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Revolutionary Run coming September 22

A new 5K will be added to the event

Posted: July 30, 2018 3:49 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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It will be a race through history to preserve history when hundreds of runners take part in Historic Camden’s second annual half marathon race in the upcoming Revolutionary Run Half Marathon and 5K (www.RevRunSC.com). Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, the USATF-certified half marathon race course through South Carolina’s oldest inland city covers eight of Camden’s nine touring districts and passes by nearly 50 historical sites. This year a new, certified 5K will be added to the fun.

According to Halie Brazier, executive director at Historic Camden, all proceeds will go toward Historic Camden’s mission of preserving and celebrating Camden’s early history.

“Runners will enjoy a scenic course with winding roads through downtown Camden’s historic district with parks, antebellum homes, Revolutionary War battle sites and museums,” Brazier said. “We will also be adding some Colonial flair to the race as we shoot off our grasshopper cannon as the starting gun and have performances by the Camden Military Academy Fife and Drum Corps.”

According to Rev Run Half Marathon race director Phil Elliott, Camden’s deputy fire chief, the 13.1 mile route starts and finishes at the renovated Camden City Arena.

“The course will provide the runner a feel of a true marathon, with turns and winding roads,” Elliott said. “It’s primarily a flat course with hills located near mile 3, 5 and 7. There are two short unpaved sections in Kirkwood near mile 5 and mile 12.”

With support from the City of Camden, and other leading sponsors such as First Palmetto, Graham Realty, Merrill-Lynch Spring-Kohn Group, and Synovus, local merchants are encouraged to jump on board and lend their support as well. There is even the opportunity for businesses to sponsor water stations throughout the half marathon course.

“The half marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and has a 4-hour time limit,” Elliott said. “The 5K will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the same starting position next to the City Arena. Friday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. before the race, there will be a special Happy Hour at McCaa’s Tavern at Historic Camden for packet pick-up.”

Whether this is your first half marathon or your 50th, don’t wait, register today and start training, Elliott said. There are local running groups who are currently training, as well as numerous 5K training programs available online. Half marathon and 5K registration is ongoing at www.revrunsc.com.

“We encourage runners and walkers to make a weekend of it,” Camden Tourism/Economic Development Director Suzi Sale said. “Revolutionary Run participants and their families will find a delightful weekend full of activities that we are planning to coincide with the Revolutionary Run Weekend.”

“Volunteers and community support are so important and will truly make this run a success,” Brazier said. “This will be a great community-wide event and you do not want to miss being a part of it. Residents are also encouraged to get outdoors and cheer on the runners as they pass through your neighborhoods on Saturday morning.”

The course is not closed, but will have volunteers and police at major crossings. Residents are asked to plan accordingly and be patient during the hours of the event.

For more information or to volunteer for this “historic” event, please call race headquarters at Historic Camden at (803) 432-9841 or email halie@historiccamden.org. Individual runners and groups are encouraged to register as soon as possible to take advantage of advance registration rates at www.revrunsc.com. Stay abreast of race developments on Facebook @revrunsc.

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