Race to the Taste logo 2018

The 6th Annual Race to the Taste 5K will be held on Saturday, June 6th, 2020 at 9:00am!

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 9:00am


    LOCATION:  Taste of Charlotte Festival Uptown Tryon St. Charlotte, NC US 28202
    TYPE: 5k Run, 1 Mile Cupcake Run/Walk (9:45am) and a Free Kids Dash (8:45am)
    EARLY PACKET PICK-UP: Run for Your Life 901 S. Kings Drive, Charlotte (Thursday and Friday 10a-6p)


    Thank you for registering for the Race to the Taste 5k and/or the Cupcake Run/Walk!  

    You can pick up your packet early at the Run for your Life location located at 901 S. Kings Drive in Charlotte.  Volunteers from Running Works will be onsite! You can pick up your bib, t-shirt and swag bag!  Store hours are 10:00am-6:00pm. If you can’t make it to early packet pick up, you can pick up your items starting at 7:30am the morning of the race until 8:45am at the intersection of Tryon and 4th Street.

    The Race to the Taste 5k will start and finish at the Taste of Charlotte Festival, presented by Food Lion.  The 5k and the Cupcake Mile both start on 4th Street, between Tryon and Church.  Cheer Runners on at the 5k Finish-line on 4th between Tryon and College!  

    Following the race we will have awards for multiple age groups and give out metals.  Chubby Checker from the Charlotte Checkers will be onsite to greet winners!  Before and after the awards, we’ll have live music in the Tavern.  

    Full Schedule:

    7:30am – Vendor Area & Packet Pick-Up Open
    8:45am – Kid’s Dash
    9:00am – 5k Starts
    9:45am – Cupcake Mile Starts
    10:15am – Awards
    10:30am – Live Music Continues

    Two Water Stops can be found along the 5k route at each mile marker.  The Charlotte Hornets and Sam’s Express Car Wash will be there to cheer runners on and hand waters out.

    Please bring your ID if you plan to have a Corona Extra or a Day Owl Rosé after the race!  Cupcakes will also be available from our four bakeries.  

Get Registered!

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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 t-shirt

*an awesome Truliant Federal Credit Union 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

Both Participants of the 5k Race and the Cupcake Run/Walk will receive a t-shirt and multiple cupcakes from Dulce Affairs, Small Cakes Cupcakery and Creamery, Dream Cupcakes, and KupKake Kouture throughout the course!!

Stick around after the races for the Food Lion After Party, for a cold beverage 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

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

  • Unfortunately, no.  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 🙁

  • 5k runners will receive a swag bag. Cupcake walkers do not.  But both 5k runners and 5k walkers will receive a shirt 🙂

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

  • Yes! The top 3 male and female of each age group receive an official Race to the Taste 5k 2019 medal.

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