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  • January 18, 2020 8:00 PM | Anonymous

    Happy New Year Runners!

    Hope you enjoyed some relaxing time with family during this holiday season. We’ve had some beautiful days to run these past few weeks and I hope you had the time off the take advantage of it. I recently explored the addition to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway from South Blvd/I485  all the way up north to Tyvola Road near Park Road Park. If you haven’t run there, take advantage of this beautiful greenway. In the near future the greenway will continue to go south and connect to McMullen Creek greenway providing us a great running trail from Ballantyne to Uptown. Exciting times ahead.

    The new year brings new resolutions, new goals, and it also means membership renewal time for the Charlotte Running Club. Thank you to those who have joined or who have renewed their membership with CRC in 2020. We currently have close to 500 members but we're always looking to add more. Make sure to share the benefits of joining CRC with other runners that you know. The Board is constantly looking for new ways to provide new benefits to your membership.

    • We are happy to provide currently over $160 in race discounts which includes 6 Start to Finish races, 8 SISU races, the Wilmington Marathon, RaceFest, and several other local races. You can get these discount codes by logging into our website and visiting CRC Member Race Discounts 
    • Take advantage of your member discounts with purchases at Omega Sports and the Charlotte Running Company.
    • Also we are happy to partner with several other local businesses that you can review on our website.
    • Don’t forget all the social events, group trips, pacing teams, and service projects you can take advantage of.

    Not bad for a $20 membership!

    In order to continue our success as a club, we look to YOU to provide us input. With your membership confirmation, you should have received a membership survey. If you haven’t filled one out, please take 5 minutes and provide us your thoughts on what you want to see out of YOUR club. 

    Click here for Survey

    I hope that many of are signed up for the Winter Classic held Saturday January 25 at McAlpine Creek Park . The Winter Classic is the USATF North Carolina Cross Country Championship. Take advantage of your CRC member discount and sign up for the 8k, 4k, or even both. Another advantage is that you can SLEEP IN….The 4k race starts at 1pm and the 8k at 2pm . Enjoy free pizza afterwards. Regardless if you’re racing or not, come out and see some of the fastest runners in the state. Always a great time! Proceeds from the event go to support Let Me Run, Girls on the Run, and Cross Country for Youth.

    Many of you have asked about new CRC merchandise. We have been working with our vendors and hope to have new T-shirts, caps, and water bottles that will be available on sale at the Winter Classic.

    Look forward to seeing you a local race, group run, or CRC event.

    In great strides,

    Chad  Champion


  • January 18, 2020 7:00 PM | Mike Beigay (Administrator)

    CRC’s Annual Winter Classic is just around the corner and will take place at McAlpine Greenway (Monroe Road) on Saturday, January 25, at 1:00 (4K) and 3:00 pm (8K). Unlike any other race in the Charlotte area, it draws both competitive and recreational runners and creates a festival environment at one of the best XC courses in the Southeast. Choose from the 4k or 8k distances, or run both! Be sure to stick around to peruse the booths afterwards and enjoy FREE Pizza compliments of Hawthorne’s Pizza.

    The Winter Classic serves as the USATF NC XC championship Event. This year we will have a separate Championship 8K race at 2:00 pm, which will feature some of the fastest runners from clubs in North Carolina. Expect to see The Charlotte Running Club, Ashville Running Collective, Bull City Track Club and several more! If you have registered for the 8K race you may be allowed to participate in either the Championship or Open 8K. There will be no Age Group awards in the Championship race; only overall awards. To be eligible for the Championship cash awards, you must have a current USATF Membership. See the race website for more details.

    Proceeds from this event benefit Let Me Run and Girls on the Run, and Cross Country for Youth. You can register at:

  • January 18, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    By Melissa Seuster

    Joe Schlereth has come full circle. Yet after completing his 360th marathon/ultramarathon in December 2019, he is not quite done yet.

    “There’s no finish line to running,” says Joe, who turns 70 in March and traveled to Disney recently to complete the Goofy Challenge. It has been his motto for the past 10 years as head coach of the Run Far program affiliated with Run For Your Life.

    His enthusiasm has reached thousands of runners, including the 420 members of last season’s program and endless other runners throughout Charlotte. “Joe is a legend,” says Arun Kallikadavil, a Charlotte Marathon Ambassador who got his start with the Run Far program in 2015. “He has inspired me to set a new goal every year, and to make running a lifestyle rather than just a hobby.”

    Joe started running after his supervisor at Equitable Insurance (now AXA) challenged him to participate in the United Way Corporate Cup 5K in 1982. Joe didn’t win that race, but he “drank the Kool Aid,” so to speak. The next year, he ran the same race but upgraded to the 10K. In 1985, he ran his first marathon, here in Charlotte.

    “I didn’t think I ran very well, but at age 35 I ran a 3:28, which is not too shabby for a first marathon,” he recalls. He continued to train for additional marathons, reading and comparing notes with other runners. Then in 1988 he ran his first Boston qualifier, the Avenue of the Giants in California.

    “It was a spectacular race! I needed a 2:50 and was able to get just under that. Later that year in Boston I ran a 2:44,” he said, adding “it’s not like today where so many people are trying to qualify. There were only about 9,000 people running Boston that year.”

    After that, Joe spent 13 years focusing on ultras, including Badwater, dubbed “the world’s toughest foot race” and the Western States 100, where he was a top 10 overall finisher for six of the 10 years he competed. In 2002, he was back in Boston, and has run the Boston marathon every year since.

    Through ups and downs, Joe keeps pushing forward. 2019 was a particularly challenging year, as he was diagnosed with a heart valve defect which required open heart surgery. On May 1, just four days after Joe ran the Big Sur Marathon, Dr. Tom Theruvath at Novant Health performed the operation. Joe was released a few days later and expected a long recovery.

    “The doctor said that I needed to start back slowly, walking a few miles and keeping my heart rate under 120,” he recalled. “If all went well, he said I should be able to run a marathon in October or November.”

    Recovery did go well, and Joe ran his first post-surgery marathon in Chicago on October 13. Next came MCM, the Charlotte (Novant) Marathon and Kiawah Marathon. He is back to running BQ times for his age group.

    “Every run is a blessing” has become Joe’s new motto. “I just want to share my love of running, to inspire more people to do something awesome, which is why I believe so strongly in the Run Far program.”

    You can find Joe running at Four Mile Creek Greenway, where a headstone and bench are dedicated to him, our local running legend.

  • January 18, 2020 2:00 PM | Melissa Seuster (Administrator)

    The last weekend of last year, a large group of us cheered a friend at the finish of his final long run of 2019.  His year-to-date total reached 2,019 miles – a goal that challenged him all year. It was a fantastic celebration!

    Undoubtedly, we have all given thought to our accomplishments and shortcomings in 2019 and considered how 2020 might be different or better.  It is common at this point of the year to create a list of goals organized in buckets like faith, family, career, and health.  For us runners, health goals often come down to completing a particular race, setting a race PR, or getting that BQ while balancing our running time with the other important buckets of life.

    For 2020, consider approaching your health/running from a long term (2-3 years) and short term (6-12 months) lens.  Look at setting goals that are measurable but not only focused on a particular race.  For example, take this year to develop new health habits that will prepare you for a future (like 2022) BQ effort.  Perhaps one or more goals from this list will take you to a new level.

    • Add strength training, cross training, dynamic pre-run stretching, post-run stretching
    • Run early morning before the day gets out of control
    • Improve nutrition, sleep hours, mental toughness, or aerobic fitness
    • Deal with a persistent injury
    • Get more involved with CRC or find training partners
    • Adhere to a consistent minimum miles/time per month
    • Freshen it up with a new distance goal (ex. 50k)

    Best wishes for reaching your goals in 2020 and beyond!  Be sure to celebrate your successes!

    Mike Burgan is an RRCA-certified running coach who lives in South Charlotte. As a pace coach for the Run Far program at Piper Glen, he has helped numerous runners attain BQ times and has accompanied them to Boston as he’s seen his own running performance improve. You can reach Mike at

  • January 18, 2020 12:28 PM | Melissa Seuster (Administrator)

    Atlanta Marathon & US Olympic Trials, February 29 & March 1, 2020. Come see the 2020 Olympic marathon qualifying trials, then run a marathon or half marathon the next day! Sign up at

    Wilmington Marathon, March 20-21, 2020. Offering a Stay & Play Package at

    Cooper River Bridge 10K, April 3-4. Enjoy 2 nights at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston and participate in the third largest 10K race in the United States (over 31,000 finishers!).

  • January 18, 2020 12:16 PM | Melissa Seuster (Administrator)

    Want to help with Winter Classic? Please sign up here.

    If you are interested in coaching youth runners, the spring season for Let Me Run and Girls On The Run is just around the corner. More info at:

    Let Me Run:

    Girls On the Run:

  • January 18, 2020 4:30 AM | Melissa Seuster (Administrator)

    Looking for a fun new way to cross train and/or strength train? 9RoundDilworth is offering CRC members a 20% discount on month to month training plans($99 vs. $129), plus a $20.20 registration fee (usually $199). This offer includes unlimited workouts, gloves/wraps and a keytag.

    According to owner John Dee, “Runners benefit by cross training with us because it gives the running muscles a chance to recover while strengthening other parts of the body, improving overall fitness & preventing injuries.” 9Rounds is located at 1412 East Blvd.

  • November 14, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    who finished 20th overall at the NYC marathon and was the 9th American! She timed her run just right as the Men's Overall Winner was coming down the finish. Watch Paula run the Olympic Trials in Atlanta on February 29, then run a marathon / half marathon with Destination Marathons.


  • November 14, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Registration is now open! 

    Take advantage of the lowest rates by signing up early.

    New this year!

    Youth Age Group Award Divisions (4k only) (8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, then 15-19...)

    Special YOUTH Rate: $15.00 Race Entry Fee for 18 & under!

    Seperate 8k OPEN Race & USATF Championship Race

    Winter Classic Race Registration

  • November 14, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Charlotte Marathon week is here and the Charlotte Running Club will play an active part of it.

    • On Friday come visit us at the Expo in the Charlotte Convention Center. Someone will be there from 10a to 8pm giving out free pacing bands, selling you some great CRC merchandise, or providing you information on all the great things we have planned.
    • On Saturday, we have over 3 dozen members serving on the CRC Pace Team. We will have pace teams from 3 Hours to 6 Hours (and every 15 minutes in between) helping several runners meet their time goals for this year’s race. Special thanks to Eric Smith who is our Pace Team Captain and also thanks to Lululemon who provided this year’s official Pace Team outfit.
    • If you plan on racing and haven’t signed up yet, take advantage of our 10% discount for any of the 5 races Saturday morning. Access the discount code by going to and logging in.
    • If you’re racing on Saturday and make a PR, look out for our new CRC PR Bell which will located just after the finish line after you get your medal. Ring that bell with pride!
    • If you’re not racing or pacing, we hope that you are spectating somewhere along the course. Please join our CRC Cheer Zone at the corner of 5th and Osborne near Mile 23.

    Speaking of Charlotte Marathon, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk everything Charlotte Running Club with Race Director Tim Rhodes on the Running Around Charlotte podcast. You can access that podcast by going to the link below.

    Link to podcast

    Later this month you will be receiving our 2020 annual member renewal notices. Please make sure to renew as soon as possible so you can continue to take advantage of our many race discounts, store discounts, social events, and help us support local running. We are proud to continue to offer race discounts next year with Sisu and Start 2 Finish. We are excited to provide new discounts for the Charlotte Marathon, Wilmington Marathon in March, and the Grandma’s Marathon in June. Our race discounts alone are worth over $180 alone. Not bad for a $20 membership.

    Along with your renewal, we are providing each member with a survey. The results of this survey will assist your leadership team going forward in understanding your needs and what you’d like to see from CRC in the future. It should only take 5 minutes.

    We have posted many updates on social media regarding CRC members Paula Pridgen’s successful day at the New York City Marathon. I was visiting with the Ballantyne Running Club at Hooligan’s that Sunday morning. I was beaming with pride as I saw Paula’s name come flashing across the screen (20th Female / 9th American) The whole room filled with cheer and excitement when we saw her live on national television as she approached the finish line with the men’s winner, Geoffrey Kamworor. Great job Paula on your new PR and great race!

    Paula will be racing at the Olympic Trails in Atlanta February 29.  We have a group trip planned that is being coordinated by our travel partner Destination Marathons.  This trip will sell out soon so please take care of your accommodations soon by going HERE. The Package includes 2 hotel nights, VIP tent at the trials, pre-race dinner, and an entry into the Publix Atlanta Marathon or Half Marathon March 1.  Members will be receive a discount.

    See you at a future race, group run, or CRC Event.

    In great strides,

    Chad Champion

    Charlotte Running Club President

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