Event Schedule and Details

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Date and Location:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

University Research Park
10101 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

Course map

Early Packet Pickup and Walk-up Registration:

Want to avoid the registration line on the morning of event day? Pick up your race bib and t-shirt the day before! You can have a family member or friend pick up your bib and T-shirt if you are registered and unable to claim it yourself. 

When:   Friday, September 8th from 10am-6pm
Where: Omega Sports*
              9747 Sam Furr Road
              Huntersville, NC 28078

* 20% off your entire purchase the day of packet pickup! Some exclusions apply. Huntersville location only.

Team Captains: If you will be picking up for an entire team, please email Erin Forsell at eforsell@nmdp.org  by 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 7 to reserve a pickup time.

Save time! Click here to download the Walk-up Registration form. Fill out the Walk-up Registration form and bring it with you to register at early packet pickup or on the morning of event day (we accept cash, check, or credit card payments).

Event Day Schedule:

7:30 a.m. – Event Village opens
7:30 a.m. – Registration/Packet pickup opens
7:30 a.m. – Be The Match Registry Drive opens
8:15 a.m. – Marrow/PBSC Donor & Transplant Recipient/Patient photo (at stage)
8:20 a.m. – Welcome Program and Top Fundraising Awards
8:45 a.m. – Tot Trot
9:00 a.m. – 5K
9:05 a.m. – 1K

Once running results are final, winners will be announced and prizes will be available for pickup at the Information Tent.

Specialty bibs are available for marrow donors, transplant recipients and supporters who are participating in honor or memory of a special person. Pick up your bib at the Be The Match Tent in the Event Village.

Please note: We do not offer a bag drop. Please leave any items you don’t want to carry in a secure location.

Course Information:

The 1K and 5K routes in Charlotte are using the paved streets surrounding the University Research Park. Local police will manage the street traffic and our race participants through partial road closure, until after our runners/walkers pass. Please be mindful of traffic and remain within the designated running area/lane, paying attention to all directions provided. In addition to police support, signage and course marshals will be along the route to provide guidance.

Please note: this is NOT a certified course. 

The Tot Trot is approximately 150-200 feet. 

Event Village Information:

Thank you to our Event Village Exhibitors

Carolinas HealthCare System
Joe Gibbs Racing
Kona Ice Charlotte North
Multiple Myeloma Journey Partners
Omega Sports

Thank you to our Community Partners

Biscuitville at Indian Trail
Carolina Clowns
Century Foam
Cooke Rentals
Dunkin Donuts at Driwood Court
Excelsior League
Fox46
FosterCaviness, Inc.
Innovation Health
Kona Ice Charlotte North
LÄRABAR
Omega Sports at Huntersville
Tipsy Burro Saloon and Cantina

Fundraising Incentives and Running Awards:

Click here for fundraising incentives and running awards information.

Community Outreach:

After the Be The Match Walk+Run, join us at the Tipsy Burro to re-fuel with some delicious Tex-Mex cuisine and your cold beverage of choice. Be sure to stop by the Information Tent to pick up your coupon for 20% off – it’s good for the entire day! The Tipsy Burro will be opening one hour early for us at 11:00 am for this post-race gathering.

Feeling sore after running the 5k? Innovation Health would like to offer you a free chiropractic visit between September 11th and September 29th. Download this form for complete instructions. Their office is located just around the corner from the venue.

We are looking for volunteer leaders! Be part of the Local Organizing Committee that is dedicated to helping the event reach its goals in order to save more lives. Committee members serve as ambassadors of Be The Match, lead fundraising efforts for the Walk+Run, and promote the Walk+Run in the local community. No experience is necessary.

You can also help us get the word out about your participation in the Be The Match Walk+Run. Build awareness and help boost the funds you raise by spreading the word to your social networks or by posting event posters and postcards in your community.

Contact Erin Forsell at erin.forsell@nmdp.org for more information about the committee or to request posters and/or postcards.

Parking Information:

There is free parking available at the race site.  Parking is limited, so when possible, please consider carpooling.  Participant parking will be well marked; please follow directional signage upon arriving.