ACC Fan 5K and Kids Mascot Run Set for Dec. 5

Proceeds from race in Uptown Charlotte will benefit United Way of Central Carolinas.

CHARLOTTE, NC – The annual ACC Fan 5K will take place the morning of Saturday, Dec. 5, in Uptown Charlotte. The race will serve as the official kickoff of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship day festivities. 

Registration is $35 in advance, $40 the day of the race for the 5K, and $10 for the Kids Mascot Run. Participants are free to walk, jog or run as they are able throughout the race. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Central Carolinas. 

Children ages 3 through 9 are invited to run with the ACC’s 14 football mascots. Each child will receive a t-shirt and have breakfast with the mascots following the Kids Mascot Run.

Race-day registration, packet pick-up and chip pick-up will take place from 7:00 until 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.   

A post-race party is scheduled at Wells Fargo Plaza on South Tryon Street between East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 3rd Street. The post-race party will feature the race awards ceremony, food, beverages and a DJ. Overall race winners and age group winners will receive gift certificates.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that Uptown Charlotte has hosted a 5K race in conjunction with the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Fans can keep tabs on race information prior to, during and after the event on Twitter, using the hashtag #ACCFan5K.

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“The ACC Fan 5K and Kids Mascot Run is a terrific way to begin the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game day,” said Will Webb, executive director of Charlotte Sports Foundation, the local organizing committee. “The community has a chance to run a terrific race, have fun with the ACC mascots, and benefit a great cause.”