Beginner Friendly Running Events in North Carolina

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JUL13
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Lake Norman Forest Run Half Marathon & 5K
Troutman, NC, United States

Join us for what is bound to become a summertime tradition! Mostly in the shade on the well-paved roads of Lake Norman State Park.

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Lake Norman Forest Run Half Marathon & 5K

759 State Park Rd, Troutman, NC 28166, USAView event
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Join us for what is bound to become a summertime tradition! Mostly in the shade on the well-paved roads of Lake Norman State Park.

$25 - $75
Lake Norman Forest Run Half Marathon & 5K
MAY27
Dacula Memorial Day 5K
Dacula, GA, United States

Come join us for an annual tradition in Dacula, GA, the Dacula Memorial Day 5K followed by the parade to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom!

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Dacula Memorial Day 5K

Dacula, GA 30019, USAView event
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Come join us for an annual tradition in Dacula, GA, the Dacula Memorial Day 5K followed by the parade to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom!

$15
Dacula Memorial Day 5K
JUN1
NoDa 5K

Come join us for a Saturday afternoon 5k through the neighborhood of the NoDa Brewery! Enjoy cool swag, beer, live music and food trucks. The race starts and ends at the near the NoDa Brewing Company.

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NoDa 5K

2921 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206, USAView event
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Come join us for a Saturday afternoon 5k through the neighborhood of the NoDa Brewery! Enjoy cool swag, beer, live music and food trucks. The race starts and ends at the near the NoDa Brewing Company.

$40
NoDa 5K
JUN8
Race to the Taste 5K & 1 Mile

The 5K will start and finish at the Taste of Charlotte Festival in beautiful uptown Charlotte! Runners should meet on 4th Street near the intersection of Tryon Street. The finish line will be on 4th Street between Tryon and College Streets.

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Race to the Taste 5K & 1 Mile

Tryon St & Trade St, Charlotte, NC, USAView event
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The 5K will start and finish at the Taste of Charlotte Festival in beautiful uptown Charlotte! Runners should meet on 4th Street near the intersection of Tryon Street. The finish line will be on 4th Street between Tryon and College Streets.

$15 - $38
Race to the Taste 5K & 1 Mile
JUN15
Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk

The Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk is the signature fundraising and awareness event to support the Kappa Foundations vision and successful mentoring programs as well as bring exposure to the importance of maintaining good health while achieving personal, scholastic and professional goals.

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Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk

Romare Bearden Park, 300 S Church St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USAView event
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The Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk is the signature fundraising and awareness event to support the Kappa Foundations vision and successful mentoring programs as well as bring exposure to the importance of maintaining good health while achieving personal, scholastic and professional goals.

$35
Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk
JUN22
Cat's Cradle 5K & 10K
Morganton, NC, United States

Please join us for the annual running of the Cat's Cradle 5K & 10K races which are run entirely on the Catawba River Greenway. This event is open to all participants and benefits Cat's Cradle, whose mission is "To help bring about a time when no more abused or abandoned cats will be destroyed."

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Cat's Cradle 5K & 10K

701 Sanford Dr, Morganton, NC 28655, USAView event
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Please join us for the annual running of the Cat's Cradle 5K & 10K races which are run entirely on the Catawba River Greenway. This event is open to all participants and benefits Cat's Cradle, whose mission is "To help bring about a time when no more abused or abandoned cats will be destroyed."

$20
Cat's Cradle 5K & 10K
JUN22
New Life 5K
Lawrenceville, GA, United States

JOIN US for the annual New Life 5K! The proceeds for this race will help fund construction of a Multi-Purpose building for the church. It will be called The New Life Family Life Center and will house facilities for sports leagues, banquets, the arts and ultimately the beginnings of a school ranging from grade school through college and seminary.

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New Life 5K

166 E Crogan St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, USAView event
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From the organiser

JOIN US for the annual New Life 5K! The proceeds for this race will help fund construction of a Multi-Purpose building for the church. It will be called The New Life Family Life Center and will house facilities for sports leagues, banquets, the arts and ultimately the beginnings of a school ranging from grade school through college and seminary.

$20
New Life 5K
JUN22
Chasing the Ivy 5K
Stone Mountain, GA, United States

Proceeds will be given to American Cancer Association and American Heart Association in our support of Alpha Kappa Alpha's Health Promotion partners.

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Chasing the Ivy 5K

5348 E Mountain St, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, USAView event
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Proceeds will be given to American Cancer Association and American Heart Association in our support of Alpha Kappa Alpha's Health Promotion partners.

$10 - $35
Chasing the Ivy 5K
JUN22
The Park CDC 5K Domestic Violence Awareness Run/Walk

One of the greatest threats to family cohesiveness and stability is the public health concern of domestic violence, which is also known as intimate partner violence. The demand for these victim services has never been greater, making the need for education and prevention greater than it has ever been. Join us for this awesome event and help raise awareness of Domestic violence.

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The Park CDC 5K Domestic Violence Awareness Run/Walk

808 Briar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205, USAView event
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From the organiser

One of the greatest threats to family cohesiveness and stability is the public health concern of domestic violence, which is also known as intimate partner violence. The demand for these victim services has never been greater, making the need for education and prevention greater than it has ever been. Join us for this awesome event and help raise awareness of Domestic violence.

$25
The Park CDC 5K Domestic Violence Awareness Run/Walk
JUN30
Rock The Park Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Snellville, GA, United States

Entire course will be run on a wide paved path in a beautiful and scenic park. We will have a well stocked aid station at the start/finish area (pavilion).

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Rock The Park Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Lenora Park, 4515 Lenora Church Rd, Snellville, GA 30039, USAView event
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Entire course will be run on a wide paved path in a beautiful and scenic park. We will have a well stocked aid station at the start/finish area (pavilion).

$30 - $50
Rock The Park Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
JUL14
Run Thru The Park Half Marathon
Snellville, GA, United States

Entire course will be run on a wide paved path in a beautiful and scenic park. We will have a well stocked aid station at the start/finish area (pavilion).

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Run Thru The Park Half Marathon

Snellville, GA, USAView event
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From the organiser

Entire course will be run on a wide paved path in a beautiful and scenic park. We will have a well stocked aid station at the start/finish area (pavilion).

$30 - $50
Run Thru The Park Half Marathon
JUL27
Walnut Grove 5K Breakaway
Loganville, GA, United States

Come out and help Santa fill his Sleigh with our Christmas In July Themed Breakaway 5K at Walnut Grove UMC in Loganville, GA. The run/walk will help raise money for our Secret Santa mission. We sponsor several families in the Walnut Grove area and provide them with a holiday meal and Christmas gifts for their children!

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Walnut Grove 5K Breakaway

Creative Ideas by Kim, 258 Main St, Loganville, GA 30052, USAView event
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Come out and help Santa fill his Sleigh with our Christmas In July Themed Breakaway 5K at Walnut Grove UMC in Loganville, GA. The run/walk will help raise money for our Secret Santa mission. We sponsor several families in the Walnut Grove area and provide them with a holiday meal and Christmas gifts for their children!

$27
Walnut Grove 5K Breakaway
AUG3
New Life 5K
Lawrenceville, GA, United States

JOIN US for the annual New Life 5K! The proceeds for this race will help fund construction of a Multi-Purpose building for the church. It will be called The New Life Family Life Center and will house facilities for sports leagues, banquets, the arts and ultimately the beginnings of a school ranging from grade school through college and seminary.

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New Life 5K

166 E Crogan St, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

JOIN US for the annual New Life 5K! The proceeds for this race will help fund construction of a Multi-Purpose building for the church. It will be called The New Life Family Life Center and will house facilities for sports leagues, banquets, the arts and ultimately the beginnings of a school ranging from grade school through college and seminary.

$20
New Life 5K
AUG10
Button Down Dash
Duluth, GA, United States

Toss your coat and tie, kick off your wingtips, and race for a healthy community at the Annual Button Down Dash 5K/10K!

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Button Down Dash

3100 Main St, Duluth, GA 30096, USAView event
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From the organiser

Toss your coat and tie, kick off your wingtips, and race for a healthy community at the Annual Button Down Dash 5K/10K!

$25 - $30
Button Down Dash
AUG10
City of Immigrants 5K

Come out to celebrate your heritage and support Charlotte's immigrant communities while running through the beautiful Plaza Midwood neighborhood on a Saturday evening!

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City of Immigrants 5K

106 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28280, USAView event
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From the organiser

Come out to celebrate your heritage and support Charlotte's immigrant communities while running through the beautiful Plaza Midwood neighborhood on a Saturday evening!

$25
City of Immigrants 5K
AUG10
Button Down Dash 5K & 10K, presented by Gwinnett Medical Center
Duluth, GA, United States

Loosen your tie, kick off your wingtips, and grab a co-worker for a low-risk, high-reward race down Sugarloaf Parkway.

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Button Down Dash 5K & 10K, presented by Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097, USAView event
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From the organiser

Loosen your tie, kick off your wingtips, and grab a co-worker for a low-risk, high-reward race down Sugarloaf Parkway.

$25 - $30
Button Down Dash 5K & 10K, presented by Gwinnett Medical Center
AUG24
Yiasou Greek Festival 5K presented by Novant Health

Do you want to go fast? Do you want to set a PR? This is your race! The Yiasou Greek Festival 5K presented by Novant Health is arguably Charlottes flattest 5k and has been a record setting course for many runners over the years!

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Yiasou Greek Festival 5K presented by Novant Health

600 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USAView event
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Do you want to go fast? Do you want to set a PR? This is your race! The Yiasou Greek Festival 5K presented by Novant Health is arguably Charlottes flattest 5k and has been a record setting course for many runners over the years!

$10 - $25
Yiasou Greek Festival 5K presented by Novant Health
SEP6
Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon
Townsend, TN, United States

The Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K is a stunning race with gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains and Tennessee countryside.

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Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon

8314 TN-73, Townsend, TN 37882, USAView event
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The Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K is a stunning race with gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains and Tennessee countryside.

$55 - $119
Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon
SEP7
South End Shuffle

There is something for everyone at the South End Shuffle 5K & Mile Run, the event that has become a South End neighborhood tradition! The 5K starts on W Summit Ave in front of Wooden Robot Brewery and heads into one of the neighborhoods best assets: The Rail Trail. There is also a 1 Mile Run for those looking for a shorter distance.

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South End Shuffle

106 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28280, USAView event
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There is something for everyone at the South End Shuffle 5K & Mile Run, the event that has become a South End neighborhood tradition! The 5K starts on W Summit Ave in front of Wooden Robot Brewery and heads into one of the neighborhoods best assets: The Rail Trail. There is also a 1 Mile Run for those looking for a shorter distance.

$10
South End Shuffle
SEP12
River Jam Run Race Edition - Charlotte

Thursday night means its time to hit the trails. Take your weekday run off-road in this weekday trail race on the second Thursday of every month from May until September. Each race in the series will feature a 5K(ish) and 10K(ish) distance. Following the race, hang out and enjoy live music at the River Jam concert series.

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River Jam Run Race Edition - Charlotte

Charlotte, NC, USAView event
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From the organiser

Thursday night means its time to hit the trails. Take your weekday run off-road in this weekday trail race on the second Thursday of every month from May until September. Each race in the series will feature a 5K(ish) and 10K(ish) distance. Following the race, hang out and enjoy live music at the River Jam concert series.

$15
River Jam Run Race Edition - Charlotte
SEP14
Georgia 811 Run/Walk 5K and Kids Fun Run
Lawrenceville, GA, United States

The Georgia 811 Run/Walk will be held in Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville, GA. The run will be held on paved trails around the park's lake. The entire course is safe and secure within Tribble Mill Park. For this year's event all proceeds will benefit the P4 Foundation. The Kids Fun Run is Free!

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Georgia 811 Run/Walk 5K and Kids Fun Run

Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Pkwy SE, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, USAView event
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The Georgia 811 Run/Walk will be held in Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville, GA. The run will be held on paved trails around the park's lake. The entire course is safe and secure within Tribble Mill Park. For this year's event all proceeds will benefit the P4 Foundation. The Kids Fun Run is Free!

Free - $8.11
Georgia 811 Run/Walk 5K and Kids Fun Run
SEP14
Hit The Brixx 10K/5K – Charlotte

Pizza: Check. Beer Festival: Check. Downtown Start/Finish Line: Check. When it comes to a true party, Hit The Brixx is hard to beat! As the only race in our Six Pack Series that offers the possibility to combine two distances on the same day, this one brings the crowds!

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Hit The Brixx 10K/5K – Charlotte

225 E 6th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USAView event
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From the organiser

Pizza: Check. Beer Festival: Check. Downtown Start/Finish Line: Check. When it comes to a true party, Hit The Brixx is hard to beat! As the only race in our Six Pack Series that offers the possibility to combine two distances on the same day, this one brings the crowds!

$5 - $35
Hit The Brixx 10K/5K – Charlotte
SEP15
ADMH RUN FOR HEALTH
Dunwoody, GA, United States

The ADMH Run for Health is a 5K/1K Run/Walk supporting comprehensive health and related services for teens and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

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ADMH RUN FOR HEALTH

Georgia State University: Perimeter College - Dunwoody Campus, 2101 Womack Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338, USAView event
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The ADMH Run for Health is a 5K/1K Run/Walk supporting comprehensive health and related services for teens and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

$15 - $30
ADMH RUN FOR HEALTH
SEP21
Run Against Senior Hunger 5K
Lawrenceville, GA, United States

Our Annual 5K Run Against Senior Hunger at the Lilburn City Park- Greenway Trail and Walking Path Please join us and make it a family fun day for a great cause!

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Run Against Senior Hunger 5K

2125 Tribble Mill Pkwy SE, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, USAView event
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Our Annual 5K Run Against Senior Hunger at the Lilburn City Park- Greenway Trail and Walking Path Please join us and make it a family fun day for a great cause!

$20
Run Against Senior Hunger 5K
SEP28
Hustling for Hopkins

Brad Eric Hopkins, of Charlotte, was born April 7, 1971 and was called home to Heaven on January 15, 2018. He battled pancreatic cancer for over a year and fought with determination, courage, and faith.

He was a devoted husband, father, son, and brother whose commitment to God and to his faith in Christ was evident in every action and interaction. Brad touched so many lives and will forever be remembered by his family, friends, and those he served.

We are his Steele Creek (SCAA) family. Brad has served many years on the sidelines keeping score and cheering for all the kids playing their various sports. He was a dedicated Leader and Committee member of both BSA Pack 167 and Troop 167. Through scouting he touched the lives of many. Brad enjoyed spending time connecting with the youth at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, joining in on their antics and mentoring them.

We want to make this an annual event to always remember Brad and support his loving family!

With your support we hope to make this a great annual event!

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Hustling for Hopkins

106 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28280, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Brad Eric Hopkins, of Charlotte, was born April 7, 1971 and was called home to Heaven on January 15, 2018. He battled pancreatic cancer for over a year and fought with determination, courage, and faith.

He was a devoted husband, father, son, and brother whose commitment to God and to his faith in Christ was evident in every action and interaction. Brad touched so many lives and will forever be remembered by his family, friends, and those he served.

We are his Steele Creek (SCAA) family. Brad has served many years on the sidelines keeping score and cheering for all the kids playing their various sports. He was a dedicated Leader and Committee member of both BSA Pack 167 and Troop 167. Through scouting he touched the lives of many. Brad enjoyed spending time connecting with the youth at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, joining in on their antics and mentoring them.

We want to make this an annual event to always remember Brad and support his loving family!

With your support we hope to make this a great annual event!

$10 - $30
Hustling for Hopkins
SEP28
Dirty Spokes Georgia Harbins Park 10K & 5K
Dacula, GA, United States

Runners registration for the Dirty Spokes Good Dirt Harbins Park 10K/5K Trail Running Race is OPEN! We will have a cap on this race of 275 Participants!

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Dirty Spokes Georgia Harbins Park 10K & 5K

Dacula, GA 30019, USAView event
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From the organiser

Runners registration for the Dirty Spokes Good Dirt Harbins Park 10K/5K Trail Running Race is OPEN! We will have a cap on this race of 275 Participants!

$30
Dirty Spokes Georgia Harbins Park 10K & 5K
SEP29
Fight the Flame 5K

The Fight the Flame 5K was established with the goal to raise awareness and money for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS formally known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic, debilitating neurological disorder characterized by extreme burning pain and hypersensitivity, changes in bone and skin, and functional impairment. Money raised is to benefit the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association(RSDSA), a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote greater awareness and earlier recognition of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, fund critical research, and provide support to people with CRPS and their loved ones.

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Fight the Flame 5K

McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28212, USAView event
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The Fight the Flame 5K was established with the goal to raise awareness and money for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS formally known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic, debilitating neurological disorder characterized by extreme burning pain and hypersensitivity, changes in bone and skin, and functional impairment. Money raised is to benefit the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association(RSDSA), a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote greater awareness and earlier recognition of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, fund critical research, and provide support to people with CRPS and their loved ones.

$20 - $25
Fight the Flame 5K
OCT5
Georgia Race for Autism 5K/10K
Lawrenceville, GA, United States

The Georgia Race for Autism is a USTAF certified and Peachtree Road Race qualifying 5K and 10K.

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Georgia Race for Autism 5K/10K

2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, USAView event
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From the organiser

The Georgia Race for Autism is a USTAF certified and Peachtree Road Race qualifying 5K and 10K.

$15 - $25
Georgia Race for Autism 5K/10K
OCT19
HeroRun 5K

Join us in Southpark for the HeroRun to honor our Military Heroes and support Veterans Bridge Home. Come run in your favorite Super Hero costume to show your support for all of our armed forces! Don't have a costume? Don't worry! All are welcome to come join us as we raise money for our local heroes. Get your family, friends, and coworkers together to form your own Avengers style team and see how much of a difference you can make for Veteran's Bridge Home.

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HeroRun 5K

106 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28280, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Join us in Southpark for the HeroRun to honor our Military Heroes and support Veterans Bridge Home. Come run in your favorite Super Hero costume to show your support for all of our armed forces! Don't have a costume? Don't worry! All are welcome to come join us as we raise money for our local heroes. Get your family, friends, and coworkers together to form your own Avengers style team and see how much of a difference you can make for Veteran's Bridge Home.

$10 - $30
HeroRun 5K
OCT26
Stanley Creek Massacre 5k/10k

Looking for a challenging course! Join us for the Stanley Creek Massacre 5k or 10k options!

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Stanley Creek Massacre 5k/10k

South Atlantic Component Sales, 5200 Park Rd #103, Charlotte, NC 28209, USAView event
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From the organiser

Looking for a challenging course! Join us for the Stanley Creek Massacre 5k or 10k options!

$25
Stanley Creek Massacre 5k/10k
NOV9
XTERRA Little Mulberry Park Trail Run
Dacula, GA, United States

Were excited to present the Annual Little Mulberry Park 6.5Mi and 3.3Mi Trail Run. Both events will start on the paved asphalt trail (required for spacing) and soon lead onto the grass and dirt trails!

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XTERRA Little Mulberry Park Trail Run

Dacula, GA 30019, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Were excited to present the Annual Little Mulberry Park 6.5Mi and 3.3Mi Trail Run. Both events will start on the paved asphalt trail (required for spacing) and soon lead onto the grass and dirt trails!

$30
XTERRA Little Mulberry Park Trail Run
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Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

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To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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