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49er Gold Rush 5K

The 49er Gold Rush 5K has become a February tradition for the Niners.

The 49er Gold Rush 5K has become a February tradition for the Niners. With a challenging, hilly course that takes runners and walkers alike on a tour around the ever-changing UNC Charlotte campus, you don't want to miss out! 

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Race Overview

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 18th 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 1, 2020 
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Race Village: Belk Gym
Parking: West Deck


Finisher Medal & T-Shirt 

Every participant will receive a short-sleeve shirt that signed up by January 17th. 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. Pre-ordered shirts are not guaranteed after race day.

Packet Pick Up

Thursday, January 30th, 2020; 11AM – 7:00PM

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

Friday, January 31st, 2020; 11AM – 7:00PM

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

Saturday, February 1st, 2020; 8:00 AM – 9:00AM

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

Race Map and Parking Map

Race route coming soon!

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.


  • Overall Top 3 Female & Overall Top 3 Male
  • Overall Top 3 Masters Female & Overall Top 3 Masters Male (40 and up)
  • Top Female & Male Student
  • Top Female & Male Alumni
  • Top Female & Male Faculty Staff
  • Top Female & Male Community


The Virtual Race is open through Monday, Feb. 10th!

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 10th 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.


Past Results & Photos

2020 Race Results 2020 Race Photos

2019 Race Results 2019 Race Photos

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: