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Annual Elizabeth 8k Race will benefit TreesCharlotte and offer a TreeStore

It’s that time again in Charlotte when we get together to raise money to benefit the Historic Elizabeth Neighborhood and its beautiful tree canopy. This year celebrates the 32nd Annual Elizabeth 8K, Charlotte’s oldest road race and will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. This race is known for its beautiful scenery, picturesque historic homes and the abundant tree canopy along the route.

The 8K race course is USATF-certified and includes a 1.5-mile untimed run/walk that is perfect for those non-runners or youth, as well as the Liz Kids’ Fun Run for kids 6 and under. Wheelchairs and baby joggers are welcome.

Ten percent of the profit from the Elizabeth 8K Road Race is donated to TreesCharlotte.

“The Elizabeth 8K has long supported the replenishment of tree canopies in the Elizabeth neighborhood, and since 2013 has partnered with TreesCharlotte to help expand our impact and contributions to the greater Charlotte community,” says Robert Zabel, Elizabeth 8K Race Director. “We appreciate and value everything TreesCharlotte does to grow and diversify Charlotte’s urban forest and to promote tree stewardship. We look forward to growing this partnership in 2018 and beyond and together with TreesCharlotte, will continue racing for the trees.”

TreesCharlotte will also hold a TreeStore where they will be giving away free trees to Charlotte residents who provide proof of Charlotte residency. They will have 25 trees available to take home, as well as great tips and demonstrations on planting and keeping your tree thriving.

The event is put on by a small volunteer committee, comprised of Elizabeth residents and with the support of the Elizabeth Community Association. The Elizabeth 8K has grown to almost 800 runners last year, many of those came from outside of the Elizabeth neighborhood, including runners from at least 10 or more different states across the country.

The Elizabeth 8K has become the neighborhood’s largest fundraising effort and all the proceeds from the event are reinvested back into the community. The proceeds allow the Elizabeth Community Association to continue their mission, to replenish and benefit the beautification of the tree canopy in Elizabeth and Charlotte areas.

For more information about the Elizabeth 8K Road Race, visit www.Elizabeth8K.com.