The 31st annual Elizabeth 8K Road Race will hit the streets on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
Noteworthy news and facts about this year’s race:
is Charlotte's oldest road race and
features a USATF-certified course (certificate # NC15016DF) and a fantastic
tour of the scenic residential streets of the Elizabeth neighborhood. The event
also includes a 1.5M untimed run/walk for the casual participants and youth
runners and the Liz Kids' Fun Run for the little ones.
25 has been proclaimed by Mayor Jennifer Roberts, as “Elizabeth Day” in Charlotte. It recognizes the impact this race
has had on the community, city and county throughout the years and highlights
the many great things that Elizabeth has to offer in the way of the arts,
education, sporting facilities, fine dining, health care and public spirit,
urban living and as having one of the finest urban forests in America.
- Our very
own “Big E” will serenade and
entertain us all throughout the morning
- We partnered with Legion Brewing to
create an Elizabeth 8K Session ale, called the Big E, which will be available during
the awards ceremony at Hawthorne’s. It
will also be served in the Tap Room at Legion throughout the month of March as
well as at Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar.
from Opera Carolina will perform songs from their Opera Xpress performance of the Tortoise and the Hair
incredibly talented young singers from School of Rock will once again provide us with live music throughout the morning
custom Elizabeth 8K Road Race medals,
made by local Elizabeth artisan, Terry Shipley, will be awarded to first
place overall, masters and age group winners.
We hope this will be the start of a new tradition of partnering with local
artists to create truly unique collector’s items for our fastest
- The Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center will
be lit green the morning
of March 25th starting at 5am in support of the Elizabeth 8K (follow
@WFLightsCLT on Twitter)
- Proceeds benefit the beautification of
the Historic Elizabeth Neighborhood and the replenishing of both Charlotte and
Elizabeth's tree canopies. In support of this, we are continuing our
partnership with TreesCharlotte and will be hosting a mini free tree store at the race.
25 trees will be available on a first come basis for you to take home
the first time, we will be hosting a food
drive for Second Harvest Food Bank and encourage all participants to drop
off new and unopened shelf-stable food and household items, either during
packet pick-up or the day of the race.
Let’s come together as a community to fight hunger in Charlotte!
- CATS has agreed to begin operation of the
CityLYNX Gold Line, i.e. the trolley or the street car, at 7am on March 25, making it easier for people
to get to the race via mass transit. Get
off at the last stop on Hawthorne and 5th and you’re just one block
from the starting line.
- Thank you to the incredible support we've received from all our sponsors, without which this race could not happen
Hawthorne Recreation Center, Independence Park
345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204