âThe most welcoming half-marathon in eastern North Carolina!â
Half-marathon to support
local arts non-profits
Proceeds going to the Grainger-Hill Performing Arts Center
and the smART Kinston City Project Foundation
KINSTON â Are you a runner? Then come join us on Oct. 10 when we expect more than 300 runners from across North Carolina to line up at Grainger Stadium to take off on Kinstonâs first half-marathon â the Mother Earth Ironclad Half-Marathon. Registration is now open.
If youâre not a runner, are you an arts supporter? This race is to benefit two local arts non-profit organizations â the Grainger-Hill Performing Arts Center and the smART Kinston City Project Foundation â and we need your help. We are looking for both race sponsors and aid station volunteers.
The race organizers chose a half-marathon because of its immense popularity, its inviting distance and to take advantage of Kinstonâs naturally flat terrain. Our slogan is, âThe most welcoming half-marathon in eastern North Carolina!â
This race will begin and end at historic Grainger Stadium, the former home of the Kinston Indians. The course will be one very flat, very fast loop, starting outside the stadium and running through parts of downtown, past the CSS Neuse Ironclad and through north Kinston. Runners will then enter the stadium and finish along the first baseline. This route has been approved by the City of Kinston and is in the final permitting stages with the N.C. Department of Transportation. Once that is finalized, it will be certified by U.S. Track and Field.
Throughout this race, runners will have the opportunity to experience Kinstonâs unique history, architecture and many pieces of public art. Then afterward, runners and their families are encouraged to spend the afternoon in Kinston enjoying its many fine shops and art galleries, as well as a much deserved break at the world famous Chef and the Farmer restaurant and Mother Earth Brewery, as well as other restaurants and dining and entertainment venues.
To register as a runner, visit www.ironcladhalfmarathon.com.
For information on race sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit www.ironcladhalfmarathon.com.
The Grainger-Hill Performing Arts Center is a 1,131-seat regional cultural and civic center that works to bring the best performing arts opportunities possible to eastern North Carolina. Built in Kinston in 1925 and listed on the National Historic Register, the Center is one of the last examples of Greek Classical Revival Architecture in North Carolina.
The smART Kinston City Project Foundation is working to build Kinstonâs Arts & Cultural District. Its goal is to recruit artists to come live and work in the district, and to partner with other community organizations to promote Kinstonâs growing creative economy as it becomes an arts/culture/entertainment destination in eastern North Carolina.
What: The Mother Earth Ironclad Half-Marathon
When: Oct. 10, 2015
Where: Beginning/ending at Grainger Stadium
Contact: Race Director Brandon Wilson â 252-933-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grainger-Hill President Alison Merritt â 252-560-8515 or email@example.com
smART Kinston Foundation Director Matt Whittle â 252-643-0571 or firstname.lastname@example.org