Charlotte, North Carolina, January 26, 2022 – The Ahmaud Arbery case resonated with millions of people of color. Chasing, hunting, and killing a person because of the color of their skin is an act of cowardice, fear, and ignorance. Together We Stand NC started in June 2020 in response to Arbery’s murder. What originally began as a memorial run, has evolved into multiple opportunities for compassionate, courageous conversations and the awareness of the daily plight of people of color.
“Our goal with the Maud 2.23 run is to remind people of all races what can happen in America on any given day,” says Tyrone Irby, founder of Together We Stand NC and creator of Maud 2.23. “In February, we will remember Ahmaud Arbery. Unfortunately, there are countless other names of Black men and women unjustly murdered or attacked that we could remember as well.”
Every day of the week from February 19-26, there will be at least one Maud 2.23 run in North Carolina. Twenty-two breweries and running clubs have committed to the initiative. Maud runs are scheduled in Charlotte, Wilmington, Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Carrboro, Greensboro, Greenville, and Pineville during the week.
NoDa Brewing Company and the NoDa Brewing Run Club will host two Maud 2.23 runs: Sunday, February 20th at 12pm and Wednesday, February 23rd at 6:30pm. This run/walk will be held to Arbery’s memory and encourage our participants and the greater community to speak about the senseless violence against Black communities in America.
While the live Maud 2.23 events are based in North Carolina, there is also a virtual option for people anywhere to participate. In February 2021, the Maud 2.23 events registered over four hundred runners from twenty-three states and sixty-five cities while raising $4740 for the Durham People’s Alliance. This year, virtual runners from Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin have already registered for the 2022 event.
A portion of proceeds from Maud 2.23 will support the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro, Building Hope in Greenville, and Charlotte’s Running Works. Irby has hopes for 1,000 registered runners and to raise $12,000 for the above-mentioned charities.
Together We Stand NC and NoDa Brewing have decided to funnel the donations from all Charlotte events and t-shirt sales to Running Works, a local charity in Charlotte. $8 of every registration will be donated to the charity.
The event is presented by the socially conscious running shoe brand HOKA, Fleet Feet Sports, CEP Compression, Lock Laces, Omega Sports, and RunCLTRun. The Charlotte kickoff event will be held at NoDa Brewing on Sunday, February 20, 2022, at 12pm.
The event will be followed by a session of Courageous Conversations with the subject, The Language of Racism. Register here: https://bit.ly/3GRrscw
Registration for the run is $25 and includes a Maud 2.23 long sleeve shirt. All registered runners/walkers also receive a chance to win prizes including free running shoes from HOKA, CEP Compression socks, and LockLaces.
When you register, you are committing to running or walking 2.23 miles during the week of February 20-26, 2022 and we encourage you to share your run/walk with your friends and family to engage in a conversation about race. We invite you to join us for Maud 2.23 and we ask that you remember and honor Ahmaud Arbery as We Run as ONE.
Opening its taproom doors in 2011, NoDa Brewing Company became one of Charlotte’s first craft breweries. Three short years later, Hop Drop ‘N Roll — their most popular IPA — took home the World Beer Cup Gold Award in the competition’s largest category. This recognition propelled the brewery onto a national stage and attributed to the quick expansion from a 15-barrel brewhouse in the NoDa neighborhood to a 60-barrel brewhouse in nearby North End. Today, NoDa Brewing Company continues to brew award-winning beers, stands as a pillar of creativity and connection in the community, and adds to the state’s thriving craft beer economy.
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