James Haycraft finished more than a minute ahead of his closest rival to win the 2012 Tri Latta Triathlon at Latta Plantation Park in Huntersville Saturday. Jennifer Leiser of Charlotte edged 15-year-old Malia Ellington of Cornelius in the women’s race. Meanwhile, Summit Coffee in downtown Davidson on Friday night hosts the Summit Solstice Race + Festival, a 4-mile race followed by a post-race party featuring the local band Cast Iron Filter. And there’s a Charity Chase mud run for Support Our Troops Saturday at Abersham Park in Davidson.
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HAYCRAFT WINS LATTA TRIATHLON
James Haycraft of Charlotte won the 2012 Tri Latta Triathlon at Latta Plantation Park in Huntersville on Saturday in a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes 33 seconds. The 28-year-old athlete finished ahead of Donny Forsyth, 46, of Charlotte (1:13:44) and Zack Capets, 22, of Huntersville (1:14:15).
Jennifer Leiser, 33, of Charlotte won the women’s race in 1:22:19. Second and third places went to 15-year-old Malia Ellington of Cornelius (1:22:25) and Kellie Darmody, 22, of Charlotte, in 1:24:44.
A total of 183 women and 396 men competed in the race, which was part of the Inside-Out Sports North Carolina Triathlon Series. The race was supported by Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville.
TRI LATTA TRIATHLON RESULTS
SUMMIT SOLSTICE RACE JUNE 15
The four-mile run on Davidson streets and greenways will raise money for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. It’s the second of four events in the 2012 Summit Twilight Racing Series, a collection of evening runs benefiting various local and national charitable organizations.
Charlotte-based band Cast Iron Filter, which toured the country playing Irongrass (bluegrass meets rock ‘n roll) for five years before taking a hiatus in 2005, will reunite to provide the entertainment at the post-race festival at Summit Coffee. Cast Iron Filter includes lead singer/songwriter Dustin Edge, mandolin player Michael Orlando, bassist Mason Bisset and drummer Tim Helfrich.
New Belgium Brewing Co. and New Balance return as sponsors of the Summit Twilight Racing Series after a successful first event on March 17. The Leprechaun Loop 5-mile run, benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital, drew more than 260 runners and more than 400 people to the post-race festival, featuring beers from New Belgium and music from The New Familiars.
Anthony Famiglietti, Olympic hopeful and Davidson resident, will make a special guest appearance at the Solstice 4 Mile Race + Festival.
CHARITY CHASE MUD RUN AT ABERSHAM
The first Charity Chase mud run is scheduled this Saturday at Abersham Park, off Grey and Shearers roads, Davidson. Races start every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The race is a fundraiser for Support U.S. Armed Forces, which helps military members and their families.
The Charity Chase is a obstacle-filled 5K race with mud pits and challenges such as a hay pyramid, hurdles, ropes over water and a plank walk, according to a course map on the organizers’ website.
JULY 4th 4-MILER IN CHARLOTTE
The race on Wednesday, July 4, will use a new course in the Elizabeth Neighborhood, near American Legion Memorial Stadium. Proceeds from the event will support the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
The race replaces the Run For Your Life 4 Miler typically held in mid-July. Geared for runners of all ages and abilities, families and baby joggers, the four-mile run starts at 7:30A a.m. and includes a “Loop the Stadium” 1K Fun Run at 8:15 a.m.
For those who register for the 4-miler between now and June 17 can buy three entries and get one free. Register online or at any four Run For Your Life locations. All four participants must be registered at one time and all three entries must be paid at the same time.
Entry fees are: Thru June 30: 4 Miler-$20; K-12 $15; 1K $5; July 1-3: 4 Miler-$25; K-12 $20; 1K $5; Race Day: 4 Miler-$35; K-12 $30 and 1K $5. Online registration is available until July 2 and in-person registration is available at all four Run For Your Life locations.
The event will feature post-race activities and booths hosted by local businesses at Memorial Stadium located at 301 North Kings Drive in Charlotte. Details are available at http://www.runforyourlife.com/Events/spectacular4miler/.
June 15 – Summit Solstice 4-miler + Festival, Davidson – Registration is now open online at Queen City Timing and in-store at Summit Coffee, located at 128 S. Main Street, Davidson. (Additional info above)
June 16 – Charity Chase mud run, 9 a.m., Abersham Park, Davidson. To benefit Support U.S. Armed Forces, which helps military members and their families. Register online.
July 4 – July 4th Spectacular 4-Miler, Charlotte – See info above
July 13 – Streetlight 5K Concord, NC – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug. 25 – OrthoCarolina Classic 5K 10K, Charlotte – email email@example.com
Sept. 1 – Andrew Lovedale 5K, Davidson College
Sept. 8, Historic Mooresville 5K, Mooresville
Sept. 15 – Run for Green 5K, 10K, and half marathon – Davidson Village Green, info on DavidsonLands.org
Sept. 29 – Fire 5K, Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson
Dec. 8 – Birkdale Village runs, Huntersville