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City of Charlotte Supports the Second Annual 5K Rock-'N-Run in Northeast District

Thursday, July 7, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Justine Gazzola
Phone: 704-336-2350
Cell: 704-315-3259
Email: jgazzola@charlottenc.gov


(Charlotte, N.C.)  -- On August 13 at 8:00 a.m., the second annual 5K Rock-‘N-Run will kick off at the NC Music Factory (1000 Seaboard Street). The event is sponsored by the NC Music Factory and North End Partners business association. This year’s 5K Rock-‘N-Run is a follow up to last year’s immensely successful inaugural race which attracted 500 runners and 1000 overall attendees and raised $4,000 on behalf of four non-profits in the Northeast district. Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit Hope Haven, Inc., a foundation that provides life skills training for homeless, chemically dependent adults and families, within a supportive residential environment, leading to independence.
 
In the summer of 2009, The City of Charlotte increased the annual funding levels of the Business District Organization Program (BDOP) grant from $10,000 to $30,000. The BDOP grant is designed to help business associations host events and promote their respective corridors. As grant participants, North End Partners was sparked by the financial increase to sponsor the inaugural 2010 5K race in the Northeast district of Charlotte.
 
John Short with the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services department explains, “The City is happy to see grant funding go towards such a well thought-out plan that will increase awareness and viability of the Northeast district as a place to live and do business.”
 
The event will feature live music at the finish line, a kid’s zone sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated, a health and wellness pavilion, and vendors with information on healthy living. Runners, walkers and volunteers are all welcome to participate. The cost is $20 if you register prior to August 5, 2011.
 
Visit www.ncrockandrun.com to register and get additional information for race day.
 
 
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