Evening 5k + Remembrance Walk

October 12, 2024     

Each year, our hope is to create an event that provide a place to honor and acknowledge every family walking through grief in pursuit of a family. Our race consists of both a Competitive 5k and a Remembrance Walk. The walk has markers along the way representing the journey through loss, including the pursuit of conception, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss.

Competitive 5k
The route is mostly flat through a residential neighborhood. We will have police officers helping to manage any neighborhood traffic, as well a security vehicle at the front leading the runners. The running route is 2 loops, with the second slightly shorter than the first. Please look for way-finding signs and volunteers to help direct you throughout the route. Awards are given to top 3 finishers, male and female.

Interactive walk
Along the route – at the different markers – you will see tables with candles and signs representing that stage of pregnancy. If you are walking in memory of a child or in honor of a couple who long to be parents, there will be a space to honor and remember these families at different markers along the way. Many parents grieve these various losses in isolation, unsure of how to feel and unaware of shared experiences in their community. This event is a tangible picture of those affected by these types of losses, and a space where it’s normal to have conversation with others about this significant part of our lives.

 

Interested in starting a Remembrance Team?

Starting a team is a great way to invite your friends, family, coworkers and church family to lean into this journey with you. Teams will have opportunities to win awards and additional ways to honor a child or family as they hit milestones along the way. Learn more below.

Packet Pickup

If you’re local to the area or coming into town the night before, you can pick up your packets from 5-7 p.m. at 6601 Old Post Rd. If you’d like to register for the race that night, that is also available on site.

Friday, October 11, 5-7 p.m.
6601 Old Post Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212

You may also pick up your packets on race day beginning at 4 p.m. at East City Church.

Race details

When

October 12, 2024, 4-8 p.m.
The month of Hannah’s 5th birthday.

4 p.m. Check-in and activities
5 p.m. 5k Start
5:45 p.m. Remembrance Walk start
Awards and Closing Ceremonies to follow.

Where

East City Church
6850 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, NC 28212
East Mecklenburg High School has given us permission to park in the rows closest to the church.  The race will begin and end in the church parking lot behind the church. Restrooms are accessible inside the church.

Remembrance Teams

If you are interested in bringing along your friends and family to walk with you, you can start a team and hit award milestones between now and race day. You can find more information on teams here.

Registration

Registration will open July 2024.

Entry fees:
$40 before Aug. 1
$45 before Oct. 9
$50 race expo / race day
Children under 10 may participate for free in the 3k interactive event.

$40 for the virtual race component

We will have a 5k competitive race, a 1-mile interactive walk, and a virtual option for anyone who cannot attend the race but would still like to participate and receive a t-shirt. All ages and levels welcome!

Closing Ceremonies, 7 – 8 p.m.

At the conclusion of the race, we will recognize top 3 finishers, male and female, in each age category for the competitive 5k and virtual run. We will also hear from a few speakers about their personal experience with pregnancy loss, early infant loss, and infertility. We hope this will be a sweet time to come together as a community and support each other as we remember the significant lives of those we’ve lost. We encourage all participants to stick around for this part of the event.

Route

The route will begin and end at East City Church, and weave throughout the McClintock Woods neighborhood. Racers will not go on any major roads. Neighborhood roads will be closed to thru traffic, so please mind the direction of the officers helping with the event.

Registration will launch to the public on July 18, 2024.

Thank you to these 2024 sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring this year’s race?

If you own a business, and would like to partner with us through corporate sponsorship, we have a place for you! Your sponsorship funds both our race and our grant program. We have sponsorships of all levels.

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