Registration Underway For ACC Fan 5K, Kids Mascot Run

Dec. 5 race in Uptown Charlotte to benefit United Way of Central Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – Registration is now underway for the ACC Fan 5K and Kids Mascot Run, set for Saturday, Dec. 5, in Uptown Charlotte. The 8 a.m. race will serve as the official kickoff to the 2015 Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship day’s festivities.

All race proceeds will benefit United Way of Central Carolinas. Registration for the 5K race is $25 through Oct. 10, $30 from Oct. 11 through Nov. 27, $35 from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4, and $40 on race day. Registration for the Kids Mascot Run is set at $10. Participants are welcome to walk, jog or run as they are able throughout the race. Participants are encouraged to register early.

Those that register by Saturday, Nov. 7 will receive a custom school-specific 5K shirt. Participants will be able to select their favorite school at the time of registration. Please go to for registration and other race information.

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 live entertainment. 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.

United Way is a national network of more than 1,300 local organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and people’s lives by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. While local United Ways tackle issues based on local needs, common areas of focus include helping children and youth succeed, improving access to health care, promoting self-sufficiency, and strengthening families. For more information about United Way, please visit:

The 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played Saturday, Dec. 5 in primetime at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.  The nationally televised game will be shown by ESPN (7:45 p.m.) or ABC (8 p.m.), and will feature the Atlantic Division Champion against the Coastal Division Champion.  To purchase tickets, and for more information on the full weekend of ACC festivities, visit