We’re not sure when or how it happened, but somewhere along the way an idea was planted that has turned into an epic event.

On September 1, 2019, I-277 will shut down for just shy of one hour to all vehicular traffic for the Around the Crown 10K race. It may be our worst nightmare any other time of day, but the inner beltway will be swarming with RUNNERS on this Sunday morning in one of the most unique road races the QC has ever seen.

The official start time of the race is 7:04 am on 9/1/19 and runners must be off 277 by 8:00 am when all lanes of the interstate re-open.

The Around the Crown Race has 5K on 277 and 5K through Uptown.

The 6.2 mile journey starts with an opening ceremony at Romare Bearden Park, and you jump onto Charlotte’s inner beltway, I-277, within the first mile. While looping around Crown Town on a four lane highway, you’ll view the Southeast’s best skyline from all angles. After 5K up and above the city maze, you will dip back into it meandering through the streets of uptown Charlotte. In the final two miles, you’ll head west through historic Fourth Ward to enjoy the view of its 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes. Your Around The Crown race tour of the Queen City ends with a finish festival back where it all started ~ in Romare Bearden Park. Needless to say, this 10K course is unlike any other and an opportunity you do not want to miss.

We like to think it’s part race, run, community event, celebration and tribute to Charlotte. We made it for everyone.

The idea for the Around The Crown Race came to organizer Brian Mister while stuck in the all too familiar gridlock of I-277. At the time, Brian joked to his wife and co-organizer Chelsea that they could probably run home faster than they could drive. Indeed. And here we are now, getting ready to do just that.

Do we have your attention? Register Here.

Read more about the race course, registration, FAQ, sponsors and details on the website and follow them on IG for updates.

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