One mile separates the McColl Center for Visual Art and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts in Uptown Charlotte. It is in that stretch that the 2nd Annual Charlotte Museum Mile, benefitting the Arts & Science Council, will take place on April 21.
The race is the brainchild of Charlotte attorney Marc Gustafson. Gustafson, an active member of the community and Public Art Commissioner, came up with the idea for the Museum Mile while running a similar one mile event in New York City. The race, down New York’s 5th Avenue, took runners by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection.
“My wife and I talked about it and Charlotte has Tryon Street which start to finish has a number of cultural facilities that creates its own museum mile,” Gustafson said. “This is a great opportunity for Uptown and a great chance to show off the cultural facilities.”
Beginning near the corner of 11th Street and North Tryon Street, participants will run 5,280 feet to the Levine Center for the Arts. Runners are separated into different start times based on ability with more experienced participants starting later in the day.
The race is chip-timed with prizes going to overall and age group winners. Participants also receive a race t-shirt and special offers to cultural facilities along the mile. Eight organizations including the Mint Museum Uptown and North Carolina Dance Theatre, will offer performances and activities.
“We envision this becoming a regular cultural event for Charlotte,” Gustafson said. “We want it to drive people downtown on a Saturday morning with their families to enjoy the cultural amenities Charlotte has to offer.”
Registration is $25. Children 15 and under run free with a paying adult. To register and for more information, click here.