HICKORY – The 9th annual Charity Chase Half Marathon on June 1 in Hickory has one new twist this year, and no, it’s not another hill, the change is that the run will be held on a Sunday instead of a Saturday.
“The change from a Saturday to a Sunday is due to many reasons, with one being that Sunday mornings are the safest of all mornings to hold a road race,” said Charity Chase Half Marathon Vice Chair and City of Hickory Communications Director/Brand Manager Mandy Pitts. “Another reason that we moved the date was so the finish line would be near the new Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory and that’s not possible on Saturdays due to the Farmers Market.”
There are less than 100 spots left in this year’s half marathon, and there is a 4 hour time limit, so that is enough time for runners of all paces, run/walkers and those that are fast walkers. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. and all participants should be complete by 10:30 a.m. Registration cost is $60, to register go to www.charitychase.com. There is no race day registration.
All participants will receive a finisher medal, short sleeve technical shirt, and there are prizes for overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female, as well as awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female in each age group. In addition, volunteer groups will cheer all participants through the race, and provide first aid stations, restrooms, cold wet washcloths, water, sports drinks, bananas, and oranges on the route. The post race party after the event is under the Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory includes music, food and drinks.
The Charity Chase Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile route that begins and ends in Downtown Hickory and winds through northwest and northeast Hickory. Participants are from Hickory, Catawba County, the Greater Hickory Metro, North Carolina, and as of now, six other states.
“The Rotary Club of Catawba Valley is pleased to organize the Charity Chase Half Marathon, along with those that have been with the race since day one,” said Charity Chase Half Marathon Chairman Bruce Felkins. “Our club has worked closely with Charity Chase for three years, and we believe the strenuous, yet fun race energizes our city, promotes fitness, and raises money for local charities that volunteer during the half marathon.”
Pitts echoed Felkins and said that the run/walk fits perfectly with the City of Hickory’s ‘Active. Well Crafted.’ initiative that focuses on our community moving more and staying active.
Over the last eight years, Charity Chase Half Marathon has given more than $100,000 to community organizations.
“The Rotary motto “Service Above Self” exemplifies the spirit of the Charity Chase Half Marathon,” said Kelly Pulliam, President of the Rotary Club of Catawba Valley and Charity Chase Half Marathon Committee member. “All proceeds from the half marathon benefits local charities that help organize, support and volunteer for the race. Rotary’s goal is to support local charitable groups that work towards the improvement of the emotional, spiritual, educational, and physical health of children and young adults.”