Get Involved: 8 Events to Attend with RunningWorks

One of the many great things about RunningWorks is that we are not only changing lives one stride at a time, but we also have a lot of fun along the way. A core value of our program is volunteerism. We are always looking for ways to stay engaged in our community and give back. Our team goes out and volunteers at various events throughout the year to help raise awareness of the need to address the impact of hunger, homelessness and poverty in our community. These events also provide a means for us to raise funds to help further our mission in the community. We invite you to join us at an upcoming race or event. Here’s a look at what’s on the calendar for the remainder of 2018:

3rd Annual 12-Hour Run to End Hunger & Homelessness
June 6 @ The City Square (Corner of Trade and Tryon St.)

Each year, the RunningWorks Team organizes a race on Global Running Day (the first Wednesday in June) to raise awareness of how hunger, homelessness and poverty affect families in the Carolinas.

Beginning at 6 a.m., RunningWorks team members, many of whom are experiencing or have experienced homelessness, along with dozens of community volunteers and supporters, will run relay-style loops around Center City for 12 hours in an united effort to combat hunger and homelessness in our community.

This year, we will are collecting personal hygiene items – such as deodorant, razors, wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel size lotions, etc. – to help our neighbors in need for the summer.

Donations can be dropped off at our tent, which will be set up 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email or call (980) 500-8RUN for more information. (READ MORE)

American 4 Miler Presented by Famous Toastery
July 4 @ Famous Toastery

RunningWorks has been selected as this year’s benefit charity of the American 4 Miler.  We are also looking for energetic volunteers to help out on Race Day. Email us at for more information. (READ MORE)

OrthoCarolina 10k Classic Food Truck & Beer Fest presented by Performance Therapy
August 18 @ OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center

The OrthoCarolina 10k Classic Food Truck & Beer Fest presented by Performance Therapy takes place each year outside the OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center in Charlotte. The annual event attracts hundreds of runners, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to RunningWorks.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities including registration, packet pickup, course monitoring, water stop, finish line set up, and at the food tent. We are in most need of course monitors on race day. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. (READ MORE)

Metamorphosis 2018: The Social Butterfly Experiment
September 22 @ LaCa Projects

This very unique fashion event, showcasing the collections of Luis Machicao, usually features professional models walking alongside many of the homeless men and women who participate in the RunningWorks program. However, this year, we are shaking things up a bit. RunningWorks has selected 10 dynamic influencers from the community to serve as mentors to program participants over the summer and walk the runway this fall with their mentees.

Metamorphosis is our biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds go towards helping RunningWorks further our mission of using sport and education to empower individuals and families to break cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness and poverty one stride at a time. We chose the name Metamorphosis, because it so symbolic of the change being made in the lives of the homeless individuals and families will work with each day. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact us at info for more information. (READ MORE)

Novant Health 15k & 5K
September 30 @ Jetton Village (Cornelius)

The 15K course is a scenic residential course along Lake Norman’s peninsula.  Both the 5K and 15K course dip into Jetton Park and then along the Peninsula Golf Course. We will have the same course as year’s past with official maps coming out soon! The event features live music, massages, prizes, inflatables for the kids and more! (READ MORE)

Running Scared 5 Miler & Monster Mile
October 27 @ Romare Bearden Park

Don’t miss the Running Scared 5 Miler and Monster Mile presented by SportPort, showcasing uptown Charlotte on October 27, 2018. Instead of embracing Halloween with a mouthful of fun-size Snickers, don your costume and lace up your running shoes. This local 5 Miler and Monster Mile are as fine a place as any for your giant banana suit and becomes a high-speed parade of superheroes, zombies, and foam beer bottles. Costume Contest, performance shirts, custom bibs, finisher medals, etc. Following the running events, there will be food trucks, a beer garden, kids’ area, and entertainment. (READ MORE)

Novant Health Charlotte Marathon
November 3 @ Romare Bearden Park

The Charlotte Marathon is an annual tradition or the RunningWorks Team. We have had runners competing and the full and half marathon since our organization’s inception. Our team looks forward to this event each year, and we have found that with the greater the distance and challenge of each race they complete, the more likelier they are to achieve their goals in life, from overcoming addiction to transitioning out of homelessness.

The Charlotte Marathon features five different races: the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K, and kid’s 1-mile run. Runners experience the sights and sounds of the Southeast’s fastest growing city, including the Queen City’s signature tree lined streets, historic landmarks, major sporting venues and the most eclectic neighborhood parties. The race finishes in the heart of Uptown Charlotte at Romare Bearden Park. With entertainment along the course, major headliners at the finish line festival, and five distance options, it’s a race for all runners! (READ MORE)

Santa Run 8k and Snowman Dash
December 15 @ Uptown Charlotte

Enjoy a day having fun with the family, being creative and dressing up in costume. Register as a Santa, Elf, Reindeer or Snowman at this annual holiday event held in Uptown Charlotte across from Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park. Participants receive high-quality long sleeve shirts, finisher medals, costume accessories (Santa hats, Elf hats, Reindeer antlers, and Snowman beanies) and free hot cocoa. (READ MORE)

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