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This Weekend's Running Events: Thunder Road Course Preview, Costume Run, 5Ks and More!

The arrival of November 1 on Saturday is bringing cold, wet weather to Charlotte but we've got a weekend full of running events that are happening rain or shine. Bundle up and get out there and participate in one of these races or special events. Bonus...it's a great way to burn off that Halloween candy!

GROUP RUN EVENTS

Isabella's Dream Team Thunder Road Half Marathon Course Preview

The members of Isabella's Dream Team invite you to join them for a 10 mile preview long run of the updated Thunder Road Half Marathon course. Meet at 7:30 a.m. SUNDAY morning at the Dowd Y and take off at 7:45. Everyone is welcome and all paces will be accommodated. There will be turn-by-turn directions, maps and water at the half way point.

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Omega Nation 4th Annual Costume Contest Long Run 

Put your Halloween costume back on and head to McMullen Greenway at 7 a.m. Saturday morning for the Omega Nation's 4th Annual Costume Contest Long Run. They'll have a men's and women's winner for best costume...voted on by participants! The winners receive new running shoes.

RACES

5K Pajama Run

Distance: 5K

When: 11/1/2014

Time: Race day registration and packet pick-up starts at 6:30 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m.

Where: Starts and finishes at Promenade on Providence in South Charlotte

Link for more information

Roll out of bed and run a 5K in your PJs! Day of registration is $40 per runner and cash only. Expecting over 300 runners.

Snap, Crackle, Run 5K

Distance: 5K

When: 11/1/2014

Time: Race day registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m.

Where: Snap Fitness Ballantyne

Link for more information

Race day registration is $35 and 100% of the proceeds from this South Charlotte 5K benefit local charities Alex's Lemonade Stand and Sow Much Good.

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The Color Run

Distance: 5K

When: 11/1/2014

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Link to Register

This 5K is known as the "Happiest 5K on the Planet." There are now over 170 color runs in 30+ countries. Get blasted with colors as you run a 5K. There are still spots available for the 8:30 a.m., 9:10 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. starts. Registration is $45.

Fight the Flame 5K

Distance: 5K

When: 11/2/2014

Time: 8 a.m.

Where: McAlpine Creek Park

Link for more information

A 5K on a Sunday! Online registration is closed but you can register at Omega Sports Arboretum on Saturday between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. or on race day.

485 MADD Dash

Distance: 5K, 10K, fun run

When: 11/2/2014

Time: 1 p.m.

Where: 485 Extension

Link for more information

This is a TRULY unique event. The NCDOT Invites You to Participate in the 485 Madd Dash. In July 1988, the N.C. Department of Transportation started building the I-485 Outer Loop around Charlotte. By the end of 2014, the final segment of this 67-mile highway will be complete, closing the loop around North Carolina’s largest city. 

To commemorate the completion of this long-awaited milestone, NCDOT is partnering with the State Employees Combined Campaign to organize the 485 Madd Dash. Participants will be able to run on the final segment of I-485 before it opens to traffic. The 5k/10k/Fun Run will start at 12940 Loganville Road. 10k runners will be able to traverse the new turbine interchange at I-485 and I-85, a new connection to the final section of The Loop.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to run, walk or bike on I-485 before you can drive on it! Proceeds from the 485 Madd Dash to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

What are your weekend running/racing plans? 

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