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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.'s a great way to burn off that Halloween candy!


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.


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.


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.


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?