Running To Save Lives

Showmars hosts its first annual 5K to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital

CHARLOTTE, NC (Aug. 22, 2012) – Charlotte-based casual dining restaurant Showmars is calling all running enthusiasts. To kick off the first day of fall, Showmars will host their first annual 5K and raise funds benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. 

The race begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Showmars located at 9925 Park Cedar Drive in Charlotte, with the route navigating  the streets of the Park Crossing neighborhood. Runners who register prior to Aug. 25  will receive $5 off the $25 registration fee.

Play it Again Sports, located on Pineville-Matthews Rd., is donating $10 gift cards to the first 200 Showmars 5K registrants, in honor of LCH. Showmars is also donating $5 back to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for every runner listing a specific county school during the registration process. All proceeds will benefit athletic booster clubs.

“For 30 years, Showmars has been ‘running’ day and night to provide the Charlotte area a great dining experience.  Our first annual 5K allows us the opportunity to pull our energy together and give back to the community in a big way, specifically in support of the Levine Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Hearts. As a runner, I know the extra motivation that goes into a charity run.  I will be running strong in support of Levine Children’s Hospital,” said Tommy Racano, general manager for Showmars.

Participants of all skill levels and ages are welcome to run in the Showmars 5K, especially those joining in honor of special children in their lives. The event includes a 5K run, walk, kids fun run and entertainment for the while family. All registration and 5K information can be found at

Showmars serves fresh, made-to-order food fast in a casual, family-friendly environment. With a diverse mix of Greek, Southern and American flavors, Showmars caters to a wide customer base with signature items such as gyros, Souvlaki, pita burgers, fresh salads and its famous World’s Best Fillet of Flounder. Founded in Charlotte in 1982, Showmars has proudly served the southeast for 30 years. With its reputation of offering a broad selection of quality food at a great value, exceptional customer service and a comfortable atmosphere, it’s easy to see why everybody loves Showmars