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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 1st, 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.
Stay tuned for our next events in 2024!
Pride Run – 2023 edition!
Our pride run was once again in conjunction with Stonewall Sports and Front Runners weekly run out of Common Market SouthEnd. We had a blast with these groups last year as they are recognized as two of NC’s largest LGBTQ+ sports organizations!
This year, Truist is took it up a notch with shirts, tokens, and giveaways! The first 175 to arrive received a one-of-a-kind Pride Run shirt (see below!) as well as a Truist token worth $5 at Common Market. The shirt was printed on Recover’s new Rainbow tee which we’re using for our participant shirt in 2023 as well. To sweeten the deal, Brooks joined us once again with prizes, demo shoes, and good vibes! The 5K(ish) route around Dilworth was a beautiful one and you should check it out for your next run!
Year of the Trail at Reedy Creek Park
North Carolina is celebrating The Year of the Trail in 2023 and we’re here for it! Charlotte has hundreds of miles of amazing trails from greenways we all know and love to more technical trails like the Whitewater Center offers. We met in the middle and explored some pristine unpaved trails in the northeast part of the Queen City at Reedy Creek Park to kick off our Truist Training Tours this year. The park offers 927 acres of untouched beauty and over ten miles of hiking trails along with small lakes for fishing and an 18 hole disc golf course. Essentially, it’s your ideal backyard just 15 minutes away from Uptown!
We checked it out on Saturday, April 8th with Truist teammates, trail demo shoes from Brooks, and tasty treats afterwards from Summit Coffee! If you want to head back and run through the pines, here’s the Strava route to enjoy!
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 (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.