CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Get ready runners! Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K and Fun Run will return to the Queen City on January 1st as the first race of 2022.
Participants of all ages are invited to kick off the new year in a healthy way by either running or walking the LYNX rail line in University City.
Officials say the annual 5K will begin at 10 a.m. and end with a New Year’s Day celebration and brunch featuring pancakes, craft beer from Armored Cow Brewery, mimosas, hot cider, music, and fun for the whole family.
“Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K is a festive run and start to the new year,” said Interim Executive Director of University City Partners, Tobe Holmes. “The first annual race saw a great turn out of high-energy participants of all ages. Many ran and others walked on their own, or with a cane or wheelchair. Families and friends cheered on their loved ones and we celebrated in style. That’s the way to ring in the new year–joyful, inclusive and supporting each other.”
Officials say participants will meet and begin the 5K at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department University City Division on N. Tryon Street and end the race at McCollough Commons.
At the finish line, participants will enjoy food and drinks to celebrate their accomplishment and ring in the new year.
Race entry prices range from $30 to $45 per person for early, regular, same day, and VIP registration.
Officials say VIP tickets will include two post-race mimosas and a commemorative glass to toast the new year in a heated tent on-site.
Every registered participant will also receive an all-day pass to ride the LYNX, and can take the train to the starting line or park at McCollough Station.
Presented by Atrium Health, Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K raises awareness about hunger challenges in Charlotte.
Officials say the race proceeds will benefit Faith CME Food Pantry, Hope Street Food Pantry, and Mayfield Memorial Food Pantry, which collectively serves hundreds of families in need.
Click here to register for Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K.