FAQs & Other Information
Location & Facilities
The physical address of McAlpine Creek Greenway is:
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
Coming from uptown Charlotte on Monroe Road, the parking lot entrance is on the left-hand side past the intersection of Monroe Road and Idlewild Road. Coming from the intersection of Monroe Road and Highway 51 (Pineville-Matthews Boulevard), the entrance is on the right.
Take I-485 exit south towards Matthews (about 10-15 minutes). Take Exit 51 west onto Independence Blvd. (US74). Turn right onto Independence Blvd and continue to the Sardis Road North intersection (4th traffic light). Turn left onto Sardis Road North and proceed to Monroe Road (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto Monroe Road and proceed to the entrance to McAlpine Creek Park (a little more than 1 mile on the right, immediately after passing under railroad overpass).
Take Brookshire Freeway (NC Hwy. 16/I-277) east to Independence Blvd. Follow Independence Blvd. east (approx. 6 miles) until Village Lake Drive. Turn right onto Village Lake Drive. Travel on Village Lake Drive for less than a mile until it dead ends into Monroe Road. Turn left onto Monroe Road. McAlpine Creek Park will be less than a mile on your left (just before railroad overpass).
Take Brookshire Freeway (NC Hwy. 16/I-277) exit east to Independence Blvd. Follow Independence Blvd. east (approx. 6 miles) until Village Lake Drive. Turn right onto Village Lake Drive. Travel on Village Lake Drive for less than a mile until it dead ends into Monroe Road. Turn left onto Monroe Road. McAlpine Creek Park will be less than a mile on your left (just before railroad overpass).
Take I-485 exit east towards Matthews (approx. 12 miles). Take Exit 52 to Matthews on Old Charlotte Hwy. (left turn at end of exit ramp). Travel west on Old Charlotte Hwy./Monroe Road for approximately 5 miles. McAlpine Creek Park is on the right immediately after passing under the railroad overpass.
Parking: Upon entering the parking area, volunteers will be available to direct you to a parking spot. There are roughly 250 spots available. The 5K course is located across a bridge on the right-hand side towards the fenced-in soccer fields.
Restrooms: Full restroom facilities are located on the left-hand side directly after entering the parking lot. Additionally, Port-A-Jons will be available nearer to the course.
Day of Event
Registration tables will be set-up across the bridge on the 5K course. Volunteers will be available to answer your questions. Please arrive early in order to ensure timely starts of each event.
If you are bringing a friend(s) who would like to participate, please be aware that they must pay by cash or check only (no credit card payments on the day of the event).
T-Shirt and Packet Pick-Up
All participants who sign-up by May 12, 2013 are guaranteed a t-shirt. Additionally, packets with gifts and promotional items will be available to most participants. We have a limited number of packets, and they are not guaranteed to all participants. The packets will be distributed in order of registration date.
Early packet-pick-up is tentatively scheduled for 2 locations this year:
- Dilworth Neighborhood Grille:
- Date: Thursday, May 23rd
- Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
- Location: Dilworth Neighborhood Grille 911 E. Morehead Street #211
Charlotte, NC 28204
- Any runners/walkers who present their bib will receive a 20% discount on their non-alcoholic purchases for the evening.
- Omega Sports (Park Road Shopping Center):
- Date: Friday, May 24th
- Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
- Location: Omega Sports Park Road Shopping Center
4271-B Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
- Any runners/walkers who present their bib at the register will receive a 20% discount on all purchases for the evening.
Most volunteers will be arriving by 6:30am, and we should be fully organized and available to assist participants by 7:00am. The ideal time to arrive for males and females is 7:30am, however, registration will be available to women after the start of the male event. Please arrive early in order to ensure timely starts of each event.
The awards presentation will begin at 9:20am. We will make every effort to limit the amount of time taken for all awards to be distributed. The presentation will include:
- Children’s Fun Run/Walk (beginning at 9:15am)
- Brief testimonial from a local victim who has found success through the assistance of the UFS Domestic Violence Program (beginning at 9:20am)
- Trophy presentations (beginning at 9:25am)
- Door prizes selected for random participants (throughout the trophy presentation). Selections will be made using bib numbers.
Charlotte Rock for Peace at Home
Our fourth annual benefit concert, will take place later in 2013. This event also raises funds and awareness for the same cause. If you haven’t joined us in the past, make sure to “band together to help end domestic violence” this year!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can males and females run/walk together?
Definitely. It is preferred that males and females selecting to run/walk alongside one another participate in the women’s (8:30am) event. Males participating in the female event will not qualify for trophies and vice versa. Please let us know if this is your intention upon arriving for registration.
NOTE: If you will participate in an event that is not for your gender, DO NOT wear a chip during the race. Turn your chip in immediately so that you are eligible for our door prizes.
Are strollers permitted?
Strollers are permitted along the course. Please be courteous to competitive runners by positioning yourself near the back of the start line. Be aware that there is a fairly steep hill along the trail. Safety is our first concern.
Is the location handicap accessible?
Yes. The bridge that leads to the 5K course includes a ramp. The course is not paved, so it is up to the discretion of each individual as to whether the trail is unsafe – please use your best judgment. As is the case with strollers, be courteous to competitive runners.
Are dogs permitted?
Dogs are allowed on the course during the event only if they are on a leash at all times (and held by a responsible adult). Please be courteous to competitive runners by positioning yourself near the back of the start line.
McAlpine Park also has a fenced-in dog park where dogs can be let off of their leash.
Will this event take place rain or shine?
Our 5K run/walk will take place rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, the Charlotte Run for Peace at Home may be cancelled. Cancellation would only take place to ensure the safety of our participants and volunteers.
Every effort will be made on the day of the event to ensure that directions are made clear. Volunteers will be positioned along tricky parts of the course. Painted arrows and cones will be used for added directional purposes.
A water station will be available prior to the 2-mile mark (directly after turning left around the lake towards the back loop).
Benefits and Proceeds
Our organization is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We hire no salaried/hourly employees – the Charlotte Run for Peace at Home is an event that is completely organized by all volunteers. Proceeds from our event go directly to local United Family Services Domestic Violence Programs. Your contribution will be used to better the lives of women and children in Mecklenburg County who have been the victims of domestic violence.
Additional pledges and donations are strongly encouraged. If interested in contributing further:
- Donate online: For your convenience, we’ve added a “Donate” button to the left-hand side of our website. This function works securely through PayPal and accepts all major credit cards.
- Donate by mail: If you prefer to send your contribution by check, you may mail it to us at: P.O. Box 32802 / Charlotte, NC 28232.
- Donate in-person: Our volunteers will be available to accept donations throughout the course of the event. Feel free to donate at the registration table. Additionally, if the company/organization that you work for contributes to matching gift programs, we greatly appreciate your effort to double your donation.
Our event would not be possible without the generosity of our local sponsors. If your company would like to be a partner to our cause, please contact Zac Reilly.
Thanks to all of our sponsors!