: Proceeds will go to the families of wounded sailors and Marines at Camp Lejeune.
Cost: $25 per person, and competitive teams must have four members ($20 each for military, media and public service personnel). Fun runners pay $15 apiece.
Of note: Organizers say this type of event simulates the training U.S. Marines complete on a weekly basis. ... Last year, about 600 people competed in the event. ... For the fun run, teams can be any size, as long as it consists of an even number of runners.
Details: Click here.


Anonymous said...

and if you don't pay, DON'T even think about running. You are NOT a bandit, you ARE a weasel. Come out an support the best recreational runners who participate in amateur road races. Road race fever, catch it!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know of one place I can go to find out about all the races coming up in the Charlotte area -- in advance?? This blog doesn't give enough notice and the Running stores only mention their own races. I'm looking for a comprehensive calendar that goes out a few months, so I'll have plenty of time to train.

Anonymous said...

There is not a comprehensive list of races in the area. You are correct in that the local running store "push" their races. Run For Your Life also lists races in the Charlotte area. There are several sites that I check and even then, there are races that can be missed. If you are looking for trail races, you can try the Whitewater Center.
Try these sites:


run.charlotte.webmaster said...

The Charlotte Running Club website tries to post information about all upcoming races, here: http://charlotterunningclub.com.
If you have information about an event that's not posted, please let us know at: run.charlotte.webmaster@gmail.com