8:00 AM – please arrive early and be prepared to start at 8:00 AM.
Event Location & Route *
All race day events will take place on or about the 300 block of S. Church Steet, adjacent to Romare Bearden Park, which is located on between W. 3rd Street and W. MLK, Jr. Blvd.
Please see the course map below.
* This route has been certified as an official 5K event distance
Parking is available in several places around the event. Click here for details.
You may pick up your race bib and race t-shirt at the following locations:
Family / Walker Friendly Event
The Healthy Achievement 5K is a family friendly event. You don’t have to be a runner to participate – you most certainly can walk the course and enjoy the health fair in the park after you finish!
Our goal is to inspire and facilitate healthy achievement. Here is a popular link of a “Couch to 5K” training program that might prove helpful as you gear up to run / jog / walk the route - click here. Please always consult your physician with any questions and concerns before starting a training program.
Results, Awards & Prizes
Can't Participate? Consider a Donation
If you are unable to participate but would like to support healthy achievement initiatives and youth mentoring programs in the Charlotte community, we ask that you consider making a 100% tax deductible donation to the Kappa Foundation of Charlotte. A portion of our event proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Click here to make a secure donation now.
Does your company have a matching program for charitable donations? If so, don’t forget to submit your matching gift form to double your gift with really no effort!
Your Investment Matters
When you register to participate or make a donation to the Healthy Achievement 5K, we are making an investment in young people, in our future, together. Your support ensures that more children, particularly young men, in our communities will have the chance to realize their potential and make healthy choices. At the Kappa Foundation of Charlotte and the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, we are committed to being good stewards of your contributions.
Kappa Foundation of Charlotte
The Kappa Foundation of Charlotte strives to foster exceptional achievement amongst young men in the Charlotte / Mecklenburg County community through diligent role modeling, mentoring, structured involvement and open access to economic scholarship and resources. To this end, the Foundation hosts two primary programs - Kappa League and the Beautillion Militaire (our 38th year running, focused college preparatory and life skills program). Kappa League is rooted in the spirit of assisting young men who are in need of counsel, advice and positive role models to aid in the navigation of their journey from childhood to manhood, particularly from a personal and scholastic development perspective. Just over the last four years, more than 115 young men have participated in the Kappa League Program.
Beautillion Militaire focuses on advanced mentoring and facilitates scholarships for students in area high schools pursuing further degrees at four-year collegiate institutions. The Beautillion Militaire has risen over $200,000 in merit and community based scholarship funds for nearly 100 young men.
The Healthy Achievement 5K, along with its primary presenter, the Kappa Foundation of Charlotte, Inc., depends on the generosity of private donors, corporations, foundations and special events. For more info, please click here.
American Heart Association / American Stroke Association
Heart diseases and stroke are the #1 cause of death in North Carolina. Learn about the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Since 1924, we have been working to keep you, your loved ones and your community safe from heart disease and stroke.
Important Facts to Consider:
- Blacks have almost twice the risk of first-ever strokes compared to whites.
- Blacks have higher death rates for stroke compared to whites.
- The prevalence of high blood pressure in African Americans in the United States is the highest in the world.
- Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 62.9 percent of men and 77.2 percent of women are overweight or obese.
- In 2001, 27.7 percent of black or African-Americans only, used any tobacco product. Heavy cigarette smoking approximately doubles a person's risk for stroke when compared to light smokers.
- Black women have higher prevalence rates of high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes than white women.
We're building healthier lives where you live and work and making your community healthier by advocating for key health issues. We train millions of Americans each year in CPR and first aid, and educate healthcare providers every day.
Each year we host multiple events in Charlotte community to bring awareness and education about our key issues and to raise support for invaluable heart disease and stroke research. Join in the fight against heart disease and stroke by participating in the Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk or attending one of our other events in the Charlotte community. Here's the chance to make a real difference! For more info, please click here.
American Cancer Society
African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers. Although the overall racial disparity in cancer death rates is decreasing, in 2007 the death rate for all cancers combined continued to be 32% higher in African American men and 16% higher in African American women than in white men and women, respectively.
About 168,900 new cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed among African Americans in 2011. The most common of these among African American men are prostate (40%), lung (15%), and colon and rectum (9%). Among African American women, the most common cancers are breast (34%), lung (13%), and colorectum (11%).
Help fight back, get involved and make a difference in the fight against cancer by participating in the Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk. For more information go to cancer.org or call (800) 227-2345.
We welcome support from companies wanting to support healthy achievement initiatives and established youth mentoring programs in the Charlotte community. There are many ways for companies to get involved with the Healthy Achievement 5K Run | Walk specifically, and / or the Kappa Foundation of Charlotte, generally. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
Kappa Foundation of Charlotte, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Tax ID#56-2192985. Your gift is tax deductible.