Gold Rush 5K

Check out photos from the 2019 49er Gold Rush 5K!


Race Information

The Virtual Race is open through Thursday, Feb. 7th - click here to register!

As the second race in the Healthy UCity Race Series, the UNC Charlotte 49er Gold Rush 5K Run/Walk, Virtual Race and Fun Run, hosted by University Recreation, is open to everyone. Current UNC Charlotte Students with a valid student ID who register by the early bird deadline will receive a student discount. Faculty/Staff, Alumni, and Community are encouraged to participate. 

Net Proceeds from the 17th Annual 49er Gold Rush 5K Run/Walk will benefit the University Recreation Student Professional Development Fund. Additional donations will be collected for this year's race beneficiary - the Para Guide Foundation

Race Date: February 2, 2019 
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Race Village: Belk Gym
Parking: West Deck

Virtual Race

A virtual race is a race that you can run (or walk) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track. You get to run your own pace and time it yourself. You can run alone or with a group of friends!

*You must complete the virtual race between Jan 28th and Feb 7 th by 11:59 p.m. EST*
*Use any GPS, Bluetooth device or running app to track your results, you can even take a photo of your treadmill results.
*Results must be submitted via email Sophie Rattray at - in order to receive your 49er Gold Rusk 5K Medal. All participants must be able to pick up their race items at Belk Gym. Items will not be mailed.

Finisher Medal & T-Shirt 

      Picture of Finisher's Medalt-shirt mock up

Every participant will receive a short sleeve shirt that signed up by January 18th. Shirts are ordered based on the sizes indicated during online registration.
  NO SWITCHING SIZES – NO EXCEPTIONS! You may switch sizes AFTER the race at the registration table, if we have leftover shirts. Preordered shirts are not guaranteed after race day.


Packet Pick Up

Thursday,  January 31st, 2019; 11AM – 7:00PM

Run For Your Life – University
1816 E. Arbors Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

Friday, February 1st, 2019; 11AM – 7:00PM

Run For Your Life – University
1816 E. Arbors Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019; 7:30 AM – 9:00AM

Belk Gym – UNC Charlotte
9201 University City
Charlotte, NC 28223

Race Map and Parking Map

race route map 2019Belk Gym - Race Village, West Deck - Parking


Directions to Campus

The 5k begins and ends at Belk Gymnasium. The closest location to park on campus will be the West Deck Parking garage. Parking for this event is free. The address for Belk Gym is 8911 University Rd. Charlotte, NC 28262.

Post-Race Celebration

Join us the night of the 49er Gold Rush 5k for a special celebration at the Charlotte 49ers Men's Basketball game.


  • Overall Top 3 Female & Overall Top 3 Male
  • Top Female & Male Student
  • Top Female & Male Alumni
  • Top Female & Male Faculty Staff
  • Top Female & Male Community

Past Results

2019 Race Results  

2018 Race Results

2017 Race Results

2016 Race Results

2015 Race Results


A huge thank you to our title sponsors for this year's event: