9th Annual Keep Pounding 5K Hosts Largest Crowd Yet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The ninth annual Keep Pounding 5K kicked off in Uptown Charlotte Saturday morning. The event welcomed the largest group of runners and walkers it has ever hosted: more than 1,300 people!

Charlotte resident David Gabriel talked with WCCB about why he runs the race. He says, “I’ve lost three very special people in my life, they’re actually written on my arm right here, so three miles for the three people, and the Keep Pounding cause is such a great foundation here in the Carolinas.”

Money raised from the 5K benefits Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital. This year, the race took participants back inside Bank of America Stadium (previously closed to runners during the past few races due to stadium renovations).

WCCB Charlotte is a proud sponsor of the Keep Pounding 5K. WCCB News @ Ten anchor and WCCB News Edge host Morgan Fogarty emceed the event. Carolina Panthers Defensive Line Coach Sam Mills III, whose father, the late Sam Mills, coined the “Keep Pounding” phrase, was on hand to support the runners.  So were Carolina Panthers President Tom Glick, former Panthers player Mike Rucker, Panthers Play-by-Play Announcer Mick Mixon, Director of Community Relations Riley Fields, the Top Cats, and Sir Purr.

You can still support the Keep Pounding 5K and the Keep Pounding Fund by clicking here.