Inaugural ACC Championship Chase 5K Presented by Harris Teeter Set for Dec. 3

Nov. 28, 2011

Charlotte, N.C. ( - The Inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship Chase 5K presented by Harris Teeter will take place the morning of Saturday, Dec 3. The ACC Championship Chase 5K presented by Harris Teeter signifies the official kickoff of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship day festivities.

Registration will be $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race. Participants who register in advance will receive a long-sleeve ACC 5K shirt. Those who register day-of will receive a shirt while supplies last.

Race day registration, packet pick-up and chip pick-up will begin at 7:00 am. The race will start at 8 a.m. with the start/finish line located on South Tryon Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets, in Uptown Charlotte. ACC mascots and cheerleaders will be rooting on participants on the course and a post-race party will take place at EpiCentre. Post-race will take place at Whiskey River Saloon in the EpiCentre and feature food and drink vendors, music and an awards ceremony. The top three male, female and wheelchair overall finishers will receive a gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods, a special gift from the ACC and a medal. The top three finishers in each age group will also win gift certificates from Dick’s Sporting Goods in various denominations.

Full registration and race information is available online at

All of the ACC Championship Chase 5K presented by Harris Teeter proceeds and direct donations will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). WWP exists to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after Sept. 11, 2001. With the mission to honor and empower, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. "Harris Teeter has a long history of supporting both college athletics as well as organizations dedicated to helping our military and military families," said Catherine Reuhl, Harris Teeter. "It is an exciting time when we can use our relationship with the ACC to promote and raise money for an organization as honorable as Wounded Warrior Project."

"This is a great new event for the city of Charlotte and the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship weekend," said Will Webb, executive director of Charlotte Collegiate Football, the local organizing committee. "Having the ACC Championship Chase 5K presented by Harris Teeter to kickoff gameday is a great addition to the local festivities."

Harris Teeter Inc. with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a subsidiary of Ruddick Corporation (NYSE:RDK), a Fortune 500 company. Harris Teeter is the 24th largest supermarket in the U.S. with 2010 sales of $4.1 billion. The grocery store chain employs over 23,000 associates and has 205 stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

The Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, in its seventh year, will kick off at 8:00 p.m. and is televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN 3-D. The winner of the championship earns the ACC bid to play in the Discover Orange Bowl, if not selected for the BCS National Championship Game.

Fans can visit the local organizing committee's official website,, for more information about the game and surrounding events.

About the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game: The 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played December 3, at 8 p.m. at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium and will feature Atlantic Division Champion Clemson against Coastal Division Champion Virginia Tech. Tickets for the game are sold out. For all ACC Football Championship Game and ticket information visit the league’s official website at or The game will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN 3-D. The official Twitter hashtag for the event is #ACCfcg.