Marathon Cheer Party and Krampus

As humans, we embrace and celebrate our rituals. Fall means cooler weather, back to school, football tailgating, and Halloween—all emblems of some cherished tribal traditions. We have two more neighborhood traditions to look forward to before we close the chapter on 2019: the Novant Health Charlotte Marathon Neighborhood Cheer Station along 35th Street and the Krampus Krawl.

The marathon will once again wind its way through Charlotte, including stretches of North Davidson and 35th Street in NoDa, then head back towards Uptown on The Plaza. This is a no-stress, come-as-you-are sort of tradition. Novant used to award neighborhood prizes for the best “Cheer Station” but discontinued that practice a year ago because (we think) NoDa found a way to win every year. $1,000. Every. Year. Yeah, that’s our neighborhood!

Plan to come out around 9 am and cheer on the runners. They very much appreciate all the fuss. I’ve already heard from a few asking if the “NoDa wall” will make its annual appearance. It will!

  • Saturday morning, November 16. Elite runners will make it here 8:45/9ish
  • Anywhere along 35th Street, but the cool kids will be hanging around Local Loaf
  • Ultralush will again play live: with Patrick Jason (vocals, bass), Nick Plesz (guitars, vocals) and Mike Escalante on drums
  • The Neighborhood & Business Association will provide some tasty hot and cold beverages gratis, but bring a little cash for a donation to a worthy cause (The NBA is a 501c3!)
  • The NBA will provide noisemakers—from cowbells to mustache whistles and pom-poms. If you have your own, bring ‘em!
  • You be you. Got footy PJs? Wear them. Want to don that Halloween costume one more time? Absolutely.
  • Watch NoDa’s Facebook or Instagram for details on poster making meet-up activities before the race. We’ll also have materials available at Local Loaf the week before and the day of the race if you and your tribe would like to make some signs.

Questions? Want to lend a hand with the wall set up or break down? Contact me.

…Krampus? For now, just mark your calendars for Saturday evening, December 7! It’s on. Plans are firming up, and you won’t want to miss this tradition either.