5K Run & Walk for Clean Air

Jan 25, 2012

Our 4th Annual 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at McAlpine Creek Park! Registration is now OPEN!  Register today to receive your early-bird discount!


McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC  28212


May 4, 2013
7:00 – 7:45am  Registration
8:00am  Race Begins
8:45am  Awards Ceremony


$20 per person by 4/20
$25 4/21 – 5/3
$30 Day of Run
$60 for Family of 4


With the support of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and local businesses, the goal for the 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air is to bring together a community of runners and walkers to raise awareness about the health impacts of poor air quality, have some fun and share simple solutions to make a real difference.

“I really enjoyed this run! I ran with my mom- her first race ever- and I was so proud to be a part of such a great experience and organization. I really enjoyed the signs that were posted throughout the race that gave information about Charlotte- etc. I think that keeping our environment safe and clean is extremely important!  Thanks for a great race and a great cause.”

~ Sallie Davis, Charlotte

Charlotte’s Only “Green” Race

When you sign-up for the 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air, you’re not only supporting our programs that work to clean-up the Charlotte region’s air quality, you’re supporting efforts for a sustainable planet too! The 2012 race was held on Climate Impacts Day – a day when communities around the world raised awareness and took action to reduce fossil fuel consumption, a leading cause of climate change. To reduce our carbon footprint, we encouraged participants to leave their cars at home and find alternative means of travel to the race site.

Each year, Clean Air Carolina makes the Pledge of Sustainability with Athletes for a Fit Planet and commits to eco-practices that make our 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air environmentally responsible. Our 5K was the only race in the Carolinas to be verified by Athletes for a Fit Planet in 2010-2012. Our goal is to be a model for other race events around the region – together we can make a big difference!

We’re always looking for new and creative ways to make our event as environmentally-friendly as possible.  A few of the eco-practices we are committed to each year include:

  • 100% online registration
  • A virtual race bag
  • Clothing/shoe recycling program
  • No single-use water bottles
  • Biodegradable cups and eating utensils
  • Onsite composting and recycling bins
  • Environmental education
  • Serving local grown foods
  • VIP parking for carpoolers/bicycles

To stay updated on the 2013 5K as more information becomes available, sign up for our elist here.

We need you!

We are seeking dedicated volunteers to join our 5k planning team and help during the event. If you are interested in participating in the planning of the 2013 5k Run & Walk for Clean Air, please contact Michelle at (828) 279-8602 or michelle[at]cleanaircarolina.org.

5K Run & Walk for Clean Air Photo Gallery

Click here to view photos of the 2012 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air on Flickr!