If you need to drive on Saturday be advised that there will be delays, road closures, and traffic due to the Charlotte Marathon. The marathon, being run tomorrow Saturday, November 2nd, benefits the Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital. The course will take runners throughout the city beginning in uptown. They will then make their way to Eastover, Myers Park, and Dilworth. Expect runners in this area from around 8-9:45 am. From there they will venture into Southend/Wilmore, back to uptown, take the greenway to NoDa and Plaza before finishing back in Uptown. I’m tired just thinking about that!

But it’s not just the marathon. There are actually 4 total events being run on Saturday including a half marathon, relay events, and the Chick-fil-a 5K. You can view a full list of road closures here as well as the anticipated times of runners reaching those spots.

It looks like the weather will have cleared up in time for the events tomorrow which is great news. All of the races with the exception of the 5K will begin at 7:20 am. The other will start at 7:35 am. The race should wrap up around 1:30pm meaning that the traffic pattern from the Charlotte marathon should be back to normal by mid-afternoon. If you are participating or cheering someone on and you live in the area, it’s probably best to hang out at home to start the day. Wait until later to venture out or step outside and cheer on the runners!

Good luck to everyone participating. You’re better than me! I’ll stick to my high-incline walk on the treadmill!

These North Carolina Cities are the Best Places to Take A Run

A few weeks ago I actually started running again. It’s been hard, but luckily there are tons of greenways for me to keep in shape on.

With the Summer months upon us, running and getting into shape has surged in popularity. Whether you run to stay healthy or to train for another marathon, there’s nothing like hitting the trails after a breezy morning stretch. But which U.S. cities are best for runners?

We are blessed to have so many amazing greenways and parks to enjoy a nice run. LawnLove ranked the U.S.’s Best Cities for Runners in 2022. To mark Global Running Day on June 1 they compared over 180 of the largest U.S. cities. They looked at dozens of metrics, such as access to parks and running trails, trail difficulty, and environmental conditions. They also considered access to running groups, foot specialists, footwear spending, and gym affordability. We made a list of the top North Carolina cities and other nearby running spots below.

These rankings are out of 180+ cities:

  • 179. Cape Coral, Florida

  • 177. Murfreesboro, Tennessee

  • 170. Clarksville, Tennessee

  • 167. Fayetteville, North Carolina

  • 157. Newport News, Virgina

  • 151. Norfolk, Virgina

  • 149. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

  • 146. Savannah, Georgia

  • 108. Cary, North Carolina

  • 97. Raleigh, North Carolina

  • 95. Charlotte, North Carolina

  • 93. Greensboro, North Carolina

  • 66. Durham, North Carolina

  • 58. Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • 57. Knoxville, Tennessee

  • 29. Atlanta, Georgia