Running in Monroe


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  • Funk~N~Run 5k
    Crowds of people wearing white T-shirts, tutus, and old wedding dresses race through the streets during the Funk N Run 5k. They wear white because a rainbow of colors will pelt their clothing during the event. It's not totally necessary to wear white, though; the colored-cornstarch dye will show up on garments of all hues, including black yoga pants. This untimed, noncompetitive race is known for its celebratory party atmosphere, but that's not the only reason to attend; the charitable event also works to give soldiers and their families memorable homecoming experiences.
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    345 North White Street
    Fort Mill, SC US
  • Cookies for Kids Cancer 5K
    When their son was diagnosed with cancer, Gretchen and Larry Witt learned firsthand about how expensive treatment can be. To deal with this, they founded Cookies for Kids' Cancer, a non-profit that raises funds for effective treatments for all types of childhood cancers. One of their biggest fundraisers: the Cookies for Kids' Cancer 5K. On August 23, participants in the 5K warm up with a fitness trainer before sprinting through Walter Y. Elisha Park. Once they reach the finish line, they're awarded with a goodie bag and the greatest post-race gift of all: a cookie.
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    345 North White Street
    Fort Mill, SC US
  • Momentum Athletics
    At Momentum Athletics, training isn't just sport-specific—it focuses on building a well-rounded athlete. However, certain principles underlie all the available programs, aimed at ages 7 and older; all of them emphasize explosive movement, for example, along with functional strength and self-confidence.
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    1974 Carolina Pl Dr, Ste 108
    Fort Mill, SC US
  • Great Urban Race
    In addition to the sense of perseverance and accomplishment that comes with finishing a 5K, the organizers of the Bacon Chase have added another incentive: bacon. During their two races?the 5K Piggy Pilgrimage, which is a traditional 5K, and the 0.05K Blitz to Bacon, which is a 164-foot sprint?runners can munch on unlimited bacon bits before feasting on unlimited amounts of bacon at the finish line. Runners 21 and older can wash down the savory strips of bacon with a bloody mary, and all runners get a Bacon Chase T-shirt and a signature bacon-scented bib. The festival opens at 8 a.m. and features many bacon-themed activities, plus music. The festive day serves a greater purpose, too. Attendees will be able to register to become a St. Jude Hero, raise money for St. Jude Children?s Research Hospital, or both.
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    301 East 7th Street
    Charlotte, NC US
  • MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass
    When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
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    10101 Newell Hickory Grove Road
    Charlotte, NC US
  • Spartan Race
    Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
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    5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
    Charlotte, NC US

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