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It's officially spring! While the weather in Charlotte may not have you jumping for joy, the longer days are giving us life, because more daylight means more time to get outside and be active.

Need some help getting your rear in gear so you can work for your beer? How about springing into the season with a race!

We put together a list of eight Charlotte races to kick-start your spring training. Check out what's on the race calendar in the coming months.


FreeMoreWest 5K on the Greenway

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Friday April 13, 2018 at 6 PM

Where: Located between Uptown Cycles & Yoga for Life on West Morehead - 1432 W Morehead St. Charlotte, NC 28208

Cost: $30+

Anything else? Yoga For Life is offering free pre-race yoga at 5 pm for all race participants.

Charlotte RaceFest

Distance: Half Marathon (13.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles)

When: Saturday April 14, 2018 at 7:30 AM

Where: South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd. Charlotte, NC 28211 Cost: $45+

Anything else? Stick around after the race for music, great food, and craft beer!


Twilight 5K

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Friday May 4, 2018 at 7 PM

Where: Wells Fargo Atrium, 401 South Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28202

Cost: $25+

Anything else? Join Right Moves for Youth, a school-based youth development and support program to help students grades 6-12 engage in their education and increase positive behaviors, for this evening run throughout Uptown Charlotte.  

Run! Ballantyne 8K & 5K

Distance: 8K (4.97 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday May 19, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Where: Sara's YMCA, 15940 Brixham Hill Ave Charlotte, NC 28277

Cost: $25+`

Anything else? This race serves as the second in the YMCA of Greater Charlotte race series and helps to raise money to provide children the opportunity to participate in a multitude of YMCA programs.


Keep Pounding 5K

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday June 2, 2018 at 8 AM

Where: 1021 Morehead Medical Dr. Charlotte, NC 28204

Cost: $30

Anything else? This race ends on the Panther's practice field, making it the coolest experience for any Panther's fan! Proceeds from this event benefit the Carolinas Healthcare Foundation.

NoDa 5K

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday June 2, 2018 at 6 PM

Where: NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28206

Cost: $25+`

Anything else? This is an evening run, so be prepared for it to be warm! Stick around after the race to cool down with some NoDa Brewing beer, live music, and food trucks.  

Race to the Taste 5K

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday June 9, 2018 at 9 AM

Where: Tryon St. & Trade St. Charlotte, NC US 28202

Cost: $28+`

Anything else? This race will start and finish at the Taste of Charlotte Festival in Uptown. Runners will receive awesome swag like a ticket to a Charlotte Checkers game and a Taste of Charlotte Super Coin that they can use to purchase any food item from the participating restaurants at the festival.  

Brew Dash 6k Trail Race

Distance: 6K (3.73 miles)

When: Saturday June 16, 2018 at 9 AM

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway Charlotte, NC 28214

Cost: $30+`

Anything else? This race kicks off Sol Fest, a beer festival with live music offering a wide selection of regional and national breweries, as well as more untraditional events like water races and yoga.

Where Will You Run For Your Beer This Spring?

Looking to strengthen your core to improve your running? Check out this post before your next sweat sesh.

Don't forget to post a photo of you running for your beer and hashtag #workforyourbeer for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!

Learn More About Building Strength & Protecting Your Body From the Experts at OrthoCarolina

Whether you've recently experienced an injury, need help with recovery after tough workouts, or are simply experiencing chronic pain and need help  managing it, OrthoCarolina can help. Make an appointment at a location near you to start getting the treatment you need.