Looking for a 5k, race, or marathon in Charlotte? Look no further, we’ve got you covered.

The good news is that several are at the end of the year when weight gain from the holidays and cool weather are the most problematic.

Not quite a runner? Don’t fret, several of these events allow for walking and even joining virtually!


Novant Health Charlotte Marathon

Hosted by: Novant Health



Date: November 13, 2021 at 7:20 am for marathon, 5K starts at 7:30 am


Cost: Varies, ranges from $105-120


Location: Varies based on race, 5 to choose from


Family and Kid Friendly? Yes – Kid’s dash starts at 10:20 am


Other details: Marathon and half marathon options. Can participate virtually. Proceeds benefit Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital



Embrace Mental Health 5K


Hosted By: Presbyterian Psychological Services



Date: November 20, 2021 at 9 am


Location: Clanton Road Park 1520 Clanton Road Charlotte, NC


Cost: $35


Is Walking Allowed?   Yes


Family and Kid Friendly? Yes


Other details: Paved trail tin Clanton Park. Proceeds support Presby Psych, a 501( C ) 3 non profit



12th Annual Gingersnap 5K


Hosted By: Connolly Orthodontics



Date: November 18, 2021 at 8 am


Location: Downtown Waxhaw, NC – West North Main in front of Tangles Knit Shop


Cost: $35


Other details: Can join in person or virtually. Proceeds support Girls on the Run Union County


11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K


Hosted By: Mooresville Christian Mission



Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 8 am


Location: Mooresville Christian Mission in Mooresville, NC


Cost: Free


Family and Kid Friendly? Yes


Other details: Proceeds benefit Mooresville Christian Mission who aims to fight childhood poverty. Can join virtually through Race Joy app.



Pajamas All Day 5K & 10K


Hosted By: Start 2 Finish Charlotte




Date: December 4, 2021 at 8:30 am (Kid’s Fun Run) – 9 am (5K/10K)


Location: Blakeney Professional Drive, Charlotte, NC


Cost: varies


5K Cost: $40

10K Cost: $50.00


Kids Fun Run Cost: $20


Family and Kid Friendly? Yes


Other details: Tons of event fun with a DJ, sponsor expo, food vendors, children’s fun run and activities, petting zoo, adult DIY booth, and adult beverages


Proceeds benefit Move for Jenn Foundation which offers grants in the form of active-wear prosthetics (often not covered by medical insurance) to those who have suffered the loss of a limb to sarcoma or other affiliated diseases.



5th Annual Jingle All the Way 5K Run/Walk

Hosted By: Police Mint Hill




Date: December 4, 2021 at 9:00 am and 11:30 am


Location:8850 Fairview Road Mint Hill, NC US 28227


Cost: $25 (price increase after 12/3 at 12 pm)


Family and Kid Friendly? Yes


Other details: Santa and holiday costumes encouraged. Pets allowed if on leash.



8th Annual NC MedAssist Pancakes & Beer 5K Run/Walk


Hosted By: Hunter Everage




Date: December 11, 2021 at 9 am


Location: Brewers at 4001 Yancey, 4001-A Yancey Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217


Cost: $40


VIP Registration $500


Other details: Proceeds go to MedAssist a free pharmacy program that provides life-saving medications for uninsured and low-income individuals living in North Carolina. Visit the website to find out more about the VIP experience and all amenities included.

Participants receive:

  • The official 2021 Pancakes and Beer Commemorative T-shirt
  • Pancake Breakfast—with Boar’s Head Bacon
  • A Pint of Delicious Cold Beer
  • One Raffle ticket for Beer-For-A-Year Gift Basket


Star Course – 10K Rucking Challenge– Advanced for Teams of 2-5

Special Forces Rucking Challenge


Hosted By: Dan Army Special Forces with GORUCK Events



Date: December 19, 2021 at 9:30 am


Location: Seversville Park 530 S Bruns Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208, Charlotte, NC


Cost: $35


Other details: 3 hours to complete. Inspired by special forces events. Involves “rucking” carrying a 10-20 lb ruck on your back while completing the course. See website for more detail.



New Year’s Eve 5K & Quarter Marathon Trail Race



Hosted By: U.S. National Whitewater Center


Date: December 31, 2021 and January 1, 2022


Location: U.S. National Whitewater Center 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214


Cost: $35

$40 if registered day of event


Other details: Multiple run dates and times available.

Frigid Trail Race & Plunge 5K & 10K


Date: Saturday Feb 5,2022 at 9 am

Location:5000 Whitewater Center Parkway Charlotte, NC 28214



5K Pre-registration ends February 3, 2022: $32

Day of registration: $37


10K Pre-registration ends February 3, 2022: $37

Day of registration: $42


Ready! Set! Smile! 1st Annual Children’s 5k


Date: Feb 5,2022 at 9 am

Location: 8711 Monroe Rd Charlotte, NC US 28212

Cost: Adults: $30
Kids: $25

Price increases after January 30, 2022 at 11:59pm

Other details: 2022 Melanin Foundation to benefit children with special needs. Hosted during Children’s Dental Health Month


Hot Chocolate 15K or 5K Charlotte


Date: Saturday Feb 19,2022 at 7:30 am (5K) or 8:00 am (15K)

Location: First Ward Park – 301 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Cost: 5K: $39

15K: $59

Price will increase on December 13,2021 at 12:00 am


Purple Stride Charlotte


Date: Saturday April 30, 2022

Time: TBD

Location: Central Piedmont Community College Belk Plaza 425 North Kings Dr. Charlotte, NC


Cost: Free (registration required)


Teal Diva 5K


Date: Saturday May 1st, 2022

Time: TBD

Location: Hodges Family Farm 3900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC, 28215

Cost: Free (registration required)


Race to Taste 


Date: Saturday June 11.2022

Location: TBD

Cost: 5K $29

Cost increase after January 15, 2022 at 11:59pm EST


Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk


Date: Sat June 18, 2022 at 8:00 am

Location: Romare Bearden Park Charlotte, NC US 28202

Cost: $25

Registration ends June 18,2022 at 7:59 am