Charlotte Running Company - history


June 1, 2000

Charlotte Running Co., Inc. is formally incorporated by two former professional distance runners and friendly Atlantic Coast Conference competitors, Scott Dvorak (NC State University) and Eric Hichman (UNC - Chapel Hill). Both where 2 of the top 3000m Steeplechasers in the ACC and US Olympic Trials Qualifiers.

August 1, 2000

Charlotte Running Co. opens it’s first location in the historical Leeper-Wyatt Grocery store building at 1919 South Boulevard in the South End District. The store has 1400 sq. ft. of retail and stockroom space.

September 1, 2001

Charlotte Running Co. purchases the assets of Herbster Track and Field in Davidson, NC and opens a 2nd location at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. Opening day coincided with the attack on the Twin Towers in NYC.

April 13, 2002

The First Annual Charlotte RaceFest Half Marathon and 10K is held in South End. The event would later move to South Park in 2004 and would go on to become one of the most popular Half Marathons in the Carolinas.

October 3, 2003

In lieu of Eric Hichman’s departure from Charlotte Running Co. to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales, the Charlotte Running Co. closes it’s Birkdale location to focus on the South End store.

April 1, 2004

The original location moves from South End to a larger 2400 sq. ft. space in the Dilworth Gardens Shopping Center on East Boulevard, where it currently resides today.

February 1, 2006

The Charlotte Running Co. - Promenade opens in a 1250 sq. ft. space in the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center in the Ballantyne area of South Charlotte.

July 1, 2010

Charlotte Running Co., Inc. sells the Promenade store to Donny and Jen Forsyth, 2 avid runners and triathletes. Donny, one of the top masters triathletes in the nation, boasted a long and impressive triathlon resume and brought that knowledge to the Promenade store. The store continues to operate under the Charlotte Running Co. license.

September 1, 2011

Charlotte Running Co., Inc. partners with Todd and Erica Joefreda, both avid runners and marathoners, to open the Charlotte Running Co. - Lake Norman. A 1400 sq. ft. location in Mooresville, NC.

April 16, 2013

In the wake of the devastating bombings of the Boston Marathon, the Charlotte Running Co. holds an impromptu candlelight vigil and 1 mile memorial run at Alexander Graham Middle School. With very little notice and by the power of social media, over 1000 runners came together to honor the lives of those injured and lost in the terrorist attack.

July 1, 2014

The Charlotte Running Co. - Promenade moves next door to a larger remodeled 1800 sq. ft. space still located in the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center.

October 1, 2014

Charlotte Running Company's 4th location opens in Northlake, a satellite store connected to the Trek Bicycle Store just off Harris Blvd. The 1000 sq. ft. store caters to runners, walkers and triathletes in the Huntersville area.

November 26, 2015

The Charlotte South Park Turkey Trot becomes one of the largest Turkey Trots in the nation with 10,000 participants. Under Charlotte Running Co.’s management, the race grew from just 2000 participants in 2001.

March 1, 2016

With the purchase of the Charlotte Running Co. - Northlake store from Charlotte Running Co., Inc., Jamie and Beth Davis join the ownership group. Jamie, an avid triathlete and runner, came to the Charlotte Running Co. after a successful career in finance.

April 15, 2016

Scott and Donny partner to open store #5 in the Riverwalk District of Rock Hill, SC. Nestled right on the banks of the Catawba River, the newest gem in the Charlotte Running Co. fleet sits right on the greenway, and has 5 plus miles of running trails right out the front door! It is composed of 1200 sq. ft. of retail and stockroom space.

June 1, 2016

The Charlotte Running Co. - Dilworth completes an extensive remodel of the original flagship store which includes the opening of the Last Lap Pub, a small beer bar located inside the store and decorated with interesting historical relics from Olympic and Running Days Past. The bar is open during regular business hours and special events, and sells only local craft beers from the many local Charlotte Breweries.

August 1, 2017

Todd Joefreda departs Charlotte Running Co. to pursue other interests, and Jamie and Beth Davis assume ownership of the Charlotte Running Co. - Mooresville location.

July 1, 2018

Charlotte Running Company Mooresville moves locations from 124 Trade Ct. to the Fountains at Mooresville, 146 Mooresville Commons Way Suite i, Mooresville, NC 28117.