Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K is Running in the Right Direction


The Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K is gearing up for participants to kick off the new year on the right foot! This first and festive 5K of the year is designed for friends, family and community members to bring their courageous spirit to the scenic greenway trails in University City. The race will end with awards and a New Year’s Day celebration.

New this year, the third annual Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K aims to become zero waste and will feature minimal to no waste products. Participants will begin the race at 10 a.m. on January 1, 2023 at The Shoppes at University Place. The route will cover Mallard, Barton, and Tobe Creek Greenways and finish off strong at Robert D. Snyder Road on the campus of UNC Charlotte.

“One of our New Year’s goals is to reduce our carbon footprint from events. We are excited to work with Envision Charlotte to help us reach our vision of zero waste for future events,” said University City Partners Interim Executive Director Tobe Holmes. “This includes the introduction of compostable food supplies, virtual swag bags, modified water stations, and a few other elements that will allow participants to support our sustainability efforts.”

The annual race welcomes runners, walkers and participants of all levels. It is a family-friendly event that will include food, music and fun. Children may participate in the race, and spectators are welcome to cheer on runners and enjoy the post-race festivities. Volunteers are also welcome and vital to making the celebration a success. Each volunteer will receive an official Charlotte NYD5K race shirt (while supplies last) and can enjoy a New Year’s brunch and beer or mimosa (21+) after their shift is over. Volunteer signup is available here.

Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K serves to grow awareness and raise funds to advance community development through the University City Foundation.  Early registration is now open. Tickets are $15-$45 for spectators, early bird and day of registration. Participants can upgrade their experience to a heated tent and additional drinks during the post-race celebration for an additional $10. Registration includes access to the race, a reusable collapsible cup, a beer sample (21+) from Armored Cow Brewery, along with a meal and beverage combo from one of the participating food trucks.

The Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K is sponsored by Run For Your Life and continuously finding ways to give back to members of the community. To learn more and register for the race, visit