Charlotte’s Drop Dead 5K to Benefit Historic Elmwood Pinewood Cemeteries


Get ready for fall’s most ‘spirited’ event. The Historic Elmwood Pinewood Inc. (HEPI) invites you to Charlotte’s first-ever Drop Dead 5K.

This unique race will take place entirely within the 70+ acres of Charlotte’s Historic Elmwood Pinewood Cemeteries. Runners, joggers, and walkers of all levels are welcome! The course winds through the roadways of the cemeteries allowing participants to run by the likes of Belk, Ivey, Morrison, Tate, and Blake, just to name a few of the resident luminaries.

“I can’t think of a safer place for a race,” says longtime 4th Ward resident and HEPI board chair Lynn Weis. “No cars, no manhole covers, no distractions, just you, nature, and your ancestors.”

Join HEPI for the 5K race which will include a fun run/walk, awards presentation, DJ, food trucks, and beer! A fun feature of the race will be the guided walking tours that tell the story of the Charlotteans that came before us.

WHEN: Saturday, November 6th at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Historic Elmwood Pinewood Cemeteries, 700 W. 6th St.

WHY: All proceeds help support the 501(c)3 nonprofit, Historic Elmwood Pinewood, Inc. (HEPI). Help us support the cemeteries’ restoration and preservation while getting some exercise and enjoying some history.

TICKETS: Registration is now open! Tickets start at $30 and include an official race shirt and bib. Tickets will be $40 on the day of the race. Children under 12 participate for free with a paying adult. Can’t make the race but still want to support? Register as a “Sleep In Supporter.”

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AWARDS: Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Males/Females Overall, and Top 1 Male/Female in the following Age Groups: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.