Start your weekend off early with a brisk 4.4 mile run (or 4.5 - 4.6 run, depending on how closely you hug curbs!), or a 3.1 mile option, and then come socialize with fellow runners (and new friends!) with great food and eats at the Philosopher's Stone! We are a very friendly and diverse group, so if you want to meet lots of runners and run/train with somebody your pace, this is the place to be! If you want to kick back, socialize and have fun with other runners in a low-pressure environment, again, this is your place to be! If you like to wear running skirts, male or female, well, again, this is the right place to be! And if you like to run at midnight...then stick around, for you never know where the night might end up at a P-Stone Run!
Want to know more? Details below:
PLACE: We will be meeting in the back patio area of The Philosopher's Stone (located at the corner of 7th Street and S. Caswell).
PARKING: is available behind the Philosopher's Stone and Jackalope Jacks. Additional parking is available across the street (where VISART-VIDEO is) and in the parking lot at the corner of 7th and Pecan (across the street from P-Stone). Most retail vendors are closed at the time of our run and these lots allow Philosopher's Stone patron parking, just please be considerate and do not park directly in front of establishments that are still open. Roy Flowers is the only exception, this is a private lot so please do not park at the end where their own spaces are. (I am trying to get this changed, but for now please just use the other available spaces closer to The P-Stone.) There is also area street parking.
COURSE: This is a well marked, street-lighted 4.4 mile loop run through the Elizabeth/Eastover neighborhood. For runners that want to run longer, just do the loop twice! For runners who are new or just want to take it easy try the 5k option. Turn-by-turn directions are provided by the organizer at the kickoff of the run. (If you want an advance copy of the map, click here: http://files.meetup.com/445445/The%20Rolling%20P-Stone%20Thursday%20Night%20Run%20.png
HOW HARD IS THE COURSE? It's a typical Charlotte run, rolling hills but fortunately shaded, and nothing too difficult that's not over pretty soon. If you can run 2.5 - 3 miles without stopping you'll be fine; 4.5 miles feels a lot less when running with others! Best of all there is a water fountain at every mile marker!
AFTER-RUN FESTIVITIES: Be sure to stick around afterward as we eat, drink and socialize at our own private bar and patio at The P-Stone! On Thursday nights The P-Stone reserves the back room and patio exclusively for the Charlotte Runners from 7:30 pm -10pm where we will have our own bar, bartenders, music, pool and Foosball table, internet jukebox, etc.! The P-Stone is providing us free water after our run, plus extra special discounts on food and beer. Yes, the ever popular Tall Boy PBR's and Millers will be just 2 bucks flat (that includes the tax), but even better, all drafts beer are just $3. The P-Stone also offers a "Runners' Menu" just for us, where all meals are 6 bucks or less!
If you can't make it by 6:30pm or are recovering from injuries or a race, just join us at the P-Stone (around 7:30pm). We will be there until 9:30-10pm or longer...sometimes a WHOLE LOT longer!