Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thunder Road Marathon Calls on Charlotte Neighborhoods to Make Thunder for Nov. 12 Race

Charlotte's 7th Annual Thunder Road Marathon is calling on area
neighborhoods to take part in its "Neighborhood Association Challenge"
to support the thousands of runners who will take to thestreets of
Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

Geared toward neighborhoods along the course – Eastover, Foxcroft,
Myers Park, Dilworth, South End, Wilmore, Gateway/Third Ward, NoDa and
Plaza Midwood – Thunder Road Marathon will award two $500 checks to
two neighborhoods that put on the best event and showed the most
support for the marathon. The winning neighborhood associations are
free to utilize the cash as they please.

Participants in the "Neighborhood Association Challenge" are
encouraged to be as creative as possible to get the runners pumped up.
Requirements for the challenge include: making it public and open to
all residents of the neighborhood; promoting it to all neighborhood
residents; keeping it outside and along the marathon course;
incorporate a racing theme; cheering on the runners; and taking
photos. Residents are encouraged to lead the charge with their
respective neighborhoods if they would like to be involved in this

"Thunder Road Marathon is a community event that draws in runners from
all over the country and Canada so we have a great opportunity to show
off the spirit and camaraderie of Charlotte," said Tim Rhodes, race
director of the Thunder Road Marathon. "We encourage all
neighborhoods, residents and businesses along the course to come out
and cheer the runners. Powerful crowd support is incredibly motivating
during all stages of the race."

To register for the "Neighborhood Association Challenge" or for any
questions, contact Ashleigh Lawrence

Registration for the 2011 Marathon is open and is available online at
. Both the 7th Annual Thunder Road Marathon (a Boston Marathon
Qualifier) and Amica Insurance Half-Marathon will take place on
certified courses starting at 7:45 a.m. The Presbyterian Hospital 5K
will begin at 8:15 a.m. Entry fees are as follows:Now thru Nov. 4:
Marathon - $95, Half-Marathon - $65 and 5K - $35; and at the pre-event
Expo (Nov. 10-11):Marathon - $125, Half-Marathon - $90 and 5K - $45.
There is also a double medal opportunity for those who run the Dowd
YMCA Run Half-Marathon (Oct. 22, 2011) and the Thunder Road Marathon
or Amica Insurance Half-Marathon.

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SouthPark and the official Registration and Timing & Scoring provider
for the Thunder Road Marathon.

About Thunder Road Marathon
The Thunder Road Marathon is the second largest marathon in the
Carolinas and unites the excitement of road racing, music, family-
friendly entertainment and the Charlotte region's rich heritage of
stock car racing. Featuring a marathon, half-marathon and 5K run, the
event draws participants from 48 different states and Canada. In its
six-year history, the race has raised more than $250,000 for local
charities. For more information or to register or volunteer for the
7th Annual Thunder Road Marathon (Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011), zoom to

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