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Worried about how you’ll stay fit this winter as the temperatures start to drop outside? Don’t be! There are so many Charlotte area races to keep you warm and motivated well into the new year.

It may be easy to let your goals fall to the wayside during the holidays, but we find it’s easier to stay active when you’re working towards a goal (cue your New Year’s Resolutions). Whether your goal is to keep moving during the cold months or to run your first 5k, there’s plenty of races to help you reach your goal.

Check out these upcoming Charlotte area races where you can work for your beer and get a healthy start to the new year.


Jingle Bell Run

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday December 8, 2018 at 9 AM

Where: St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway Charlotte, NC 28277

Cost: $40+

Anything else? Put on your favorite holiday costume and run this festive race to support The Arthritis Foundation.


Krueger Reindeer Romp 5k

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday December 8, 2018 at 8 AM

Where: Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road Charlotte, NC

Cost: $35+

Anything else? Dress up in your festive holiday attire for a chance to win best dressed. Then warm up post race with some hot cocoa.


Santa Run 8K & Snowman Dash

Distance: 8K (4.97 miles) or 1-mile

When: Saturday December 15, 2018 at 9 AM

Where: Uptown Charlotte. The race start and finishes at South Mint Street in-between Romare Bearden Park and the Knights Stadium

Cost: $45+

Anything else? FREE hot cocoa bar post race. Need we say more?


We Believe Santa 5K Trail Race and 5K Dog Jog

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday December 15, 2018 at 12 PM

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

Cost: $30+

Anything else? After your run this 3.1 mile trail race, hit the trails with your furry friend for a 5K Dog Jog.

Charlotte Pizza Run

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday December 15, 2018 at  2 PM

Where: Mallard Creek Community Park, 3001 Johnston-Oehler Rd. Charlotte, NC 28269

Cost: $25+

Anything else? Every runner will eat two slices of pizza, one five minutes before the race starts and one half-way through the race. The first person to cross the finish line with be crowned “The Pizza King.”


Run Run Rudolph 5K & 10K

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles)

When: Saturday December 22, 2018 at  8 AM

Where:10101 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262

Cost: $35+

Anything: Don’t forget to hit up the Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar to create your own ultimate hot chocolate with peppermints, marshmallows, and more!



Strip It to Give It 8K/5K

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

When: Saturday January 5 , 2019 at 11 AM

Where: Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St. Charlotte, NC 28203

Cost: $35+

Anything else? Go for a run and give back at the same time! Make sure you bundle up because every mile of the race you’ll be taking off an item of clothing to donate to the homeless.


Charlotte Running Company USNWC Trail Race

Distance: 4, 9, or 13 miles

When: Saturday January 19, 2019 at 9 AM

Where: US National Whitewater Center Charlotte, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214

Cost: $30+

Anything else? Parking at the USNWC is $6, unless you have an annual parking pass.


Charlotte Running Company Winter Classic 8K & 4K

Distance: 8K (4.97 miles) or 4K (2.49 miles)

When: Saturday January 26, 2019 at 1 PM

Where: 8711 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC

Cost: $40+

Anything else? This race is benefiting Girls On The Run and Let Me Run, wellness programs that inspire young girls and boys to be active and motivate.


Charlotte 10-Miler & 4-Mile Run

Distance: 10 or 4 miles

When: Saturday February 2, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Where: Ballantyne, 12235 North Community House Road Charlotte, NC 28277

Cost: $30+

Anything else? For only $10, you can join in on the post-race mimosa celebration!


15th Annual Cupid’s Cup 5K

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

When: Saturday February 2, 2019 at 8 AM

Where: Freedom Park, Charlotte, NC

Cost: $25+

Anything else? Proceeds from this race benefit Cardiac Rehabilitation programs at Carolinas HealthCare System.  


The Big Game 4-Miler

Distance: 4 miles

When: Sunday February 3rd, 2019 at 9 AM

Where: 800 S Mint St. Charlotte, NC 28202

Cost: $40+

Anything else? The first 500 registered runners receive a free pint glass! They’ll be a costume contest, so make sure you’re repping your favorite team.

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