Charlotte offers a wealth of resources for our running community.  If you know a good running resource in town, let us know!  


Charlotte Running Club highly recommends that you visit your local running store!  Buy locally and support these terrific business owners that are such an integral part of our running community.  Without the specialty shops, virtually no races would exist in the area.  Most of the free running clinics would disappear along with training and coaching programs.  Charlotte Running Club is proud to have club members who work and/or run for the racing team of each of the specialty stores in town. 
Offers a 15% discount on entire purchase for CRC members at all 4 area stores in Charlotte (Rivergate Shopping Center, Arboretum, Park Road, and Huntersville).   

With a Dilworth location in South Charlotte, Mooresville, and Lake Norman, they are the second oldest running store in the area (11 years).  Members receive 15% Off Apparel and 10% Off Shoes at Charlotte Running Company stores.


Inside Out Sports is a one stop shop for running, swimming, and bike gear including a full selection of bikes, bike accessories, and bike repair. Members receive 10% off gear and 5% off bike stuff

Charlotte Running Club members receive discounts (off regular price) as well as loyalty points (1 Loyalty Point = $1 usable in the store):
Running Shoes:  10% discount plus 5% loyalty points
Apparel and accessories:  10% discount plus 5% loyalty points
Wetsuits:  10% discount plus 5% loyalty points
Bikes, frames, parts, wheels:  5% discount plus 5% loyalty points

If total purchases from club members exceed $10,000, Inside Out Sports will send the club a gift certificate for 3% of total purchases. If purchases exceed $5,000 (and up to $9,999.99), they will send a gift card for 1% of total sales. This gift certificate could then be used at Inside-Out Sports for giveaways at the yearend club party etc. Buy your CRC socks at Inside Out Sports!
Over 24 years of experience in Charlotte. Run For Your Life is a comprehensive running store with 4 stores - Dilworth, South Park, University and Piper Glen. Additionally, they put on the (New) Signature and Grand Prix series. There is currently no discount at any RFYL store. 

We are the dedicated location in Charlotte for runners targeting races over 26.2 miles.

OTHER RESOURCES (Treadmills, Coaching, Medical, Personal Training, Etc)

Energy Bits
ENERGYbits are tiny algae tablets so nutritionally dense, they eliminate fatigue and hunger instantly. Want a health, natural way to fuel your game or fire up your brain? ENERGY are for you! NO caffeine, sugar, chemicals, gluten, or soy, just pure, plant based nutrition, at for just ONE calorie per tab. CRC receives a 30% discount on these Energy Bits. Use this code - "CLTRunClub".  

 Griffin Sport, Health, and Wellness
15% off discount (Good for any retail item not on insurance claims) 

Check out They have evaludated over 90 different treadmills. Based on 68 different features, they provide a list of the 19 standout treadmills.

Dunn Chiropractic @ Better Brain and Body
New patient evaluation including consultation, exam and any necessary x-rays for $25 (Normally $285)

web site:

Pura Vida Fitness offers 24 hour access to a state-of-the-art facility in a posh, unintimidating atmosphere. There are no joining fees or contracts at Pura Vida.  Conveniently located at the corner of 7th and McDowell; club Members 10% discount 

Providing specialized bodywork for athletes and those seeking pain management and prevention.  Club members recieve $10 off massage.

Flywheel indoor cycling classes challenge you to transform your body and have fun doing it. Discover the Flywheel experience.  Club members receive their first class free and 10% off a 10 pack.


Charlotte's Complete Event Solutions
Phone: 704-350-5765
Email Contact:  Jen Forsyth

Their comprehensive list of services includes:

·         Online registration and race specific websites powered by

·         Screen printed t-shirts & tech tees & much more!

·         Race awards & ad specialty items

·         Rack cards, posters, fliers & banners

·         Full service embroidery department

Need More Help? They also offer Full Service Event Management from Certified Event Directors. They will manage all of your race day activities from course setup to timing and everything in between!
** The Charlotte Running Club doesn't endorse any of the medical practitioners listed below. **

We share this information to give our members a starting point but expect our members to make their own decisions when it comes to their own personal health care needs. 

To be added to this list, medical practitioners just need to be recommended by an existing club member. 
Mark Kane holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and personal trainer (CPT). Additionally, Mark is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified Specialist and certified by the Titlist Performance Institute.  

Learn more at his website or email him.

Greenapple Sports and Wellness 
One of the oldest and most established sports injury prevention, strengthening, and rehab centers in town.   

Doctor Cipriani has locations at:
19315 West Catawba Avenue
Suite 100
Cornelius, NC 28031
Tel: 704-896-1811
601 South Kings Dr.
Suite F
Charlotte, NC 28204
Tel: 980-819-8020

Carolina Performance and Wellness  

Dr. Ryan Danner, Chiropractic Physician. Ryan is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES). He offers therapies such as Chiropractic, Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, Kinesio Taping, and Corrective Exercises which are highly effective for musculoskeletal injuries.

 Upgrade Lifestyle, Inc. 
Megan Hovis Nutritionist and Personal Trainer

In addition to being a club member and ridiculously fast, Megan Hovis is a registered dietitian and a certified personal trainer for Upgrade Lifestyle, Inc. Upgrade Lifestyle educates, motivates and empowers individuals, families, corporations and small businesses on how to live a healthy lifestyle through custom-designed fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching programs. 

Run Advancement

All levels will improve running form and cardiovascular health while achieving faster running times!  Coach Megan Hovis  802-343-1185 

 TRi Yon Performance
Tri Yon Performance, a Triathlon & Multisport training company, can help you achieve your athletic goals. Jamey Yon, former professional Triathlete, founded Tri Yon Performance after competing for over 20 years.  He trains a ladies' group Mondays & Wednesdays at Freedom Park, 5:30-6:30am. Monday: strength; Wednesdays: speed; discount for CRC members; men's group starting soon!
Area Parks & Tracks

Most of Charlotte's runners need to run of soft surfaces every once in a while. Charlotte has several different parks that offer great trails!
In addition to Local Parks, we have mapped out some of the more popular running routes in the area located at:

Uptown Charlotte Parks and Tracks
Freedom Park (3 miles)
Can access Freedom Park Parking from East Blvd. Parking located on Freedom Park Service Road.

JC Smith Track
From uptown, take 6th street traveling toward Gateway. Turn right onto 5th Street. Go over Inter State 77. Turn Right immediately onto Summit Ave. Go about half a mile and the track will be on the right.

East Charlotte Parks
McAlpine Park – Main Entrance on Monroe Road (9 miles)
From Uptown using Independence Blvd: Take US 74-E (Independence Blvd) for 7.1 miles. Turn right onto Village Lake Drive (after all the car dealerships). Turn left onto Monroe Road. Travel half a mile and the park entrance will be on the left. Address is 8711 Monroe Road.

Sherman Branch
From Pineville: Go 485 (Outer Loop) go to Albemarle Rd. exit. turn left towards Albemarle, take fist left on to Rocky River, go about 1 mile, turn left into field at mailboxes after you pass Camp Stewart Rd.

From Harrisburg: go 485 (Inner Loop)to Harrisburg Rd., Exit 39, turn right onto Harrisburg, go about 1 mile to Camp Stewart Rd. and turn Left, follow until road dead ends into Rocky River, turn left, go 200 yds, turn left into field.

West Charlotte Parks
US National White Water Center (13 miles)

I-85 South to I-485 North (Inner). Get off at Moore's Chapel Road exit. Turn left to cross back over the highway. Continue on Moore's Chapel for approx 2 miles. Turn left at the big sign for the National Whitewater Center (Hawfield Road). Follow the gravel road into the southeastern corner of the parking lot. Trail starts at the kiosk.

Renaissance Park (6 miles)

I-77 to Exit 6B for Tyvola Rd. Tyvola to Renaissance park ball fields by following the signs.

South Charlotte Parks (Including SC)
Anne Springs Close Greenway (7-9 miles)
You are heading for the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex. Trailhead is at the far back parking lot between the softball fields. The land is privately owned so please bring $3 to pay as part of the honor system to keep the park up.

From Uptown Charlotte
Merge onto I-77 S/US-21 S via the ramp to Rock Hill
Entering South Carolina 6.7 mi
Take exit 90 to merge onto US-21 S 0.4 mi
Turn left at Carowinds Blvd/US-21 S
Continue to follow US-21 S 5.4 mi
Turn left at S Carolina 160 E/Steele Creek Rd
Continue to follow S Carolina 160 E 1.1 mi
Turn left at Main St 0.2 mi
Continue onto Tom Hall St
Destination will be on the left 1.0

From South Charlotte (Ballantyne Area)
Take exit 61B to merge onto Johnston Rd/State Rd 3655/US-521 S
Continue to follow Johnston Rd/US-521 S 2.0 mi
Slight right at Johnston Rd 207 ft
Turn right at Providence Rd W/State Rd 3626
Entering South Carolina 1.4 mi
Continue onto Barberville Rd/State Rd S-29-42 2.7 mi
Turn right at S Carolina 160 W/Fort Mill Hwy
Continue to follow S Carolina 160 W
Destination will be on the right 1.8 mi

Colonel Francis J Beatty park (7 miles)

From I-485: Take the Providence Rd. exit, turn left back towards town. Turn right at the second light onto McKee Rd. Follow McKee Rd. approximately 4 miles to the light at Weddington Rd. (stay to the left at the fork at the Fire Station) Turn right and the Park is 3/4 of a mile on your right.

From the Arboretum: Providence Rd. (Hwy 16) out of town approximately miles from the Arboretum at Hwy. 51. Turn left onto McKee Rd. Follow McKee Rd. approximately 4 miles to the light at Weddington Rd. (stay to the left at the fork at the Fire Station) Turn right and the Park is 3/4 of a mile on your right.

McMullen Creek Park
From Uptown, take 77-S to exit 32 for I-485 E. Travel for 3.4 miles until you reach the exit for 51-N/Pineville Matthews Road toward Matthews. Travel about a mile until you pass the Chili’s on the left and then you will turn right into the parking lot. This is the start of the Greenway. Other entrances are on Johnston Road (park lot there as well) and Rea Road. The Rea road entrance has limited parking but is next to Trader Joes, Run for Your Life and Starbucks! 
North Charlotte Parks
North Meck Park (3.5 Miles)

Old Statesville Rd (US 21) between Huntersville and Cornelius.

Fisher Farm (near Davidson) (5.25 miles) 
From I-77 N go to Exit 30/Davidson, turn right. Go to second light and turn right/Main St. At next light, turn left/ Davidson Concord Rd. Go about 3/4 mile and make a left on Grey Rd. Follow Grey Rd. and it turns into Shearer's Rd. Follow Shearer's for another mile or so. Turn right at Fisher Rd. Follow gravel driveway to barns.

From I-85 Take Hwy 73 west. Turn Right on Davidson Concord Rd. Turn right at Rocky River Rd. East. Turn left on Shearer's Rd. Turn left on Fisher Rd.

Davidson Trails (7 miles)

From I-77 N go to Exit 30/Davidson, turn right. Go to second light and turn right onto Main Street. At next light, turn left onto Davidson Concord Road. Go about half a mile and turn left onto Baker Drive. Park in the large parking lot. If you run through the football practice field, you will find the trailhead.

Latta Plantation (10-15 miles)
From I-77 North go to exit 16B for Sunset Road. Turn Right onto Sunset. Go half a mile. Turn right onto Beatties Ford Road. Travel on here for about 5 miles. Turn Left onto Sample Road. Once you enter the park gates, turn right immediately into the Nature Center Parking Lot. Trail maps available at the Nature Center.

UNC Charlotte Trails (4-10 miles)
Exit 45a off I-85. Exit to the right and go left at HWY 29 intersection. Park at Hollywood Video on left and go across HWY 29. Trail entrance is about 20yds on left.
Park up on the hill behind the library on Harris Blvd., the trails start at the far left corner.

Mallard Creek Greenway(4-15 miles)
Multiple entrances:
Mallard Creek Elementary School
Corner of HWY 29/N. Tryon Street and Mallard Creek Church Road, near UNCC: This link is the back-up location in case the first entrance is locked. This is where the King Tiger 5k starts and ends at the RFYL University store.

Reedy Creek Park
Off Rocky River Road - lots of lovely trails and hills, maps and directions are available at front of park.

 Additional Trail Information
For information on more parks throughout the Charlotte Mecklenburg region, check out or

See a park you like that we do not have? Please let us know