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The Truist Training Tours are a series of training runs designed to take runners on routes through lesser run Charlotte neighborhoods, highlighting places of diversity and historical significance while telling the story of each neighborhood as you train. Truist is not only the title sponsor of the ATC10K taking place on September 4th, but has entitled the training tours as a way to amplify the voices of all in the Queen City as we work towards making the start line look more like Charlotte as a whole.
Our next event will be in West Charlotte in the Fall after our race on I-277! Stay tuned for more info…
Pride Run with Stonewall Sports & Front Runners
For our second tour of 2022, we had the amazing opportunity to partner with Stonewall Sports and Front Runners to celebrate Pride Month on Saturday, June 11th. Both clubs are two of the Carolina’s largest LGBTQ+ sports organization for running and amateur sports. The route, as always, was an all paces welcome with a 4 mile run and 2 mile walk just south of the Around the Crown 10K course!
The event began at 9:00am with about 100 in attendance at Common Market in South End with coffee and demo shoes from Brooks Running. The route led runners west through Revolution Park on the Irwin Creek Greenway returning through the historic Wilmore neighborhood. After the run we had stick (more) coffee, a rainbow mimosa bar, bagels, cooling towels from Truist, and good conversation about the future of the running community.
Matthews Heritage Trail
Our first event of 2022 went through the Matthews Heritage Trail on Saturday February 5th from the Matthews Heritage Museum. The Matthews Heritage Trail celebrates Historic Crestdale with a path that extends 1.5 miles connecting multiple destinations along the way. The trail begins at the rear of Matthews Town Hall/Library, continues through the Historic Crestdale Community and connects to Four Mile Creek Greenway at John Street.
This 4 mile route took us through Crestdale, one of the oldest African American communities in North Carolina. The Town of Matthews and the Crestdale community have worked to preserve this piece of local history by completing this trail. Be sure to look out for signage placed at specific locations along the trail, detailing some of the history and interesting facts about Crestdale.
The first of these events was hosted in the Thomasboro-Hoskins neighborhood at Eva B. Barber Park, in correlation with National Night Out. There was a walk/run around the park, a DJ, a cook out, and activities for kids. We’ve designed a course to train in the neighborhood for the weeks leading up to the race. Go check out this route to explore Thomasboro – Hoskins on your own and see the gardens, one of the lesser known mills still left in the city, and so much more history.