CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Event organizers say they are ready to safety welcome back thousands of runners for the 2021 Novant Health Charlotte Marathon on Saturday, after in-person events were cancelled last year over COVID-19 concerns.
Drivers are being told to expect temporary street closures and detours across Charlotte on Saturday as runners of all ages compete in the 17th annual Charlotte Marathon.
“Our number one goal is to produce a safe, fun, and ‘live’ event that runners, their families, our partners, and friends can all feel good about,” said Tim Rhodes, RunCharlotte president, and Race Director for the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. “The running community is ready to celebrate the return of the marathon, and quite frankly, so are we.”
Event officials say newcomers and veterans alike can expect a weekend with plenty of new twists, including expanded sections of greenways along the back half of the marathon course, a new half marathon relay, and an all-new location for the pre-event expo on Friday at NoDa Brewing Company.
“We’re listening to runner feedback,” added Alaina Williams, Event Experience Coordinator for the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. “We’re easing new elements into the weekend that will keep the event fresh yet familiar, no matter how far you run with us, or how many times you’ve run.”
On Saturday, the event lineup includes a full marathon, half marathon, 5K, full and half marathon relays, and a Chick-Fil-A Kids Dash.
Officials say all events will start on Graham Street (along the northeast side of Charlotte Knight’s stadium) and finish on West 4th Street.
Runners can choose to participate in-person or virtually by registering ahead of time here.
Participation in this year’s marathon will benefit Novant Health’s Hemby Children’s Hospital.
Check out the full schedule of weekend events below:
Friday, November 12th
- Pre-event health and wellness expo at NoDa Brewing Company.
- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Brewing Company will tap a keg of “Mile Marker 22 IPA,” produced exclusively for the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon Expo. For each pint sold, $1 will be donated to Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital.
Saturday, November 13th
- 7:20 a.m. – Novant Health Charlotte Marathon, half marathon, and marathon/half marathon relay starts.
- 7:35 a.m. – 5K starts.
- 10:20 a.m. – Chick-Fil-A Kids Dash.