Carolina Distance Carnival 2023

Matthews, NC
Timing/Results Rhodes Race Timing

Meet Information

2022 Carolina Distance Carnival Results

2022 Highlight Video

Presented by Fleet Feet


We are using Ticket Sign Up this year for mobile ticketing that you can buy ahead of Saturday.  Cell phone data was slow last year as a lot of spectators arrived at the venue, so would highly advise doing it ahead of the meet.  We will scan your ticket as you enter the venue.

Mobile Ticketing Link

Sponsors: Saucony, COROS, PR Running Camp, Goodr, Nuun

The event is open to all athletes of all abilities. Our goal is for the event to range from athletes looking to chase state-leading marks, to JV athletes looking to close the season with a PR against a field full of athletes with similar abilities.

The event will feature the 'Craig Engels Elite 800's and Miles' to close out each event under the lights.

MileSplit will provide archive race video, interview and photo coverage of the event.

We'll have a DJ playing music throughout the event.

If you have any questions on the event or need assistance registering, email the meet director at  If you have interest in bringing your team or athletes to the event send us an email to make sure we're sanctioned for you well in advance!

Sanctioned States


Craig Engels

Craig Engels is a 2012 graduate of Reagan High School, an NCAA Champion at Ole Miss, the 2019 USATF 1500m National Champion, and an IAAF World Championship Finalist in the 1500m. He is currently one of the United States' top 1500m runners competition professionally for Nike.

Engels held the North Carolina High School 1600m State Record of 4:02.54, which was broken by Rocky Hansen in 2022. He also ran the NC#4 All-Time 1:49.89 and NC#7 All-Time 8:55.51 3200m. He became the 4th ever high school athlete to break 1:50 and 9:00 for the 800m and 3200m.


We will have an awards bag for the top 3 in each overall race provided by our sponsors, Saucony, Fleet Feet, and COROS!


We will seed using the MileSplit Database using 2023 Season Best from Indoor or Outdoor Track. Athletes' season-best and personal best in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m will be referenced when seeding heats.

Registration will open on January 1st, 2023 and will close on Sunday, April 16th at 10 PM. While registration will close we will update seeds on Sunday night once that week's results are in the database so updated seasons best are included in the seeding. Please email in any scratches after registration closes so we can accurately build heats and meet schedule.

Hotel Block Information

We secured a room block at the three hotels below for the Carolina Distance Carnival.  Use the links below to get the group rate for the event!

Hyatt House Charlotte Rea Farms 

9930 Sandy Rock Place, Charlotte, NC 28277

Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Waverly

7415 Waverly Walk Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28277

Courtyard Charlotte Waverly

6319 Providence Farm Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28277

Athlete Bibs

We will provide personalized bibs for all athletes competing in the event.

Entry Fees

Entry fees are $10/athlete for High School athlete and $5 for Middle School athlete per event.  All entry fees must be paid when you enter the meet through MileSplit. You will need a credit card to finish your entries. 

Entry Limits

800m/Mile - Unlimited Entries

Middle School 1600m - Unlimited Entries


We will post a final schedule once entries close and number of heats are determined.  We will have a start time posted for every heat of every race and stay on schedule.  Last year the event started at 4 PM and had the last event go off just ahead of 9 PM.  The event schedule will be similar this year, but we are anticipating more heats and a slightly earlier start time.


The event will be FAT timed by Rhodes Race Timing and will have live results on MileSplit.Live.


T-Shirts will be for sale near the main entrance with the Carolina Distance Carnival and Craig Engels Elite 800m & Mile logo.

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