No Magic Pill

Knowledge + effort + time = success

Running

I’ll assume most interest will be for distance running, but speed/agility/plyometric work is important as well and will be addressed as demand warrants. In the interest of full disclosure, I admit upfront my bias for cross-training being a benefit for any specialty work (i.e. weight training and sprint work aiding endurance work), hence despite the endurance focus at the outset, we may eventually branch out into plyometrics, triathlons, energy system development, and the like. For now, though, we’ll keep it simple :)

One note about event links: as I find current websites for these races, I’ll link them appropriately; if there is no date listed, either a new website has not been created/updated or the event isn’t happening again, and it will be deleted once a year passes since its last occurrence.

This page is constantly under revision. Please check back often for updates. Thanks.

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RACE CALENDAR (updated 10/25/09)

2009

OCTOBER

3 – Race for the Cure 5K – Charlotte, NC

10 – Hopebuilders 5K – Charlotte, NC

10 – Spartan Pride 5K – Monroe, NC

17 – Lung Strong 15K/5K – Cornelius, NC

31 – Runway 5K – Charlotte/Douglas International Airport

?? – Stump Jump 50K – Chattanooga, TN

?? – Home Run 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Great Pumpkin 5K – Rock Hill, SC

?? – Jack o’Lantern Jaunt 5K – Frank Liske Park; Concord, NC

NOVEMBER

7 – Dowd YMCA Half-Marathon/5K – Dowd YMCA; Charlotte, NC

14 – Spencer Mountain 5K/10-Miler – Gastonia, NC

26 – Charlotte Turkey Trot 8K – Charlotte, NC

26 – Lake Norman Turkey Trot 5K/10K/Half-Marathon – Huntersville, NC

?? – Pumpkin Fest 5K – Statesville, NC

?? – Fall Harvest 10K/5K – Huntersville, NC

?? – Spencer Mountain 8K/5K – Gastonia, NC

?? – Dash for Don 6K – Huntersville, NC

?? – Springmaid Road Race 5K/10K – Fort Mill, SC

?? – Richmond Marathon/Ntelos 8K – Richmond, VA

?? – Lake Norman Turkey Trot Half-Marathon/10K/5K – Huntersville, NC

?? – Santa Scramble 5K – Concord, NC

?? – Lake Norman Turkey Trot Half-Marathon/10K/5K – Huntersville, NC

DECEMBER

12 – Thunder Road Marathon/Half-Marathon/Half-Marathon Relay/5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Jingle Bell 5K – Lincolnton, NC

?? – Frostbite 5K – Kannapolis, NC

?? – Cold Winter’s Day 5K – Columbia, SC

2010

JANUARY

?? – Frosty 5K series (McMullen Creek) – Charlotte, NC

?? – Alyce T. Guettler 5K – Rock Hill, SC

FEBRUARY

7 – Marine Buddy Challenge (Semper Fi Racing Series 1) – Charlotte, NC

7 – Winthrop University Mud Run – Rock Hill, SC

14 – UNC Charlotte Homecoming 5K – Charlotte, NC

14 – Cupid’s Cup 5K – Charlotte, NC

28 – Frosty 5K series (McAlpine Creek) – Charlotte, NC

MARCH

?? – Corporate Cup Half-Marathon/HM Relay/5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Shamrock Shuffle 5K – Rock Hill, SC

?? – Shamrock 5K – Tega Cay, SC

?? – St. Patrick’s Day 5K – Salisbury, NC

?? – Shamrock 4-Miler – Charlotte, NC

?? – Elizabeth 8K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Frosty 5K series (Freedom Park) – Charlotte, NC

APRIL

?? – Winthrop University 8K Mud Challenge – Rock Hill, SC

?? – Cooper River Bridge 10K – Charleston, SC

?? – Resurrection 5K – Denver, NC

?? – Charlotte Racefest at South Park Half-Marathon/10K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Run for the Money 5K – Gastonia, NC

?? – Harrisburg 5K – Harrisburg, NC

?? – Lowe’s YMCA 5K – Mooresville, NC

MAY

?? – Muddy Buddy Richmond – Richmond, VA

?? – Great Harvest Bread Co. 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Izzy’s Legacy 5K – Rock Hill, SC

?? – Right Moves for Youth Twilight 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Girls on the Run 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – GBS/CIDP 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Beach Blast 5K – Albemarle, NC

?? – Dash & Dine 5K – Ballantyne; Charlotte, NC

?? – Charlotte Run for Peace 8K/5K – McAlpine Park; Charlotte, NC

?? – RLJ Memorial 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Military Memorial 5K – Tega Cay, SC

JUNE

?? – June Bug 5K – Concord, NC

?? – University City 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Rock Hill 5K Challenge – Rock Hill, SC

?? – 5K Race Against Violence – Salisbury, NC

?? – Charity Chase Half-Marathon & Relay – Hickory, NC

?? – Impossible Panther Adventure Race – Albemarle, NC

?? – China Grove 5K – China Grove, NC

?? – Latta Triathlon – Charlotte, NC

?? – Splash Dash 10K – Lake Wylie, SC

?? – Summer Breeze 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Muddy Buddy Atlanta – Atlanta, GA

JULY

?? – Miles for Marines 15K – Rock Hill, SC

?? – Firecracker 5K – Huntersville, NC

?? – Run For Your Life 4-Miler – Charlotte, NC

?? – Ashe Run for Life 5K – West Jefferson, NC

?? – James K. Polk 5K – Pineville, NC

?? – Run for the Greenway – Salisbury, NC

AUGUST

?? – Belmont Abbey Mud Run – Belmont, NC

?? – BCBSNC/Carolina Panthers 5K – Bank of America Stadium; Charlotte, NC

?? – Assault on Crowders Mountain 10K – Kings Mountain, NC

?? – USNWC Trail Run Challenge 5K/10K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Yiasou Greek Festival 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Mud Warfare 8K – Rock Hill, SC

SEPTEMBER

?? – 5K for Joseph – Charlotte, NC

?? – Dash for Don 6K / Relay – Huntersville, NC

?? – Tega Cay Toys for Tots 5K – Tega Cay, SC

?? – Cancer Services Labor Day 5K – Gastonia, NC

?? – Blue Ridge Relay – Grayson Highlands, VA to Asheville, NC

?? – Hog Jog 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Harvest Fest 5K – Kannapolis, NC

?? – Race for Hope 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Run Like a Girl 8K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Hit the Brixx 10K/5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Tyler’s Treehouse 5K – Charlotte, NC

?? – Historic Mooresville 5K – Mooresville, NC

?? – Run for the Green Half-Marathon/5K – Davidson, NC

?? – Lincoln County Apple Festival 5K – Lincolnton, NC

?? – ASC Greenway Trail Marathon/Relay/5K – Fort Mill, SC

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LOCAL RUNNING LINKS/GROUPS

Charlotte Running Company
Run For Your Life
Sharksbite Road Runners (Charlotte)
Charlotte Track & Triathlon Club (Charlotte)
University City Roadrunners (Charlotte)
Twin City Track Club (Winston-Salem)
Endurance Magazine

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GENERAL RUNNING LINKS

JP Fitness Running Forum
Running Times
Runner’s World
Running in the USA
Hal Higdon
Cool Running
Nike Runninge
Muddy Buddy
Google Pedometer
Why Hill Sprints Are the Fastest Way of Getting Strong, Fast, and Lean
Impact Forces at Knee Joint
Five Resistance Training Myths in the Running World (courtesy of Eric Cressey, CSCS)
Barefoot Running 1, 2, 3
POSE
Basic (post-run) stretching (from the NSCA)
CrossFit.com (just to mix things up)
You Can’t Run to Get Fit. You Need to Get Fit to Run.
Running Theory & Technique (from the folks at The Science of Sport)

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Please feel free to comment/email/IM/smoke signal with additions/updates to the above (especially the actual race websites) as well as other areas. I know some races are a ways away from Charlotte, but I add those based on direct suggestions. Thanks and enjoy.

5 Responses to “Running”

  1. Tracy said

    Love your site!

    Just an FYI for the Free 5K ~

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Jessica Douglas
    Date: Dec 15, 2008 10:26am
    To: “Tracy”

    Good Morning Tracy!

    Hope all is well!

    We are actually not doing the Free 5K this year. We are in
    the process of putting together our 2009 calendar and it will soon be posted on
    our website at http://www.runforyourlife.com.

    Thank you for thinking of Run For Your Life!

    Happy Holidays,
    Jessica Douglas

  2. Tracy said

    Cool 5K in late December!

    http://www.strictlyrunning.com/Cold5kinfo.htm

    COLD WINTER’S DAY
    5K ROAD RACE & WALK FOR EPILEPSY
    December 27, 2008 at 10:0 a.m.

    Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008
    Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. 5k Run and Walk for Epilepsy (3.1 miles)
    Location: Corner of Trenholm Road and County Club Drive. Across the street from the Richland County Public Library-Cooper Branch, 5317 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206. (Please Park in the Russell and Jeffcoat Realtors Parking Lot. Please do not park in the front of Coplon’s Dept Store)
    Course: Flat and fast. Around Forest Acres Country Club.
    Mail to: Strictly Running, 736 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29205 or call 803/799-IRUN(4786).
    Register Online: http://www.strictlyrunning.com
    State Tour: This is the last event of the Palmetto Grand Prix Tour and Tour de Columbia for the year 2008.

  3. Tracy said

    One more…

    This is a link for three 5K’s – Jan, Feb, & Mar – for one low price $49 !

    http://www.chfmag.com/Frosty-5k-2009/frosty-5k-2009.html

  4. Ben said

    ^^^ Now THAT’S what I’m talking about. Less work for me. Thanks, Tracy!

  5. Tracy said

    A really cool 5K race in November ~

    http://charlottesfinestlegacy.com/thinblueline.htm

    This group doesn’t get a lot of press but they put on a fantastic event last year!

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