We’re realists here. And we know there’s a ton of stuff on the calendar for the Fourth of July weekend. When the holiday lands mid-week(ish), it can spread you even thinner when you’re trying to do all there is to do while running around Charlotte.
But we’re cooking up a good one for you at the Park National Bank American 4-Miler presented by Novant Health. No kidding! No matter what your plans are, we’ve got (at least) four great reasons you’ll want to start the day with us. Unless you get up really, really early… you’ve probably started the day doing something not nearly as fun.
Get that “beat-the-heat” early start
Let’s face it. The mornings are already getting warmer here in Charlotte. A 7:30am start time gets you a jump on the day and the heat. And if you’ve got cookout, lake, or family plans, you’ll still get back in plenty of time to do your thing. Unless you’ve got chores waiting. Then you’re welcome to hang out until last call at 10:00am.
Hot dogs at the finish?
Yep. You read that one right, too. Along with an array of goodies from our friends at Trader Joe’s, we’ve got “Hot Diggity Dogs” hot dogs waiting for you at the finish line, as well. It felt like a Fourth of July holiday kinda thing to do, so we ran with it. We hope you get a kick out of it.
Win $100 in our hot dog eating contest!
More hot dogs?? If you’re up for another challenge, try your hand – or you face, anyway – in our first-ever, post-race hot dog eating contest. Registration for this one is free, and will take place at the event site. It won’t be like THAT famous contest, but we’re prepared to be VERY surprised. If you witnessed the pancake contest at the Shamrock 4-miler, you know what we mean.
No sleeves, no problem
Like we said, it’s gonna be warm. And it’ll stay that way for a while. You’ll be digging this year’s event shirt for that very reason. Sun’s out guns out, and all that jazz. It’ll be a solid addition to your summer run wardrobe. Fingers crossed you’ll need a little more coverage by Novant Health Charlotte Marathon weekend. Not too much. Just a little…