We had a blast with our 2017 Ambassadors (and our 2016 Ambassadors)! So much so, we’re actually going to keep some of them around. We had everything from a scavenger hunt, to sunset yoga, to a donut run last year.
They weren’t brought on just for their event planning skills however. These rockstars talked up our town’s premier race more than we could’ve ever imagined. They set the bar very (VERY) high for this year’s crew… they brought in 450+ registrants! To top it all off, they performed on race day. Be it the marathon, half, relay, or 5K, these guys brought solid times and smiles all throughout the streets of the Queen City!
It’s time to open up applications for 2018, but we’re doing it a little different this year. We’ll be keeping around some of these lovely faces to help coach you on how to #RunCharlotte. Being that several of the 2017 team is staying put, we’ve got limited slots this year so you’re going to need to really knock our socks off. Read over the ambassador page and start sending submissions our way!
It’s time to prepare for the 2018 Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. What better way than a party at our favorite local brewery, NoDa Brewing Company?! After an 11am NoDa Hop Yoga session, join us for a 1, 3 or 5 mile run around the NoDa North End Neighborhood. Afterwards we’ll be talking all about our 2018 race as well as a special announcement for 2018!
As a special treat, NoDa will be serving up $1 cans of our purple Novant Health Charlotte Marathon CAVU cans all day long!
The routes are marked with color coded arrows, or you can pick up a printout of our turn by turn directions for simple navigation. As always, be courteous to our neighbors while running. Make sure to look both ways before darting into traffic, run to the side to allow cars to pass, and be sure to give your neighbors a wave as you run by! ??
We’ll all run the first mile together, and the 3 and 5 mile routes will split at about the 2 mile mark.
Our Full Marathon Relay has grown so much this year and we want to make sure that you have as much information as possible on race day. We’ve been taking questions for the last few months and wrote some down at our recent Relay FAQ night at Run For Your Life. Below is an overview of our fun that night which should help with any logistical questions you’ve had!
WHAT DID YOU SIGN UP FOR?
- Health & Wellness Expo: Friday
- 10:00AM – 9:00PM
- 75+ Vendors
- One team member can pick up for entire team, but we suggest all go
- Race Day: Saturday
- Start time – 7:30PM
- Awards – 12:00PM
- Post Race Party: Saturday & Sunday
- Presented by Brooks Running
- Saturday – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
- Sunday – 12:00PM – 5:00PM
- Limited edition race day prints available from RunInk
WHAT DO YOU GET?
- Timing wrist band for each team member
- Shirt for each team member
- Finisher medal for each team member (given out at each exchange point)
- An individual time per leg (timing mats at each exchange point)
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
Relay Exchange Points
- Exchange Zone 1= Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road
- Exchange Zone 2= Euclid Ave/Butternut Court intersection
- Exchange Zone 3= Bethel Worship Center, 420 E. 15th Street
- Exchange Zone 4= Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences, 1411 Hawthorne Lane
- 13 Water stations
- Approximately every 2 miles
- Porta-johns at every water stop
- Gatorade at every water stop except for the first
HOW DO YOU GET THERE?
- Stay inside or outside of the loop (about 3/4 down the page)
- Detailed map for the Relay Exchange Points
- Be sure to go through this with your entire team
- We highly suggest printing this out for race day
WHAT CAN YOU WIN?
- Awards are given to:
- Top 3 All Male Relay
- Top 3 All Female Relay
- Top 3 Mixed Relay
- Each award winning team member will receive an award medal
- Awards will be given out at 12:00pm on the main stage
- Use a chase car
- Find a designated driver
- Print out course map
- Print out runner relay leg and contact info
- Stock the car with snacks, water, warm layers, and recovery tools
- Drive the team back to the finish line
- Decorate the car!
- Decide who is doing what leg
- Train around Charlotte to prepare for the rolling hills
- Look over the course
- Layer up while waiting at the exchange point
- Cheer on the other runners from the other races
- Have fun a dress up as a team!
In honor of Veteran’s Day (the day of our race on 11/11) and all who have served our nation in the armed services, the Charlotte Marathon is proud to offer a first for a big-city marathon — a half-marathon ruck marching division. This division of the race is presented by F3 Nation and The Iron Project.
What is Rucking? It’s simply carrying a weighted pack on your back. Rucking is the foundation of military training, from infantry grunts to special operations. Dave Redding, co-founder of F3 and former Green Beret said,
“Rucking is movement with a purpose. For some reason, and it’s hard to describe to someone whose never tried it, strapping a rucksack on your back turns a walk into something completely different. When I was in Special Forces I rucked my share of miles, and had the blisters to prove it. When I left the Army I thought I’d never strap a rucksack on my back again, but it wasn’t long before I missed it. I found that I needed the shared experience of hauling that rucksack around to feel purposeful. I found that even though I didn’t have to ruck anymore, I wanted to do it. It’s an elemental movement of life.”
Rucking is a great way to simultaneously build strength and endurance, all while enjoying the fellowship of other ruckers. Jason McCarthy, founder and CEO of GORUCK, explains more in this short clip:
Ruck Division participants will have their rucks weighed at the start line and certified as meeting the 20-pound standard for people under 150 pounds, 30 pounds for those over 150 pounds. They will start in a group 10 minutes in front of the half-marathon runners and will follow the same course; flags and other coupons are encouraged!
Ruck Pacers will lead a group at the infantry-standard 15:00/mile pace for the 13.1 miles of the course. Ruck Division registrants will receive a unique T-shirt and finisher medal . A portion of registration proceeds will be donated to Special Ops Survivors. For recommended training and how to connect with local groups who will help you get ready to ruck, check out these websites:
We’re excited to partner with one of the top local breweries in Charlotte, NoDa Brewing Company, this year as our official beer partner! So much so that we wanted to sit down with NoDa Brewing Company owner/president, Suzie Ford, who explains just why they wanted to partner local beer with the local marathon.
NoDa Brewing Company was the first Charlotte brewery to connect with runners. Was this purposeful?
I thought the idea of a brewery run club was crazy and a handful of runners might show up. I had no idea it would morph into hundreds of runners joining us each Wednesday, along with a 5k race and 26.BREW, our marathon training program. It’s been amazing to see the group and programs grow.
We try to listen to what our runners want, this fall we are even launching yoga for runners in collaboration with OrthoCarolina.
What does it mean to partner with the Charlotte Marathon as the official beer partner?
As the marathon grows and takes on an even bigger presence in Charlotte, it feels good that the team at Run for Your Life is being purposeful with their partnerships. It wasn’t the easy choice to choose local. We are ingrained in the running community here and we are grateful for an opportunity to recognize our runners who have committed to the marathon.
Tell us about the beer?
We are doing a very limited edition can release specifically for the Charlotte Marathon, if you don’t run the race, you won’t get the beer. We’ve chosen to use CAVU, it’s a refreshing blonde ale with lower alcohol content level, great for after a run. The marathon ambassadors will be helping us with the production and run of the beer, and will touch every can that is served to runners. Our goal is for the beer to be personal and community focused, just like the marathon.
Any chance we will see you at the start of the Charlotte Marathon?
That’s funny. But in all honesty, I’m working towards a 5K, let me look at my calendar and think about it. If we can get a campaign going around Run Suzie Run maybe you’ll see me at the start line. The beer alone will be worth it.
Be sure to stop by their tap room at 2921 N. Tryon St. when you’re in town to thank them for that refreshing “recovery” drink at the finish line. If you’re living in the Charlotte area, swing by to see one of our 2017 Ambassadors, Carla, lead their run club on a 1, 3, or 5 mile route. Cheers!