7th Annual South End Shuffle Countdown
The South End Shuffle 5K & Mile Run takes place each year in September in the heart of South End Charlotte. Started in 2014 by Managing Attorney Ron Skufca, this event consists of a 5K and a 1 Mile Run in a festival-like atmosphere bringing together merchants, local businesses, neighbors, and friends in our vibrant South End community. The South End Shuffle has grown from about 200 participants in the first two years to close to over 1000 participants in 2019! Presented by Skufca Law, Beacon Partners, and Wooden Robot Brewery, the South End Shuffle 5K & Mile Run ends with a fun post-race party with food, beverages, and live music.
Why We Run
We Run for the Fight to End Melanoma Cancer
Ron Skufca started the race as a way to give back to the local South End community and support a charity close to our hearts: The Purple Promise Foundation to End Melanoma. The Purple Promise Foundation is a non-profit public charity whose primary mission is to raise awareness for the prevention of all forms of skin cancer, recognize and benefit melanoma cancer researchers, and support patients and caregivers while leading the efforts to find better treatment and a cure for melanoma cancer.
Longtime friends of Ron Skufca and the creators of the Purple Promise Foundation, David and Donna Hodgkins, lost their daughter Jessica to melanoma cancer in 2008. We run to raise awareness and funds for the fight to end melanoma and to honor Jessica and her story.
Why We Run
We Run to Support South End & Local Small Businesses affected by COVID-19
In previous years, we ran to support South End and raise money to enhance the local Charlotte Rail Trail which is loved and used by so many runners. In place of raising money for the Rail Trail, we hope this year’s South End Shuffle will be a celebration of getting back to doing the things we love to do and supporting South End and Local Small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Even once restrictions are lifted and businesses are able to open their doors again, so much will be different and so many business owners will continue to need help and our support.
This is why in 2020, the South End Shuffle 5K & Mile Run is making a commitment to our community by helping raise funds for businesses to get back and stay on their feet! This will be done through race participation fees, through direct donations, and through sales of Exclusive South End Shuffle socks on the race website.
We run to help Keep South End & Local Businesses on their feet!