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:

  • This 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.
  • March 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 are partnering with Legion Brewing to create an Elizabeth 8K Runners Session ale 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.
  • Singers from Opera Carolina will perform songs from their Opera Xpress performance of the Tortoise and the Hair
  • The incredibly talented young singers from School of Rock will once again provide us with live music throughout the morning
  • Beautiful 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 participants.
  • 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 with you.
  • For 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