Charlotte Pride joins national Pride Stride virtual 5k/10k, registration now open
First-ever partnership of its kind for Pride organizations will encourage health and wellness, celebrate National Coming Out Day
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride, the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas, has joined over 30 other LGBTQ Pride organizations across the country for the first-ever National Pride Stride Virtual Run. Spearheaded by LA Pride and in partnership with EnMotive, the nationwide LGBTQ virtual 5k/10k event will commemorate National Coming Out Day on Sunday, October 11, 2020.
More than 34 Pride organizations across the country, from San Francisco to Des Moines to Washington D.C., are uniting to recognize National Coming Out Day and the #StillWeVote campaign leading up to November’s election. All participants will receive a goodie bag featuring Pride-branded swag and themed Pride Stride finishers medal, plus a fanny pack and more.
“Collectively, we’ve had to stay indoors during our Pride season thanks to the pandemic and follow safety guidelines, but we didn’t go away,” said newly appointed LA Pride president Sharon-Franklin Brown. “It’s important that we show we haven’t stopped making each and every member of our respective communities visible and matter. We’re leading the effort to get people moving and help them get out, figuratively and literally, across the country to safely show their pride in solidarity with this event.”
While LA Pride is leading the call alongside other Pride organizations for individuals to sign-up and participate, this national event impacts every city and town’s LGBTQ+ community. Each of the participating Pride organizations will help promote Pride Stride in their own respective regions, kicking off an uplifting, fun, and masked 5k/10k event for LGBTQ+ communities and their supporters.
In the Queen City, leaders with Charlotte Pride saw a unique opportunity to partner with its peer organizations across the country while also promoting National Coming Out Day, physical fitness, health, and wellness.
“This year’s pandemic and social distancing efforts have effected people in a variety of ways,” said Jerry Yelton, Charlotte Pride Programs and Development Director, “but we know that many people in our community are yearning for ways to break the boredom of social isolation, have some fun, and let loose of some of the steam and frustration. Whether participating with a spouse, partner, or close friend or running by yourself and sharing your experience with friends via social media, the Pride Stride will be a great opportunity to get out and about and have some fun, especially as cooler fall temperatures start to take hold!”
Individuals wishing to participate can register for the event and gear up for their own personal journey. The unique aspect of the virtual 5k/10k allows each participant to safely walk or run solo at their own leisure, without needing to worry about massive crowds or a time limit. There is no official route, nor permits required. They can actively promote their own sign-up, their family members’ and friends’ involvement through social media and rally others to participate.
A portion of each participant’s Pride Stride registration fee will go to their local Pride nonprofit organization, helping to sustain them and support the work they do for their LGBTQ+ community. Organizers are working with both local and national sponsors including State Farm as premiere partner of the virtual event.
“This year, a majority of Pride organizations had to cancel or dramatically scale back their celebrations,” said Steve Ginsburg, President of EnMotive. “We are thrilled to partner with so many Pride chapters across the nation to support kindness, unity, courage and strength through this virtual event helping bring the community together.”
Registration for the inaugural Pride Stride Virtual Run is $40 and is open now at pridestride.org. For more information or to help make the event shine, follow @pridestrideofficial on Facebook and Instagram.
About the Pride Stride
Pride Stride is a 5k or 10k virtual race in which participants have the option to run or walk the five to ten-kilometer distance on the treadmill, sidewalk or trail. A portion of the proceeds raised through the virtual event will help provide support to local Pride organizations across the country. All participants will receive a commemorative ¼ zip technical jacket, Pride finishers medal, a fanny pack, wrist bands and custom race bib shipped directly to each participant. For more information, or to register for the event, visit pridestride.org.
EnMotive is a world-class data management and technology provider for the event industry. In addition to its fully mobile event registration, charitable fundraising, marketing, photography and on-site solutions, the organization is one of the largest timing and event production companies to the endurance industry in the United States. Based in Chicago with 12 offices across the country, the organization works with thousands of events, including Milwaukee Marathon, Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon and the Atlanta Track Club. To learn more visit EnMotive.com or contact hello@EnMotive.com
About Christopher Street West (CSW) & LA Pride
Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970, as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Since then, we have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Today, we continue to produce the globally-recognized LA Pride Parade and Festival every June. We also organize a number of events throughout the year with our non-profit, philanthropic, community, and corporate partners. Visit lapride.org for more information.
About Charlotte Pride
Charlotte Pride is the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. We present and collaborate on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Latinx Pride, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Women’s Pride, Charlotte Pride Interfaith Programs, and Reel Out Charlotte, The Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival, among others. Since its founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded its year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with its mission, vision, and values. It is now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.
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