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With pre-race activities taking place at CMC Myers Park (day-of registration, packet pick-up, announcements, etc.), Greg Olsen and family will lead a parade march to the HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K start line on Cumberland Avenue upon completion of the pre-race program. Run or walk the scenic streets of the Queen City. The race will end on South Kings Drive at Levine Children’s Hospital, and a post-race celebration held in the parking lot will include a complimentary kid’s fun run, refreshments, music, inflatables and more.
Put the FUN in FUNdraising! The HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K challenges YOU to commit to FUNdraising $50 on behalf of yourself or your team.
Each participant that raises a minimum of $50 as an individual or as part of a team will receive a complimentary, limited edition t-shirt!
Get started with these simple following FUNdraising tips:
- Join in on the FUN! Make the first $5 donation to kick-start your campaign!
- Ask 10 colleagues to make a $1 donation.
- Ask 5 family members to make a $5 donation.
- Ask 2 friends to make a $5 donation.
Now in its fourth annual season, the HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K has experienced major growth and success thanks in large part to our participants that are devoted to raising awareness and funds for children with congenital heart diseases / disorders. Perhaps individuals or teams are inspired by a daughter / son, sibling, cousin or friend – whatever it is that motivates you, the HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K recognizes that together we can achieve more.
To the heart babies, families and friends in the crowd; we acknowledge and honor your efforts to impact the lives of children receiving care at Levine Children’s Hospital, and to reward that effort fundraising prizes are BIGGER and BETTER this year.
1) First Place Individual or Team Fundraiser: Private tour of Bank of America Stadium for (20) twenty, guided by Greg Olsen (20 participating individuals determined by winning individual / team).
2) Second Place Individual or Team Fundraiser: Private dinner for (15) fifteen at Showmars, including an appearance by Greg Olsen (15 participating individuals determined by winning individual / team).
3) Third Place Individual or Team Fundraiser: Team or individual photo – autographed and framed – and a HALVE A HEART t-shirt for (10) ten (10 recipients determined by winning individual / team).
We’ve added an exclusive event to the HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K! With an $88 donation to Levine Children’s Hospital, enjoy breakfast, a Greg Olsen Q&A and meet and greet at Showmars East Boulevard. This event starts at 10:30 a.m., directly following the HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K.
An $88 donation will be collected during the event at Showmars East Boulevard, and is payable by cash or credit. Space is limited! To RSVP contact Jessica Turner at Penney.Jessica@gmail.com.
No On-Site Registration! REGISTRATION!
In effort to improve the efficiency of the HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K event day packet pick-up and the pre-race celebration experience, the HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K will not offer on-site, event day registration in 2019. Participants MUST register online by 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 10. Please encourage any family, friends or teammates to register now!
Skip the line! For your convenience, take advantage of early packet pick-up to avoid long wait times.
Run For Your Life Midtown (901 South Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204)
Thursday, May 9, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m
CMC Myers Park (see address below)
Saturday, May 11, 6:30-7:45 a.m.
[Start] Cumberland at Clayton;
Cut through Showmars East Boulevard parking lot [Cumberland to East Boulevard];
Right on Maryland;
Left on Westfield;
Left on Queens Road West;
[Finish] Left to CMC parking lot
HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K parking will be available at CMC Myers Park (please look for directional "Parking" signage on race day). Post-race activities take place at Levine Children's Hospital, which is just a short walk from CMC Myers Park (approximately two-tenths of a mile).
Additional parking will be available in the following locations:
Gravel parking lot, which is adjacent to CMC Myers Park (across from Freedom Park and off of East Boulevard).
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
600 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
NOTE: Participants are welcome to park in the church parking lot and enjoy a complimentary shuttle to pre-race activities at CMC Myers Park. Likewise, the shuttle will transport guests from Levine Children's Hospital back to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church upon the completion of our post-race activities. The shuttle leaving from post-race activities at Levine Children's Hospital will only be stopping at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Additional stops at alternate parking lots will not be
Subject to change.
6:30-7:45 a.m.; Event day packet pick-up
7:40 a.m.; Opening remarks
7:50 a.m.; Parade march to start line
8 a.m.; HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K begins
9:15 a.m.; Kids Fun Run (finish line at Levine Children’s Hospital)
9:30 a.m.; Program and presentation of awards
Please join us at our post-race activities/celebration for family-friendly fun, refreshments and to pay a visit to our valued on-site sponsors and vendors!
It is with great privilege that the HEARTest Yard Program and Showmars Restaurants join forces to host the fourth annual HEARTest Yard + Showmars 5K. With a like-minded mission to support Levine Children’s Hospital, we’ve joined forces to maximize our impact and fundraising potential to meet the needs of and care for as many children affected by congenital heart diseases and disorders as possible. 100 percent of proceeds generated during this family-friendly event will benefit programs (HEARTest Yard Program/Program for Pediatric Hearts) at Levine Children’s Hospital.
When it comes to a child’s heart, getting the best care available is all that matters. With nationally recognized, board-certified pediatric cardiac specialists, the Congenital Heart Center at Levine Children’s Hospital is the preeminent pediatric cardiac center in the region. Levine Children’s Hospital was established in 2007 and offers more than 30 specialized treatments, including transplants, cancer care and the highest level of neonatal intensive care in the region. Together, the HEARTest Yard, Showmars and Levine Children’s Hospital are investing in research and education, ensuring the best care for the children of the Carolinas.
This is a rain or shine event. The event will go on regardless of rain. If severe weather persists, every effort will be made to reschedule the event with CDOT and CMPD. In the case that the event is canceled, we will contact you prior to race day.
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