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The highly anticipated, 4th Annual Race to the Taste 5K, presented by Truliant Federal Credit Union, will be held on Saturday, June 9th at 9:00am!

The 5K will start and finish at the Taste of Charlotte Festival in beautiful uptown Charlotte! Runners should meet on 4th Street near the intersection of Tryon Street. The finish line will be on 4th Street between Tryon and College Streets.

The 5K begins at 9:00am and the cupcake run will follow at 9:45am!

Making the race more appetizing, Runners of the 5K will receive:

*a premium race shirt from Recover Brands Sustainable Apparel

*an awesome swag bag with fun gifts

*a ticket to a Charlotte Checkers Hockey Game

*a cold Corona Premier after the run

*a Taste of Charlotte Super Coin to purchase a menu item at the festival.

Participants of the Cupcake Run/Walk will receive a t-shirt and multiple cupcakes from Dulce Affairs, Oh So Delicious, Sunflour Baking Company, DeLisa’s DeLectables, and KupKake Kouture throughout the course!!

Stick around after the races for the afterparty in the Corona Light Tavern at the Taste.

We’ll have live music from Tropical Flavors Band and our awards ceremony.

A donation will be made to the Checkers Charitable Foundation from proceeds of the 5K.

(Download the Race to the Taste 5k/Cupcake Walk Press Release Here)

Race to the Taste FAQs

  • Unfortunately, no.ย  Being a food related festival and race, we find it best that they stay at home, or that cupcake that you had your sights on might get eaten first by our furry friends ๐Ÿ™

  • Yes!ย  We love including the entire family in this race! That’s why it’s so fun!

  • 5k runners will receive a swag bag. Cupcake walkers do not.ย  But both 5k runners and 5k walkers will receive a shirt ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Unfortunately there are no refunds.ย  All racer proceeds are donated to a good cause through the Checkers Charitable Foundation.ย  This is why we run ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yes! The top 3 of each age group receive an official Race to the Taste 5k 2018 medal.

    Age groups are divided:

    1-10
    11-14
    15-19
    20-24
    25-29
    30-34
    35-39
    40-44
    45-49
    50-54
    55-59
    60-64
    65-69
    70+


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Live Music From Tropical Flavors Band

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