Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon Honors Charlotte with New Name

1/15/16

Charlotte’s hometown marathon is getting a new name. The Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon has officially changed its name to the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon. Now in its 12th year, the race will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

“We have always been proud to be Charlotte’s marathon, and what better way to honor our hometown race than by naming it after our great city,” said Tim Rhodes, race director of the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon.

The new tagline: “Our Streets. Our City. Our Marathon. #runcharlotte” was created to reflect that the event belongs to the Charlotte community. The Marathon course covers 26.2 miles of city streets through several prominent neighborhoods including: Uptown Charlotte, Dilworth, Myers Park, SouthEnd, NoDa, Plaza Midwood and Elizabeth.

“Renaming the marathon on our city’s behalf is a tremendous honor for Charlotte, our community and our region,” said Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts.

“The Novant Health Charlotte Marathon has long been an event that the city is proud to host,” says Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). “We know events such as these are a draw not only for the residents who live here, but also for visitors looking for dynamic communities offering memorable race experiences. The visitation from the runners and their friends and family who come to cheer them on helps to create substantial economic impact for our community.”

Featuring a marathon, half-marathon, 5K run/walk, marathon relay and a kids 1 mile fun run, the event draws participants from around the United States. There are opportunities to run, walk, volunteer and cheer. The Novant Health Charlotte Marathon – which has a six-hour course time limit – is a Boston Marathon qualifier (course certification is NC15107DF). Registration is open and people can sign up at www.runcharlotte.com.

“Our deep commitment to health and wellness, to Charlotte and the surrounding region is a reflection of community partnerships like the one we have with the Charlotte Marathon,” said Eric Warren, M.D., medical director, Novant Health Sports Medicine. “We are excited about the Marathon including Charlotte in its name and to be part of an event that embraces its community.”

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About Novant Health Charlotte Marathon

Racing through the streets of Charlotte, N.C. since 2005, the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon (formerly the Novant Health Thunder Road Marathon) features a marathon, half-marathon, 5K run/walk, relay and a kids 1 mile fun run, the event draws participants from around the United States. For more information, visit www.runcharlotte.com.

Stay connected with the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CharlotteMarathon, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/CharlotteMarathon and Twitter at @CLTMarathon.

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