Start The New Year On The Right Foot with Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K


Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K and Fun Run will present the opportunity to run the LYNX rail line in University City on New Year’s Day. Participants of all ages are invited to complete their first walk or run of 2020. The inaugural event will take place at 10 a.m. on January 1, 2020 followed by a New Year’s Day brunch with pancakes, craft beer from Armored Cow Brewery, mimosas, hot cider, music and family fun. 

“We are excited to bring this race and community holiday event to Charlotte,” said Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “Running the rail line down North Tryon Street with family and friends is a fun and healthy way to jump start the new year. Doing so while supporting local food pantries makes it all the better.” 

The Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K race will begin at Old Concord Road Station and end at W.T. Harris and North Tryon Streets. At the finish line, participants and friends will enjoy food and drinks to celebrate their accomplishment and to ring in the new year. Race entry prices range from $30 to $45 for early, regular, same day and VIP registration. Registration includes a swag bag with race bib, timing chip, a long sleeve runner’s shirt, headband and other items. The Fun Run, designed for children, is $5 for entry and includes a train whistle. Participants will receive an all day pass to ride the LYNX, and can take the train to the starting line or park at Old Concord Road Station. Registration details can be found at

Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K is presented by Atrium Health and raises awareness about hunger challenges in Charlotte. The race proceeds will benefit Camino Center Food Pantry, Hope Street Food Pantry, and Jamil Niner Student Pantry, which collectively serve hundreds in need in University City. More information can be found on Facebook under “Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K” or directly here