Note: You are on a previous event website for the Keep Pounding 5K (for 2018).



KP5K Facebook cover photo for 2019





Date: June 2, 2018

Event Information

6:45 AM | Participant check-in begins outside Levine Cancer Institute (1021 Morehead Medical Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204)

7:45 AM | Pep rally lead by special guests from the Carolina Panthers

8:00 AM | Race begins

9:00 AM | Award Ceremony begins on the Carolina Panthers Practice Field (S Cedar St), opportunity for team photos to follow

9:30 AM | Rose Transportation shuttle service begins to take participants back to their vehicles at Levine Cancer Institute 



The race will begin at Levine Cancer Institute and proceed up Morehead Street toward the stadium. The race will then turn onto Mint Street and go into the stadium through the North Gate Entrance and up the ramps to the 500 level and back down. The race will exit out of the South Entrance and will end on the Panthers Practice Field. *Subject to change.

Start: Levine Cancer Institute (1021 Morehead Medical Drive)

Finish: Carolina Panthers, Practice Field (325 South Cedar Street)

NEW FOR 2018: Stroller Information  

Notice to all stroller participants: For the safety of all Keep Pounding 5K participants, we will not allow strollers to complete the traditional 5K route that enters Bank of America Stadium. However, we will have race monitors along the race route who will re-direct stroller participants on a separate route to the finish line on the Panthers’ practice field. Therefore, as a stroller participant, you will not be completing a true 5K distance. Instead, the race times of our stroller participants will be tallied as a stroller-participant Top Finisher category distinct from all other race times.



Morehead Medical Plaza Parking Deck (1336 Morehead Medical Drive)

Participants are encouraged to park, free of charge, at Levine Cancer Institute.

Rose Transportation will be providing shuttle service to transport participants from the Carolina Panthers Practice Field (finish) to their vehicles at Levine Cancer Institute (start).

Friends and family are encouraged to gather at the Practice Field to cheer on their loved ones. Normal parking rates in area lots may apply. 


Fees & Registration:

There is a flat, $30 registration fee for all participants.

Online (preferred method) through Wednesday, May 30th at 5:00 PM (EST).

Space permitting, register in-person at Charlotte Running Company’s Dilworth location (East Blvd) on Thursday, June 1st or Friday, June 2nd (CASH OR CHECK ONLY). *

Note: This race can only accommodate 1,000 participants and typically sells out by the beginning of May.



Before checking in on race day, all runners are required to meet a fundraising minimum of $51 commemorating Sam Mills (#51), who lost his battle with cancer. Fundraising suggestions and sample letters are available upon registration to assist participants in meeting this requirement.  

The Keep Pounding Campaign, founded in 2003 by the Carolina Panthers and Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, encourages cancer survivors and their loved ones to always “Keep Pounding” in the fight against cancer.

We encourage all runners to not only meet the minimum, but exceed it as 100% of the money raised at the event benefits pediatric and adult cancer programs at Levine Children's Hospital and Levine Cancer Institute.

Packet Pick-Up:

Packet Pick Up: Charlotte Running Company (Dilworth location off of East Blvd. only) 

  • Thursday, May 31 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Friday, June 1 from 10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Race Day Packet Pick Up:

Saturday, June 2 – 6:45 am – 8:00 am outside of Levine Cancer Institute


No pets allowed. While we all adore 4-legged, tail-wagging family members, but please leave them at home. Our insurance coverage requires this. Thank you for understanding. [Sir Purr is the only exception.]

NEW FOR 2018: To protect our participants' safety and provide an optimal race experience (due to the race course), participants with children in strollers will not be able to enter the stadium for that brief portion of the 5K. They will instead be directed, with signage and by volunteers, to take a slightly different route to the Panther's practice field for the finish. If using a stroller, you will start in the same place as all other runners/walkers, but you will not enter the stadium.


Awards will be given to the Top Fundraising Team, Top Fundraising Individual, and Top finishers (male and female categories, in the following age groups: 10-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+; participants under the age of 10 will not be eligible for a medal)


For questions about the website:

Please call the main line at Carolinas HealthCare Foundation (704.355.4048) and ask for Kat LeFever.