New landmark 10K race will shut down I-277 Labor Day Weekend

New landmark 10K race will shut down I-277 Labor Day Weekend
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A new 10K race will make a huge splash when it debuts later this summer with a course that shuts down part of I-277.

The inaugural Around the Crown 10K will take place on Sunday, Sept. 1, slowing the speed limit on Charlotte’s major inner beltway to about 5mph as runners replace cars on the interstate.

The idea came to race organizer Brian Mister when he was stuck in traffic one day thinking, “I could run faster this this.”

Now, we’ll all get a chance to do just that.

The race will begin and end at Romare Bearden Park — starting appropriately enough at 7:04 a.m. — with 3.1 miles completed on I-277 and another 3.1 miles through the streets of Uptown.

Here’s the course map and description:

“Beginning next to one of the country’s most beautiful ballparks, you jump onto Charlotte’s inner beltway, I-277, within the first mile. While looping around Crown Town on a four lane highway, you’ll view the Southeast’s best skyline from all angles. After 5K up and above the city maze, you now get to dip back into it meandering through the streets of uptown Charlotte. With two miles remaining, you’re headed west through historic Fourth Ward to view corridors of 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes. Your tour of the Queen City ends with a finish festival back where it all started in Romare Bearden Park. Needless to say, this 10K course is unlike any other and an opportunity you do not want to miss.”

Registration is just $25 through Feb. 12 and then pricing increases incrementally to as much as $70.

Participants will receive a Recover Brands t-shirt, swag bag, custom medal and finishers festival.

Ready to hit the road? Me too. Register here.

I love everything about this event — an approachable but challenging distance, a bold, majorly disruptive course and branding that bleeds 704 pride.

People will definitely still complain about traffic from the interstate closure though. Whew, buckle up. Worth it.

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