Ready to lace up your running shoes and race towards a hot plate of pancakes and cold beer? NC MedAssist is hosting the Pancakes & Beer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 5 starting at 9 a.m. at Sycamore Brewery, where all proceeds will go towards providing free medication to low-income, uninsured people in North Carolina.

Here’s what you need to know on the day of the event (besides how you’ll be enjoying a delicious breakfast and after hours combination):

Pancakes, pancakes and more pancakes. Grab your own plate of pancakes and bacon prepared by Sauceman’s, a local BBQ joint in Charlotte.

All fitness levels are welcome. Even if you’re not the fastest or most bodacious runner, you’ll be able to keep up with similarly fit people along the way.

The race and brewery are dog friendly. No need to leave Fido at home watching you leave for a day outside. Take your buddy with you along for the race and give him a pancake for a trot well done. Obviously, he’ll pass on the beer — although he’d jump at being your designated driver if he had longer legs and a license.

Raise funds for your low-income, uninsured neighbors. For every dollar donated, NC MedAssist is able to provide $15 worth of prescription medication back to the community. Plus, any participant that raises $300 will earn VIP status, which means all you can drink beer, designated/up-close parking, no wait pancakes, and special VIP raffle prizes.

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NC MedAssist provides life-saving prescription medication to over 14,000 patients, which improves their quality of life by treating chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Their goal is to also fill the medicine cabinets of more than 20,000 people this year through its Over-the-Counter Give Away Day events held each month throughout the state. Participants receive more than $100 worth of OTC medicine and products free of charge.

If you’ve already signed up for the race, you’ll be able to pick up your packet on Friday, November 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Running Company (1412 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203). For more information or to sign up, visit www.RunNCMedAssist.com

Details: Pancakes & Beer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 5 at Sycamore Brewery, 2161 Hawkins Street, Charlotte, NC 28203. This event is presented by GreerWalker, among these other sponsors: EyeMark Media, United Printing, US Acute Care Solutions, Hunter-Everage, Cannon Pharmacy, Sauceman’s, Adams, Kegerreis, Sycamore Brewery, Parata, Boar’s Head, MTS Solutions, Charlotte Martial Arts Academy and Ada Jenkins.

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